The Core i7 processors have redefined the computing standards, for both laptops as well as desktops. From video editing to high-end gaming, these CPUs can smoothly handle any processing task without lagging even for a fraction of a second. Read on to find out the top 5 best i7 laptops for 2016.
5. Dell Alienware 17:
The Alienware 17 R3 is equipped with an Intel Core i7-6820HK, one of the most powerful CPUs ever made for laptops. Aided by a 16GB of RAM, the processor churns out an insane amount of processing speed. The R3’s other specifications include Nvidia’s GTX 980M graphics chip, a 1TB SSD and a 17-inch screen with 4K resolution. Dell also sells a cheaper version of this model, with a full-HD screen. The Alienware 17 is highly revered by gamers for its extreme performance and spaceship-like design.
4. HP Spectre:
The Spectre proves that you can still put a Core i7 chip inside the world’s thinnest laptop (with a 0.41-inch thick chassis). The machine has 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, so you can store all your documents and videos onboard. When it comes to performance tests, the Spectre outruns the Yoga 900 and XPS 13 but loses by almost one hour when you compare battery life. If you can live with mild heating issues, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get the Spectre.
3. Lenovo Yoga 900:
This premium offering from Lenovo fits a Core i7-6500U (2.5GHz) chip, 16GB of RAM, 3 USB ports and a 512GB SSD in a super slim chassis. The 13.3-inch quad-HD screen creates perfect visuals with good color accuracy while the JBL speakers can fill a small hall with distortion-free audio. The magnesium panels on the top and bottom of the laptop give this convertible a polished look. When used continuously, the Yoga’s battery lasts for about 8 hours, which is very good for a Core-i7 gadget. The convertible is also aptly priced at $1,399.
2. Dell XPS 13:
With a compact chassis, quad-HD display, long battery life and strong performance, the XPS has got you covered in every department. The 6th-gen Intel Core i7 chip has enough juice to run four to five applications side by side. Thanks to an ultra light chassis made from aluminum and carbon fiber, carrying this laptop feels completely effortless. Dell needs a pat on the back for coming up with such a gorgeous and highly functional keyboard. If you are okay with an awkwardly placed webcam, the XPS 13 is a flawless machine. Although basic variants of this device are available for $799, we recommended you to buy the touchscreen variant for $1,399.
1. Apple MacBook Pro:
Everyone loves the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro for some reason or the other. Packed with a 4th-gen Core-i7 and an optional Radeon R9 M370X graphics chip, this laptop is the ideal choice for multitaskers and entertainment seekers. The MacBook Pro’s iconic design, featuring delicate curves and soft edges, is still the benchmark for other laptop manufacturers. It’s snappy island keys let you type lengthy documents without feeling tired and the Force Touch trackpad is sensitive to even the tiniest inputs. Speaking of connectivity, there are two USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card slot, an HDMI port and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Also, the laptop’s screen with a Retina Display belongs to a whole new league altogether.