The Intel Core i5 series of processors may not be the most powerful offering from the American chipset manufacturer, but it should still be enough to get the job done for most users who don’t want to break the bank. It’s powerful enough for most games and tasks, while still being affordable enough for the average users. As such, one can argue that it is ideal for those looking for a value for money laptop. Here’s a look at some of the best laptops that are powered by the Core i5 series of chipsets.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S540 is the top-of-the-line model in S-series. It's one of the finest laptops you can get with an Intel Core i5 CPU as it's complemented by ample memory discrete graphics support. Storage is handled by a 128GB SSD working in conjunction with a 1TB hard drive. Users get upto 12GB DDR4 RAM and up to 16GB Optane DRAM. What's more, it has Lenovo's proprietary physical webcam shutter for added privacy and peace of mind. Users also have the option to have an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card.
The Core i5 CPU on the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 makes the laptop ideal for all school and college activities, including word processing, presentation, programming, and video playback. The device is said to offer 10 hours of battery life and buyers can choose between multiple storage options SSD-only, HDD-only as well as hybrid. The laptop is available with up to 16GB Intel Optane Memory. Like the laptop mentioned earlier, it too features Lenovo's proprietary physical webcam shutter for added privacy.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is a fine Windows alternative to the Apple MacBook Air. The Intel Core i5 CPU on it is backed by sufficient memory and enough storage for documents. For a dash of style, the keyboard island incorporates a stylish Alcantara material. The laptop weighs 1.25Kg and is said to offer 14.5 hours of battery life. The device sports a 13.3-inch PixelSense display with a resolution of 2256x1504p and is available in multiple storage options that start at 128GB and goes up to 1TB. It also features a TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security.
Even though the 2017 MacBook Air saw a slimmer and lighter successor take its place last year, it remains a good choice for anyone in the market for a MacBook with a Core i5 CPU. It has ample memory to go with it and storage is enough for online work, making it an interesting choice for students and professionals. The laptop features two USB 3 ports, a Thunderbolt 2 ports and an SDXC port for reading memory cards. The device is said to offer upto 12 hours of battery life. The MacBook Air (2017) weighs 1.37kg, which makes it a very good choice for those who travel a lot and need something that is portable.
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