You shouldn’t settle for anything less than the absolute best if you’re in the market for a high-end laptop, and in this respect, Core i7 laptops are definitely the best money can buy. It has long been said that Intel’s i7 series are the fastest CPUs known to man and it’s easy to see why. Be it in benchmarks or practical applications, i7 systems appear to out-perform any other CPUs out there, much thanks to their core build and to the microprocessing technologies they incorporate.
We should also point out that i7 systems make great gaming laptops by most standards, especially when paired with an equally capable graphics card. Although a bit pricier than i5 laptops, with the i7 CPU you are guaranteed to enjoy a much better speed when running most applications, which certainly justifies the price. Not only that but you will find i7 laptops to be much more compatible with high-end hardware like fast SSDs and DDR4 memories.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the Core i7 CPUs is that they all feature a quad-core build that eases the stress levels for each individual core, thus helping the CPU move a lot faster than normal. Now, it has to be said that there are notable differences between i7 CPUs, each packing its own particularities. Overall, however, you are bound to get top-notch performances out of any i7 model, with very few noticeable differences between them.
As many of you may or may not know, i7 CPUs pack Turbo Boosting capabilities, a feature that allows you to quickly boost their overall speed without exposing the CPU to any of the traditional risks of overclocking. What it basically does is allow the CPU to run at a much faster clock speed, similar to the way people sometimes overclock their CPUs. The major difference here is that Intel’s Turbo Boosting feature doesn’t stress the CPU the way traditional overclocking does.
Another great feature of the Core i7 processors is the hyper-threading capability, one that allows the CPU to maximize its use of each individual core. This useful feature will particularly prove its worth when running two or more applications at the same time as it enables you to switch between them with the knowledge that each application will be processed at full speed. In fact, hyper-threading can definitely be seen as a turbo boosting feature in its own right.
Best i7 Laptops – Reviews
(Updated March 2017)
Lenovo Ideapad 310 – 15.6 Inch HD Display Laptop
This high-performance notebook is equipped with 8 GB of DDR4 memory along with its lightning fast Intel Core i7 6500U CPU. At the same time, this laptop benefits from the latest WiFi technology available, one that enables you to browse the internet at speeds of up to three times faster. Storage-wise, let us point out that it offers a very fast 256 GB SSD that you will find to be much faster than virtually any HDD out there. Also worth mentioning is that it comes with a pre-installed Windows 10 OS that will prove highly compatible with most modern applications.
– Quite fast
– Good connectivity
– Can be upgraded easily
– Awkwardly positioned touch pad
– Some keyboard issues to be expected after a while
– Poor driver support
Asus F555LA-US71 15.6 Inch Laptop
This is perhaps one of the best budget laptops out there, which should tell you everything to know about its actual specs. Not exactly high-end given the pace at which technology is moving forward nowadays, yet still a very fast laptop to have. To be more precise, this laptop features an Intel Core i7-5500U CPU, 8 GB DDR3L (1600 MHz), a 1 TB HDD, and a multitude of other useful features.
Among them, a built-in 0.3 MP webcam, a Seamless chiclet-style keyboard DVD drive, and HDMI output capabilities. Not only that but it also packs a pre-installed Windows 10 OS, which is more or less what you should expect from a modern laptop.
– Quality display
– Large storage capacity
– Poor sound quality
– Some performance issues when running certain applications
– Poorly optimized for graphic design
Lenovo Y700 – 15.6 Inch Full HD Gaming Laptop
Lenovo’s Y700 is designed for speed above everything else and this is exactly what it delivers. Thanks to its powerful graphics card, it will enable you to run most modern applications and video games with no limitations to speak of. Furthermore, this laptop is designed to remain cool at all times, maintaining a low operating temperature regardless of what applications you use it for. We should also point out that it features surprisingly good speakers for its price, the type you would expect from a much more expensive gaming laptop.
– Good graphics card
– Fast RAM
– Stays cool at all times
– Keyboard could be better
– Construction feels feeble
– Possible LED issues
Acer Predator 17 Inch Gaming Laptop
Acer’s Predator 17 Gaming Laptop is one of the best video editing laptops the market has to offer at this point in time. Advertised as a gaming laptop, this powerful machine will meet many other requirements given its high-end specs, especially when it comes to video editing tasks. It does so thanks to a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM and to an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU. At the same time, this high-quality laptop features no less than 16 GB of DDR4 memory, a 256 GB SSD, and a 1 TB HDD for good measure.
