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

The top 5 laptops for under a grand

PC Advisor reviews the top 5 laptops you can buy in the UK right now, for between £601 and £1,000.

5. Asus V550C

Asus V550C
  • Reviewed on: 28 November 13
  • RRP: £582 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The Asus impressed with its smart, svelte design and its good keyboard and trackpad, and it's got better speakers than its main rival. But it falls behind the competition in several key areas.

4. PC Specialist Optimus V

PC Specialist Optimus V
  • Reviewed on: 23 August 13
  • RRP: £879 inc VAT and delivery
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

It's not the most portable of machines, and we did feel it was rather noisy in places. However, the overall specifications of the PC Specialist Optimus V are very good, and performance is mostly smooth and versatile. You'll generally have to go some way above the £1000 point to find all these features. If you want a large system with a 17.3in screen, this is a cunning performer.

3. Scan 3XS LG155

Scan 3XS LG155
  • Reviewed on: 24 July 13
  • RRP: £899 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

It's not cheap, but the LG155 provides the sort of gaming performance that we've previously only seen from laptops costing well over £1000. And while it's rather large and heavy it does provide better battery life than most gaming laptops, so it's well worth considering if you feel the need to play demanding 3D games on the move.

2. Dell Latitude 3440

Dell Latitude 3440
  • Reviewed on: 28 November 13
  • RRP: £514 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Latitude 3440 is designed for work rather than play, and that means its talents lie in certain keys areas: the Haswell processor delivers reasonable application and games performance and excellent battery life, and the keyboard and touchpad are excellent. It’s one of the slimmest and lightest machines in this group, too, but it’s also got the best build quality. The middling screen and speakers count against the Dell, but it excels in more key areas than any other machine here – and that makes it a worthy all-round winner.

1. Chillblast Defiant Mini 13

Chillblast Defiant Mini 13
  • Reviewed on: 11 October 13
  • RRP: £899.00 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

The Defiant isn’t perfect by any means. The speakers are definitely below-par and the keyboard won’t suit people with chunky digits. However, it still provides very good value for money, with gaming performance that’s as good as anything we’ve seen in this price range. Some people might prefer a gaming rig with a larger screen, but if you need portable power at a competitive price then the Defiant – like its namesake – is hard to beat.

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