Heavyweight Performance, Lightweight Portability
Laptops powered by Intel deliver outstanding performance and convenient portability for everything from everyday tasks to demanding AAA games to exacting creative workloads.
Laptop computers give you the performance you need to untether from your desk and get comfortable. With the right laptop, you can even handle heavyweight tasks like hot new games or creative workloads like editing and rendering. Add the incredible versatility of next-gen connectivity options and optimized battery performance, and you can take work, games, and entertainment anywhere.
Choosing Features for Laptop Computers
Choosing the ideal laptop may start with the device type, but you also need to carefully consider the technical specifications that will deliver the performance you need and experience you want.
The processor or central processing unit (CPU) is the brains of your laptop and carries out tasks or moves data as needed. Today, your laptop can respond just as quickly as your desktop. Mobile devices such as standard laptop computers and notebook PCs featuring the latest Intel® processors provide powerful performance to handle demanding tasks, whether you’re wrangling a spreadsheet or fine-tuning a video.
Random access memory (RAM), a laptop’s short-term memory, gives the CPU almost instant access to data. Depending on the applications you run, you may want additional RAM: the benefit of responsiveness may be worth the cost if you usually run several programs at once.
- Storage and hard drives
Storage is your laptop’s data bank—where your applications, operating system, and other important files are kept. Storage can be a hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid state drive (SSD). Intel® Optane™ memory with solid state storage offers a new approach to memory and storage to boot your laptop and launch applications quickly, smoothly, and easily.
Most laptops use a CPU with integrated graphics. Given recent advances in integrated graphics, this will usually handle tasks that once called for a discrete graphics card. But if you’re rendering 3D images or playing the latest games, you may still prefer a discrete graphics card.
Laptop portability depends primarily on battery life, screen size, and weight. If you need laptop access wherever you go or a touchscreen to maximize productivity, you’ll need to consider each of these factors. Many laptops powered by Intel provide battery life for a full day’s work and are lightweight enough to take wherever you go.
Laptops generally include USB ports to connect peripherals, Bluetooth for wireless peripherals, and an audio jack. For fast, secure, and reliable access to Wi-Fi networks, opt for the latest Intel® Wi-Fi 6-enabled laptops. Other ports include Thunderbolt™ 3 technology, USB-C, and HDMI. If needed, you can also find laptops with a micro SD slot and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.
- Operating system
Microsoft Windows* 10 running on an Intel®-based laptop lets you launch programs fast, save time with voice-activated help, and take advantage of automatic updates and built-in protection that ease security concerns. Given that many developers build software using Intel® technology, applications often run better on laptops with Intel® processors.
The cost of laptops can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands. The key to choosing the right laptop for you is to focus on value. Manufacturers offer laptops with a range of Intel® processors, each with different capabilities and levels of performance. The best value comes from a laptop powered by an Intel® processor that delivers the features that matter most to you for performance and portability.
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Product and Performance Information
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