Intel Core i5: Multitasking Awesomeness June 21, 2010Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in : Computers, First Look/Reviews, Teen Info, Web , trackback
Intel Core i5. Whoooosh!
OK, let me say this from the beginning – if you are buying a new laptop for school, for anything – get a Core i5.
I’ve had the opportunity to be able to try out a laptop with the new chips, and to sum it up – it’s fast. Really, really fast. Think of things that you do often on your computer – web browsing, gaming, note taking in word, watching videos on Youtube, listening to music on iTunes, chatting with friends in AIM, updating things on Twitter, watching shows on Hulu.
I went through a few days worth of these usual things – and the experience is insane. Load times when opening applications is effectively non-existent. Hulu videos just played, at full resolution, with almost 0 lag. CDs ripped into iTunes in minutes, and huge downloads – including the entire game of Portal on Steam, a task that brought my not underpowered Macbook down for almost a day, finished in under an hour. The game itself ran flawlessly. Flash games ran so fast that a friend of mine had trouble playing, being so used to a slower speed. Youtube videos streamed and loaded in seconds, even in HD. The Zune software, which I had been running at a snails pace on my netbook, was fluid and fast. Word, always a pain to load, taking forever to open, just was there.
But, while all these individual facts are impressive – the ease that the i5 handled everything I usually do on a computer was fantastic. But, I felt that this wasn’t enough yet. So did all the above tasks again – at the same time.
The total list of multitasking involved – playing 2 Hulu videos in HD, playing a Flash game, running a 720p Youtube short film, writing this post in Microsoft word, an assortment of sticky notes, 5 Gadgets, Paint, Solitare, downloading an iTunes update, ripping a CD, playing tracks in iTunes, streaming music from the internet in Zune, downloading and playing a 1080p HD movie trailer, playing two flash games, as well as running Portal off Steam. Oh, and Tweetdeck.
The result – I gave up. The i5 handled it all without a hitch, only maxing out at 80% of the processor’s speed. Part of it is just it being fast, part in the hyperthreading feature that lets it boost itself from a 2.27 Ghz speed to 2.54 (which, during the Multitasking mayhem test, it was full time). It was seriously, seriously, impressive.
Battery life was also never an issue – took a whole day’s worth of usage just fine.
If you’re looking for a laptop, particularly for school, there are some important things to consider besides processor however – a good keyboard for note-taking is huge, since that’s typically the most important thing you’ll need it for. If you’ve got a big campus, make sure that you look at the weight of the laptop – a few pounds doesn’t sound like much, but added to 3 textbooks, 8 notebooks, and 13 folders it adds up a lot.
But overall, based on my experience with the i5, it’s a huge positive – and something that, if you’re a student looking for a laptop and want to have a flawless way to run everything you do (and all of it at the same time), consider the i5.
As a disclaimer in accordance with FTC guidelines, the laptop mentioned above was lent to me by Intel for the purpose of this review as part of Intel’s Youth Review Program.