And now it seems, with their Sandy Bridge wrinkles firmly tucked away, Intel is continuing to flesh out their mobile offering with a new, more moderately priced dual-core CPU that brings all of their latest technologies to bear in a 2.53GHz chip called the Core i5-2520M. With Turbo Boost technology available for bursts of performance on demand, this four-thread capable CPU should be a popular configuration in the midrange class of multimedia notebooks. The Asus K53E was the vehicle of choice that Intel went with for our testing and evaluation requirements here today and it's a looker.
|PROCESSOR||Intel® Core™ i5-2520M (3MB Cache, 2.5 GHz, 3.2GHz Max Turbo Boost)|
|GRAPHICS CARD||Intel® HD Graphics 3000|
|DISPLAY||15" LED Display - 1366 x 768|
|MEMORY||2 X 2GB GB Hynix DDR3-1333, 1X 4GB Samsung DDR3-1333|
|HARD DRIVE||Seagate Momentus 640 GB ST9640423AS|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Microsoft® Windows® 7 Ultimate 64-bit|
|BATTERY CAPACITY||56 WHr, 6-cell
This K53E's MSRP is expected to be in the $899 range, for the configuration you see above, and as we have tested it here. That's a reasonable price for a machine with the build quality and styling we'll show you shortly. However, also the K53E came nicely appointed with a combo CD/DVD RW drive, a 640GB 5400RPM hard drive and 6GB of DDR3-1333 memory. Though, drop in an SSD and this machine really becomes a screamer.