Thought spanking new Intel Core i5 laptops would command a price premium? Not this week at Staples, where fully loaded Core i5 laptops from Dell and Hewlett-Packard are on sale for as little as $649.
Staples is selling a Dell 17-inch system with the Core i5 430M for $649. The Dell system is regularly $799. The $150 discount (which is "instant savings"--not a rebate) ends later this week, according to a sales representative who said prices will go up again at the close of business on Saturday.
Dell Insprion 17.3" Laptop at Staples:
- Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
- Processor: Intel Core i5 430M processor (2.26GHz)
- Memory: 4GB
- Optical drive: 8X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive
- Dislpay: 17.3" HD+ WLED display
- Hard disk drive: 320GB hard drive
- Price: $649 (this week only)
Staples is also offering a 14-inch HP DV4-2170 laptop for $649 with the same Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, a 320GB hard disk drive, and Windows Home Premium 64-bit. Staples lists the system at a regular price of $809.98 with $110 of "instant savings" and a $50 rebate, which brings the price to $649.
Intel's Core i5 mobile processor, based on the latest "Nehalem" chip architecture,. Typically, laptops built around new Intel mainstream mobile processors are priced at least a couple of hundred dollars above the prices Staples is listing.
Core i5 processors feature a technology called Turbo Boost. For example, a 2.26GHz Intel Core i5-430M processor is automatically overclocked to 2.53GHz as needed by the application. This feat is not possible with laptops packing the Core i3 chip, which doesn't feature Turbo Boost.