10 Windows 10 laptop and tablets under $1000
Not everyone is in the market for over-the-top, high-performance, ultra-high resolution laptop, especially when budget, nor need, justifies dropping a couple of grand on a high-end machine with all the bells and whistles.
Fortunately, there are budget-friendly alternatives, under a thousand dollars, that still pack a punch, and aren’t too shabby to look at either.
The CX62 retails for $719, and it’s powered by a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5, with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz. This powerful, yet budget-friendly business laptop, supports a native resolution of 1366 x 768, and integrates 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB HDD.
While this particular, and customizable configuration of the CX62 doesn’t have an SSD, and lacks UHD or 4K display resolution, it has a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940M GPU with 2GB of video memory, capable of driving graphically intensive games, as well as image editing applications.
Video editing is another story, of if you are planning on doing any video editing, some upgrades are required, such as switching the HDD for an SSD, and doubling the memory. With that said, this is a very respectable laptop to use around the office, at school, and for home entertainment.
The MSI GP62 Leopard is a decently priced point of entrance into gaming laptops. At $929, this device is powered by a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7, with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz. The 15.6 inch anti-reflective display supports a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is great for movies and games.
Speaking of which, the GP62 comes with the same NVIDIA GTX 950M at the CX62, with 2GB of video memory, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and 1TB HDD.
Gamers will appreciate the SteelSeries gaming keyboard, capable of handling 10 simultaneous keystrokes.
Moving away from the gaming gaming laptop category, the MSI Prestige is a $999 laptop describes as a “work of art”. Powered by a 2.6GHz 6th generation Skylake Intel i7, with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, the Prestige comes with a 15.6 inches 1080p resolution display, driven by a GTX960M with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The Prestige comes also with an 8GB of RAM, and 1TB HDD.
Some of the options included in this laptop are Dynaudio Premium Speakers, a white backlit keyboard, a 1080p webcam, and a USB Type-C connector, alongside two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 2.0. Video ports include a VGA, HDMI, and mini DisplayPort.
The T100 Transformer Book is a 10.1 inches Windows 10 tablet, powered by a 1.4GHz Intel Atom, and a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. With that said, don’t be put off by the smaller size, as this device includes a 64GB flash drive, and boasts a whopping 14 hours of battery life. With support for Bluetooth 4.0, front and rear camera, and 4GB of RAM, the T100 is tough to beat, even compared to a Chromebook, especially as the price tag for this device is a very affordable $329.
The ASUS X751LX is all business, with a 1080p 17.3 inches display, driven by a GTX980M and a 2.4GHz Intel i7, with 8GB or RAM and 1TB HDD. With a price tag set at $889, shoppers on a budget, who are motivated to spend a little more for respectable specs, should consider the X751LX, also in regard to build quality.
The UX303UA Zenbook is a powerful touchscreen laptop, with a 13.3 inch, 1080p display, powered by a 2.3GHz Skylake i5 CPU, and Intel HD Graphics 520, which includes 8GB or RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard.
For the $909 price tag, this Windows 10 laptop offers a slick, minimalist design, and a solid build, typical of all ASUS products.
This updated version of the ThinkPad E560, comes with Windows 10 Pro, a 15.6 inches 1366 x 768 pixels display, powered by an Intel HD Graphics 520, and by a 6th generation 2.3GHz Intel i5 CPU.
The E560 comes with 4GB or RAM, a 500GB HDD, a 720p webcam, dual microphones, a OneLink connector, and a 4-in-1 SD card reader slot.
Some of the attractive options of this model is the fingerprint reader, designed to work with Windows Hello.
Powered by an Intel Broadwell 2.1GHz i3 CPU, and with only 4GB or RAM, the Fujitsu T725 may not be packing the latest hardware specs, but those who need a reliable and versatile laptop/tablet hybrid, with advanced security, will appreciate the T725 as a machine capable of doing the job. The HDD on board of this device is a 500GB spinning drive, which can be easily upgraded to a fast SSD, and just like the ThinkPad E560, it comes with a fingerprint reader capable of working with Windows 10 biometric login system. Price: $969.
The Lenovo iDeaPad is a $859, powerful and versatile 12 inch Windows 10 Pro tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard, and is powered by an Intel Core M5 CPU, clocked at 1.1GHz.
The 12 inch touchscreen supports a native resolution of 2160 x 1440, driven by an Intel HD Graphics 515. This tablet comes loaded with support for the latest wireless standards, including Bluetooth 4.1, and Wi-Fi ac.
The IdeaPad comes with 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, and it includes a stylus.
At $659, the Toshiba Tecra C50 comes from a long legacy of business devices dating back to the mid-90s. The latest update of the C50 features a 15.6 inch touchscreen with a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, powered by a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 CPU, Intel HD GRaphics 520, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD upgradeable to an SSD.
The expansion ports on this model include a full HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a VGA port. This laptop also features 7 hours of battery life, which can likely stretch beyond that, by replacing the internal spinning drive with an SSD.