The Core i7 processor is no more the top dog in Intel’s CPU family, but it maintains a formidable component, even if the Core i5 models have been upgraded to quad-core status. Also, compared to the i9, it packs a powerful punch, as it shares plenty of higher-end components with its more expensive parts.
Lately, we have seen an anecdotal downwards movement in price across all laptop brands, brought about by the current world situation, disruptions in the supply chain and the overnight shut down of physical stores, which is driving more people away from brick and mortar to online retailers currently.
The cheapest laptop that carries an Intel Core i7 processor currently is the HP Laptop 15T (7fq32av), and it is an excellent choice for those that are presently remote working. However, then the fact HP should have chosen a more memorable name, there is not much to dislike in its.
At the brain of this laptop is an Intel Core i7-10510U CPU and, at $520 automatically direct from HP, it is costs less than most Core i5 devices we’ve seen but will likely deliver a far smoother computing experience.
HP Laptop 15T: $1,249.99 $519.99 from HP
This HP laptop is up for an incredible price and comes with a 15-inch display, paired with a powerful 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor. There’s also 128GB of SSD storage onboard with Windows 10 bundled.
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The Laptop 15T is equipped with 8GB of DDR4 memory (upgradable) and a 128GB M.2 SATA SSD. Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac connectivity are supplied by Realtek, while the operating system is Windows 10 Home.
There are two microphones to enhance calls and video conferencing (thanks to advanced noise reduction software), plus a card reader, a GbE port, three USB ports, an HDMI connector and an HD video camera.
Note, despite the machine’s entry-level status, it comes with HP’s fast charge, which allows its 41WHr battery to reach a 50% charge in 45 minutes.
The screen remains its weak point; it’s HD only rather than full HD and uses SVA technology rather than the superior IPS. On a 15.6-inch display, that is likely to be a sub-optimal experience.
At 3.84 pounds, it is not the lightest laptop around, and its natural silver finish is unlikely to turn heads.