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Sub $1000 is a pretty economical quote for some of the best midrange laptops from Dell, offering large screen sizes of 15 inches or more. The best notebooks under $1000 of 2016 process at speeds of 1.5 GHz or more and have fairly large RAM sizes of 4GB atleast.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
Toshiba Satellite Radius 14
Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
Toshiba Satellite Radius 14
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Aug 2015
Sep 2015
Feb 2015
Aug 2015
Display
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1440 x 900
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
12.3 inches, Standard, 2736 x 1824
12.85 inches, Standard, 2560 x 1700
Hard Drive
128 GB, Flash storage
128 GB, HDD
32 GB, SSD
500GB , 5,400rpm , Serial ATA
Installed Memory
4 GB
4 GB
8 GB
Operating System
Apple OS X El Capitan
Mac OS X Yosemite
Google Chrome OS
Windows 10
Processor
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core m3
2.2 GHz, Intel Core i5-5200U
2.1-GHz Intel Core i3 5015U
Laptop Type
Ultraportable, Flash storage
Ultraportable, HDD
General Purpose, Media, Desktop Replacement, Standard

If you're not wedded to Apple's operating system, Dell's notebook is the way to go, but Mac fans who value endurance above all else will find the new 13-inch Air the best there is.

The MacBook Air 11-inch is a wonderful commuter laptop, and it should be on your short list if you're constantly on the move.

It's excellent overall, and an improvement over last year's version.

The newest Google Chromebook Pixel is impressive.

Make no mistake; this can at times be a frustrating notebook.