Choosing a PC laptop is not easy. There are so many different specs that you can choose from. However, the first and most important part of the purchase process is to narrow down the Processor you want. The processor (or CPU) is the brain of the computer and will determine what you can and cannot do on your laptop. Here is a breakdown of what kind of CPU you will need for specific use cases:

Workstation & Gaming

If you want to use the laptop as a workstation or for average gaming, then you can use anything from an Intel Core i5 to an i7 series chip. The deciding factor is what you need to do and how much you are willing to spend. You can expect battery life of three to eight hours.

High-end Productivity

Intel Core i7 U Series or an AMD Ryzen Mobile 7 are the best two processors for High-end productivity users who also want battery life. For example, you can get as much as 17 hours with laptops using these processors.


When you want an extremely small form factor then you will need to get a laptop with a mobile processor that targets the ultraportable market. Intel dominates that space with the Intel Core m, Core i5, or i7 Y Series. AMD will launch a rival for these laptops during the year.


Normal productivity users will place more importance on battery life than outright power. The Intel Core i5 U Series and AMD Ryzen Mobile 5 fit the everyday productivity mold quite nicely.

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