Recently updated, our list of top rated laptops includes the best modern touchscreen capable laptops and featherlight ultrathin laptops. These are PC laptops only, and all under $1000. Each one is great for the road warrior, but be careful to choose what is right for you. Often times portability comes at the cost of performance, but we took care of that by including an incredible list of diverse machines.
Enjoy home entertainment with this 15.6″ high-definition widescreen CineCrystal LED backlit display. And with 720p visuals you get a true 16:9 cinematic aspect ratio format. If that doesn’t cut it for you, this Acer laptop also has an HDMI output that allows you to connect to an external monitor to watch and share HD videos anywhere. Other notable features include Windows 8 system, a 500 gigabyte hard drive, an average battery life of 4.5 hours, two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, and a 1.3′ megapixel high-definition web cam.
This Pavilion is loaded with 6gb of ram and a touchscreen. With an excellent battery life and gigantic 750gb hard drive, you just can not go wrong. Although it does use an AMD processor, it is a higher end AMD and should compete with and Intel processor just fine. After all, it is a quad core and HP wants this model to succeed so they didn’t cut corners. If you need or want a touchscreen on your laptop, you have to check this one out.
Get ready for 8GB of ram and an Intel Core i7 processor. This beast of a laptop doesn’t stop there though, it also includes a massive 1 terabyte hard drive so you can put your entire media collection on it. With modern wireless antennas and four USB ports, you will always be connected. The weight is average though, so it isn’t perfect for portability. Still, with all the performance packed in here you may be willing to put up with a few extra pounds of weight.
Bring everything to your fingertips with the ASUS VivoBook! It comes with a LED Backlight high-definition screen that has multi-touch functionality. Plus its screen has a 16:9 cinematic aspect ratio, giving you the best looking image. Not only that, but its body is a mere four pounds; making this laptop one of the most mobile available. Other notable features include Windows 8, 500 gigabytes of hard drive space, one USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports.
This is an excellent entry level laptop. Toshiba has been making laptops for generations, and they are by far one of the best manufacturers in the business. This model comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of ram, and a brilliant 15.6 inch screen. There is a ton of space on the 500GB hard drive for movies, music, or even all of your pictures.
Similar to number six on our list, this Toshiba model costs less simply because it uses a cheaper processor. The AMD processor is an e-series dual core and should run just as fast as the Intel competitor. In fact, since it uses an AMD processor you get the performance of an AMD Radeon graphics processing unit, actually making this a better laptop for gaming. If you want to save a little money but still have a high quality laptop, absolutely check this one out.
This ASUS is packed with modern technologies like IceCool Technology that keeps the palm rest cool, and Palm Proof Technology that prevents inadvertent cursor movement when typing. It also has SmartLogon facial recognition technology, allowing you to logon password-free. It also has 320 gigabytes of hard drive space and one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port.
The X200 series is probably the most portable laptop in existence. It weighs in at just 3 pounds and is under 11 inches in diameter. This is practically a huge a cell phone with massive processing power and a touch screen. The corei3 processor uses very little power and keeps battery life high. With 500gb of storage and 4gb of ram, you can store your media and play it too.
If you do not need Microsoft Office, and you generally use your laptop for browsing, email, facebook, and other basic things you don’t need to look any further. Chromebooks are inexpensive, functional, and beautiful. This latest Samsung Chromebook is an excellent laptop replacement that is far easier to use than Windows 8. Google’s own Chrome OS is sleek and fun to use, and integrates seamlessly in to your Google account just like an Android device. The quality of Samsung electronics further pushes the value and makes this a sweet buy.
At a very low price you can have a new tablet and a new laptop in one. This device is powered by an ultra fast Intel quad core processor and comes with over 500GB of solid state storage. The screen has brilliant colors and high resolution for its relatively small size. It is the perfect device for travel, productivity, and entertainment. The very best thing about this device is the 11 hour battery life, so you can do what you need to do without interruption. You can buy the transformer in white, black, or pink making it a great option for students.