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Best Laptops 2016: Powerful Devices Under $1000, Dell XPS 13, MacBook Air, Lenovo Miix 510, Dell Inspiron 13 7000

By JR O. , Nov 04, 2016 04:26 AM EDT
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If you're looking for great laptop deals this year, Dell, Apple and Lenovo have amazing options for you. (Photo : Lenovo / YouTube)

Laptops are usually meant to be useful and portable. This means that your laptop of choice should be powerful, sturdy and light. However, the problem with this is that most laptops that possess these traits have skyrocketing price tags. While it's understandable for these devices to be pricy, not everyone is happy to commit to an expensive purchase. Luckily, there are also laptops that are less costly and come with just minor compromises. Here's our list of best laptops to buy this 2016 that are less than a thousand bucks.

Dell XPS 13

Dell has recently revamped the XPS 13 and stuffed it with the latest Intel processor. However, if you want a less expensive option, you can go for an i5 model which isn't so bad at all. For just $999, you can get the Dell XPS 13 Core i5/128GB variant through the Microsoft Store. This powerful Dell laptop boasts of its InfinityEdge display, touchscreen, and durable build. The device's body is made of aluminum and its base is made of carbon-fiber. It also uses Corning Gorilla glass which makes the device extra sturdy and less likely to be scratch.

Apple MacBook Air

Apple's MacBook Air has a starting price of $999 and while many people think that MacBooks are overrated and overpriced, the Air is actually quite a good deal this year. It is powered by either Intel's i5 or i7 processors and it comes with a very lightweight body. Apple boasts of MacBook Air's 12 hours battery life and 2.96 pound weight. Just like most Apple devices, the MacBook Air comes with great Apple-only features like FaceTime and other applications. Inter-device integration between your other Apple devices and MacBook Air is also a convenient addition.

Lenovo Miix 510

Lenovo has been quite focused on giving the world amazing hybrid devices. While most OEMs are focused solely on traditional laptops, Lenovo has been busy making both conventional and convertible laptops. The Lenovo Miix 510 is priced at around $900 and it's one of the best 2-in-1 devices on the market right now. The best thing about this deal is that it already includes Lenovo's pen and keyboard accessories.

The Miix 510 comes with a 12.2 inch IPS display and it is powered by the latest Intel processor Kaby Lake. As per Tech Radar, it also comes with up to 1TB storage. For such powerhouse internals, the Lenovo Miix 510 could be your best bet for a hybrid laptop. Choosing between the Miix 510 and a Surface hybrid is an understandable dilemma. But do take note that the Lenovo convertible is less expensive especially with its free accessories. The Surface Pro 4 however, is a bit more rich when it comes to the display.

Dell Inspiron 13 7000

Dell's Inspiron 13 7000 is also a good buy if you're looking for a convertible laptop. It's attractive, durable and overall a powerful computing device. For just $999, you can have this Core i7 laptop that has a 13.3 inch touchscreen display. This laptop isn't the lightest option on the market but it's a good deal nonetheless especially for its sturdy structure.

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