Top 5 best laptops for 2017, up to $1000.

#5 Toshiba Chromebook 2

Priced at $370, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is a remarkably affordable option. While this machine is certainly not the fastest available, it specs out solidly for the price. The Chromebook 2 is not as sleek and thin as may be desired, but it is probably one of the best in terms of total value in the under $500 price range.


  • Intel Celeron 3215U 1.7 GHz Processor
  • 13.3-Inch Full HD IPS Display
  • 4 GB RAM / 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • LED-Backlit Keyboard
  • Chrome OS
  • Up to 8 hour battery life

#4 Apple MacBook Air® 13.3"

With a price tag of $799, the Apple Macbook Air 13.3" takes us near the top of our price range. The screen is less than ideal for the price point; it doesn’t have full HD capability. On the other hand, Apple has a fantastic reputation for long battery life and user friendly applications. The Macbook Air is quite thin and chic; style is an integral part of the design.


  • Intel i5 1.6GHZ processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 13.3" display
  • 128 GB Flash Storage
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life

#3 HP — Pavilion x360 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop m3-u103dx

Full disclosure, I recently purchased an Hp-Pavilion X-360, and I am quite happy with it. Priced at $599, I think this laptop is the all around best value for someone who needs fast, yet somewhat basic. The X-360 is sleek, thin, and sharp. This computer is very practical to carry around, not as expensive as a Mac and has better specs. Up to 7 hours of battery life; mine lasts about 5 hours. The only real drawback is limited storage space.


  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5–7200U 2.5 GHz processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB solid state drive
  • Touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity

#2 Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Business Laptop

Ringing in at $881, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 is feature rich and loaded with cutting edge technology. This laptop is not modern or sleek, with its spartan flat-black color and somewhat bulky appearance. The T470 is definitely a workhorse, and it’s blazing fast with 16GB Ram, 2.6GHZ processor, and amazing battery life.


  • Intel Core i5–7300U 2.6GHZ processor
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB storage
  • 14" full HD display
  • 720P Webcam
  • Up to 17 hours battery life.

#1 Dell XPS-15

Priced at $999, the Dell XPS-15 brings us to our highest price point. This machine is sleek, portable, and modern in design. While the XPS-15 is not as thin as some laptops in much higher price ranges, it certainly comes out of the box with all the same features. This computer is definitely state of the art technology. The only significant drawback seems to be that the dazzling 4k screen tends to chew through battery life.


  • Intel Core i7–7700HQ 2.8GHZ processor
  • 16GB RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
  • Touchscreen
  • 512GB storage
  • 15.6" full HD display
  • 6 hour battery life