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10 best laptops under £1,000: What's the best laptop for under £1,000?

The top 10 laptops for under a grand

PC Advisor reviews the top 10 laptops you can buy in the UK right now, for between £601 and £1,000.

10. 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.

9. 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.

8. 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.

7. Dell Inspiron 15R (5537)

Dell Inspiron 15R (5537)
  • Reviewed on: 18 February 14
  • RRP: £549 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

It's a shame that the Inspiron 15R is so heavy, as it may limit the laptop to only occasional adventures in the outside world. However, it's well built and provides good performance and connectivity at a very competitive price. Battery life is also excellent for a laptop in this price range, making the Inspiron 15R a good choice for anyone that wants an affordable multi-purpose laptop for use at home or in the office.

6. 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.

5. Asus X552CL

Asus X552CL
  • Reviewed on: 12 February 14
  • RRP: £500 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The X552CL isn't perfect, and the limited viewing angles of the screen definitely leave room for improvement. However, it does provide good performance for a laptop in this price range, and the inclusion of the GT 710M makes this one of the few budget laptops we've seen in recent months that can actually handle some decent 3D gaming action.

4. 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.

3. Toshiba CB30-102

Toshiba CB30-102
  • Reviewed on: 21 February 14
  • RRP: £250 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The usual caveat of ‘Chromebooks aren't for everyone' of course applies, but the Toshiba CB30 is a very useable and capable laptop for anyone who spends the majority of their computing time online using Google services. The increased screen size is a definite bonus over 11.6in models, even if it isn't a high-quality display, while the plastic construction keeps the weight to a portable 1.5 kg. For £250 this is a great device if your creative and privacy needs are modest.

2. Asus X102BA

Asus X102BA
  • Reviewed on: 24 January 14
  • RRP: £299 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Asus X102BA only offers modest performance, but could still be good value for money. Its screen and build quality are above average for a cheap Windows laptop, and added extras such MS Office mean that it provides a basic, but functional laptop at a very competitive price. Battery life needs to double though to keep up with modern laptops and tablets.

1. HP Pavilion 15 TouchSmart (n232sa)

HP Pavilion 15 TouchSmart (n232sa)
  • Reviewed on: 8 April 14
  • RRP: £500
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The size and weight of the Pavilion 15 TouchSmart suggest that it's more intended as a desktop replacement system for use at home or in the office. However, its all-round performance, combined with an attractive screen and optical drive, provide very good value for money, and ensure that the Pavilion 15 TouchSmart will appeal to most users on a tight budget.

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