Best overall

HP Spectre x360

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With a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with a boosted clock speed up to 3.5GHz, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD), this laptop is built to handle a day's work.

The convertible design allows you to switch into tablet, tent, and stand mode, and the 4K touch display is a dream to work on, especially with the included HP Active Pen. This 4K configuration starts at about $1,499.

Bottom line: For the best overall laptop between $1,000 and $1,500, you'll want to choose the HP Spectre x360.

One more thing: Check out our review of the 13-inch HP Spectre x360 for more information.

Why the 13-inch HP Spectre x360 is the best laptop you can buy between $1,000 and $1,500

A 4K touch display, a convertible design, and powerful hardware for about $1,500.

A 4K display and this level of hardware usually mean a significant price tag, but HP has done a good job of keeping the price down on this beautiful device. A seventh-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD power the laptop, and it's all contained in an all-metal body with soft touch paint for a premium look and feel.

Its convertible design allows you to use it as a tablet or in tent and stand modes, and its 2.9-pound (1.32 kg) body is light enough to carry around with you wherever you go. The oversized touchpad and comfy keyboard promote productivity, and you can get about six hours of use from the battery.

The 4K display has deep color and almost perfect contrast, and the bezel is kept to a minimum while allowing enough room at the top for an IR camera compatible with Windows Hello.

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Best Gaming

Lenovo Legion Y720

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The most important part of a gaming laptop is the GPU, and here you're getting an NVIDIA GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This is enough power to make your games look fantastic on the 15.6-inch, 1080p IPS display. There's also a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor with a 2.8GHz base clock speed, 16GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD) coupled with a 128GB PCIe SSD. This specific configuration starts at about $1,299, which is really quite respectable considering the performance you're getting.

Bottom line: For the best gaming laptop in this price range, check out the Lenovo Legion Y720.

One more thing: An optional RGB keyboard gives your laptop some colorful style.

Best 2-in-1

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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Despite the release of the updated Surface Pro, you can still get more bang for your buck if you go with the Surface Pro 4. Grab a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB SSD for about about $1,399. Don't forget, this includes a Surface Pen, but does not include a Type Cover.

Use the IR camera to log in with Windows Hello, and enjoy the 12.3-inch touch display with a unique 2736 x 1824 resolution.

Bottom line: The best 2-in-1 in between $1,000 and $1,500 remains the Surface Pro 4.

One more thing: The updated 2017 Surface Pro is also available, but it costs a bit more for some welcome improvements.

Best 15-inch Ultrabook

Samsung Notebook 9 15 Ext

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The less-recognized Samsung Notebook 9 is an unbelievable Ultrabook at a great price. Get inside a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with a 2.7GHz base clock speed, 16GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU, and a 256GB SSD for about $1,400. Aside from the awesome hardware, the 15-inch display shows that Samsung really knows what they're doing, and the backlit keyboard and large touchpad help you get more done.

Bottom line: The best 15-inch Ultrabook between $1,000 and $1,500 is the Samsung Notebook 9 15 Ext.

One more thing: Not quite convinced? Check out our Samsung Notebook 9 15 Ext review.

Best 13-inch Ultrabook

Dell XPS 13

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Dell's XPS 13 helped bring Windows laptops into the modern age, and their latest version is still a fantastic Ultrabook. The 13.3-inch, 1080p display stretches from edge to edge thanks to almost no bezel, and its thin and light chassis will turn heads.

Get inside a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7560U processor with a clock speed up to 3.80GHz, 8GB of DDR3-1866MHz RAM, and a 256GB PCIe SSD for great performance. This specific configuration starts at about $1,349.

Bottom line: The best 13-inch Ultrabook in this price range is the Dell XPS 13.

One more thing: Executive Editor Daniel Rubino's review of the Dell XPS 13 is a much closer look at this awesome little device.

Best Business

Lenovo ThinkPad T470

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Need a business partner that encompasses all we love about the ThinkPad line? This is it. A seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7300U processor, 8GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD deliver blazing performance, and the 14-inch, 1080p IPS display with a glossy finish lets you work on a couple things at once. The classic ThinkPad keyboard is a dream to type on, and the TrackPoint and physical buttons make an appearance. Toss in a whole bunch of the ports you use most, and you won't mind paying about $1,434 for this configuration.

Bottom line: The best business laptop between $1,000 and $1,500 is the Lenovo ThinkPad T470.

One more thing: To see more about why the ThinkPad T470 is such a great business partner, have a look at our in-depth review.

Best for Students

Microsoft Surface Laptop

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The Surface Laptop is thin enough to fit in a backpack with textbooks and other documents, and the Alcantara finish on the keyboard is about as luxurious as it gets. Considering you can get a real performer, with a seventh-generation Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB SSD, for about $1,299, this is a good option for anyone who's already spending a ton on tuition and books. Get about 10 hours of battery life on a single charge so you don't have to carry a charger with you to class, and enjoy the swift performance of Windows 10 S.

Bottom line: The best laptop for students in this price range is definitely the Surface Laptop.

One more thing: Our review of the Surface Laptop includes a much deeper look at why it's so great.

Conclusion

As far as laptops in the $1,000 to $1,500 price range go, the HP Spectre x360 is your best bet. For 13- and 15-inch Ultrabooks, go with the Dell XPS 13 and Samsung Notebook 9 15 Ext, and for a gaming laptop, the Lenovo Legion Y720 is a strong performer. The Surface Pro 4 still delivers a solid package for its price, and the Surface Laptop is designed for students. Need a business partner? Can't go wrong with the Lenovo ThinkPad T470.

Best overall

HP Spectre x360

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With a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with a boosted clock speed up to 3.5GHz, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD), this laptop is built to handle a day's work.

The convertible design allows you to switch into tablet, tent, and stand mode, and the 4K touch display is a dream to work on, especially with the included HP Active Pen. This 4K configuration starts at about $1,499.

Bottom line: For the best overall laptop between $1,000 and $1,500, you'll want to choose the HP Spectre x360.

One more thing: Check out our review of the 13-inch HP Spectre x360 for more information.

Updated June 15, 2017: We've refreshed this list with a bunch of new options, including a new overall choice for best laptop between $1,000 and $1,500.