Having a Core i7-powered laptop is important for users who need access to maximum computing power without any compromises whatsoever. The Core i7 processor can handle heavy-duty tasks like video and photo editing, advanced spreadsheet formulas, multi-tasking environments, and gaming with either minimal or no slowdown in performance.
Since the Core i7 is one of Intel's top-of-the-line processors, getting a laptop with the Core i7 included will come at a premium. We will go over the various Core i7 laptops that we think will give you the best value for your money for this sizeable investment.
Dell XPS 15-9560
The Dell XPS 15-9560 is one of the most powerful laptops in the market and it has the price tag to match, with a starting price point of PHP 113K from Lazada. It comes with two processor options, Core i5 for the budget conscious and the Core i7 who want the most computing power.
This laptop comes with a 15.6-inch 1080p full HD InfinityEdge display with the option to upgrade to a 4K resolution panel for those who want the very best out of their laptops. For memory, there are options for 8/16/32GB RAM, though it is recommended to have at least 16GB, especially for Windows 10 since the operating system itself already consumes a lot of memory.
The included GPU is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 of VRAM, powerful enough to facilitate video editing or even gaming on medium to high-settings. Though the GTX 1050 is not the most powerful GPU in the market, it is still capable of giving users a smooth experience.
The Dell XPS 15-9560 comes with dual storage: an SSD boot drive and a Hard Disk Drive for storage. The SSD options are 256/512GB, while the HDD options are 500GB/1TB, which is big enough to handle the latest games and plenty of media files.
For those who need blazing fast internet speeds, this laptop has an onboard ethernet port. For wireless internet connectivity, it comes with the Intel 8265 802.11ac 2x2 dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for external accessories. An HDMI port is available for connectivity to external display devices, USB3.0 and 3.1 (Thunderbolt) for fast transfer speeds to external storage solutions, an onboard SD Card reader, useful when transferring media from a camera, and an onboard webcam and speakers for internet conferencing.
For battery, it comes with options for either 56Whr or 97Whr non-removable battery and can last up to 17 hours on a single charge. Windows 10 Pro comes installed out of the box, making this ideal for power users or for corporations looking for powerful mobile computing solutions.
ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 N580VD
The ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 N580VD is a slim laptop that's capable of competing with other laptops in the market in both price and performance. It's powered by the Core i5 or i7 processor (depending on the model). It also shows off a premium feel thanks to its aluminum unibody design, tipping scales at 2.2kg.
This laptop comes with a 15.6-inch display panel with options for either a 1080p full HD display or a 4K resolution display. ASUS is known for calibrating their displays' color gamut using their ASUS Splendid display technology, giving users a rich display experience every time.
The Vivobook Pro 15 N580VD comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM, which combined with the powerful 7th-generation Core processor makes multitasking effortless. A 128/256/512GB SSD can be added to the VivoBook Pro 15's configuration, making this laptop go even faster. It also comes with bigger HDD storage options with 500GB/1TB/2TB HDD variants, minimizing the need for external hard drives.
It has the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050M graphics card installed, with options to go for 2GB or 4GB of VRAM. This graphics card is an ideal solution for on-the-go gaming, and other graphics-intensive tasks.
The Vivobook Pro 15 N580VD comes with either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro out of the box, making it ready to go right after purchase. It comes with a 3-cell 47 Whrs Polymer Battery, which could last up to 8 hours on a single charge. This laptop can be configured in several options depending on the user's need and balanced with their budget.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15)
The Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15) is a hybrid laptop that can be configured into a tablet when you remove the display panel from the main body or into the stock-configuration laptop. The Surface Book 2 (15) is Microsoft's flagship laptop and definitely packs a lot of power in its slim chassis.
This laptop comes with the 8th-generation Core i7-8650U processor with clock speeds of up to 4.2 GHz, making this one of the powerful laptops on this list. It comes with a 15-inch 4K-resolution PixelSense touchscreen panel that can be converted into a tablet, perfect for artists who want to use the display for sketching or for those who want to jot down notes the old-fashioned way using the optional Surface Pen.
Driving the display is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB GDDR5 of VRAM, which is powerful enough to run most games at high settings at 60FPS or for graphics-intensive tasks like video editing.
The Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15) is definitely not cheap with prices starting at around PHP 169K. Some experts have said that the Surface Book packs enough specs and features that make it compete or even exceed the MacBook Pro.
