The processor, sometimes referred to as the CPU (central processing unit), is one of the most important pieces of your new laptop. It determines how fast software runs, how smoothly PC games play, how quickly videos load, how energy efficient your laptop is and how quickly you can accomplish things. Having a faster processor means that you can do more things at once — like burn CDs, edit home movies, play online games and instant message your friends and family — and faster, too!

Intel groups its processors by family and series. Below is a chart to help you find the processor family that's right for you — choose the column that best fits your budget, needs and lifestyle. (Please note that processor selection varies by laptop model.)

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Intel® Pentium Dual-Core Processors
Do extraordinary things with everyday computing when you enjoy your favorite music, photo and office applications with a notebook running the Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core processor. Pentium Dual-Core processors are great for:
  • Playing music CDs
  • Email and instant messaging
  • Surfing the web
  • Playing casual games
Intel® Core™2 Duo T6000 Series Processors
Push the limits of mobile computing with the blazing performance, great battery life and go-anywhere wireless connectivity of Intel® Centrino® processor technology. T6000 Series processors are great for:
  • Watching DVDs
  • Burning and playing music CDs
  • Email and video chat
  • Downloading videos
  • Playing mainstream games
Intel® Core™2 Duo P8000 Series Processors
Get incredible performance on-the-go with faster multitasking, optimal Wi-Fi bandwidth and a design that supports long battery life. P8000 Series processors are great for:
  • Watching HD movies
  • Creating and editing standard-definition videos
  • Casual gaming
  • Uploading videos to the internet
Intel® Core™2 Duo T9000 Series Processors
Get blazing fast dual-core performance for intense multimedia applications like HD video encoding, photo editing, retouching and publishing. T9000 Series processors are great for:
  • Syncing or streaming media
  • Creating and editing high-definition videos
  • Multiplayer online games
  • Maintaining a website or blog
Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processors
Get extreme performance for mobile gaming and multimedia with Intel® Core™2 Extreme mobile processors. Core™2 Extreme processors are great for:
  • Creating HD videos and movies
  • 3D modeling
  • Competitive and extreme gaming
  • In-game video chat
  • Financial modeling