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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

  • The latest upgrade of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air brings a more powerful Core i5 processor and an astounding 17.5 hours of battery life. It remains our top choice for ultraportable laptops.


  • While we wish it had a better display, the 2015 MacBook Air is superfast and lasts longer on a charge than any other ultraportable today.


  • After some extensive testing, we found the MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015) to be little different overall to the 2014 model. The Thunderbolt 2 update will prove useful for connecting to high-resolution UHD displays, and a few percent of added processor power is never unwelcome. But hoped-for improvements in graphics performance and battery longevity did not arise in our testing, in spite of a new Intel processor which was expected to shepherd benefits in both areas.


  • The latest MacBook Air 11-inch is Apple's smallest and least expensive laptop, with good performance and more than 11 hours of battery power.


  • While the screen could be sharper, the updated 11-inch MacBook Air is a very light ultraportable that offers great performance and battery life for the price.


  • Available at the same price as last year, the new 11-inch MacBook Air has the same super-fast storage as before, and around 10 percent increase in processor performance. Gaming performance was always borderline, and now we find it no better and even fractionally slower. But overall battery runtime increased by almost a third in our tests, a very useful upgrade on the already very decent 10 hour-plus battery life of the previous generation.


  • The Surface Pro 4 is the best version of Microsoft's tablet yet, with a stellar display, snappy performance, and more than 10 hours of battery life. With Windows 10, the Surface Pen, and optional Type Cover, it can replace your laptop.


  • While it might not look new on the outside, the Surface Pro 4 features a faster CPU, bright high-res screen and improved Type Cover but with much less battery life.


  • A host of small refinements cements the Surface Pro 4's position as the best-in-class Windows tablet -- so long as you're prepared to pay extra for the required keyboard cover accessory.


  • The newest Google Chromebook Pixel is luxurious and laden with impressive features, but even if it's the best Chromebook available—and it is—the thousand-dollar price will be a barrier for many.


  • Though the Pixel looks the same as its predecessor, it feels like a big improvement, thanks to its tripled battery life and lower price. Chrome OS has come a long way too, to the point where the idea of doing everything online doesn't seem like as crazy an idea as it once did. That said, as well-designed as the Pixel is, $999 is a lot to pay for a laptop that only runs Chrome OS, especially when comparable Mac and Windows machines can run all manner of desktop apps -- including the Chrome browser.  


  • The updated Chromebook Pixel sets the bar for high-end for Chrome OS hardware, but its browser-based operating system imposes far too many limitations to justify its lofty price point.


  • The Radius 14 is provides fairly strong performance and a rotating touch screen on the cheap, but the design isn't comfortable.


  • For what you pay for it, the Toshiba Radius 14 is hard to beat.


Top 5 laptop under $1000 of 2016:

  1. Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
  2. Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch (2015)
  3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
  4. Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
  5. Toshiba Satellite Radius 14