So, you’re in the market for a laptop and you’ve got a specific holy grail in mind: the best laptop under $1000. Achieving your ideal computing setup can be a costly thing to do, especially in a world where a new MacBook, GalaxyBook or any other kind of shiny new Book seems to roll off the production line every year! It may seem that the best laptop under $1000 is still a relatively high price ceiling, but the cost of laptops can get extremely high.
In fact, one of the most expensive laptops in the world is the 24Karat Gold MacBook Pro by Caviar. This luxury laptop is priced at around $60,000, featuring an extravagant gold-plated chassis and fancy engraved designs! If only they made that one on a budget, right? Still, if you’re on the go, and on a budget, the best laptop for you is a reliable high-quality machine that comes in under $1000. A range of laptops are available in this more (relatively) accessible price bracket, and we’ve reviewed as many as we can to figure out this list of the very best. So, let’s get started on presenting our five categories of the best laptop under $1000!
Product Comparison Table: Best 17 Inch Laptop Under $1000
|Best in class
|ASUS TUF F17 Gaming Laptop
|Best for Gaming
|ASUS VivoBook X712EA
|Best for Streaming
|LG Gram Laptop 2-in-1 16″ Touchscreen
ASUS 17” Chromebook CX1
|Acer Aspire 5 A517-53G 17.3 Inch Laptop
A good test of our best 17 inch laptop under $1000 in the gaming category is to see how it runs the OG MMORPG – and if you don’t know what that means, skip to the next laptop on our list. World of Warcraft plays beautifully on the ASUS TUF F17 Gaming Laptop, even on the most demanding graphics settings. This powerful Windows 11 gaming laptop well and truly earns its place as the best 17 inch laptop under $1000 for gamers.
The ASUS TUF F17’s narrow bezel IPS-type panel conceals a patented ADC (Anti-Dust Cooling) system, 83-blade LCP fans, and multiple heat pipes to combat the gamer’s worst nightmare: overheating. Alongside the latest 11th Gen Intel Core CPU, GeForce RTX GPU and superfast NVMe PCIe SSD, the TUF F17s killer components deliver a gaming experience that feels more luxurious than its price tag.
- State-of-the-art system that prevents overheating
- Military-grade construction
- RGB keyboard and backlighting
- Unspecial (but increasable) memory capacity
- Runs Windows 11
It’s not often that a laptop can boast MIL-STD-810 military standard construction and still qualify to show up on a list called ‘the best 17 inch laptop under $1000’. The winner of our gaming category is TUF by name, and TUF by nature – and it might sting like a bee, but Adaptive Sync tech means the graphics float like a butterfly too.
Especially at a prodigious size like 17 inches, a lot of people these days use their laptops for streaming movies or TV, whether bingeing Netflix or just surfing Youtube on your lunch break. So, we figured we needed to find the best 17 inch laptop under $1000 that delivers on those brilliant graphics for streaming. For the habitual streamers, casual watchers and big-time bingers, we present the ASUS VivoBook X712EA, our best 17 inch laptop under $1000 for streaming.
The fantastic Full HD display isn’t the only benefit. Pretty, slick, elegant and most importantly… silent. You didn’t think how that would improve your streaming experience, did you? None of that annoying fan noise. And 1TB of built-in storage to download as many episodes of that show you’re addicted to as you like.
- Bright and clear display
- Silent functioning
- Massive built in storage
- A bit pricey
The ASUS VivoBook X712EA is our best 17 inch laptop under $1000 for streaming. That’s not just for great visuals too – the silent operation lets your movies sing. You may be able to afford all those streaming subscriptions, but that doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on a laptop which is why this is the best 17 inch laptop under $1000 for screaming freaks like you!
People these days are often computing on the go, or using their laptops for less traditional things like streaming, digital drawing or even as an online recipe book. For those off-the-wall types, we present the LG Gram Laptop 2-in-1 16″ Touchscreen, the latest model of our best 17 inch laptop under $1000 in the tablet-computer niche. Admittedly, it’s not quite 17 inch, but more than makes up for it in performance and portability.
Both a tablet and a conventional laptop, the LG Gram genuinely offers the best of both worlds. The (albeit small) Iris Xe Graphics-powered edge-to-edge DCI-P3 99% color gamut touchscreen display competes in terms of visuals with even top of the range tablets, but matches this with the laptop-level performance we know and love from LG – and the LG pen’s included. What’s more, the Full HD IR Webcam helps you stay connected, with build-in AI sound technology to filter out unwanted background noise.
- All the benefits of a tablet with laptop performance
- Gorgeous touchscreen display
- Stylus included
- Not quite 17”
It might be an inch undersized, but the LG Gram Laptop 2-in-1 16″ is still the tablet-style model we count as our best 17 inch laptop under $1000 – because 2-in-1s don’t get that big anyway. Best of all, if you’re utilising this laptop’s portability on the go, Presence Detection locks your screen when you walk away, while Smart Display blurs your screen to prevent passers-by from snooping on what you’re up to. Go browse those propeller hats on Amazon. No one can see.
A Chromebook is a great budget-friendly alternative to a traditional 17” laptop, particularly if you spend most of your time on the internet. They run ChromeOS, a cloud-storage operating system that has Google built in, and multiple layers of security. A ChromeBook and a laptop, technically, are two different things – but the ASUS Chromebook CX1 has earned its place among our best 17 inch laptops under $1000.
Lightweight, sleek and ultraportable, the ASUS Chromebook CX1 is powered by Intel’s Celeron processor and boasts up to 13 hours of battery life; almost anything is possible that you can do on a normal laptop (and more) down the rabbit hole of apps available on the Google Play Store. What’s more, ASUS’s shock test showed this 17 inch laptop withstands more than three harsh shocks in each direction at a force of 120 G/3 ms. They do the same tests on military equipment, and you’re probably not stronger than a tank.
- The best Chromebook we found
- Sleek design
- Lightweight and portable
- Not (technically) a laptop
The reason why we chose to include a Chromebook in our best 17 inch laptops under $1000 (when they’re not officially laptops) is that Chromebooks never price that high. Even the best Chromebooks rarely exceed this price, meaning that unlike a budget laptop, you’re not buying a budget version of a potentially high-end product. The highest-ticket Chromebook is still a cheap Chromebook!
It’s annoying to have to admit it, but the legendary MacBook Pro is unbeatable. But a current-model 17 inch MacBook pro is likely to set you back… much more than $1000 dollars. More like $3000. Luckily for you, we’ve found the Acer Aspire 5 A517-53G 17.3 Inch Laptop gets close to the legend in many areas.
The Aspire 5 delivers a powerful experience with its 12th Gen Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM that excels in everyday computing, and the 17.3 Inch Full HD IPS screen with MacBook-style narrow bezels gives a beautiful crystal-clear display room to sing: with a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 GPU that can handle photo editing and even ‘light gaming’. A MacBook can’t do that. Most importantly for the visually minded, the Aspire 5’s design looks a lot like its luxury cousin. The aluminium (like a MacBook) body features a backlit keyboard and raised hinge design to provide a more comfortable typing position and better cooling.
- Impressive performance
- Crisp visuals and AI noise reduction
- Sleek aluminium chassis
- Well… it’s not a real MacBook
A fresh new 17 inch MacBook under $1000 would definitely make this list of the best 17 inch laptops under $1000. Unfortunately, that might be wishful thinking, so we think the Acer Aspire 5 A517-53G 17.3 Inch Laptop is the next best thing. It may not have a Retina display, Touch ID or bragging rights, but you probably wouldn’t use those anyway. The Aspire 5 even looks like a MacBook… from not too far away.