Over the past five years, laptop technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. Thanks to cutting-edge hardware from the likes of Intel, laptops are thinner, lighter and more powerful than ever before.
If your current laptop is beginning to show its age, now is a fantastic time to upgrade. You’ll be amazed at what modern laptops are capable of and how everyday tasks become a breeze.
Powering this revolution in laptop technology are Intel’s 8th generation of Core processors. Modern laptops with 8th generation Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or i9 processors are guaranteed to bring you a level of performance in their price brackets that was impossible only five years ago.
Capable of higher speeds, and with more cores for multi-tasking, the latest generation of Intel Core processors excel at a range of tasks. That includes day-to-day computing like web browsing and word processing through to demanding tasks like playing the latest games, video editing, 3D modelling and streaming.
Many modern laptops complement these powerful processors with solid state drive (SSD) storage. These super-quick drives are much faster and more responsive than traditional hard drives. Because they have no moving parts, they’re quieter and more robust too.
While an SSD is a sure-fire way to boost the speed and responsiveness of a laptop, there is one drawback. Larger SSDs that offer storage are typically more expensive than a similarly equipped hard drive, which can make an SSD-toting laptop a pricier proposition.
However, there is another option. Intel Optane is a breakthrough technology from Intel that uses an Intel processor to pair a small, very fast SSD with a traditional hard drive. Think of it as intelligent memory that works as an add-on to your hard drive.
Optane remembers the files and programs you use the most and makes them readily available to the Intel processor (the brains of the laptop). This results in a laptop that can load up files and programs just as fast as an SSD, while taking full advantage of the large storage space and low prices of hard drives.
Take the excellent Lenovo 330S, for example. This is a brilliant all-rounder for both work and play, with a 15.6-inch screen, an 8th generation Intel Core i3-8130U dual-core processor, 16GB of Intel Optane memory and a whopping 1TB of hard drive space.
This gives you plenty of space to hold your important files and documents, including hundreds of photos and home movies. Best of all, you get a fast and responsive Windows 10 experience in a laptop that costs just £599.99. That level of power for that price would have been unheard of five years ago.
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