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1 ASUS ZenBook 14 UX431FL-EH74 Review

ASUS ZenBook 14 UX431FL-EH74 Review

The world’s smallest 14-inch ultra-thin laptop is finally updated for 2020. The Asus ZenBook 14 has always been our favorite since we first reviewed the first model a few years back, and over the years it has grown into a formidable machine in the ...
7.5
2 HP Pavilion x360 14-dh2011nr Review

HP Pavilion x360 14-dh2011nr Review

HP’s Pavilion x360 2-in-1 convertible is offered in many flavors, and our review unit (14-dh2011nr) is designed for productivity-minded executives who need something portable. Its smooth 10th generation quad-core performance and a keyboard that ...
7.8
$719.99 $759.99 SEE IT
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3 Acer Aspire 5 (A515-54-30BQ) Review

Acer Aspire 5 (A515-54-30BQ) Review

The Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-30BQ is a big-screen budget laptop that delivers a roomy 15.6-inch display, a comfortable backlit keyboard, and horsepower for general productivity work – and even a bit more. Our review unit is powered by an 8th Gen Intel ...
7.5
4 Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L Laptop Review

Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L Laptop Review

With the Acer Aspire 5 (2019 model), you’re getting more laptop than you’re paying for. It offers a combination of a crisp 1080p display, light-weight profile, and a palatable price that most buyers on a tight budget will appreciate. It does make a few tradeoffs like a finicky touchpad and a so-so build, but those are compromises to weigh instead of reasons not to buy.
7.8
5 ASUS ZenBook UX333FA-AB77 Laptop Review

ASUS ZenBook UX333FA-AB77 Laptop Review

The Asus ZenBook 13 is an excellent piece of hardware that squeezes lots of power in a tiny, sleek chassis yet remains affordable over most of its competitors. Counting from the Huawei MateBook 13, this is the second recent Ultrabook we’re inclined to forgive for not having a Thunderbolt 3 port, but it makes do with a USB Type-C port and a Type-A port that the MateBook relegates to an external port.
8.3
$899.99 $1,199.99 SEE IT
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6 Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina Review

Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina Review

The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Newest Version) is the Retina Display-enabled system that most power users have been waiting for. Just take last year's Retina Display upgrade and add to it a thinner chassis, then add a powerful Intel Core i7 ...
7.5
7 Asus TUF FX505DT-AH51 Review

Asus TUF FX505DT-AH51 Review

The ASUS TUF FX505DT-AH51 is an entry-level laptop that stretches the definition of budget gaming, offering better 1080p gaming performance, a 120Hz screen and enough real-estate for future upgrades. It may not be the most powerful gaming laptop around, and of course it has its own drawbacks like a middling battery and a plastic construction. But if your budget tops out at around $700, and you want the bigger screen, this TUF FX505DT is a steal.
7.6
Best value 8 Lenovo Flex 14 (81SS0005US) 2-in-1 Review

Lenovo Flex 14 (81SS0005US) 2-in-1 Review

The Lenovo Flex 14 2-in-1 is light, it’s well-built, it performs well, and it’s one of the most affordable laptops we’ve reviewed. There’s a lot to like here. In fact, the Flex 14 kind of grows on you the more you use it, especially if you’re an executive who needs a durable system for business meetings and cross-country flights.
8.5
9 HP Envy 13-aq0044nr Review

HP Envy 13-aq0044nr Review

The HP Envy 13-aq0044nr is a well-crafted, great-looking ultraportable laptop with strong performance and small but meaningful touches over the 2-in-1 Spectre x360, that make it a pure joy to use. It’s very fast, last a very long time on a single charge, and feels great in hand.
8.4
Best value 10 Lenovo Ideapad L340 Review

Lenovo Ideapad L340 Review

Smaller, affordable, and more capable than before, the latest generation of the flagship Lenovo IdeaPad L340 (81LK00HDUS) is a prime candidate to fulfil the role of a budget gamer’s most essential tool. The 15.6-inch IdeaPad L340 starts at a ...
7.8
$699.00 $969.99 SEE IT
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11 Acer Swift 5 (SF515-51T-73TY) Review

Acer Swift 5 (SF515-51T-73TY) Review

Acer is on a mission to deliver ultra-thin laptops that are very portable, at any cost. Many times, that quest for thinner and lighter laptops leaves a few compromises. With the Acer Swift 5 (SF515-51T-73TY), however, it seems like the company ...
7.9
12 Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF Review

Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF Review

The latest Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF from Acer must be the biggest ever –physically speaking. Now we’re being treated to developments in the Chromebook category as we see them evolve from the inexpensive 10- and 11 –inch units selling for ...
7.0
Editor choice 13 ASUS Chromebook Flip C434TA-DSM4T Review

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434TA-DSM4T Review

The Chromebook Flip C434 is an exciting laptop, providing class-leading performance, and it’s by far the most exciting piece of hardware around. It runs fast enough for the usual OS tasks, it runs a long time on a single charge of the battery, and its sleek metallic design makes it easy to carry around in college and at work. That’s more than we always say about Chromebooks in this price range.
8.6
$309.95 $499.00 SEE IT
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14 MSI GF63 Thin 9SCX-005 Review

MSI GF63 Thin 9SCX-005 Review

Some gaming laptops are all about power, pushing the scope of high-powered graphics in the thinnest possible space. But others like the MSI GF63 Thin 9SCX-005 simply aim to deliver good value. This 15-inch notebook masks the intent to deliver on ...
8.4
Best value 15 Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT-C2AE Review

Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT-C2AE Review

The new Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT-C2AE is an excellent choice for anyone looking to replace an aged Windows notebook with an affordable, sleek and powerful Chromebook. Now that it includes Google Play makes it an even better choice for college students.
8.6
$299.66 $399.99 SEE IT
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Best home/office laptops

Buyer's Guide, Comparison and Advices

Got work to do? Whether working from home, at the office or on a cross country flight, the common denominator for a mobile work companion is quite constant: Powerful, portable and excellent battery life.

That’s how we’ve always known business notebooks, but lately, a dedicated business laptop needs to do more than send emails and connect to the internet – most people are now looking for something reliable, robust, and just as easy to use for home working as it should at the office, or events.

 

In short, you really need one of the best business laptops on the market, one that’s powerful enough, with the latest internal components as well as the best productivity features – and of course the longest battery life.

 

While at it, you can also consider which accessories you often need, such as the assortment of available laptop bags, docking stations, and portable battery packs/chargers to keep your machine going.

LG GRAM 17 (17Z90N) screen

The best home/office laptop

Also, you need to think of a laptop that will meet your specific needs. For most people, Windows laptops are quite enough for their tasks, sometimes Linux can also be useful. If you’re an outdoor person, you may need a rugged laptop. Students may find a Chromebook more useful over everything else.

HOW GOOD IS AN UNDER $1,000 LAPTOP?

Very good! As we said earlier, you’ll want to be careful when buying a budget laptop to ensure that the manufacturer hasn’t cut corners to make it affordable. But honestly – manufacturers are omitting features that we care about even on premium laptops – you can spend over $2,000 and get a laptop that has mediocre battery life or any other flaw if you don’t identify what matters to you.

In our tests, we have encountered a few budget laptops that are very nice with good performance that are better than two subsequent generations. And consider: the Lenovo ThinkPads, they don’t have the ultrathin, metallic designs but they are still a top choice for business executives.

 

The same goes for budget laptops. Be sure what your needs are, identify the laptop that will meet them, if you find an affordable one among the list, grab it. If anything, our list proves that you can quite get a bit of solid performance and reliability for well under $1,000.

Dell XPS 15

WHICH IS BETTER – WINDOWS, MAC OR I TRY A CHROMEBOOK?

Its all about choice. Specifically, on what tasks you usually undertake. We suggest that you first understand the limitations of each, especially Macs and Chromebooks, with Windows being a neutral here especially to the wide scope of applications. All said, there are advantages and disadvantages of each.

Chances are that if you’re shopping for a sub-$1,000 laptop, definitely you’re not eyeing a mac unless you want to settle with an older model. That leaves you with Windows and Chrome OS, which goes down to the kind of software you need to run.

 

If you want access to the widest selection of software across most platforms, them Windows must be your safe bet. If you’re on budget, need to browse the wen and don’t need tons of storage, a Chromebook is the way to go.

WHAT ABOUT A 4K DISPLAY?

Probably not – it wasn’t long ago hen we were all struggling to find Full HD displays in the under $1,000 category. Besides, budget laptops don’t pack as much battery life as more expensive laptops to sustain the battery sucking 4K displays.
 
Even if you manage to score a 4K display for under a grand, you won’t be very happy with its juice, especially when you’re away from the mains. That’s a wrap for our best laptops under 1000 dollars listing.
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