THE THIRD PUSH
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.
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.