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Sep 3, 2018 (updated : Sep 2, 2020)

Best Core i5 Laptops Available in the Philippines 2021

Going for the Core i7 laptops nowadays might be overkill for users who are only after their daily dose of computing and gaming. Here are seven of the best Core i5 laptops in the country that might finally cave you in the segment.

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For many consumers who might still be on the hunt for a new laptop, one of the biggest considerations they may encounter sooner or later is the arduous task of choosing which type of processor their device should be equipped with.

In 2020, two of the most sought-after, mainstream systems are the Intel Core i5 and the Core i7. And when these two are seated against each other, you know for sure it's going to be a tricky business.

If you were to choose between the Core i3 and the Core i9, you could choose right off the bat, depending on your needs and budget.

On the other hand, the difference between the Core i5 and the Core i7 is particularly subtle, relative to its hallmarks and specifications. And this can only get more nuanced when their respective pricings are included. News flash: The difference isn't that huge!

Now, in our first section that determines which is better between the two processors, we have collated the best Core i5 laptops in the Philippines, which are making waves now.

Soon, we'll also let you know which Core i7 laptops in the country are gaining traction. In this round, we'll see how far this popular chipset has already gone on with the following entries.

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Best Core i5 Laptops in the Philippines

7. Lenovo IdeaPad S540 15

Without a doubt, Lenovo's IdeaPad S540 15 is better than the IdeaPad S340, and not just because of their numerical monikers.

Our first entry has a humongous 15.6-inch FHD IPS panel, right with disconcerting bezels at the top and bottom. Nevertheless, its aluminum body features a smooth finish that is sleek enough to touch, with just the right amount of texture. Its colorways are flexible as well, with matte hues complementing the svelte nature of the device.

Alongside the Core i5 processor in it, the laptop is also paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, while NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 is likewise included.

Another takeaway from the device is its battery life. On paper, it can manage a substantial 11.5 hours of web browsing, with 12 hours when gaming.

Its drawbacks include its slightly inferior keypad, attributed by the shallow, plus the weird placements of some keys, which ultimately lead to typos. Still, the keyboard is noted for its backlighting and "clicky" experience.

Pros

  • Massive FHD IPS panel
  • Long battery life
  • Sleek design
  • Great performance

Cons

  • Overall mediocre keyboard experience
  • Lacks Thunderbolt connection

Lenovo IdeaPad S540 15 Key Specifications

Display Size15 inches
ResolutionFHD 1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel TypeIPS, antiglare, 300 nits, 72% NTSC
CPUCore i5, Core i7
Processor ModelUp to 10th Gen Intel Core i7
GPU ModelIntel Integrated Graphics Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (optional)
RAM12GB
Memory TypeDDR4
Storage TypeHDD, SSD, HDD+SSD/eMMC
HDD1TB, 2TB
SSD/eMMC128GB, 512GB
ConnectivityHDMI, USB3.0, Bluetooth, Card Reader, Camera, Speakers, Microphone, 10 key, Trackpad, USB Type-C, USB3.1
OSWindows 10
OS VerWindows 10 Home
BatteryUp to 12 hours
Dimensions358 x 245 x 16.95 mm
WeightStarting at 1.8 kg

6. ASUS ExpertBook B9450FA

The ASUS ExpertBook B9450FA made some headlines at the time of its launch for this single pronouncement – the laptop features a record-setting battery life. And this alone is more than enough as its key selling point.

The ASUS ExpertBook B9450FA reportedly lasted for a whopping 16 hours and more minutes when numerous tech outlets tested it. This is by far the longest duration a laptop has ever endured.

The rest of its offerings are no joke, either. The laptop packs an attractive midnight-pearlescent chassis, which is both robust and lightweight. Its 14-inch 1080p screen also deserves mention as it is relatively bright and immersive at the same time; meanwhile, the device's anti-glare finish makes it ideal for outdoor use.

The ASUS ExpertBook B9450FA also came with some not-so-appealing features. These include a finicky touchpad, plus its often annoyance-inducing keyboard layout.

Nevertheless, this very laptop is one that should put others in shame in terms of endurance, which nowadays is already a feat in itself if you execute it right.