– Very fast
– Decent memory
– Impressive graphics
– Some compatibility issues with certain software
– Construction could be sturdier
– Faulty audio drivers
MSI GE72 Apache Pro-029 17.3 Inch
Equipped with no less than 16 GB of DDR4 2133 MHz RAM, this high-end laptop from MSI will surely impress anyone who knows about laptops and what they’re worth. It also comes with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core CPU and a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX960M 2 GB GDDR5 graphics card which powers a reliable 17.3″ Full HD eDP NonReflective display. At the same time, this laptop features a SteelSeries Full-color Backlit keyboard with Anti-Ghost keys. Also worth mentioning is that it boasts a high-speed LAN Killer Gaming Network e2400 connection designed for gaming.
– Very fast RAM
– Reliable SSD
– Good specs overall
– Battery life
– Glossy keyboard
– Unreliable touchpad
Samsung NP900X5L-K02US 15 Inch Notebook 9
Samsung’s NP900X5L-K02US Notebook 9 is without a doubt one of the best performance laptops on the market at this point in time. We don’t necessarily say this because of its specs but because of its overall build. You see, this laptop’s hardware configuration was so thought out to the point where it presents no risks of running into any compatibility issues.
We all know how important it is for a work laptop to be reliable and versatile, which are the exact characteristics that best describe the NP900X5L-K02US. Specs-wise, let us point out that it features a powerful 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U and a very fast 256 GB SSD.
– Highly reliable
– Multiple ports to choose from
– Good connectivity
– Storage capacity could be bigger
– Battery lasts only a few hours
– No USB-C port
MSI VR Ready GT72VR Dominator 17.3 Inch Pro-015 Gaming Laptop
This particular machine stands out among 17 inches laptops as one of the very best money can buy. Equipped with the latest GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 graphics card, you are likely to get a few years worth of quality gaming without the need to upgrade your machine in any way. Speaking of specs, we should point out that this laptop features no less than 16 GB of DDR4 RAM operating at a 2400 MHz frequency.
Add to this the fact that it is VR Ready by design and you begin to understand why it commands the high price tag it has. Still, if you can find the money to invest in such a powerful machine then you will definitely get your money’s worth.
– Amazing graphics card
– Very fast
– Quality display
– The battery
– Quite heavy
– Some compatibility issues with older software
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK 15.6 Inch
Given its 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6500U CPU, there isn’t much this powerful laptop can’t do, not to mention the fast boot speed and the overall reliability. Although it comes with just 8 GB of RAM, the fact that it is DDR4 RAM and that it operates at a much faster speed than most RAM certainly makes up for it.
Interestingly enough, this laptop enjoys a battery life of no less than 12 hours on a single charge, which needless to say, is very impressive by most standards. On a related note, this laptop features a pre-installed Windows 10 OS which is bound to help with its battery life even further.
– Impressive battery life
– Quite fast
– Clear sound
– Trackpad feels awkward
– Possible issues with the backlit keyboard
– Audio controls are too far away from the FN key
Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6 Inch
When it comes to graphic design laptops and what they’re worth, you don’t always have to break the bank if you know what to look for. Such is the case with the Aspire E from Acer, a surprisingly powerful machine for its price. Given its Nvidia 940M 4 GB GDDR5 graphics card, this surprisingly affordable laptop definitely stands out as one of the very best in its class, even when it comes to playing video games.
Speaking of gaming, it should be said that this particular laptop features a backlit keyboard designed to give you perfect visibility in any lighting condition and a precision touchpad for good measure.
– Inexpensive given its specs
– Decent display
– Good enough battery life
– Case is quite feeble
– Might have issues running older software
– Keyboard feels strange
ASUS ROG G752VY-DH78K 17 Inch Gaming Laptop
The G752VY-DH78K 17-Inch Gaming Laptop from ASUS is among the best gaming laptops ever made, no doubt about it. You see, this high-performance gaming laptop features no less than 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, which is quite an impressive amount of RAM to have. It also uses an overclocked Intel i7-6820HQ CPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8 GB VRAM graphics card, a combination that will allow you to run most modern video games without any issues to speak of.
At the same time, this laptop’s ROG-Exclusive mobile 3D Vapor Chamber Thermal Pipe will ensure that your laptop stays cool at all times, regardless of how intensely it is being used or of what you use it for. Overall, it is perhaps one of the best gaming laptops money can buy right now.
– Impressive specs
– Crystal-clear display
– Sleek design
– The price
– You get better fps overall with the 15″ version
– Sub-par customer support
When you buy an i& laptop, you’re basically buying the very best CPU on the market. This should tell you all you need to know about the standards you can expect i7 laptops to meet and how fast these laptops can be expected to perform.
Although they don’t all meet the same operating criteria, you can at least rest assured that an i7 laptop will make short work of any CPU-intensive task and without overheating the laptop in any way. In fact, i7 laptops are without a doubt the most reliable laptops the market has to offer at this point in time.