Intel Core i5 processor Review and Win a $250 Gift Card to Best Buy!

What fun it has been playing with my new Intel® Corei5 processor. It really takes multi-tasking to  a new level. I started using my new laptop to just update Picky Palate, then I started using the computer to store all of my photos and recipes. It really is easy to pop back and forth to each window and put multi-tasking to good work! Each time I use my processor I find more reasons I love it.

My husband set up the Intel® wireless display (aka WiDi) so I could use my TV as a monitor and talk about cool! I still get a kick out of seeing my website up on my television screen. It’s quite impressive and comfortable to be able to sit on the couch and get my work done with my TV screen as the monitor.

Here is some information about the Intel Core i5 Processor.

  • The Intel Processor is a smart processor that delivers extra performance whenever you need it, and it increases energy efficiency when you don’t.
  • It features 4-way (and 8-way) multi-task processing that allows each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time that’s Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
  • It Automatically speeds up your processor when your PC needs extra performance-that’s Intel Turbo Boost Technology.
  • A stunning visual experience with Intel HD Graphics, available on select models of the Intel Core processor family. Smart Speed.
  • Get more done faster with processors that are build for smart multi-tasking.

Now, get ready to enter to win a $250 Gift Card to Best Buy…Here’s How to Enter: (comments from post 1 and 2 will be combined when choosing a winner)

1. Leave a comment here and tell us, what is the first thing you would buy with your Gift Card at Best Buy?

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) Follow this link (links to and provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt

e) Sweepstakes ends at 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. (links to

Be sure to check out the other bloggers posts HERE and enter in their sweepstakes too!

*Disclaimer:  Giftcard is courtesy of BlogHer. Laptop was given to me by Intel.

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  1. Gerard niyonkuru

    I need so much a laptop in everyday researches because I am a student
    that is why I want to win a laptop. I want to be selected in order to win such important material. Thank you.

  2. Sarlee

    I would use the giftcard to purchase a laptop for my son who will be going off to college leaving us to an empty house. It was very hard to send of my daughter three years ago, but to send off my baby is going to break my heart. When they say time flies…they aren’t kiddin.

  3. I would like to tell you as a matter of factual, I need this card to get this Intel Core i5 processor I have been pining for since the purchase I made before my lay off of the motherboard that holds the Lovely Intel Core I series processors! My current streaming computer, I LOVE my HDTV, is a little slow and needs a boost of Hyper-Threading Technology material!

  4. Shawna OBrien

    I’d use the GC towards getting a new laptop because my current one is to slow and I’d like my laptop to make my life easier.

  5. Joseph

    I would get the “Asus – Eee PC Netbook Intel® Atom™ Processor 10.1″ Display 1GB Memory 160GB Hard Drive – Midnight Blue” Model: 1005HAB-RBLU005S SKU: 9705433 – $249.99

    The motherboard on my current computer is going out and I’d love to replace it with a ASUS netbook.

  6. Milissa

    If I were to win the Best Buy gift Card, I would but Christmas or birthday gifts for my family…dvd’s and video games, most likely.

  7. Rosey

    I need a netbook so it would go towards that, OR, I would give it to hubby for a birthday present and I am guessing he would get a PowerMat or some other type of convenient charger, and a video game or two.

  8. Jill L

    I would be getting my husband a Zune – HD 32GB* MP3 Player – Platinum Silver since he seems to have taken over mine.

  9. Betty C

    I have so many things on my Best Buy list it would be hard to decide. I think maybe a new external HD would be at the top.

  10. latisha depoortere

    I would put it towards a new laptop! I love bestbuy great store!
    Great giveaway thank you so much!
    Happy Holidays To You!

  11. Leslie S.

    My husband needs a new laptop since his is overheating and will not hold a charge.Thanks!

  12. I seriuosly need to buy a new laptop! mine only holds a 18% battery life charge. I miss being all comfy on the couch while playing on my laptop! Perhaps with a new one I can post a picture of your fabulous layered cookie receipe!