Pros

  • Ridiculously long battery life
  • No-frills, minimalist aesthetics
  • Immersive display

Cons

  • Touchpad isn't exactly user-friendly
  • Tricky keyboard layout

ASUS ExpertBook B9450FA Key Specifications

Display Size14 inches
ResolutionFHD 1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel TypeIPS, anti-glare screen, 300nits brightness display
CPUCore i5, Core i7
Processor ModelIntel Core i7-10510 1.8GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.9GHz) and 8MB cache Intel Core i5-10210 1.6GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.2GHz) and 6MB cache
GPU ModelIntegrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM8GB, 16GB
Memory TypeLPDDR3
Storage TypeSSD
SSD/eMMC512GB, 1TB, 2TB
ConnectivityHDMI, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt, Camera, Speakers, Microphone, Trackpad, USB Type-C, USB3.1, micro HDMI
OSWindows 10
OS VerWindows 10 Pro Windows 10 Home
BatteryUp to 24 hours battery life 65W AC adapter with fast charging support 66Wh, 4-cell lithium-polymer battery 33Wh, 2-cell lithium-polymer battery
Dimensions1.49 x 32.0 x 20.3 cm (0.59 x 12.60 x 7.99 inches)
Weight0.870 kg (1.92 pounds) with 33W battery, 0.995 kg (2.19 pounds) with 66W battery

5. Lenovo IdeaPad S340 14

While decent "budget" laptops are almost considered niche due to the users' difficulty of finding one in the market, the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 14 makes it easy for consumers to get it spotted.

Apart from its attractive pricing, our third contender has some nifty features. These include the new design feature dubbed as the TrueBlock privacy shutter, which allows users to cover the webcam physically whenever they feel the need to.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 14 also features a springy albeit responsive feel of a keyboard, right with enough travel that is, at times, satisfying. Also, the keyboard is backlit!

Another feature that is key to this laptop's charm is its improved battery life. The unit can go for almost 13 hours of web browsing, with 10 hours if one is just watching some movies on it. The laptop boasts up to 52.5Wh of battery capacity.

Probably the biggest grip users have on the laptop is its structural strength. Accordingly, it is one of those few devices which render an imbalance on the front side. Meanwhile, the device is likewise notorious for its weak chassis and TN panel with underwhelming viewing angles.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 14 also packs up to 20GB of RAM and 2TB SSD + 2TB HDD.

Pros

  • Improved battery life
  • TrueBlock privacy shutter
  • Springy, responsive, and backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Structural strength is subpar, no thanks to plastic material
  • Weak chassis
  • Thunderbolt is lacking (which is understandable at this price point)

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 14 Key Specifications

Display Size14 inches
ResolutionFHD 1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel TypeLED backlit, anti-glare
CPUAMD, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor ModelUp to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7-8565U (1.8GHz 8M Cache, up to 4.60 GHz) AMD Athlon 300U (2.40GHz, 1MB) AMD Ryzen 3 3200U (2.60GHz, 1MB) AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (2.10GHz 2MB)
GPU ModelUp to NVIDIA GeForce MX250 NVIDIA GeForce MX230 AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
RAM4GB, 8GB, 12GB
Memory TypeDDR4
Storage TypeHDD, SSD, HDD+SSD/eMMC
HDD1TB, 2TB
SSD/eMMC128GB, 256GB
ConnectivityHDMI, Bluetooth, Card Reader, Camera, Speakers, Microphone, Trackpad, USB Type-C, USB3.1
OSWindows 10
OS VerWindows 10 Home
Battery3-cell Lithium-Ion Polymer battery, 52.5Wh Up to 8 hours
Dimensions323.6mm x 228mm x 17.9mm / 12.9" x 8.9" x 0.7"
WeightStarting at 1.69 kg

4. Apple MacBook Air 13" 2019

Perhaps the biggest news the long-time MacBook Air fans received when the 2019 version of the series was launched was the device's accompaniment of an "improved" keyboard. Well, not so much as perfect as those in the Pro editions, but ultimately better than its predecessors, which include the 2018 refresh.

The MacBook Air 13" 2019's keyboard is now less rattly when users type on and that the typing noise has been somewhat muffled.

Apple has also added the much-needed True Tone technology, which now ensures a more consistent color output.

Other than these two upgrades, the MacBook Air 13" 2019 is essentially the same as last year. This goes without saying that the device is still the best in the competition, especially when you happen to be among those who want a good, old, reliable laptop monster, which is a powerhouse in anything that is all of light use.

Crucial to this appeal is the laptop's 13-inch Retina display with a resolution of 1,600 x 2,560 pixels, sonorous sound setup, iconic sleek design, the reliable trackpad, fantastic battery life, and robust structure with a sublime form factor that has always been the highlight of the Air series.

The MacBook Air 13" (2019) also features 8GB of RAM and Intel UHD Graphics 617.

Ultimately, the 2019 model year variant of the MacBook Air has introduced a new, lower pricing scheme.

