Best overall

Dell XPS 13

The XPS 13's 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 i5-7200U processor (CPU), 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) can all be had for about $1,000.

Bottom line: The best laptop you can buy between $750 and $1,000 is the Dell XPS 13.

One more thing: Configurations with eighth-generation Intel Core CPUs are available if you're willing to pay more than $1,000.

Why the Dell XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy for under $1,000

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-$1,000 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 2.7 pounds (1.2kg). 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.

If you don't mind spending slightly more than $1,000, you can get up to an eighth-generation Intel Core CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB SSD, and an 1800p touch display. 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.

Best gaming

Lenovo Legion Y520

Lenovo's Legion gaming line is aimed at delivering decent performance for a decent price; the Y520, which has a strong configuration for about $950, is a perfect example. Get inside an Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB HDD coupled with a 256GB SSD, and a dedicated NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The 15.6-inch FHD display has the perfect resolution for gaming, and a wide selection of ports lets you plug into peripherals and external monitors.

Bottom line: For a great gaming laptop that looks like it costs far more than $1,000, check out the Lenovo Legion Y520.

One more thing: Check out our review for much more information about the Y520.

Best Convertible

HP Spectre x360

Not only is the Spectre x360 designed and built incredibly well, you can get respectable performance hardware inside for about $950. An Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD will help you complete all your everyday tasks, and the 13.3-inch FHD touch display is one of the best around; it can be rotated for tent, stand, and tablet modes. The keyboard and touchpad are both about as good as they get on laptops, and an IR camera lets you quickly log in with Windows Hello.

Bottom line: The best convertible laptop in this price range is the HP Spectre x360.

One more thing: Our review of the HP Spectre x360 has a closer look at this awesome device.

Best 2-in-1

Microsoft Surface Pro

For about $800, you can pick up Microsoft's newest Surface Pro, arguably the best 2-in-1 device there is. The base configuration comes with an Intel Core m3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, but you can choose the $999 configuration that has an upgraded Intel Core i5 CPU. While the Surface Pro tablet has an amazing 12.3-inch touchscreen with a 2,736 x 1,824 resolution, you'll no doubt want to pick up the Type Cover and Surface Pen to complete the package.

Bottom line: The best 2-in-1 laptop out there is the Surface Pro.

One more thing: Our review has more information if you're interested in the Surface Pro.

Best business

Lenovo ThinkPad T470

The ThinkPad line has always been associated with business, and there's none better than the T470. For about $1,000, you can get a configuration that includes an Intel Core i5-7200U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 500GB HDD. Plenty of upgrades are available if your budget allows. The 14-inch FHD display has a matte finish to cut down on glare, and the keyboard is about as good as they get. Fans of the TrackPoint system will love that it's still here, and a Bridge battery system lets you swap out batteries without powering down the laptop.

Bottom line: For a durable business laptop with a light build, check out the ThinkPad T470.

One more thing: Have a look at our review to see more about why the T470 is awesome.

Conclusion

If you're in the market for a 2-in-1, the Surface Pro is your best bet, and if you'd like a convertible, you can't go wrong with the HP Spectre x360. Gamers will love the Legion Y520 from Lenovo, and those who need a business partner should look into the ThinkPad T470. For the best overall laptop out there, the Dell XPS 13 is hard to beat, especially with eighth-generation CPUs.

Best overall

Dell XPS 13

The XPS 13's 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 i5-7200U processor (CPU), 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) can all be had for about $1,000.

Bottom line: The best laptop you can buy between $750 and $1,000 is the Dell XPS 13.

One more thing: Configurations with eighth-generation Intel Core CPUs are available if you're willing to pay more than $1,000.

Updated October 20, 2017: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the best laptops between $750 and $1,000.