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Group test: what's the best PC for under £1,000?

Top 5 £1,000 desktop PCs you can buy

PC Advisor reviews the best five desktop PCs available now for around £1,000. UPDATED 11 November 2011.

5. HP Envy 6-1006ea Sleekbook

The HP Envy 6-1006ea Sleekbook scores the same as its Ultrabook counterpart. It's £100 cheaper but this comes with a sacrifice in raw performance. This laptop will suffice for basic tasks like web browsing but not much more.

4. Lenovo IdeaPad Z580

The Lenovo Z580 is a stylish and reasonably well-built laptop. If you don’t want to play games or other graphically demanding duties there's less reason to spend £200 over the comparable Dell Inspiron 15R, although you do get stronger construction and Blu-ray playback.

3. Sony Vaio S Series SVS1311N9E

If you're happy to live without the Pro version of Windows, the fingerprint reader and a backlit keyboard, you can get a laptop with very similar specifications for around £300 less. It's unlikely to be as light or last as long away from the mains, though, so the S series should still make your shortlist if you need a fully featured ultraportable and aren't too worried that it's not the fastest around.

2. HP ProBook 4530s

The Hewlett Packard ProBook 4530s LH311EA could double up as an office and home laptop, and the fingerprint sensor is a nice extra for the security-conscious user.

1. Lenovo G570 M51BPUK

The Lenovo G570 M51BPUK has a nice keyboard, an appreciated Blu-ray drive and generous RAM and hard drive allocations. However, this version of the Lenovo G570 doesn’t quite enough 3D oomph to win an award.

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