You don’t have to lose out on power and performance if you’re on a budget – and for our featured laptops, $1000 is a pretty decent budget. With new machines hitting the shelves every day, manufacturers are no longer reaching for the stars price wise with their higher spec machines – yes, some are ridiculously priced, but for an awesome all rounder or even something more specialized, such as our gaming laptops, you can get the ideal laptop for well under $1000.
But, with so many factors to consider, it can get confusing, so Laptop Den are here to help.
What to look for when buying a laptop under $1000?
- Processor: the standard 2 GHz performs very well for the majority of users, but this can be increased, depending on the demands you ask of it, and many find that 3+ GHz is more than enough for any purpose, including high spec hungry gaming.
- RAM: whilst 4 GB will suit most users, if you plan to use your laptop for intense and immersive games, you may find that 8, 16, 32 GB and greater would be more suitable. Extra RAM is readily available, inexpensive and easily incorporated.
- Battery life: most machines these days have great battery life; however, this does depend on whether you plan to stream movies, YouTube and games simultaneously and then any machine may struggle.
- SSD Hard drive: SSDs offer vastly increased loading speeds for games or movies than the far less efficient HDD. They also use less energy and can cope with the mobility required of a laptop.
So, with $1000 to burn (and still have plenty of change) have a look through our tried and thoroughly tested laptops. We know you’ll find the one for you.
1) Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop
The Acer Aspire 5 is a slim laptop with many accessibility features and extensive ports for accessories. This laptop is equipped with an ethernet port, an HDMI port, alongside one USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, and two USB 2.0 ports, ensuring compatibility with most available devices.
The base model of the laptop is equipped with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD storage. If that doesn’t sound like enough for you, the laptop is available in different variations, going all the way up to 8 GM RAM and 512 GB SSD storage for all your files and software. Housing the AMD Ryzen 3 3200 UD Mobile Processor the laptop is sure to be able to tackle heft software without sacrificing portability.
This laptop is definitely worth the money, and is fit for work, school, and casual use.
10 used from $388.00
2) Acer Chromebook 14
This laptop is made of aluminum guaranteeing its stunning exterior and light weight. The 14-inch laptop is ideal for casual work and use, like streaming videos, surfing the web, and typing up documents. The stylish gold chassis gives off a refined, professional yet chic look.
Having an Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core Processor with CPU speeds from 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology taking it up to 2.24GHz, it is not ideal for more complex software used for editing photos and videos, or gaming.
If your laptop use is on the lighter side, this may be ideal for you. The Chromebook 14 weighs only 3.42 pounds making it easy to bring around. Perfect for casual use, school, and work!
17 used from $209.99
3) HP Stream 14 inch Laptop
This laptop is ideal for casual use and light routine work. It’s slim and lightweight for maximized portability, weighting only 3.97 pounds. The HP Streeam is fitted with a dazzling BrightView panel s14-inch screen, for crystal clear viewing for reading and watching indoors. The laptop comes with 4 GB RAM and runs on an Intel Celeron N4000.
Now, these may not be the most amazing specs, but this laptop is small, light and portable with an amazing 14-inch 1366×768 resolution screen. If you’re someone who doesn’t use your laptop to edit photos and videos or game heavily, or if you’re someone who owns a desktop computer and just needs something casual to bring around to school or work, the HP Stream could be something to look into!
4 used from $245.00
4) Asus TUF Gaming Laptop
The Asus TUF Gaming Laptop is definitely one of the cheaper gaming laptops on the market right now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t well equipped. Running on an AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H Processor, 8 GB RAM, with CPU speeds starting at 3.7 GHz, this laptop can run heftier software; whether that be Photoshop or your favorite game!
The GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics and 15.6-inch Full HD screen work together to deliver clear and vibrant visuals. Now this laptop is a little heavier than the others mentioned before it, weighing 4.85 pounds, but for what it’s capable of doing that isn’t too much to worry about!
For working, gaming, or editing at different places (without having to break the bank) the Asus TUF Gaming Laptop might pique your interest!
1 used from $899.00
5) Lenovo HD Touchscreen Laptop
The Lenovo HD Touchscreen Laptop is small and reliable! This device is not ideal or powerful enough to stand as a desktop replacement, but is definitely a good add on if you need something you can do some like work on and bring around. Running on a Quad-Core MediaTek MT8173C, 4 Gb RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC storage, this laptop is suitable for light routine work, and browsing the net.
The HD screen is only 11.6 inches, and the laptop itself weighs only 2.65 pounds. This Lenovo is actually a convertible, meaning you can flip the keyboard behind the screen and use it as a tablet with touchscreen. This makes it an ideal work or school travel companion for viewing and editing documents, surfing the web, and streaming shows and videos.
5 used from $189.99
6) Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop
This laptop may be light, but surely hits hard! The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming Laptop is exceptionally sleek for a gaming laptop. This laptop runs on an Intel Core i5-9300H Processor and has 8 GB of RAM: certainly enough for gaming when you’re out of your home. The 15,6 inch 1920×1080 IPS Display Full HD screen provides especially clear visuals in whatever you choose to do.
Significantly lighter than a lot of 15.6-inch laptop the IdeaPad L340 weighs in at about 4.84 pounds, merging gaming power and portability. This sleek laptop can work hard and travel easy and sure to take your mobile gaming (or work!) experience to the next level.
$728.57 in stock
2 used from $679.00
7) Lenovo 100E Chromebook
The Lenovo 100E Chromebook is a good addition to your arsenal if you need something portable and reliable. This laptop is not capable of replacing your desktop or home computer: equipped with a MediaTek MT8173C Processor, 4GB RAM, and having only 16 GB eMMC storage. This laptop is simple and durable, ideal for light work and targeted towards teachers and students.
Weighing only 2.7 pounds this laptop is easy to lug around casually for mobile work. The Lenovo 100E Chromebook is durable and drop resistant up to 29.5 inches, and equipped with a water resistant keyboard.
As mentioned earlier, this laptop is definitely not suitable for replacing your desktop computer,. But it is a great addition if you want something durable that you can take around, work remotely on, and that won’t break the bank!
5 used from $179.00
8) Acer Flagship HD Premium
This is everything you love in a basic laptop! A beautifully designed 15.6-inch machine that works fast and efficiently.
Fitted with an Intel Celeron N3060 with CPU speeds from 1.60 GHz and boosted to 2.40 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB SSD storage this is the textbook definition of a casual and everyday laptop. This laptop is certainly not strong enough to replace your home computer, but can do wonders for productivity when you’re out the door.
A 15.6-inch laptop, weighing in at 4.30 pounds sounds ideal for carrying around when working remotely. This everyday laptop could become your next best travel buddy, boosting productivity for school or work!
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