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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

HP Envy 6-1006ea Sleekbook
  • Reviewed on: 13 November 12
  • RRP: £599 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 6 out of 10

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

Lenovo IdeaPad Z580
  • Reviewed on: 23 July 12
  • RRP: £799 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

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

Sony Vaio S Series SVS1311N9E
  • Reviewed on: 10 September 12
  • RRP: £899 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

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

HP ProBook 4530s
  • Reviewed on: 7 August 12
  • RRP: £562
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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

Lenovo G570 M51BPUK
  • Reviewed on: 8 August 12
  • RRP: £500 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

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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