Intel’s drive to make slimmer, faster and more energy-efficient ultrabooks has proven that they’re well on their way to beat Apple. It was just a year ago that the Ivy Bridge processors were released so users could enjoy faster performances at lower power consumptions.
On June 4, 2013, the 4th generation Intel Core (Haswell) developed by Intel’s Oregon team was declared as its successor.
One of the more eminent performance boosts this 4th generation Intel Core boasts pertains to graphics. To be more specific, Kirk Skaugen mentioned at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing that users will be able to experience the same gameplay and visual capabilities previously only possible with an added discrete graphics card.
Top 5 Laptops Running with 4th Generation Intel Core Processors
1. VAIO Pro 13 Custom Touch Ultrabook (SVP132190X Standard)
If Sony once lit a fire that has died down, the VAIO Pro 13 Touch rekindles it again. From its sleek and sturdy carbon-fiber chassis down to its highly responsive touch capabilities, the Sony VAIO Pro 13 will wow consumers with both its internals and externals.
This touch ultrabook is lightweight at 1.06 kg and is super-thin at 0.68″- not to mention that it’s touchscreen!
It is currently the slimmest 13″ ultrabook in the market.
And if that’s not enough to entice someone to have one, it takes advantage of Sony Bravia TV’s technology to create the VAIO Pro 13′s Triluminos Full-HD screen. This means that users can expect richer and more vibrant colors.
1. Richer colors and sharper images packed in one highly responsive IPS touchscreen.
2. Spacious and ergonomically-designed keyboard with sufficient key travel
3. Lightweight and amazingly portable for a touch screen.
4. Corporate chic look and feel with gaming capabilities.
5. Good average battery life (up to 7 hours).
1. Slight flex on the keyboard and chassis.
2. Lacks VGA adapter and Ethernet. Both ports can be purchased as add-ons.
3. Users might find the slightly sharper chassis edges as a cause for discomfort when it’s on one’s lap.
- Processor – Up to 4th gen Intel Core i7 -4500U processor
- Operating system – Up to Windows 8 Pro
- 13.3” Full HD TRILUMINOS IPS touchscreen (1920 x 1080)
- Memory – up to 8GB
- Up to 512GB PCIe SSD available
- Weight: Ultra-light at just 2.34 lbs.
- Battery life: up to 7 hours
- Price starts from $1149 >>
2. HP ENVY 15t-j100 Quad Edition Notebook PC
When HP gets working on their slim designs, they can really pull it off. The HP ENVY 15t-j100 is thinner and lighter compared to previous HP models.
Had it not been for its rounded corners and slightly curved surface, one could easily mistake it for a Mac with its stunning silver chassis and black keys.
At 15.6″, the HP ENVY 15t-j100 comes with a full-sized keyboard complete with numeric keypad and a 1366 x 768 HD screen.
The cheapest in this bunch, this ENVY can be configured to come with a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT740M graphics card and a Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen.
Other upgrades include a backlit keyboard and up to 16 GB of RAM. Although there’s no VGA, the Ethernet port is present at the right. Wireless interface options include a 802.11 b, g, n Wi-Fi card and Bluetooth v4.0.
1. The perfect movie-viewing companion with HP’s most advanced Beats Audio system.
2. Slim and sleek design wrapped in stunning silver.
3. Ultra slim and portable with HP CoolSense to avoid overheating.
4. Fast and fluid Windows 8 experience courtesy of the latest 4th generation Intel Core processor.
5. Abundant pre-installed software for creating high quality photos and videos.
1. Not so price-competitive base specs configuration. Fortunately, the price of upgrading is a lot cheaper than before.
2. Disappointing 1366 x 768 native resolution.
- Operating system – up to Windows 8.1 Pro
- Processor – up to 4th generation Intel Core i7-4900MQ Processor
- Screen size – 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366×768)
- Memory – up to 16GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
- Hard drive – up to 1TB 5400 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive
- Up to NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M Graphics with 2048MB of dedicated video memory
- Weight 4.81 lb
- Battery life Up to 9 hours and 45 minutes
- Dimensions 14.94 x 9.87 x 1.18 in
- Price starts from $729 with coupons and deals >>
3. HP ENVY 17t-j000 Quad Edition Notebook PC
If movie-goers want to go big, then the HP ENVY 17t-j000 Quad Edition Notebook might just be their perfect match. Its 17.3″ (diagonal) screen was purposely built for watching one’s favorite movies or creating one’s own.
Accompanied by some of the latest and highest Intel Haswell Core i7 processors, expect a fluid Windows 8 experience accompanied by studio-quality sound courtesy of Beats Audio’s proprietary speakers and subwoofer.
This ENVY notebook was exclusively assembled for entertainment and multimedia purposes.
