Best i5 Laptops Available in 2016

In today’s post, we will list the best i5 laptops available in 2016, explaining the different types of Intel Core i5 processors

The best i5 laptops in 2016 are also some of the most popular. As the Intel Core i5 brand sits somewhere between the entry level i3 and the high-end i7, it is often chosen by users looking for a affordable computer, able to manage most of the users’ tasks.

Intel Core i5: Skylake

Intel releases different generations of processors as the technology advances. The latest Intel micro-architecture generation is dubbed Skylake, and was released in mid 2015.

The Skylake architecture announced a number of improvements from the previous generation, called Broadwell. Apart from an increase in terms of benchmark, Skylake chips are also more energy efficient than previous Intel processors.

Among the Intel Core i5 Skylake processors, we will focus on two chips manufactured for laptops, the Intel i5-6200U and the Intel i5-6300HQ.

Intel i5-6200U Processor

The Intel i5-6200U is one of the most popular processors currently used in laptops from different brands. It is a dual core with 4 threads and has a base frequency of 2.3 GHz.

This processor has a very low energy consumption, with a TDP of 15 W. It is ideal in many lightweight laptops with a very long battery life.

It is also available in mid-end laptops for most usual daily tasks, like academic work or video streaming.

Intel i5-6300HQ Processor

Even if the i5-6300HQ and the i5-6200U are both part of the Intel Core i5 brand, their performance is quite different.

The i5-6300HQ is a quad core processor with 4 threads, therefore having a much higher benchmark than the i5-6200U. Since it is a quad core, it consumes more power than the i5-6200U.

The i5-6300HQ is ideal if you are into gaming, or use specific software that requires high performance hardware. The i5-6300HQ is even faster than some Intel Core i7 laptop processors, but that only applies to some dual core Intel i7 chips.

Choosing the Best i5 Laptops in 2016

Below you will find a list, featuring the some of the best i5 laptops in 2016. Firstly models with the i5-6200U processor are listed, followed by those powered by the i5-6300HQ.

Best i5 Laptops in 2016 (Intel i5-6200U Processor)

Aspire S 13 Ultra Thin Touch Laptop – S5-371T-537V


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Processor Intel Core i5-6200u
Display 13.3″ Full HD Multi-touch IPS
Storage 256 GB SSD

Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5357 15.6″ Full HD Touchscreen IPS 2-in-1 Notebook Computer, Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home


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Processor Intel Core i5-6200u
Display 15.6″┬áLED-backlit Full HD IPS
Storage 1TB HDD

Best i5 Laptops in 2016 (Intel i5-6300HQ Processor)

Acer Aspire V 15, 15.6 Full HD, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GTX 950M, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, V5-591G-55PV


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Processor Intel i5-6300HQ
Display 15.6″ Full HD
Storage 256 GB SSD

MSI GL72 6QD-001 17.3″ GAMING LAPTOP NOTEBOOK Geforce GTX 950M i5-6300HQ 8GB 1TB

msi-gl62 6qf-893 gaming-laptop

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Processor Intel Core i5-6300HQ
Display 17.3″ Full HD
Storage 1 TB HDD

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