  13. Marcia

    With the $250 gift card I will probably be looking at a netbook or maybe a new camera…I love to browse in Best Buy

  14. rebecca

    This would go towards replacing my TV. Though functioning, everything on the right side is shaded purple. I love purple, so maybe this shouldn’t bother me, but it does.

  15. Breanne

    I would buy a tv stand and then a tv. We still don’t have one and it’s annoying to have to watch things on a computer monitor!

  16. Brandy Byrne

    Honestly, the first thing I would buy would be a brand spanking new Blu-Ray DVD surround sound! Our tv got hit by lightning this past summer so we had to get a new one – our first ever flat screen. I love it so much (don’t know why we didn’t buy one sooner!) and am dying to see what BluRay looks like on it.

  17. Geoff K

    The first thing I’d buy at Best Buy would be something I’ve been coveting for a couple years now: a Zune HD mp3 player. Thanks!

  18. Jearv

    I would use the gift card towards a new laptop I’ve been planning to buy. I need a faster computer for my college work!

  19. WWWOOOWWWEEE!!Yes I am that excited about the Intel® Core™ i5 processor!!!! The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology feature seems great to me. That means I would be able to go from simple tasks like producing documents in word to watching my favorite shows on the computer and probably not even notice speed was increased to handle the job! Whoo hoo!! I would buy a laptop because we definately need a new one 🙂

  20. Dave

    I would buy a photo printer to share those Christmas memories we are about to capture. Thank you for the great give-away. Happy holidays.

  21. Eileen

    I’d put it towards a digital camera or cam corder for our family…our camera is broken and cam corder is about 16? years old, not holding charge and too heavy now for me to use. Thanks much!

  22. Sonyia

    I would buy a new laptop! Mine has fizzled out and trying to get work done while sharing a desktop with one of my children is not very productive!

  23. My hubby and I were just at Best Buy last night and I finally found a nice media tower that we can get which is in a reasonable price range and holds a fair amount of DVDs (we have a lot) so I’d love to use the giftcard for that… or I could finally get a flash for my Rebel T1i. =]

  24. I would buy a Wii… and a Wii fit plus that adorable new Nick JR Wii Fit game. Maybe it would help me lose this spare tire. 🙂 Hey, you never know. 😀

  25. Kirsten

    A laptop. I just got my daughter’s out of Best Buy where they informed me she lost her hard drive. And at around $300 they could fix it. Um, yeah, and I could just get her a new one! 🙂

  26. Heidi McMahon

    If I were to win I would head to Best Buy and get myself some sort of Ipod. Yes, I am the only gal left around that doesn’t have an Ipod. 🙂
    Such a fun giveaway – thank you for the chance to win!

  27. My laptop just died; this one looks awesome. Would be fun to have $250 to put towards something at Best Buy — I’m tempted to get an iPod touch but given the comp situation it might have to be a new laptop! Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Kara

    I have been needing a new laptop for a few years now, many of my keys dont work and it crashes ALL the time so I would have to say that is what I would put it towards!

  29. Jean D.

    Both of my kids need good graphing calculators for school. A $250 Best Buy card would take care of them nicely. Any money left over? We might pick out some fun DVDs that we can all enjoy.

    Thanks for a generous giveaway!

  30. shannon m

    The first thing I would buy, would be something for me, no one else, just me! Something I want, not need! I would treat myself to something fun….

  31. Donna B.

    I’d get Black Ops for my son, a DVD player for my mom, and the DVD series Backstairs at the White House for my ex’s mom.

  32. Sunnymay

    Being able to work on more than one task at a time would be a big help in managing email and Best Buy has the newest tech equipment, so this is a great prize. Great graphics and speed mean this Intel i5 processor won’t get bogged down loading rich content. Maybe I’ll get better at the games, too.

  33. I would buy digital frames for each of my sibs and mama and load them with family pictures. We lost daddy in October to colon cancer and it would mean a lot to me to be able to do that for all of us.

