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2015 laptop buying guide: the sound of silence

Elias Plastiras | March 12, 2015
A few things have changed since the last time we completed a feature article on what to look for when buying a laptop, but the main thing we want to highlight for this particular article is processing technology. Intel has come along and redefined the way slim laptops can be constructed thanks to its low-energy, fifth-generation Core M CPU.

There will be a price to pay for these silent laptops, however. The new MacBook will start at $1799, while the Asus ZenBook will be a more palatable $1399. The business gear remains expensive, as always, with the Toshiba and Lenovo hybrid laptops commanding price tags over $2000.

The key point we're making here is: if you want a silent, thin and light laptop that can give you a full and comfortable Windows experience, wait for one that has an Intel Core M CPU in it.

Key specsCode name: BroadwellPower: 4.5 WattsSpeed: from 800MHz to 1.2GHzTurbo Boost: from 2GHz to 2.9GHzCores: 2Hyper Threading: YesIntegrated graphics: Intel HD 5300Manufacturing process: 14 nanometres


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