Getting Things Done: Intel® Core™ i5 Review and More Chances to Win $250

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel.

Disclosure: Some weeks ago, BlogHer and Intel offered the opportunity to review the new Intel® Core™ i5 processor, wrapped up inside a new laptop and a really cool Intel® Wireless Display (a.k.a. WiDi) that I would get to keep. Read on for my review.

I like lists. Lists are an easy way to organize items or ideas, you can easily check things off as they get done (or don’t apply anymore), and they make things look doable. But an entire home inventory that takes weeks and weeks to complete? That’s a list of epic proportions. And I don’t like things when they break the “everything in moderation” rule. Unless they’re covered in chocolate. Or wrapped in bacon.

We’ve been using the new laptop sent to me by BlogHer and Intel®, which was outfitted with the new Intel® Core™ i5 processor, Intel® Wireless Display (a.k.a. WiDi), and a Netgear Push2TV adapter. It’s been working great for us. Not only have we been using it to work on our home inventory, but Tom and I also use it to organize documents and keep track of important papers, which is a big leap from our former method.


Tim also uses it for school, to listen to performances, and do all his schoolwork.


The laptop powers up promptly, and shut down is just as speedy. So far, it’s handled a lot of what we’ve thrown at it. Multiple browsers, streaming music, and flash videos open all at the same time, without any noticeable performance hit. The new processors are equipped with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology2, which makes multitasking much easier and smarter by allowing each core of the processor to work on two tasks at the same time. Then there’s Intel® Turbo Boost Technology1, which means the processor automatically responds when you need more power and quickly dials up extra speed and performance. You may not notice the boost, but what’s noticeable is what isn’t there: the expected drop in speed when you start demanding more of your machine.

I’m a nerd who gets all tingly about techie things like that.

Whether it’s jumping from page to page, loading catalog pages with up to 100 items per page, or downloading huge files and watching high definition streaming videos while waiting, the new processor hasn’t failed to deliver. 


Even Tim has played around with the webcam feature, recording a few bars of Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California” to test it out. 

(Me, I was just there to enjoy the guitar playing.)


The Intel® Wireless Display adapter was a breeze to set up, and we’ve been putting it to work too. The technology is available in computers featuring a smart Intel® Core™ processor, Intel® Wireless Display combined with an adapter that you simply connect to your HDTV’s HDMI port. All you have to do is activate the feature, set your HDTV to HDMI input, and just like that, your laptop screen is duplicated on your television.


Now, this is cool for us for several reasons. For one, there’s no more need to huddle around the small laptop screen when we’re working on something that needs our collective input. Like that all-consuming inventory. With just one click, now all of us can sit on the couch and look at the same screen. No more “here, let me scoot over so you can look at this more closely.” When you find yourself having to do that for every other line item, getting rid of all the “scoot over” instances can be a real timesaver.

It also works wonderfully for examining house plans. Ever tried looking at that fine print on a small screen, squinting a few inches away from the monitor? It’s hard on the eyes. Back. And it makes me increasingly vulnerable to sneak tickle attacks from behind. 


Our verdict? The new Intel® Core™ i5 processor definitely fills our need for robust performance while multiple applications are open and running, and the ability to wirelessly project the laptop screen on our (okay, the furniture rental company’s) HDTV with Intel® Wireless Display has been both a timesaver and an eyesaver. We have, indeed, been able to do more, faster. My only complaint is that this processor refuses to complete the home inventory for me. I’ve asked it multiple times, begged, cajoled, bribed with butter cookies and WD40. But alas, it refuses to budge. Said something about building character and what-not. 



So here’s the deal. They’re letting me give one winner a $250 Visa gift card and you get two chances to enter in this post. (If you haven’t already, go to the previous post and enter there too, for a total of four chances. Sweet!)

To enter, you may select two (2) of the following methods. Please enter no more than twice, and no duplicate comments. Comments from this post and next week’s review post will be combined and the winner will be picked via random draw.

  • Leave a comment below and tell me: If you could get your computer to do anything for you, what would it be? Would it be washing dishes? Cleaning the bathroom? Mopping floors? Meal planning? There are no wrong answers. I just want to feel better about my aversion to household chores. Or insurance requirements.
  • Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post.
  • Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post.
  • Read the official rules for an alternate form of entry.

Sweepstakes ends 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
You have 72 hours to get back to me. Otherwise, a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.