To prove such, a substantial 1 TB hard drive and a built-in Blu-ray player gets packed into this electronic ensemble to collect massive high definition videos. Like the ENVY 15t-j000, it has a plethora of ports except for the rather ancient yet in-demand VGA port.
1. Base specs start with a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor.
2. Sufficient storage space for movies, videos and high quality photos.
3. An all-in-one stop for any user’s multimedia needs
4. Long rated battery life.
5. Full-sized keyboard complete with numeric keypad
1. Even though most of the world has successfully transitioned to 16:9 ratio screens (1366 x 768), having a 17.3″ screen sporting a base spec of 1600 x 900 for its native resolution can be a disappointment.
- Operating system – up to Windows 8.1 Pro
- Processor – 4th generation Intel Core i7-4900MQ Processor
- Screen size – 17.3-inch diagonal HD+ BrightView LED-backlit Display (1600 x 900)
- Memory – up to 16GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
- Hard drive – up to 2TB 5400 rpm Dual
- Graphics – Up to NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M Graphics with 2048MB of dedicated video memory
- Battery life: Up to 9 hours and 30 minutes
- Weight 6.28 lb
- Dimensions 16.38 x 10.8 x 1.21 in
- Price starts from $829 with deals and coupons>>
4. Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Laptop
Just like its big brother, the Y510p, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p sports a black brushed-metal finish that’s ideal for the adventurous user.
It’s not solely assembled for gaming but rather a mix of everything. It’s a multi-purpose laptop that’ll perform wisely depending on whether the user is gaming-focused or entertainment-savvy.
This 14″ Intel Haswell computing system makes watching movies and playing games a fun affair.
That is, with the fluid response coming from its Windows 8 operating system. Users also get the opportunity to upgrade their screens from the 1366 x 768 glossy screen into a 1600 x 900 matted one.
1. Appealing brushed metal design
2. Backlit AccuType keyboard glowing with a daring red hue.
3. Ultrabay for easy swapping between hard drive, fans or an additional graphics card.
4. 720p web cam with face-tracking capability and dual-array digital microphone for crystal clear visuals and audio.
5. Premium sound courtesy of the IdeaPad’s JBL speakers
6. Great price for a 4th generation Intel Core i7 entry-level gaming laptop.
1. Problematic Wi-Fi card
2. Locked down Bios
- Processor – Up to 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7- 4700MQ
- Operating system – Windows 8
- Graphics – NVIDIA® GeForce® GT750M 2GB graphics
- Memory – Up to 8GB DDR3 (user-upgradeable to 16GB)
- Hard Drive – Up to 1TB HDD + optional 24GB SSD
- Battery Life – Up to 5 hours’
- Display: Up to 14″ HD (1600×900) widescreen display
- Weight: 5.5 lbs
- Dimensions – 13.77 x 9.64 x 0.59-1.29 inches
- Price starts from $769 with the coupon >>
5. Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Laptop
To keep things simple, the IdeaPad Y510p is a cool and sleek device with a fiery rage that boils within.
Lenovo may call it an amazing multimedia hub, but its potential seems to promise even more. As a start, the Y510p can be a great entry level gaming rig to buy without breaking the budget.
Using a slim frame (about 0.61”- 1.41” thick) instead of the big, flashy, bulky type usually found in heavy gaming rigs makes it a power-packed ultraportable find.
Aside from the fact that it boasts a 4th generation Intel Core processor, the IdeaPad Y510p gets more graphics juice by getting paired with a 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce GT750M.
An Ultrabay slot allows three Lenovo-exclusive customizations ranging from storage, cooling systems, and graphics prowess. Read more>>
1. Ultrabay slot availability.
2. Great sound and graphics perfect for movie viewing and gaming.
3. Sleek-looking rig with solid gaming potential.
4. Better Benchmark scores compared to the Y500.
5. Relatively lightweight for a powerful laptop at 5.95 lbs.
1. Wi-Fi card existing issues.
2. Keyboard issues including nonstandard key sizes and lacking indicators for Caps and Num lock.
- Processor – up to 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ
- Operating System – Windows 8 64
- Display – 15.6″ FHD LED Anti-Glare Wedge 1920×1080
- Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GT750M GDDR5 2GB
- Memory – up to 16 GB
- Hard Drive – 1TB 5400 RPM+24GB SSD
- Battery Life – Up to 5 hours with standard 6-cell battery
- Weight – Starting at 5.95 lbs
- Dimensions – 15.23 x 10.19 x 0.61-1.41 inches
- Price starts from $819 with the coupon >>
Intel’s Haswell line promises better and improved graphics and graphics-related performances. According to some recently obtained Benchmark scores, the 4th generation Intel Core processors seem to be keeping their words on providing ultrabooks that are relatively low cost while maintaining a competitive edge against Macs.