Best Laptop under £1000 UK [2020]

If you have £1000 to spend on a laptop, then this is a good amount and you should be able to get something really solid. You need to know what you’re looking for when purchasing any laptop, especially if you’re going to spend this kind of money. However, there are a few options on the market that provide great value for money and will ensure that your pennies have been well spent.

As long as the laptop has the power that you need, then you should be good to go. So, let’s look at the best laptops that you can find that are less than £1000.

Best Laptop under £1000

ProductImageScreen SizeSpecsGet More Info
Macbook Air 2020New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.1GHz dual-core 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - Silver13 inch8GB/256GBFind Best Price
Google Pixelbook GoPixelbook Go 13.3' FHD Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) Just Black13.3 inch8GB/128GBFind Best Price
Microsoft Surface 3Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Ultra-Thin 13.5” Touchscreen Laptop (Platinum) - Intel 10th Gen Quad Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, 2019 Edition13.5 inch8GB/128GBFind Best Price
Dell Inspiron 13Dell Inspiron 13 7391 2-in-1 13.3 Inch FHD Touchscreen Convertible Laptop with Active Pen (Black) Intel Core i5-10210U, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, FINGERPRINT READER, Windows 10 Home13.3 inch8GB/512GBFind Best Price
Acer A509Asus A509 15.6-inch Laptop, Intel Core i7-1065G7, 20 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro15.6 inch16GB/512GBFind Best Price
Dell Inspiron 5491Dell Inspiron 5491 14-Inch FHD IPS Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop (Silver) Intel Core i7-10510U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, FINGERPRINT READER, Windows 10 Home14 inch16GB/512GBFind Best Price

Macbook Air 2020

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.1GHz dual-core 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - Silver

When we’re talking about laptops around the thousand pound mark, the Macbook Air is always going to come up.

Now we all know that the Macbook Air isn’t the best value for money – you’ll see tons of people online saying how much they hate Apple and how their products are overpriced. But in fairness to Apple, they can price their products at however much they want – it’s the public’s choice to buy their products. And they do, in their millions. Why? Well, the Macbook Air is a great example.

It’s priced at a similar rate in comparison to other premium laptops on the market – the Lenovo Thinkpad and the Dell XPS series come to mind. But, there are two main ways that the Macbook beats them hands down. Firstly, it’s the user experience. This is especially true if you use an iPhone, and if you do, I’d advise you to opt for a Macbook to go with it.

Secondly, the customer support that Apple provide is a million times better than any other computer brand out there. If you get a warranty with your Mac, then this is going to cover you for pretty much anything – just take your Macbook to your local Apple store and you can get it fixed, no questions asked.

So in terms of the amount of power and storage you’re getting for the cost, are Macbook’s expensive? Yes, but the benefits that comes with them will makes a difference for a lot of people, which makes them a great choice to opt for.

Google Pixelbook Go

Pixelbook Go 13.3' FHD Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) Just Black

Now, let me get started by saying that the Pixelbook won’t be for everyone. If you’re attached to the Windows operating system, then you’ll need to look at another laptop. And if you’re attached to the Mac OS then well.. just buy a Mac! However, if you’re open to using a different OS, or you have no idea what I’m even talking about, then here’s why I think you should consider the Pixelbook Go.

Now, let’s look at the benefits of using a Pixelbook. The battery life is excellent in comparison to most other laptops out there. It has a really simple interface, so even if you’re not the most tech savvy, you’ll be fine using this. It’s more secure than a Windows laptop and you won’t need to worry about viruses. But above all, it runs fast! The Pixelbook series is known for it’s quick startup times and responsive system.

The negatives? Well, the main thing is that you can’t use programs like Microsoft Word. Or, if you’re interested in design, you won’t be able to download a lot of the programs you may need. There are Google equivalents of Word of course, but some people might be attached to using Microsoft versions.

However, for people who don’t use a lot of different programs on their laptop, you might be better off opting for this Pixelbook Go. It’s light, fast and it does everything that most people need.

Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Ultra-Thin 13.5” Touchscreen Laptop (Platinum) - Intel 10th Gen Quad Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, 2019 Edition

If you don’t want to opt for an Apple laptop, then there are a ton of other options out there. One of my favourite’s is the Microsoft Surface series, with the Surface 3 being one of the best models out there.

Let’s start with the good things about this model. It’s definitely a good option if you’re concerned about the appearance of your laptop, as it’s very stylish. However, the majority of you won’t be too bothered about this!

So what about the specs? Well, it comes with 8GB of RAM and an i5 processor, which is going to be fast enough to run most of the programs you need it to. Only gamers will really need to look at getting more power than this, and if you are a gamer, I’d advise you look at 16GB RAM laptops instead.

It also comes with 128GB of SSD storage space, which might not seem like enough. However, with most people using cloud storage like Google Drive nowadays, it won’t be too much of an issue unless you’re planning to download a ton of files and programs.

The only bad thing about the Surface 3 is the battery life, which isn’t as good as other laptops out there. Whilst the advertised battery life for this model is around 11.5 hours, you’re not really going to get this length with this model. So if you really need a laptop that has a substantial battery life (if you take long journey’s often where you might not get the chance to charge it), then you might want to look at another model.

Dell Inspiron 5491

Dell Inspiron 5491 14-Inch FHD IPS Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop (Silver) Intel Core i7-10510U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, FINGERPRINT READER, Windows 10 Home

If you want something with more power but still less than £1000, then it’s worth looking at the Dell Inspiron 5491. You can purchase the model with 16GB of RAM, which will give you a faster running laptop – the additional RAM will enable your laptop to juggle more programs at the same time. So, you’ll be able to cope with a higher workload, which is useful if you’re using large-sized programs, like games or graphic design software.

The Dell Inspiron 5491 is a solid choice for anyone looking for a powerful 2-in-1 laptop. This will give you the ability to use it as a drawing tablet too, so you might want to pick up a Stylus as well. If you combine the HD touchscreen display with the tablet function and then the 16GB of RAM, you’re going to have a great laptop for someone who want something interactive. It also comes with a fingerprint reader inbuilt too, which although isn’t essential, is definitely a nice touch (nice touch, get it?… I’ll let myself out).

So yes, the specs of this model are really good for the price, and they’re all wrapped up in a slim design too. It’s another possible option for those looking for a powerful laptop that’s less than £1000.

Dell Inspiron 13

Dell Inspiron 13 7391 2-in-1 13.3 Inch FHD Touchscreen Convertible Laptop with Active Pen (Black) Intel Core i5-10210U, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, FINGERPRINT READER, Windows 10 Home

For those looking for a convertible laptop, then it could be worth looking at this model from the Dell Inspiron series. This series is known for being of a decent quality, and if you want the flexibility of a 2-in-1 laptop, then it makes sense to look at this model.

If you’re not entirely sure what a 2-in-1 (also referred to as a convertible laptop), essentially it’s a laptop and a tablet in one device. You can easily use it as a laptop, but you can also fold it back completely into a tablet and use the touchscreen, too. It comes with a pen for you to use, so if you think you might be interested in drawing on your laptop, then this model would make sense.

You can also flip this model into “tent mode” – combine that with the high quality display and it’s a perfect device to prop up and watch Netflix or YouTube on. So for those who intend to watch a lot of media, or want a good device to draw/sketch on, then this model would be perfect.

Although many people think that 2-in-1 laptops are less powerful than regular laptops, they’d be sorely mistaken. In the past, companies may have tried to get the smallest parts to make sure that it was light – however, this is no longer the case. This laptop comes with your standard 8GB of RAM and an impressive 512GB of SSD storage space for anything you need to save.

Overall, I think this Inspiron model is one of the better choices out there for people looking for something portable and lightweight.

Acer A509

Asus A509 15.6-inch Laptop, Intel Core i7-1065G7, 20 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro

If you’re looking for the best value for money, then it’s worth looking at brands like Acer and ASUS. By going with these cheaper brands, you’re typically going to be able to get more for your money.

