Updated on 2 December 2015 by

If youâ??re ready to spend $1500 you should consider Appleâ??s MacBooks, suitable for architects, college students and personal use.

The best notebooks under $1500 are Apple Macs and midrange laptops with large 13 inch displays and 3 GHz processors.


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Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Dell Alienware 15 (Early 2015)
Apple MacBook 12-inch (2015)
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Book
Dell Alienware 15 (Early 2015)
Apple MacBook 12-inch (2015)
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501J-DS71T
$1,299 - $2,449
$1,499 - $5,000
$1,199 - $2,050
$1,299 - $2,199
$1,499 - $1,999
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Release Date
Feb 2015
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Mar 2015
Jul 2015
Display
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 2560 x 1600
13.5 inches, Widescreen, 3000 x 2000
15.6 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
12 inches, Widescreen, 2304 x 1440
15.6 inches, Widescreen, 3840 x 2160
Hard Drive
128 GB, Flash storage
256 GB, SSD
1.128 TB, HDD, SSD
256 GB, SSD
512 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
8 GB
8 GB, 8 GB
16 GB
8 GB
16 GB
Operating System
Apple OS X El Capitan
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Mac OS X
Windows 8.1
Processor
2.7 GHz, Intel Core i5-5257U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core i5-6300U
2.9 GHz, Intel Core i5-4210H
1.1 GHz, Intel Core M-5Y31
2.6 GHz, Intel Core i7-4720HQ
Laptop Type
Ultraportable
Ultraportable, Tablet
Gaming
General Purpose, Ultraportable, Business, Ultrabook
Desktop Replacement
Average Rating
 4.5 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.9 stars
 3.9 stars
 4.0 stars
Display
84% Positive
16% Negative
100% Positive
77% Positive
23% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Keypad
75% Positive
25% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
62% Positive
38% Negative
100% Negative
Battery
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Negative
Look and Feel
50% Positive
50% Negative
88% Positive
12% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Performance
85% Positive
15% Negative
77% Positive
23% Negative
55% Positive
45% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
100% Positive

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