Pros: very fast ,great for multitasking,8 threads, low Wattage
I am able to open 10 or 20 programs at a time while doing large drive transfers and the CPU just keeps on truckin.
this mobile processor runs faster than all but a few AMD desktop processors that use 125 Watts, and it does it while using just 45 watts
the only time I really need more horse power is when I am producing on my video editor and from what I have read the fastest 6 core desktop processor is just 2 times as fast as this one.
this processor runs at just 35% while running games like BF3 and Crysis at ultra settings . so it will be the last component that I will need to upgrade in my laptop in the coming years.
What is more impressive is that this processor is at the slow end of the Sandy bridge mobile processor list. When I had my laptop built by Sager, I had the option of upgrading to the 2670QM for 130 dollars . this 200 Mhz increase is only a 7-10% increase in speed . you can buy an SSD for less than 130 dollars and get a 400% speed increase in read / write speeds , and no more seek time,latency or waiting a few seconds for your drive to spool up after going to sleep.
my laptop never gets hot , not even running CPU or GPU stress tests. this has to do with the laptop design and not to do with the CPU
how hot a laptop gets while using a CPU has to do with how well the laptop cooling system is designed . In this case removing the 45 Watts of heat generated by this 2630QM