you can buy. Dell has launched a new model with Intel’s 7th generation processor, but that costs far more than the 1,000 dollar budget. Instead, last year’s model still offers excellent bang for your buck.
The 2016 Dell XPS 13 has a 256GB SSD and an Intel Core i5 processor, along with 8GB of RAM. It has a thin-bezel design that packs a 13-inch screen in the same size that other laptops have an 11-inch screen. And it’s a laptop that consistently ranks high among those with the best battery life.
If your laptop mostly sits on a desk at your office, a large-screen notebook makes sense. But you still don’t want to compromise on portability, right? The Lenovo Yoga 720 strikes the right balance between the two.
, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD, the performance is guaranteed to be fast always. Lenovo has also added a USB Type-C port, which the Yoga 720 can also charge from. The claimed battery life is 8 hours, but most tests saw it lasting longer than that.
As part of the Yoga series, you get a flip-over touchscreen to turn your device into a tablet. It’s a little heavy at 4.6 pounds, but remember, a 15-inch laptop isn’t something you expect to use much while on the move.
Note that there’s a 13.3-inch version of the Yoga 720 too, but we can’t recommend that at the moment. The Yoga 720’s higher battery life and louder speakers make it superior.
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, the Asus Transformer Pro stands alone. With classy design and top-notch specifications, it’s hard to believe the cost is under a thousand bucks.
Weighing less than 2 pounds, the high-resolution 12.6-inch tablet (2160×1440 pixels) is supremely portable. It also feels premium to hold with its aluminum body. And you can use a pen for handwriting and annotations too. The keyboard similarly has a metal build, making it feel more sturdy than what you get with the Microsoft Surface Pro.
If you thought all this would mean a reduction in hardware, think again. There’s 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD shoved in there. And an Intel Core i7 processor, which is astounding for a hybrid at this price.
The only real issue with the Transformer Pro is the battery life. It gives you about 6 hours of usage before needing to recharge. That’s not bad at all, of course, but it’s not as high as other 2-in-1s.
: TN and IPS. TN offers faster response times, while IPS has more accurate colors and better viewing angles (especially with sunlight). On a laptop, I’d say IPS wins the race, and that’s why the Acer Aspire VX 15 should be your choice.
The Aspire VX 15 is also packed with excellent hardware, including a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB dedicated VRAM.
Looking to replace your old desktop PC with a new laptop? You probably still want that big-screen experience though, along with powerful performance. The HP Envy 17 will do its best to ensure you never miss your old PC.
, and perhaps better than most alternatives with Windows.
It comes with a Broadwell Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. And on macOS, that’s more than enough for most users. It works with the newest macOS version for years to come, and the battery life is top-notch.
Google has jumped into the high-end laptop game with the new Pixelbook. It’s still too fresh to figure out any potential problems with it or its longevity. So chalk this up as an early adopter’s option.
But there is one major common complaint: the battery life. For a 2-in-1 device, all reviewers are disappointed with the battery life, claiming about 6-8 hours of usage. That’s not bad for a laptop, of course, but Chromebooks tend to last longer than that.
Whether you’re looking for a pure Ultrabook, a taste of Mac, or some 2-in-1, the $1,000 budget will give you an excellent long-term purchase. In fact, I’d say this price range is just right to get power and performance without it seeming like you spent too much.
Which of these $1,000 laptops do you like the most? Do you have any other recommendations that we missed?