  34. If I’m duplicating my comment…I’m sorry!
    I can’t tell if I entered yet or not.

    I would spend that giftcard on my daughter for a new laptop for college. 🙂

  35. Paige

    The first thing I would by with this sweet little $250 Best Buy gift card would be some small applicance. I am not sure which one yet. My boyfriend and I are making plans to move in together, and we need EVERYTHING! This gift card would definitely help with the purchase of all that is required when two lives merge!
    paigewiley16 AT gmail DOT com

  36. I would put it toward a new computer toward my husband . he really deserves one that works better than what he has

    nightowlmamablogs at gmail dot com

  37. Kathy Scott

    I have two boys that have ipod touches on their wishlist. It would be sweet to buy them technology instead of winter clothes for Christmas.

  38. Natalie J. Vandenberghe

    I think I would buy a new camera. The camera I’m using is more than 20 years old! I’m a new, first-time, grandmother and I’d like to be able to easily share pictures of my adorable grandson. Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. Crystal F

    I would buy a camera since I don’t have one because it was stolen. I miss taking pics of my girls. thank you!

  40. ohkeeka

    Well, I really want a Roomba for Christmas, so if I don’t get that, I think maybe I’d put this gift card towards it. Every woman needs (no, DESERVES!) a robot that performs household chores, am I right?

  41. Scott Martin

    I would get a netbook or something similar. It would be used for my nephew whose family has been hit hard in this economic downturn. I feel that it is my responsibility to make sure he goes to college even though his parents can’t afford it anymore. This gift card will come in handy to buy the necessary electronics. God Bless!

    Scott Martin

  42. Cynthia C

    First thing I would buy would be a router and wifi blu ray dvd player so that I could stream movies. That would be so cool!

  43. Oh, that’s easy. I would buy a new laptop. Mine is on it’s last legs. I love that you can use your TV to do your work with this one – jealous!

  44. Kathy Bruner

    If I won the $250 gift card, I would probably put it toward a flat screen TV for my husband. Our TV’s remote is so old that the volume button no longer works and we have to physically get up to adjust the volume! Can you imagine, in this day and age!!!

    kathy.bruner at hotmail dot com

  45. Gaurav Rajasekar

    I’d probably buy an iPod Touch with the card cos I need some music and video to have me relaxed while on the move too. Too much work will fry my brain lol…

  46. Roxanne Ellis Raymond

    I would buy a droid smart phone, I absolutely love them, especially since my current phone keeps acting up

  47. Margaret Smith

    We could really use a new I would love to get a new digital camera.
    Thanks so much.

  48. Todd

    I would get an Xbox Kinect, because my wife was looking at them went they came out and that is a luxury that would have to wait.

  49. Gale

    I’d buy a new digital camera – woo hoo! Sweepstakes ends on my birthday so maybe I’ll get this for a gift! 🙂 Thanks!

  50. Kimberly Busby

    I would have to split the gift card and let my two tech savvy sons shop for their own gifts. This mommy is a little lost when it comes to electronics. Thank you for such a great give-away!

  51. Jessica

    I’ve been needing (or really wanting) a new computer, because I’m using my work computer for photos, and I should really stop!

  52. Nancy Smith

    I would probably put the $250 toward an intel i5 processor computer or a new camera that would take wonderful photos for my new and upcoming blog!!

  53. Janet Ellsworth

    I would love to win this for my 10 year old niece. She has endured alot this past year, her mother moved to another state and left her behind with my brother, her Father!! who loves her so very much. He struggles with her heart break over her mother. We all love her so much. Her big dream is to have a laptop to be able to play Facebook with her moms side of the family!

  54. Georgia

    For sure I would put this gift card towards a new computer. How wonderful that would be.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  55. Shari M

    I would love to win this contest! I was laid off when I was six months pregnant and I would really like to win this so I can get my husband a Christmas present or two!

