For many, a Core i5 laptop is all that they need. Intel Core i5 laptops offer excellent performance while still yielding long battery life. Most i5 laptops give better battery life than a Core i7 laptop that not only cost more and in most cases, give marginal better performance, especially in case of ULV processors. When looking for a cheap laptop with i5 processor, keep the following things in mind.
Quad core or dual core – All i5 processors are either dual core or quad core. If you are looking for a laptop with long battery life, then go for dual core i5 laptop. These are ultra low voltage processors and run at lower clock speeds and offer fewer amounts of cores. The performance is still much higher than i3 or Celeron processor and offer incredible battery life of 6-7 hours of real world use. If you are looking for a cheap engineering laptop for college or university, then go for the quad core i5 laptop. These i5 laptops run at standard voltage and offer higher clock speeds with higher turbo boost speeds. These are much more important if you are looking for an i5 laptop for AutoCAD, Solidworks and so on. Quad core i5 laptops have less battery life but offer best performance. In many cases, a quad core i5 laptop is more powerful than dual core i7 laptop.
Generation – Go for the latest generation for best performance and efficiency. The newest Intel processor generation includes 7th-gen kabylake and 8th-gen coffee lake processors. Do not settle for anything less than 7th generation. The newer series generate little heat and is extremely efficient so you get higher performance and improved battery life.
Here are the best cheap i5 laptops you can buy right now.
This HP laptop comes with latest 7th generation i5 processor and offers great battery life and performance. It has professional looks and comes with numeric keypad for faster data entry. The screen is touchscreen as well so you can interact with the display using your fingers. On board, you will find generous amount of storage and memory for best end user experience.
* Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 15.6-inch HD touchscreen display, Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB DDR4 SDRAM and 1TB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
Dell Inspiron 15
If you are looking for a feature rich laptop from a reputable brand, get the Dell Inspiron 15. It has beautiful True life display and backlit keyboard which is class leading. There is Intel Realsense 3D camera onboard that lets you interact with the computer using face gestures. There is whopping 8GB DDR4 RAM and amazingly fast 256GB of solid state storage. It is powered by the 7th generation i5-7200U processor that delivers extended battery life and fast computing experience.
15.6″ LED-Backlit Display Laptop PC, Intel i5-7200U Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, DVD-RW, Backlit-keyboard, HDMI, 802.11ac, Webcam, Bluetooth, Windows 10
Lenovo IdeaPad 110
The Lenovo Ideapad 110 is one of the most affordable i5 laptops available in USA right now. It has large display, very comfortable full size keyboard with numeric keypad and all the necessary ports that one expects in a mainstream laptop. It is well built and should last you for many years to come. Lenovo has also equipped the Ideapad 110 with optical drive so you can load applications, listen to music and watch DVD with ease.
* High-performance 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (2.3Ghz, up to 2.8GHz with Turbo boost Technology)/ 8GB DDR4 SDRAM Memory (not expandable) / Powerful 1TB hard drive
* 15.6″ HD display with 1366 x 768 high-definition resolution and 16:9 Aspect Ratio / HD Graphics 520 / Webcam
* Ports:1 USB 2.0; 1 USB 3.0; 1 HDMI; 1 Headphone/mic; 1 Ethernet / Wireless LAN / DVD+RW
* Windows 10 Home 64-bit / 4-Cell Lithium Ion Battery / 1 Year Manufacturer warranty
ASUS P-Series P2540UA
This is a business class laptop that comes with fingerprint reader and long battery life of 9-hours to keep you working and productive all day. The screen is also full HD, letting you see more at a time and thus increasing your productivity.
* P2540UA comes with an already impressive 9 hour battery life
* features a fingerprint scanner that takes data access authorization and protection to the next level
* 7th Gen Intel Core i5 7200U dual core CPU
* 15.6-inch FHD display, 8GB of RAM, and a replaceable battery for easy switching for extended computing or maintenance.
* Total 4 USB ports, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA port. (Support dual outputs) Kensington lock and power connect alert.
* Designed to be powerful, durable, and portable to keep professionals on the go with the security features for peace of mind.
This HP Premium laptop comes with the 7th generation i5 processor that is designed to keep up with your multitasking demands. The CPU makes use of latest DDR4 RAM that provides higher bandwidth. The full size, chiclet keyboard is ideal for long typing sessions. We love the fact it comes with 12GB RAM which makes it ideal for demanding applications. It offers long battery life and excellent performance.
| 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200U, 15.6-inch diagonal HD SVA Bright View WLED-backlit (1366×768), 12 GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB 5400RPM Serial ATA hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 620, Super Multi DVD burner, 1xUSB 3.1, 2xUSB 2.0, 1xHDMI, 1x RJ-45 (LAN), 1x Headphone/microphone combo jack
HP Pavilion 17
If you are looking for a cheap desktop replacement laptop with i5 processor and large 17 inch display, this HP should be on top of your list. This is a decent workhorse for general office/web to medium duty programming tasks.
* 17.3″ diagonal HD+ SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1600 x 900) Display, Intel HD Graphics 620, DVD/CD burner
* 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (2.5 GHz, turbo boost up to 3.1 GHz, 3 MB cache), DTS Studio Sound with dual speakers
* 8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB), 1TB 5400RPM Serial ATA HDD, 1x Multi-format SD media card reader, Full Keyboard with 10-key numeric keyboard
* 802.11b/g/n (1×1), 1 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45 (LAN), 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, Front-facing VGA Webcam with integrated digital microphone
* Windows 10 Home 64 Bit, 3-cell 31 WHr Li-ion Battery, Color: Black