The Acer A509 is a great example of this. You can pick up the A509 for less than £900, but it has the specifications of a much more expensive laptop. What do I mean by this? Well, with this model you actually get an i7 processor, which is a step up from an i5 processor and two steps up from an i3 processor. If you compare this to the cheapest Macbook’s, they actually come with an i3 processor. So you’re getting a lot more value for your money.

If you find the right model too, you can also get it with substantially more RAM than the standard 8GB. I say as a rule for most people nowadays you should be looking for 8GB as a minimum, but you can get this model upgraded with 16GB if you get the right price. So for those looking for the most value for money, you might want to consider the Acer A509.

Buying Guide for Laptops

What are the most sold laptops?

If you’re wondering which brands are the most sold worldwide, then the current leader is Lenovo, followed closely by HP and Dell. Despite what many people think, Apple aren’t as bigger market share holders within the laptop industry as of yet. However in terms of the models, in Western countries two of the most sold laptops are the Macbook Pro and the Lenovo Thinkpad – these are often bought in bulk by companies, or even in the education industry by universities for their students.

Which processor should I opt for?

When you’re purchasing any laptop, the specifications can be quite confusing. This is definitely the case when you’re looking at processors, as many people don’t know the difference between an i3 processor and an i5 processor. Typically you’ll get better CPU performance from an i5 processor than an i3, however this isn’t always the case. Even some of the newer Macbook models are released with an i3 processor, and they’ll perform better than another brand laptop with an i5. So, don’t focus on the processor too much unless you’re more experienced with laptops and looking for something specific.

Which laptop is best for students?

If you’re a student and you’re looking for a laptop, then there are many different models for you to consider. In my opinion, I’d stick with either a Macbook or even the Microsoft Surface if you’re looking for something with a long battery life. For most students, one of the most important things is that you have a responsive keyboard, as you’re going to be typing a lot. So, make sure you check the reviews of the laptop’s keyboard you’re going to be purchasing first!

Can a laptop last 10 years?

The majority of people say that a laptop will last you anywhere between 3 and 5 years. However, if you buy the right laptop, then it can last you a lot longer than this. Of course, in ten years time some of the hardware used to make your laptop will be outdated. However, many laptops do still have the potential to last you 10 years.

Why do laptops break so easily?

If you’ve had a laptop break on you in the past, then I know your pain. But seeing as laptops are so important and expensive, why do they break so easily? Well the answer is that it’s made up of components that are just, unfortunately, easily broken. When you look at what a laptop is made of, many of it’s parts are fragile – it’s screen, it’s hard drive and a whole lot else. So unfortunately, laptops are just fragile by nature.

Which laptop brand is the most reliable long term?

A common question amongst those buying a laptop is asking which brand is most reliable if you’re looking for a laptop to last you long term. The first thing I should say is that you should look at the specs more than the brand itself – all brands have released good and bad models of their laptops in the past. In terms of reliability, you’re typically best off going for a brand like Apple, which have great customer service. Or one of the more premium brand names, like HP, Dell or even Lenovo.

Which OS should I choose?

For some people who aren’t particularly computer savvy, it pays to know what OS, or operating system, you’re going to use. The main choice that you have is between using Windows or opting for a different OS, like Mac or Chrome. This is essentially just the hardware that manages the programs that are on your laptop. Windows is by far the most popular, so many people want to stick with that – however, both Mac and Chrome OS can be a lot easier and smoother to use.

Conclusion

All in all, these are just a few of the options that are out there for you to think about. Whilst the Macbook typically rules King around the £1000 mark, there are many other options out there to consider as well. It really depends on what you’re looking for. If you want great UX, then opt for a Macbook. But if you want more power, then you’re better off looking elsewhere.

About Alex

Hello, I'm Alex and this is my website, Spacehop. I started the site as a way to talk about myself, and a few years later we're now a team of 6! I still work full time at a major PC retailer in the UK, and I'm a bit of a tech whizz (self-proclaimed, unfortunately!).

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