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.

Update 20 January 2017: We've refreshed this list with to include new models from Dell and Lenovo to ensure you're getting the best laptops between $750 and $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. There's also a newly-released XPS 13 convertible model that 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

Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

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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 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This is plenty of juice to deliver great graphics on the 15.6-inch, 4K touch display. You also get a 6th-generation Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor with a clock speed up to 3.2GHz and 8GB of DDR3 RAM to handle most current games. The 1TB hard-disk drive has an 8GB Flash cache and will hold plenty of games so you can worry more about a high score than what games you can fit on your laptop. Configurations start at about $950 for the 4K version, but go down to about $800 for a 1080p model.

Bottom line: The best gaming laptop coming in between $750 and $1000 is the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming.

One more thing: This laptop is available in three colors: matte black, grey, or hibiscus red.

Best mobility

Samsung Notebook 9

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Samsung makes great screens, and this 13.3-inch display with a 1920x1080 resolution is no exception. Inside is a Skylake Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a battery that realistically lasts about 10 hours on a charge. The all-metal body is durable yet only weighs about 1.9 pounds (0.86kg) and is 0.53 inches (13.4mm) thick. This laptop, one of the most underrated laptops out there, starts at about $950.

Bottom line: For an laptop that you can carry around with you wherever you go, check out the Samsung Notebook 9.

One more thing: Keep an eye out for the updated Notebook 9 — the 13-inch model weighs under 2.5 pounds (1.13kg), making it one of the lightest laptops of its size. The screen has less bezel, and you're also getting the updated 7th-generation Kaby Lake processor. Pricing is expected to remain similar; about $1000 for the Core i5 model.

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 T460s

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When it comes to business laptops, the ThinkPad is at the top of the game. The 460s comes in at just three pounds (1.3kg) and is only 0.67 inches (1.7cm) thick, but it underwent MILSPEC testing to ensure it's durable enough to put up with life in the field. Inside you can grab an Intel Core i5-6200U processor with a clock speed up to 2.8GHz, 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive. The 14-inch screen has a 1920x1080 resolution, you get a host of ports, including Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI, and the comfortable ThinkPad keyboard is here as you'd expect. Configurations start at about $990 and scale up according to the hardware you choose.

Bottom line: For a durable business laptop with a light build, check out the ThinkPad T460s.

One more thing: Add WWAN connectivity for access to 3G and 4G networks if you need to stay in touch at all times.

Conclusion

The Dell XPS 13 reigns supreme over laptops between $750 and $1000, but for another mobile ultrabook, check out the Samsung Notebook 9. The Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming is a great option for gamers out there, and the Lenovo ThinkPad T460s 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. There's also a newly-released XPS 13 convertible model that starts at about $1000.