The XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy in the $1000-$1500 segment. Dell has managed to cram some excellent specifications and features into the slim chassis.

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Dell XPS 13

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The Dell XPS is an interesting laptop — not only was it the top pick in our best $750 to $1000 round-up, but it's also our favorite in the next tier up. It's all for good reason too, it's a stunning laptop. The company has managed to pack in a 13.3-inch display into an extremely small chassis with some exciting internals like an i5 Core processor, 8GB of RAM and an SSD.

Bottom line: The best laptop you can buy in this segment is the Dell XPS 13.

One more thing: While we recommend the XPS 13, should you need an XPS laptop with slightly more screen real estate, the XPS 15 starts at about $1000 and can be heavily configured.

Why the XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy between $1000-$1500

Be it the tiny bezel, thin form factor and the fact Dell installed a 13.3-inch display into an 11-inch chassis, the XPS 13 is a superb balance between portability and capability.

The Dell XPS 13 is a stunning little laptop and one that is an ideal investment for anyone seeking a portable PC. The company has done an incredible job with the design and production of the notebook too, packing some serious power that surprises those who assume a small and light machine must be a weak one. We said this particular laptop was great at a lesser price, so what makes this configuration worth another $500?

While the base version of the XPS 13 is a great laptop for the money, you can head to Dell's website and configure one to meet your needs — be it a sub-$1000 machine or one that'll set you back closer to $2,000. The XPS 13 starts at $799.99, and there's a pre-configured option at $1349.99 with upgraded chips throughout.

For that price increase, you'll be receiving an XPS 13 with a 7th-gen Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 64-bit Windows 10, 8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi, and a stunning touch-enabled QHD (3200x1800) display. 256GB is more than enough for most productivity user cases and the combination of 8GB of RAM and a 7th-gen Core i5 processor will make quick work of even the more demanding tasks one can throw at a laptop.

It's a stunning machine that we'd recommend twice, but that doesn't mean it's for everyone. Should you require extra screen real estate for example, the XPS 15 is a great alternative, which can be configured with more powerful internals.

Best Gaming

Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

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The XPS 15 is a superb alternative to the XPS 13 if Dell's smaller notebook simply doesn't quite do it for you. The larger chassis enabled Dell to cram in a GeForce GTX 960M GPU from NVIDIA, which allows for smoother gaming than Intel's own graphics processing. Group the dedicated graphics with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 8GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB PCIe SSD and you've got quite the machine for casual fragging.

Bottom line: With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, the XPS 15 is the better laptop in our round-up for gaming on the go.

One more thing: Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi really does help with stabilizing connections for multiplayer titles.

Best Ultrabook

Samsung Notebook 9

Samsung Notebook 9

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The 15-inch variant of the Samsung Notebook 9 is a ridiculously light and portable laptop that weighs under 3 pounds. The Intel Core i7 configuration will set you back just over $1000, which isn't bad when one considers what Samsung managed to fit inside the chassis. Joining the Intel CPU is 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and Windows 10. It's not the most powerful machine on the market (or within this segment), but the Samsung Notebook is an ideal partner for any trip.

Bottom line: Looking for something rather affordable yet powerful and portable? The Notebook 9 has you covered.

One more thing: Interestingly, the 15-inch Notebook 9 does not have a backlit keyboard, but the 13-inch variant does.

Best 2-in-1

Surface Pro 4

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Spending $1299 on the Surface Pro 4 will allow you to select the option with 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5 processor, and 256GB of storage. These specifications make this not only a powerful notebook, but also a tablet fully capable of handling the likes of Photoshop and more.

Bottom line: Microsoft's Surface line of products remain to this day among the top 2-in-1 computers you can buy.

One more thing: The Surface Pen is included with the Surface Pro 4, but be sure to check out the optional Type Cover keyboards.

Best Business

HP Spectre x360

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We could have labelled the new HP Spectre x360 as the best ultrabook, but it's also a cracking workstation for productivity and the office too. With the revamped specification sheet and the addition of Windows Hello support, this new convertible laptop can strike the balance between work and play. With the extended budget (the laptop starts at $1049) you can upgrade the OS to Windows 10 Pro, processor to an Intel Core i7-7500U, have 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD.

Bottom line: Windows Hello, the Core i7 and available RAM and storage make the HP Spectre x360 not only a gorgeous laptop to gaze at, but one that will serve as a vital workhorse for any office.

One more thing: This notebook features HP Fast Charging, which lets you hit 90% capacity in just 90 minutes.

Conclusion

Of all the notebooks we've looked at for our collection, we found the XPS 13 to once again reign supreme when it comes to looking at the price and seeing exactly what's on offer. The QHD display with touch capabilities, 7th-gen Intel processors and ample storage make this portable companion an ideal investment for anyone looking at taking their mobile computing to the next level.

Best overall

Dell XPS 13

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The Dell XPS is an interesting laptop — not only was it the top pick in our best $750 to $1000 round-up, but it's also our favorite in the next tier up. It's all for good reason too, it's a stunning laptop. The company has managed to pack in a 13.3-inch display into an extremely small chassis with some exciting internals like an i5 Core processor, 8GB of RAM and an SSD.

Bottom line: The best laptop you can buy in this segment is the Dell XPS 13.

One more thing: While we recommend the XPS 13, should you need an XPS laptop with slightly more screen real estate, the XPS 15 starts at about $1000 and can be heavily configured.