Which Intel processor should I choose?

Every laptop has a processor. It's the heart of your notebook, and it plays an important role in most things you do on your laptop. A lot of our laptops have processors made by Intel, the largest processor manufacturer in the world. On this page, we'll help you find the right Intel processor.

I want to use the Internet and email


If you want to use your laptop for basic tasks like browsing the Internet, sending emails, and processing texts, an Intel Atom, Celeron, or Pentium processor will suit you fine. A Core m3 processor is more energy-efficient and doesn't need a fan, so your laptop is completely silent. If you enjoy working with different programs at the same time, an Intel Core i3 processor is recommended.

Recommended processor: Intel Atom, Celeron, Pentium, Core m3 of Core i3

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I want to study


Do you use your laptop to type essays, make presentations, or edit photos occasionally? Choose a laptop with at least a Core m3 or Core i3 processor. That way, you can open 30 tabs in your browser, while typing an essay and streaming music.

Recommended processor: Intel Core m3 of i3.

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I want to edit photos

intel i5

Want to edit holiday or wedding photos? Choose an Intel Core m5, m7, or i5 processor. The advantage of Core m processors is that they're energy-efficient and don't need a fan. Because of that, you laptop will 'buzz' less during demanding tasks. On the other hand, an Intel Core i5 processors offers more computing power over longer periods.

Recommended processor: Intel Core m5, m7 of i5

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Editing videos is a demanding task for your processor. Especially rendering or editing material in high resolutions requires a lof of computing power. An Intel Core i7 processor is powerful enough to work with programs like Adobe Premiere Pro. Other than that, we advise choosing 8GB RAM and a mid-range video card.

Recommended processor: Intel Core i7

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I want to play games


When we say games, we don't mean Angry Bird, online poker, or other 'simple' games. If you want to play more demanding games, you need at least an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. You'll also need a mid-range video card.

Recommended processor: Intel Core i5 of i7

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In August 2017, Intel announced their 8th generation Core processors. When it comes to laptops, this generation is also know as Kaby Lake R and Coffee Lake.

The Kaby Lake R are energy-efficient Core i5 and i7 processors, that have 4 cores. They're 40% faster than their dual-core predecessors. Kaby Lake R is a typical ultrabook processor, which is suitable for longer period of time and demanding programs.

The Coffee Lake processors are 4-core i3 processors and 6-core i5 and i7 processors. They are faster, but also less efficient. Coffee Lake guarantees a powerful performance, and is suitable for demanding tasks like gaming and video rendering.

Intel Atom

The Intel Atom is an energy-efficient processor, so your laptop's battery will last a long time. That's useful if you use your laptop on the go a lot. The Atom isn't very fast, so it's suitable for browsing the Internet, watching movies, and processing texts.

Intel Celeron

If you use your laptop for simple tasks like browsing the Internet, sending emails, and processing texts, a Celeron processor will suit you. This processor is Intel's base model, so it's not suitable for demanding tasks or multitasking.

Intel Pentium

If your laptop has an Intel Pentium processor, you can use Excel sheets, browse the Internet, and watch movies. Like the Atom and the Celeron, the Pentium suits a smaller budget, but it's a bit faster.

Intel Core m

The Intel Core m processors are energy-efficient processors that mainly serve their purpose if you can't use power for a longer time. Additionally, these processors don't need a fan, so a laptop with a Core m processor is more silent than laptops that have a different processor.

Intel Core i3

Do you want to have multiple browser tabs open when you're making a presentation? With an Intel Core i3, you an use multiple programs at the same time, as long as they're not too demanding. This processor is suitable for Office, movies, and light photo editing.

Intel Core i5

An Intel Core i5 gives your laptop the power it needs to play games and edit photos. You don't have to worry about being unable to use programs like Photoshop. The Intel i5 can take most of the demanding tasks.

Intel Core i7

Whether it's editing 4K videos or playing VR games, an Intel Core i7 processor allows you to do everything on your laptop. If you want to get the most out of Intel's showstopper, we recommend choosing 8GB RAM and a dedicated video card.

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