Pros

  • Retina display
  • Impressive sound offerings
  • Iconic trackpad
  • Improved keyboard
  • Generous macOS updates

Cons

  • Keyboard could still be improved
  • Limited ports

Apple MacBook Air 13" 2019 Key Specifications

Display Size13.3 inches
Resolution2560 x 1600 pixels at 227 ppi
Panel TypeLED-backlit, IPS True Tone technology
CPUCore i5
Processor ModelDual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5
Processor Speed1.6 GHz
GPU ModelIntel UHD Graphics 617
RAM8GB, 16GB
Memory TypeLPDDR3
Storage TypeSSD
SSD/eMMC128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Optical DriveNo
ConnectivityBluetooth, Thunderbolt, Camera, Speakers, Microphone, Trackpad, USB Type-C, USB3.1
OSMac OS
BatteryBuilt-in 49.9‑watt-hour lithium‑polymer Up to 12 hours wireless web Up to 13 hours iTunes movie playback Up to 30 days of standby time 30W USB-C Power Adapter; USB-C power port
Dimensions0.41-1.56 x 30.41 x 21.24 cm
Weight1.25 kg

3. HP Spectre x360 (2020)

As you'd come to expect from the Spectre series, the HP Spectre x360 (2020) is no different than its siblings relative to its key features. For one, the laptop has a phenomenal display, brought to life by the stunning 4K touch display wrapped in a 13.3-inch AMOLED panel.

Further, the HP Spectre x360 (2020) boasts a top-of-the-line piece of hardware, evidenced by its brushed metal finish, alongside its namesake 360-degree hinge, which enables the device to swap between laptop and tablet modes.

In the same vein, the laptop is noted for its impressively thin bearing and modern cooling; the latter is handled by two small fans that sit together on its base.

The HP Spectre x360 (2020's) keyboard is also praised for its user-friendliness, thanks to its soft backlighting and the inclusion of an expansive trackpad, which has a friendly, satisfyingly firm, click feel in it.

The laptop's physical connectivity features are also abundant in nature. HP equipped the device with two Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports, plus a single USB-A port, which opens on a sprung clasp.

Apart from the crucial Core i5 inclusion, the laptop also packs a substantial 16GB of high-speed RAM.

Purportedly the only misstep HP may have done in this regard is the device's not-so-impressive battery life. Still, it should be more than decent for users who aren't power-hungry.

Pros

  • Incredibly stylish with a high-quality finish
  • Impressive performance through and through

Cons

  • Battery life could still be improved
  • Can rut hot at times

HP Spectre x360 Key Specifications

Display Size13.3 inches
ResolutionFull HD 1920 x 1080
Panel TypeTouch
CPUCore i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor Modeli3-8145U, i5-8265U, i7-7500U, i7-8565U
Processor Speed2.7 GHz
GPU ModelIntel HD Graphics 620
RAM4GB, 8GB, 16GB
Memory TypeDDR SDRAM, DDR4
Storage TypeSSD
HDD1TB
SSD/eMMC128GB, 256GB, 512GB
ConnectivityBluetooth, Camera, Speakers, Microphone, USB Type-C, USB3.1
OSWindows 10
Battery3 Cell Lithium ion
Dimensions12.07 x 8.58 x 0.55 in
Weight1.32 kg

2. ASUS VivoBook S15 S530UN

To say that the ASUS VivoBook S15 S530UN is the ultimate ultrabook in its class is an understatement. Factually, this laptop is simply beyond that.

Case in point is its smooth personification of the VivoBook's signature sleek design philosophy, which has been admiring many users in years. Being only 0.7 inches in thickness, the laptop is among the slimmest in its class, barring the latest MacBook Air iterations.

Nevertheless, the device manages to cram in a massive 15.6-inch display, which is just about the perfect size of a modern ultrabook.

Backing the Core i5 platform is a 4GB 2666 RAM and 1TB + 128GB of storage. This entry is ideal for storing tons of videos and pictures, right with an uber quick loading time with these in tow.

As its namesake may have already suggested, the screen size of the device is at 15.6 - all adorned with LED-backlit, full HD resolution, and a 16:9 aspect ratio. A matte finish on its panel is simply an add-on we don't deserve. But we're kidding you.

Pros

  • Sleek and smooth design
  • Impeccable display
  • Generous RAM and ROM offerings
  • Ergonomic cooling system

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Not ideal for heavy gaming
  • Sound is ultimately underwhelming

ASUS VivoBook S15 S530UN Key Specifications

Display Size15.6 inches
ResolutionFull HD 1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel TypeLED-backlit matte display Advanced three-sided NanoEdge display 178° wide-view technology ASUS Eye Care technology for up to 30% blue-light reduction
CPUCore i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor ModelIntel Core i7-8550U Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i3-8130U
Processor Speedi7-8550U: 1.8 GHz / i5-8250U: 1.6 GHz / i3-8130U: 2.2 GHz
GPU ModelNVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
RAM4GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 64GB
Memory TypeDDR4
Storage TypeHDD+SSD/eMMC
HDD500GB, 1TB, 2TB
SSD/eMMC128GB, 256GB, 512GB
ConnectivityHDMI, USB2.0, Bluetooth, Card Reader, Camera, Speakers, Microphone, 10 key, Trackpad, USB Type-C, USB3.1
OSWindows 10
OS VerWindows 10 Pro Windows 10 Home
Battery42Wh 3-cell lithium-prismatic Fast charging to 60% in 49 minutes 65W power adapter
Dimensions1.8 x 36.14 x 24.35 cm
Weight1.8 kg

1. ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN

The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN is living proof that looks aren't everything, especially when you've come across one of the latest iterations under the ZenBook lineup. As it stands, the device is also heavily equipped with some of the most powerful internals in the competition.

