Although the era of Core 2 Duo laptops have come to an end, they can still be useful and fast, not mention rather cheap now. Although the set of iCores from Intel are dominating the market, hasn't ruled out good old Core 2 Duo laptops out just yet, as some are nearly as fast as the iCore3 series, and usually come with bigger hard drives, discrete graphics and large hard drives.
In this article, we'll walk you through the best series of Core 2 Duo laptops available on the marker right now. If you are working on a short budget, you do not have to compromise on quality.
Let's start off with some history, so that you have some solidly basic understanding of what Core 2 Duo laptops are. A Core 2 duo laptop is a laptop that has two processing cores upon a single chip, if a somewhat technical parameter must be applied, the two cores must be upon singular chips from the following series, Merom, Conroe, Allendale, Penryn and Wolfdale.
There are many variants, and cores to the Core 2 Duo line, such as the original single core Core 2 Duo, the two Core 2 Duo (the most famous and widely used) and finally, the quad (quad means four cores) core Core 2 Duo line. Speeds vary and fluctuate between cores; a single line may hold up to four or five deferential speeds.
There was a very special version of Core 2 Duo named Core 2 Extreme, which was bought and used exclusively by enthusiasts, as they took pleasure in over clocking the speed and memory cache of normal Core 2 Duo and Quad core Core 2 Duo chips. Core 2 extreme would sell at nearly $999, so in retrospect, it was for very rich enthusiasts.
So now that you know a bit about Core 2 Duo, how it works and its variations, it is time to find the best Core 2 Duo laptops still on sale.
The first laptop on our list is the Sony Vaio FW560F/T, which has a very fast Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 processor, clocking at a maximum of 2.13 GHz, a 500 GB ard drive, discrete graphics card for gaming, a truly rare Blu-ray player and an even rarer 16 inch screen. The sturdily built laptop even comes with 6 GB of RAM natively, which can easily be updated to 8 GB. It's an extremely good package for an "outdated" Core 2 Duo laptop.
The next contender is the Alienware M11X, an 11 inch, light gaming oriented Core 2 Duo laptop. It has Core 2 Duo's best version, namely the Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, a 4GB RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. Not a impressive list of specs compared to the Sony Vaio FW560F/T, but it really is the second best on the market.
The last but not least on our list is, the Mac Book Pro from 2009. This single block of chiseled aluminum perfection has a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor, a high resolution screen, very strong body and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics card with 256 MB of memory, which is shared with its 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB hard drive.
Tips and comments
Try hunting online for Core 2 Duo laptops, as they're cheaper and easier to find.
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