The Dell XPS 13, with its 7th-generation Intel processor, beautiful display, and sleek design, is the best laptop you can get for under $1000.

Best overall

Dell XPS 13

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It's well known how much we love the XPS 13, especially the fact that you can get one for under $1000. Its 1080p, 13.3-inch display is housed in a chassis normally reserved for an 11-inch screen, which becomes evident when you notice the almost complete lack of bezel. A 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive can all be had for about $1000.

Bottom line: The best laptop you can buy between $750 and $1000 is the Dell XPS 13.

One more thing: If you need an XPS laptop with a bit more screen, the XPS 15 starts at about $1000.

Why the Dell XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy for under $1000

This small, light powerhouse boasts a beautiful display, comfortable keyboard, and a battery that lasts you through a workday.

The Dell XPS 13 is an all-around great laptop, but what really sets it apart from the competition is its design and build quality. Dell managed to fit a 13.3-inch screen into a laptop chassis that would normally house an 11-inch display. The result is an almost complete lack of bezel around the display, which makes it appear as if it stretches from edge to edge. The FHD version is available at sub-$1000 prices, and you'll get amazing battery life because of the lower resolution.

The outer shell of the laptop is made from a durable aluminum, and the entire package weighs only 2.9 pounds (1.29kg). It's a very attractive device when the lid is closed, and when it's open, the black carbon fiber on the palm rests and around the keyboard and touchpad is a nice contrast.

Inside the XPS 13 is up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. The new processor increases performance and battery life, you have enough RAM for some serious multitasking, and the SSD will have Windows 10 booted in seconds.

This configuration is available at about $1000, but you can choose your own hardware to raise or lower the price accordingly.

Best gaming

Lenovo Ideapad Y700

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Arguably the most important part of a gaming laptop is the graphics card, and here you're getting an NVIDIA GTX 960M with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This is plenty of juice to deliver great graphics on the 15.6-inch, 1080p display. You also get a 6th-generation Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor with a clock speed up to 3.2GHz and 8GB of DDR4 RAM to handle most current games. The 500GB hard-disk drive will hold plenty of games, and two JBL speakers deliver awesome sound. Configurations start at about $950.

Bottom line: The best gaming laptop coming in between $750 and $1000 is undoubtedly the Lenovo Ideapad Y700.

One more thing: The backlit keyboard is responsive and comfortable and was clearly designed for precision gaming.

Best ultrabook

ASUS ZenBook UX330UA

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The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA is a beautiful machine — the aluminum-alloy chassis is only about a half-inch thick (13.5mm), and the entire thing weighs only 2.6 pounds (1.2kg). The battery lasts longer — up to about nine hours under steady use — thanks to the 7th-generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor's updated architecture. You get 8GB of RAM for easy multitasking, and a 256GB solid-state drive boots Windows 10 in seconds. The 13.3-inch display has a 1920x1080 resolution, excellent color and contrast, and plenty of brightness. This configuration starts at about $800.

Bottom line: For an awesome ultrabook experience from ASUS, go with the ZenBook UX330UA.

One more thing: Plenty of ports are available on this slim laptop, including two USB 3.0, one USB Type-C, one Micro HDMI, and one SD card reader.

Best 2-in-1

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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The Surface Pro 4 can't be mentioned without bringing up the unique touch display. The 3:2 ratio gives a 2736x1824 resolution, and it has deep color and perfect contrast. The included Surface Pen can be used to draw and jot notes, and if you're not in the mood for a touchscreen, you can attach the keyboard for a full notebook experience. Inside you get an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM that handle web browsing and word processing without hiccup, and a 128GB solid-state drive boots Windows 10 almost instantly. This configuration starts at about $900.

Bottom line: The Surface Pro 4 is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop available at a great price.

One more thing: The keyboard, which Microsoft calls a Type Cover, is available separately for about $130. Choose from five different colors — black, blue, bright blue, red, and teal — or a special edition Type Cover that represents your favorite NFL team.

Best business

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

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Business laptops need to be able to put up with a beating — the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a carbon-fiber reinforced chassis that will absorb bumps and shocks, and the keyboard is even resistant to spills. The 14-inch, 1080p display is bright enough to be used in pretty much any situation, and it has an anti-glare coating to help deal with direct sunlight or overhead lights. The X1 Carbon's battery should last up to about 10 hours on a single charge despite the powerful hardware within; get up to a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with a clock speed up to 2.8GHz and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. This laptop will chew through your daily workload even when you have multiple projects on the go, and the 128GB solid-state drive will boot Windows 10 in a matter of seconds. This configuration starts at about $950.

Bottom line: For a business laptop with a great battery and light build, check out the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

One more thing: Upgrade to a 1440p display for only about $70 more.

Conclusion

The Dell XPS 13 reigns supreme over laptops between $750 and $1000, but for another great ultrabook, check out the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA. The Lenovo Y700 is a great option for gamers out there, and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the best business option. Looking for a great 2-in-1 laptop? You can't go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

Best overall

Dell XPS 13

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It's well known how much we love the XPS 13, especially the fact that you can get one for under $1000. Its 1080p, 13.3-inch display is housed in a chassis normally reserved for an 11-inch screen, which becomes evident when you notice the almost complete lack of bezel. A 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive can all be had for about $1000.

Bottom line: The best laptop you can buy between $750 and $1000 is the Dell XPS 13.

One more thing: If you need an XPS laptop with a bit more screen, the XPS 15 starts at about $1000.