It features up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of solid-state drive memory, and Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics. ASUS has also done well in terms of equipping the device with its much-needed ports. There is a USB-C port, two USB Type-A ports (2.0 and 3.0), an HDMI connection, and a microSD card reader.

Now onto its most redeeming feature -its display and design. Touted as the world's smallest 14-inch laptop, the device measures 1.59 x 31.9 x 19.9cm. Inside, the ZenBook 14 employs a wide 1,920 x 1,080 display, right with an impressive 92% screen-to-body ratio.

Another highlight of the ZenBook 14 is its "ErgoLift Hinge," a feature that not only hides its bottom bezel but also pronounces its design more efficiently.

Overall, the ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN should delight professionals who have quite the penchant to flaunt their laptops without the need to do so. But unlike previous iterations in the industry which fell flat with their lackluster internals, this very laptop changes such a misstep.

Pros

  • Impressively thin and light
  • Near borderless display
  • Generous provision on ports
  • Touchpad doubles as a number pad
  • Solid battery life

Cons

  • Display could use some more brightness
  • There is a noticeable amount of bloatware

ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN Key Specifications

Display Size14 inches
ResolutionFHD 1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel TypeLED-backlit 16:9 standard display LED-backlit 16:9 anti-glare display Four-sided frameless NanoEdge design
CPUCore i5, Core i7
Processor ModelIntel Core i7-8565U (1.8GHz, up to 4.6GHz, 8MB cache) Intel Core i5-8265U (1.6GHz, up to 3.9GHz, 6MB cache)
GPU ModelNVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 VRAM Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM8GB, 16GB
Memory TypeLPDDR3
Storage TypeSSD
SSD/eMMC256GB, 512GB, 1TB
ConnectivityHDMI, USB2.0, Bluetooth, Card Reader, Camera, Speakers, Microphone, Trackpad, USB Type-C, USB3.1
OSWindows 10
OS VerWindows 10 Pro Windows 10 Home
Battery50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer Up to 14 hours of battery life 65W power adapter
Dimensions1.59 x 31.9 x 19.9 cm (HxWxD)
Weight1.19 kg (standard display), 1.09 kg (anti-glare display)

Conclusion

We, at Priceprice.com, certainly get why you've reached this section. You're here for the sole reason of getting a laptop that is equipped with an Intel Core i5, and that your budget is somewhat under constraint. Again, that is understandable.

But our team doesn't only dwell specifically within these boundaries. No. The compilation we've just revealed is a testament that such a processor would still be rendered futile if it isn't adorned with key and modern features that would make the laptop of your choice a solid all-rounder.

And the list of these perks don't just go beyond how immersive its accompanying display is. There is also the need for tons of ports, the endurance of a battery, and then, of course, the flexible functionalities of a keyboard and a trackpad.

When some of these are met with just about the right amount of everything, you can be sure that such a laptop is only right in our aforementioned entries.

Spec Comparison

Model Lenovo IdeaPad S540 15 Lenovo IdeaPad S540 15 ASUS ExpertBook B9450FA ASUS ExpertBook B9450FA Lenovo IdeaPad S340 14 Lenovo IdeaPad S340 14 Apple MacBook Air 13" 2019 Apple MacBook Air 13" 2019 HP Spectre x360 HP Spectre x360 ASUS VivoBook S15 S530UN ASUS VivoBook S15 S530UN ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN
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Lowest Price P47,995 P47,020 P35,313 P41,556.12 P8,000 P43,995 P46,846.99
CPU Core i5, Core i7 Core i5, Core i7 AMD, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 Core i5 Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 Core i5, Core i7
GPU Model Intel Integrated Graphics
Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (optional)
Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 Up to NVIDIA GeForce MX250
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics
AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 617 Intel HD Graphics 620 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 VRAM NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM 12GB 8GB, 16GB 4GB, 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 16GB 4GB, 8GB, 16GB 4GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 64GB 8GB, 16GB
HDD 1TB, 2TB 1TB, 2TB 1TB 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
Display Size 15 inches 14 inches 14 inches 13.3 inches 13.3 inches 15.6 inches 14 inches
Weight Starting at 1.8 kg 0.870 kg (1.92 pounds) with 33W battery, 0.995 kg (2.19 pounds) with 66W battery Starting at 1.69 kg 1.25 kg 1.32 kg 1.8 kg 1.19 kg (standard display), 1.09 kg (anti-glare display)
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