ASUS ROG Strix GL503
ASUS is known to produce powerful gaming laptops, and the ASUS ROG Strix GL503 is definitely not an exemption. It has a sleek design with thermal fins that help keep the laptop cool and at the same time reflect its intense nature. Its black brushed-aluminum finish give it a "gamer" feel. This laptop is definitely slim, but it is a bit heavy at 2.6kg and will eat into a considerable amount of hand-carry allowance, especially during air travel.
The ROG Strix GL503 is powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, both of which are more than capable for gaming, but getting the Core i7 is recommended for usage in professional-grade applications like video editing. It has a RAM capacity of up to 32GB DDR4, making this ideal for multi-tasking solutions.
The display is a 15.6-inch anti-glare display panel with 1080p full HD resolution. Driving the display is the NVIDIA GeForce 1050 Ti GPU with the option to upgrade to the NVIDIA GeForce 1060 Ti GPU, with both GPU solutions offering upgraded VRAM capacity which will help lessen rendering times during editing or gaming.
The ROG Strix GL503 is ideal for gamers who want to stream their games on the go, or for the professionals who need gaming-level performance to get the most out of their editing rig. Prices start at around PHP50K.
Lenovo Ideapad 320 14ISK
The Lenovo IdeaPad 320 14ISK has a sleek design, boasting a unibody design and a variety of colorway options: Platinum Grey, Onyx Black, Blizzard White, and Denim Blue. It can be configured with either a Core i3 or a Core i7 processor, depending on what tasks it will be used for.
The IdeaPad 320 14ISK has 14-inch display panel with the option to choose between an HD (1366 x 768) panel or an FHD panel (1920 x 1080). Driving the display is an NVIDIA Optimus graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce 920MX with switchable graphics to the Intel Integrated Graphics GPU, making this one of the basic graphics solutions on this list.
The RAM solution on this laptop is somewhat limited with a maximum RAM capacity of only 16GB DDR4. The storage solutions are richer though, offering options for SSD, HDD or an SSD + HDD storage solutions with storage capacity starting at 128GB for SSD, and a dual-storage option of 256GB SATA SSD + 1TB SATA HDD among others, it all boils down to what the user needs.
The IdeaPad 320 14ISK comes with Wi-Fi AC support and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, a 4-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), and 2 USB 3.0 ports for high-speed file transfers to external hard drives.
With prices starting at around PHP23K, this is one of the budget friendly laptops on this list, but the prices will vary depending on the upgrades that you choose.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 CARBON
The Thinkpad X1 CARBON is an ultralight 1.36 kg laptop that has the best battery life on this list, which can last up to 15 hours. This laptop is designed primarily for corporate clients with its ability to be hardened for added security, though its ultralight design makes it ideal for users who want their laptop to be as least disruptive as possible but still be able to get the job done. It has the option to be configured with the 3rd-generation Core i5 or Core i7 processors.
It comes with an HD-resolution 14-inch panel that is driven by an Intel Integrated Graphics, so while this laptop is powerful enough for computing-based applications and basic tasks, it will not be able to handle graphics-intensive tasks like gaming or video and photo-editing.
The Thinkpad X1 CARBON comes with 4GB or 8GB of DDR3 RAM, with options for 128GB or 256GB SSD storage. The operating system that it comes with is obsolete since it comes with Windows 7 though it can be upgraded to Windows 10 at the user's expense.
It's not the most powerful laptop on this list, but for those who do not have demanding requirements, this can actually help you get a lot of things done.
Acer Predator Helios 300
Plenty of gaming and computing experts have dubbed the Acer Predator Helios 300 as the most affordable gaming laptop under the USD 1,000 price range (around PHP 54,000 as of this writing). Equipped with the 7th-generation Core i7-7700 processor which can go up to 2.8 GHz, it can certainly give users a fulfilling experience be it gaming or using it for professional solutions thanks to its computing power. Priced at around PHP 65K (with VAT and markup), getting a laptop of this power at this price point is a bargain that should not be missed!
This laptop comes with a 15.6-inch IPS full HD 1080p-resolution display panel. The display is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, which is one of the best GPUs for a laptop of this price. The included GPU can run the latest AAA games at max settings at 60fps or higher, and it can handle graphics-intensive tasks as well.