PLUS! BlogHer is also giving you 8 chances (that’s 2 chances every week) to win a new laptop. Yes, that’s right. Your very own laptop with the new Intel® Core™ i5 processor. Check out the round-up page at the exclusive offers page for those weekly chances to win a new laptop.

(Pssst. Don’t forget to check out the reviews from the other bloggers in the round-up page, too. You can enter their giveaways for even more chances to win a $250 Visa gift card!)



1Intel® Turbo Boost Technology requires a system with Intel Turbo Boost Technology capability. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit

2Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) requires an Intel HT Technology enabled system, check with your PC manufacturer. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. Not available on Intel® Core™ i5-750. For more information including details on which processors support HT Technology, visit

3Gotcha! There wasn’t a #3. I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.


453 Responses to Getting Things Done: Intel® Core™ i5 Review and More Chances to Win $250
  1. KellyA
    November 29, 2010 | 8:04 am

    I would love for it to vacuum for me! :)

  2. Lindsay H
    November 29, 2010 | 8:13 am

    I’m in grad school and have had to transcribe several things…I would love for my computer to do all of that on it’s own!

  3. Karen
    November 29, 2010 | 8:20 am

    I would love for my computer to automatically write up and send invoices to my clients, my least favorite part of being a freelance designer.

  4. Bree
    November 29, 2010 | 8:27 am

    I’d love to have a computer that could grade vintage patterns to my size for me. I’d make way more stuff if I didn’t have to do all that work on my own.

  5. Melanie K
    November 29, 2010 | 8:58 am

    I would love for it to scrub my floors!

  6. adrian
    November 29, 2010 | 9:21 am

    I want it to magically keep track of everything I need to do & everywhere I need to be – without any tedious input from me, of course. And then yell at me when I don’t do them.

  7. Lisa Gutierrez
    November 29, 2010 | 9:34 am

    bathe my boys. I might be the only parent in the world who loathes bath time, but yah..I do. I can’t explain it!

  8. katie
    November 29, 2010 | 9:50 am

    make money, fold and put away laundry, sweep, and go to thr grocery store

  9. MNStacey
    November 29, 2010 | 10:37 am

    I would love it to plan the meals, go grocery shopping, and put everything away when it gets home. That would be so lovely!

  10. CKay
    November 29, 2010 | 11:19 am

    Could it please clean my kids room? And could it please be the the one to nag the kids to get them to keep it that way? And since it has a fast processor and an ability to multitask maybe it could build me a house with an extra bedroom or 2. You know, for the kids. (and my sanity) ;)

  11. Catherine
    November 29, 2010 | 11:46 am

    I would like my computer to actually PAY my bills instead of taking my money out of my account and sending it for me.

    And boy, I could use a new computer…mine’s seven years old and the motherboard is dying!!!

  12. rghawki
    November 29, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    I would love to have my computer hooked to my home and have it do everything from laundry to dishes, turn on lights, regulate the heat/cooling. You know a smart home!

  13. Heidi
    November 29, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    Cleaning the bathroom, of course! Oh my… Why hadn’t I thought of that?

  14. madeline St onge
    November 29, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    I would love it to keep my bathroom bleach clean for me

  15. Lizvc
    November 29, 2010 | 12:13 pm

    If I could get my computer to clean the bathroom and vacuum the rest of the house, I’d be absolutely thrilled.

  16. Mama Mary
    November 29, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    I would love it to help me be more organized, pay my bills, (I dread the task!!) and clean my entire house…wouldn’t that be a dream come true!!!

  17. Olivia
    November 29, 2010 | 3:38 pm

    Dust, laundry and wash dishes! :-)

  18. Danyelle
    November 29, 2010 | 3:49 pm

    If I could get my computer to do anything for me, I’d have it plan and cook supper. I like to cook but by suppertime, I am tired and my kids are uncooperative and it results in meltdowns,

  19. Christina
    November 29, 2010 | 3:50 pm

    I would love it if my computer paid the bills for me……. with it’s own money!!! :)

  20. Ali
    November 29, 2010 | 4:53 pm

    I wish my computer(s) could get rid of all of the paper! Having computers should have moved us to a paperless society but they just help us create more paper.

  21. Sara Plays House
    November 29, 2010 | 4:59 pm

    I would love my laptop more if it would make me coffee. Preferably, with a straw coming out of the keyboard for maimum laziness.

