THE THIRD PUSH

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

With the re­cently launched Ul­tra­books, In­tel set the stan­dard for Win­dows lap­tops just as the MacBook Air had some time back. Now In­tel is push­ing things fur­ther with its third gen­er­a­tion pro­ces­sors called the Ivy Bridge.

But how do you im­prove a pro­ces­sor that is al­ready su­per fast and does pretty much ev­ery­thing you ex­pect it to? When we got the yet to be launched Asus N56V lap­top run­ning the brand new In­tel 2.3GHz Core i7-3720QM mo­bile pro­ces­sor we tried to see if there was any im­prove­ment which could be vis­i­ble to an av­er­age user.

Our first tryst with the pro­ces­sor was not what we ex­pected. It took 45 sec­onds to get to the start screen, some­thing which an Ul­tra­book would have done it 20. We dis­missed this, putting it down to the fact that we were run­ning not an Ul­tra­book but a gi­ant of a lap­top, which was more a re­place­ment for desk­tops that net­books.

Then ev­ery­thing started feel­ing like it was on time-lapse. We were wait­ing for the me­dia player to open when we no­ticed that the pro­gramme was al­ready up and run­ning. We did not even get time to move the cur­sor away.

ASUS N56VM

Price: TBA

Specs:

15.6-inch full HD LED Dis­play; In­tel Core i7-3720QM Pro­ces­sor (6MB Cache, 2.6 GHz); 8GB DDR3 RAM; 750 GB HDD; In­tel HD Graph­ics 4000 + nVidia GeForce GT 630M; 56 WHr bat­tery.

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