The Predator Helios 300 comes with 8/16/32GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD boot drive plus 1TB 5400 RPM HDD for additional storage, giving this laptop plenty of room for games and media.
For connectivity to an external monitor, it comes with an HDMI cable. It also has USB2.0, USB3.0, and USB 3.1 (Thunderbolt) ports. It also has a USB Type-C port for added connectivity options. It also comes with Windows 10 Home installed out of the box, so users will be ready to game or work right away.
This is one of the top laptops with the best price-to-performance ratio in this list. Strongly recommended!
ASUS VivoBook Max X441UR
The ASUS VivoBook Max X441UR is housed in a lightweight 1.9kg premium-finish chassis, making this one of the lightest laptops on this list. For those who are looking for a unique look, it comes in the following colorway options: Silver Gradient, Chocolate Brown, Aqua Blue, White, and Red.
It's powered by the 7th-generation Intel Core processor, with configuration options for the Core i7-7500U, Core i5-7200U, and the Core i3-7100U processors.
The ASUS VivoBook Max X441UR features a 14-inch HD-resolution LED display panel, with the colors calibrated using ASUS' Splendid Technology. Driving the display is the NVIDIA GeForce 930MX GPU with 2GB of dedicated VRAM. The included GPU is decent enough to run games at medium settings and can handle most graphics-intensive tasks, but not as efficiently as the other laptops on this list.
The included RAM in most configurations is 4GB and only has a maximum RAM capacity of 16GB for most models. It comes with 500GB / 1TB HDD storage solutions, but this is a spinning hard drive, so it will not be as fast as an SSD solution.
With a starting price point of around PHP25K, this is one of the most affordable laptops on this list and is recommended if the computing requirements are not very high.
Acer Nitro 5
The Acer Nitro 5 is an intimidating-looking laptop with its chassis wrapped in carbon-fiber-like material, making it look like its ready for racing, a look which Acer was going for. It comes with the latest 8th-generation Core i7 processor, though it also offers an AMD Ryzen 7 2700U option, making this laptop one of the first Ryzen laptops in the market.
The Nitro 5 has a 15.6-inch full-HD 1080p-resolution IPS display panel, ensuring that the users will have no bad viewing angles. This laptop has 2 GPU configuration options, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or the AMD Radeon RX550, both of which are entry-GPUs but are more than capable of playing games in mid-high settings and can do the heavy lifting for graphics-intensive tasks.
This laptop has configuration options for 8/16/32GB of RAM and a stock dual-storage configuration option of a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD drive. It has enough storage for big media files before needing to transfer it to an external storage solution.
It already comes with Windows 10 Home edition installed, plus it has plenty of connectivity options, including 4 USB ports (2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, and 1x USB 3.1).
With a starting price point of PHP 42K, this laptop is a great option for gamers and professionals who are looking for a mobile workstation.
Acer Aspire VX15
The Acer Aspire VX15 is one of the reasonably priced gaming laptops on this list. Housed in a steel-brushed plastic finish, the Aspire VX15 has an aggressive design that is aimed towards gamers complete with red accents. This laptop comes with 7th-generation Core i5 and i7 processor configuration options, both of which can definitely handle gaming, but the Core i7 option will take users to the next level due to its advanced computing power.
The Aspire VX15 has a 15.6-inch 1080p full HD Active Matrix TFT display panel. Giving power to the display is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM with switchable Intel Integrated Graphics for maximum power efficiency. This laptop can definitely run the latest games at respectable graphics settings and be able to handle graphically-demanding tasks.
It comes with the 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB RAM options, though 8GB is the recommended minimum and 16GB should provide users with a comfortable buffer to run multi-tasking applications without any hitches. Boot-up times are fast thanks to the 128 or the 256GB SSD drive, and the 1TB HDD drive will give users enough space for games and media.
With a starting price tag of PHP44K, this is another laptop on this list with a decent price-to-performance ratio and also comes in as highly recommended.
The laptops on this list are all powerful enough to run basic office tasks, though the gaming laptops are the ones which will push performance to the next level. We recommend getting a laptop that has the best price-to-performance ratios since it means that you will get the best value for your money, though be sure to weigh your needs vs the laptop specs that will help you achieve what you need.
DISCLAIMER: Availability of the given prices may change over time.