  22. Kamran Siddiqi
    November 29, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    Lord knows that if I could, I’d make ANYTHING- even my laptop- wash the dishes as I bake in our tiny kitchen! If our dishwasher worked, I wouldn’t be complaining, but since it doesn’t. I’ll complain just a wee bit. ;)

  23. Jessica
    November 29, 2010 | 5:28 pm

    My job!!! Like that I’ll have 8 more hours to get things done during the day! woohoo!!

  24. Donna G
    November 29, 2010 | 5:59 pm

    If my laptop would just do the dusting, I would happily (okay, maybe not HAPPILY happily) do the rest…

  25. Kiersty
    November 29, 2010 | 6:42 pm

    Laundry. Especially folding the clean laundry. I am not sure why I hate that part the most.

  26. Amanda
    November 29, 2010 | 7:24 pm

    I’d love for my computer to automatically tag and organize all my millions of pictures…

  27. Jessie C.
    November 29, 2010 | 8:25 pm

    I’d like it to cook and do the laundry for me.

  28. Jessie C.
    November 29, 2010 | 8:26 pm
  29. Karissa
    November 29, 2010 | 9:05 pm

    I would love for it to do allll the household chores for me.

  30. Marilyn
    November 29, 2010 | 9:59 pm

    I would like it to keep me on task instead of distracting me so often. :-)

  31. Ali @ Three Baking Sheets
    November 29, 2010 | 10:07 pm

    Clean the litter box. P dot U dot.

  32. patrice
    November 29, 2010 | 10:30 pm

    I would get my computer to clean my house daily. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!

  33. erica
    November 29, 2010 | 10:52 pm

    I’d like it to clean my room… get rid of piles of laundry. But also! I’d like to be able to chat with my sister in Florence. My computer is just too old and slow to be able to handle the graphics.

  34. kathy walsh
    November 29, 2010 | 11:13 pm

    ironing, oh my lord ironing is the bane of my existance

  35. Pam K.
    November 29, 2010 | 11:34 pm

    I would have my computer do the cooking and clean up for me, and why not throw in a couple of loads of laundry while it’s at it? :-)

  36. Sarah Bryner
    November 30, 2010 | 12:19 am

    I would definitely be all for my computer folding and putting my laundry away. That is one chore that I struggle with!!

  37. Sunshyn V
    November 30, 2010 | 1:07 am

    If I could get my computer to do anything for me, it would be fetching things I need since I have trouble getting around.
    chainmail(at) iwon(dot) com

  38. Helen
    November 30, 2010 | 1:07 am

    I want it to clean my apt — especially the bathroom and kitchen!

  39. Tabathia B
    November 30, 2010 | 1:10 am

    mop the floor and then wax them and cook dinner
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  40. Tabathia B
    November 30, 2010 | 1:15 am

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  41. Andrea
    November 30, 2010 | 3:44 am

    It would CLEAN and put away laundry! More realistically, it would categorize or me all my pictures automatically :)

  42. Elizabeth Doyle
    November 30, 2010 | 9:35 am

    Brush, clip, and wash both of my cats, with minimal trauma and scathing. Also, help my son with his maths homework. I mean, a computer would be EONS better at explaining things than I am. I can teach him the Rubik’s algorithms, sure, but any of that paper maths and I’m hopeless.

  43. Liliana
    November 30, 2010 | 9:47 am

    I wish it would dust my house for me… I think a robust fan that will blow it all away and keep my computer cool would do just the trick!

  44. JenniferA
    November 30, 2010 | 10:02 am

    I’d really like the computer to fold the laundry for me. I love putting clothes in the washing machine and in the dryer – look how quick that mess just went away! But then you have to actually take the clothes out of the dryer and fold them and put them away. That’s a downer. Oh, and if it could iron for me too, that would be a great plus. Obviously, I don’t fold very well.

  45. twelve3
    November 30, 2010 | 10:10 am

    The laundry of course! And maybe clean the bathrooms, too. Thanks!

  46. B Smith
    November 30, 2010 | 10:22 am

    Honestly, I just wish it would respond to emails for me!

  47. Wenderly
    November 30, 2010 | 10:35 am

    I wish that by sitting and typing/working/tweeting/facebooking/blogging on my computer that it would burn calories (in my body) and by “burn calories” I mean the equivalent to exercising…is that too much to ask?

  48. Office Assistant
    November 30, 2010 | 11:13 am

    I wish my computer could take dictated lists of things I have to do that day – a verbally recorded calendar so things don’t have a chance to leave my head before I write them down!


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