  56. Sandra Brower

    We really want a PS3 this Christmas but money is tight, so it would guarantee that we could go to Best Buy and purchase one for underneath our tree. My children don’t get a lot for Christmas but I told them if at all possible I would get a PS3 for everyone to share. They would love playing the games.. I would love the Blu-Ray capability.

  57. april

    I can think of several things I want. I NEED a new computer and the money could go towards that. I want a new point and shoot camera to drag places with me. I want a new FLIP camera since my son dumped a cup of coffee on mine and ruined it.

  58. Sonja Thompson

    What a great start to replacing my computer that’s on the fritz!! 🙂 Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  59. Scott Martin

    I would use it for my nephew whose family has been hit hard in this economic downturn. I feel that it is my responsibility to make sure he goes to college even though his parents can’t afford it anymore. This gift card will come in handy to buy the necessary electronics like a netbook. God Bless!

  60. Kerensa

    I would so buy a new camera! And hopefully a tripod to go with it. I would just love to be able to take better pictures of my daughter!

  61. Elizabeth Doyle

    I would probably run straight for the video game section and scoop up a Kinect to play with my family. My son really wants one (and I’ve been trying hard to win one for a family Christmas present!) and it would be so great to see the look on his face when he opened that one up!

  62. Kristin

    I would buy a flip camera to record all the silly things my daughter does so we would be able to share the fun memories with daddy while he is deployed.

  63. Debra F

    There are a ton of video games my kids and husband want for Christmas and at almost 50 bucks a piece, I could afford to actually get most of them if I won the gift card! Thanks for the chance.

  64. Brenda Van Houten

    ahh I would buy a Refrigerator for me & my kids we moved nto out first house since my surviving breast cancer & divorce the seller took my frig!!

  65. Sherrie

    I would use the Best Buy gift card to buy my daughter a new camera. She’s been blogging lately and could really use a nice camera to improve her blog.

  66. Deanna G.

    Oux xbox just put up the red lights of death >:( I suppose my husband would be very sad if I didn’t use the gift card to replace it. haha

  67. Karen

    I would buy an IPOD touch. Have sooo wanted one for a while now. Oh, yeah, I would also have to get the dock for it too!

  68. Best Buy really!!
    I would purchase a clock radio for my husband and I that we can dock our ipods too.
    Any extra funds I would purchase itunes gift cards!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Holidays!

  69. Patricia Irizarry

    the first thing I would buy at Best Buy would be some presents for my boys. The video games that they are dying to have and a little something for a childrens shelter

  70. Lorraine

    The first thing I would buy is a KitchenAid Mixer Stand…Never owned one in 46 years. All that great cooking you’ve been showing us is making me want to bake bake bake. The 2nd thing would be is to buy a new laptop since my dinasaur hard drive of 10 years finally took a beating. Now I have to use my son’s laptop until I can get a new one for ME ME ME ME!!!

  71. angien24

    I would use it to help pay for Christmas gifts for my kids. They all have electronic gadgets and games on their lists and this would help so much with that!

  72. Lindsay

    I would put this giftcard to good use by putting the money towards a big screen tv for my father. He has wanted one for years, and deserves it for being such a great dad. I’d love to treat him!

  73. Lindsey C

    I would put that gift card toward the xbox 360 Kinect. My husband and stepsons are dying to have one for Christmas. Or maybe I’d be mean old stepmom and use it towards a new camera for me 🙂

  74. Kate Mitchell

    A camera!!! Ours broke a few months back and I hate all the things we are missing on camera with our 2 year old!!! Thanks SO much for the givaway!

  75. Karri

    I NEED a new camera. I broke mine at a la crosse game last spring and I’ve been using my phone…not the best pictures.

  76. Lauren

    I would buy a video camera. I just got engaged, and I’d love to have a video camera to capture all of these fun things.

  77. What an awesome giveaway! I’d give the giftcard to my husband – he always puts me (and our little boys) first, so would be great to surprise him with something like this!!

