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October 13, 2023

Core i7 Vs Core M Laptop Processors

Intel's Core M is the first chip to really bridge the gap between ultra-low TDP and acceptable laptop performance. It powers slim and light 2-in-1s like the new MacBook, and it's also found in laptops that weigh just 1.2kg, are 12mm thin and can give you nine hours of battery life.

But it's not a powerhouse, and it doesn't have as much processing cores or speed as a Core i7 processor. Its low TDP of just 4.5W means it can be passively cooled, which helps to keep the weight and thickness down. It can also deliver twice as much battery life as a laptop with a fourth generation Intel Core processor and 1.7 times more than a model based on the older Haswell chips.

Its performance limitations mean that it's more suited to casual use and productivity apps than games or professional workloads, but you can still expect it to be capable of handling most everyday tasks without breaking a sweat. It's also a lot faster than the processors in budget tablets, and is up to 82 percent quicker at video conversion and 47 percent better at 3D graphics, according to Intel's tests.

Despite this, Core M has never been very popular. That's partly because Intel has crippled it from the start by slapping high prices on the hardware, which is passed on to PC builders like Asus and HP who factor it into their product pricing. It's not helped by the fact that most people don't realise it's a different type of processor to what they may have bought in the past, because the chips aren't always marketed with their full names.