Technology is constantly evolving and simultaneously becoming cheaper in the process. While a couple of years back you perhaps weren’t able to buy top-notch laptops for less than a thousand dollars, this budget can land you a quality rig nowadays. The amount of affordably-priced cutting-edge machines has grown tremendously as of recently and still continues to grow.
Prerequisites for a Good Laptop:
The modern prerequisites for a good laptop are: Intel i5 or higher, 8GB of RAM or more, a 512GB SSD and, depending on your needs, a fast graphics card (Photoshop, for example favors nVidia’s cores), quality display and an extra HDD storage, which is especially important for photo and video editing lines of work.
- MMGF2LL/A MacBook Air 13.3-Inch – The new and improved model of the original 2010 version has managed to retain the good looks of its predecessor – a solid aluminium shell is quite an eye-catcher. The attractive keyboard with black island-style keys is still present and so is the trackpad. The model’s 1440×900 resolution might seem unimpressive, but even without the Full-HD, the screen is clear and bright enough for users who value productivity above everything else. The integrated Intel Core i5-5250U processor performs well with modest tasks, and the battery life you can hope for is as high as 12 hours. The bump from 4GB to 8GB RAM-wise is complementary with more hardware-intensive apps.
- ASUS F555UA-EH71 15.6-Inch – Modern in design and powerful in terms of hardware, its performance delivery is smooth all-round. The black textured finish gives this model a stint of class, while actually being great for keeping the scratches and smudges away. Its spacious keyboard is yet another perk and the touchpad supports smart gesture fingertip input. The 15-inch screen is coated in matte, so as to minimize reflections and glare and the color accuracy and viewing angles are optimal. Specifications-wise, the model includes a Sixth gen Intel Core i7-6500U processor, which clocks at 2.5Ghz, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB Hard Drive.
- Dell XPS 9350–1340SLV 13.3-inch – Attractive designs and excellent hardware has always been the name of the game when it comes to Dell’s XPS models. The Intel Core i5-6200U is more than good enough for your regular computing needs and with the 8GB of RAM included, you are well-off for at least next few years. Although the 128GB of storage can be pretty limiting, this is exactly what makes this laptop an excellent multi-tool – if you have a day job and a couple of side gigs, this laptop from Dell will do the job. Make sure, though, that you always have a portable hard disk drive on your side.
- MSI GL72 6QD-001 – A real gem for a limited budget, although this MSI laptop is gaming-oriented, it is excellent for business as well as those gaming enthusiasts among businessmen. Gaming laptops tend to be expensive, on account of the necessary cutting-edge hardware, but with this laptop, you can expect to be able to run all the latest games, for as little as $800. Equipped with Intel Skylake i5-6300HQ processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 2GB, this MSI laptop not only meets the optimum requirements of the majority of new games, but also works great with Adobe apps, especially Photoshop. The 8GB of RAM may seem average, but this machine can be upgraded up to 32GB of RAM, which is more than enough for running even the latest games on ultra specs.
If you are looking at a budget limit of $1000 for a new laptop, you can rest assured that you will be able to buy an excellent model for the money. All four of the mentioned are great in their own department, so find one that suits your needs the best.