  78. Erica Williams

    My husband has a whole list of things that he would LOVE to have from Best Buy. I would most definately use the gift card to buy him a Christmas gift! I think it would most likely go toward the purchase of a new TV.

  79. sweetpumpkin

    I would buy my husband the complete set of his favorite TV series and then I would put the rest of it towards a new computer since ours is almost 12 years old!

  80. Melissa

    The first thing I would buy is a new digital camera. My kids dropped mine on the floor and broke the screen. I don’t have the money to buy a new one, so I’ve been having to blindly point and shoot and hope I get the shot.

  81. i would probably put it towards getting my husband an ipad or something cool–I’m not working right now and really want to get him something nice!

  82. Georgia

    I would put toward a new computer. That would be so exciting. Thank you for having this great giveway!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  83. shel

    I’d buy a laptop…I want a laptop so bad….I’ve never owned one and currently have a 6 year old desktop that works about as quickly as my kids clean their rooms.

  84. Tanya

    The first thing that I would buy would be a BluRay Player. My hubby and I have wanted one for a long time. Thanks for the giveaway

  85. Sassy

    It would go towards an upgrade from my point and shoot digital camera to my first DSLR. My photography hunger is growing and I’m drooling for a DSLR. : )

  86. Megan

    I would buy a new laptop. I bought my current laptop from BestBuy four years ago and it really needs to be replaced.

  87. No question, I would give it to my mom. She’s wanted a laptop for so long and it would just put her over the moon. Thanks for the chance to win the gift card.

  88. Gen

    Probably getting a Netbook. Dragging my heavy laptop around can be good exercise, but it has been hurting my back lately.

  89. I would buy a brand new camera! Desperately need one to record HD videos for dance!! And need a camera with a wide angle lens to fit all my students in! =)

  90. The first thing I would buy with my gift card would be a Wacom pen tablet or a high quality scanner! I’d love to see where these two tools could take my design work! Thanks for the chance to win!

  91. Brenda L. W.

    I would buy an Mp3 for my husband. His current one is about 5 years old and is so banged up from using it at work.

  92. Ginger

    I’d probably buy Christmas presents for the kids but save just enough for myself to buy an under the counter Ipod station for the kitchen so I can listen to tunes while cleaning and cooking.

  93. Nicole

    The first thing I would buy would be a holiday gift that my entire family would be able to use…. hint hint a new laptop with Intel Core Processor 🙂

  94. whitney

    I would use this gift card on a loptop, too! It gets a little crazy around here when I need to use the computer but it is being used for webkinz or pokemon.

  95. Emily Ballard

    I would put it towards a new Digital XLR camera…not sure which one yet, but still doing research to see which camera is best for us!

  96. coffeegrounds

    I would get my little girl a new laptop or put the money toward a new stove we need a new one bad.

  97. Mary

    I think I would get a speaker for our TV. It’s not very loud, and my husband has been obsessing over speakers for the past few months.

  98. Rachel

    I’d love to use it on something fun like a new camera, however, I’m afraid my dishwasher has run it’s last load. So therefore, I would buy a new dishwasher!!!

  99. Kim F.

    I would put the money towards buying my husband a new TV. He really wants a flat screen, ours is about 15 years old and doesn’t have the greatest picture.

  100. Jackie

    I would buy a laptop with a web cam as I will be relocating from Minnesota to Southern Arizona for a clinical rotation for Physical Therapy school and will be away from my hubby for 8 weeks! I would love an easy way to stay in touch with him without racking up our cell phone bill.

  101. I would love to buy my hubby a new laptop because his is getting so old and slow. I don’t know how he can stand it and just like the comment above me, he won’t spend money on himself so this would be something nice I could do for him.

  102. PuchtellD

    Oh my gosh…I just learned how to text and use an Ipod. I would buy an Ipod for myself and listen to music and books.

  103. kristin m.

    the first thing i would buy is a decent camera so i can FINALLY capture all those special memories! i’m the worst at taking pictures… just ask my mom! in mocking mom voice: “how come you never take pictures of the kids?” or “i sure wish i had a picture i could show people”…

    kristinmik at gmail dot com

  104. I’d use it to buy a laptop, of course I’d have to add my own money, but it would be a help to have the extra $$$$$$………or I’d let my son and hubby buy movies to enjoy during the long cold winters

  105. Angie Bunik

    I would buy my daughter an ipod touch, it’s the only thing on her christmas list so far, I’m finding harder to buy presents for them as they get older she’s 13 and they always want the more expensive things!

  106. If I won a Gift Card at Best Buy I would spend it sadly on a new dishwasher. Ours is in desparate need of repair. If I didn’t need a new dishwasher I’d get a new laptop.

  107. Linsey Brockman

    I would buy a remote car starter for my wonderful boyfriend. He would never purchase this for himself, so I’d love to be able to do it for him.

  108. Karen in Brookville

    It would definitely go toward an iPad. I don’t need one or know exactly what I would do with one, but I really, really want one.

  109. Carrie

    I would either put it toward a lens I want for my DSLR or get a video camera to replace the ancient one that we have. It would be fun to shop!

  110. Naomi S

    I’d put it towards a little computer for my kitchen for recipes (netbook maybe?) or a new lens for my camera. 🙂

  111. Bum…Bum, bum, bum, bummmm…. I just took a test drive if the Intel® Core™ i5 processor. I would definitely want this!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  112. AshleyA

    With a best buy gift card I would get either a Flip video, RAM for my computer, or an iPod which would be used as a gift.

  113. Kylee

    I’d probably use it towards a laptop for my Stepdaughter. She has been consistently begging for one for a year now (as opposed to it being a whim!). It’s time….

  114. Carolyn

    The first thing I would buy would be a new camera for my amazing mom! She loves to take pictures of all she’s been up to since I’ve left for college, but her camera is falling apart!!

  115. Pete R

    Well, I’d probably go with a new computer. The review of your new computer with the new Intel processor sounds like there are some really great new features that i would love.

  116. Stacy Reading

    I have 3 beautiful young children including a new baby and only a pathetic, old camera. I would definitely buy a new camera.

  117. Leana

    I would apply it to a new laptop our old one went out and I like to have the kids at the kitchen table with it so we can see what they are doing instead of using are main computer.

    Have a great Thanksgiving 🙂

  118. Marci Weir

    I would put this towards a flat screen for our newly finished basement that my hubby has been working himself to death on for the past 2 years. This would be my thank you present to him!

  119. Becca H.

    The first thing I would buy with that AWESOME gift card is an iPod that plays videos! I’ve been wanting one for SO long now!

  120. Angie

    Hmm, this is a bit of a toughie! I’d definitely pick something both my husband and I can use or enjoy. Maybe an ipad or the complete Collection of The Soprano’s DVDs 🙂
    Good luck to all!

  121. NancyO

    I’m following! I would use the $250 gift card on a new computer .. I like my mac but it’s a little to much for what I need. I’m looking to sell my mac and buy a more basic computer soon.

  122. The first thing I would buy is a netbook for my husband. He’s a Marine, and lately he’s been stationed in a lot of different places where a desktop computer isn’t an option. Love your blog!

  123. First thing I would buy: a new cell phone. Man the thing I have is totally unreliable and junky! I’d top that off with a few more seasons of CSI.. and some movies I’ve had my eye on!

  124. Erin

    Decisions… the practical side of me says I should put it towards a new refrigerator as mine is making odd noises that can’t be a sign of anything good to come. However, I really, really want a DSLR camera so forget practical… I’d use the gift card for the camera!

  125. Kate

    Maybe a new camera & some memory cards? I just don’t know…. Best Buy has SO MUCH to choose from! Happy Thanksgiving!

  126. Katie