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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

Florian Wimmer, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 07/03/2017

November 2018 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 1000 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

The range between 500 and 1000 USD/Euros probably includes the largest selection of notebooks, starting with business devices and multimedia machines with different sizes up to compact and mobile subnotebooks and obviously the popular class of convertibles or 2-in-1 devices, respectively. If you want to find your favorite device very quickly and you are not limited to a special type of device, then this overview might be of help. Otherwise, we can recommend our category charts:

The following table lists the best Windows-based notebooks under 1000 USD/Euros (>10-inches, no Chromebooks) that were reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last 10 months. If ratings are equal, the latest review is listed first. The table can be sorted by clicking on its headers and filtered by entering text in the field above it (e.g. "matte").

Note: The cheapest street price at the time of the last revision of this article applies to the following list. The sales prices shown in the following table and in the price comparison with the individual articles are automatically updated daily and can therefore differ!

Best Notebooks under 1,000 USD/Euros as of November 2018

Pos.DateRatingImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
110/2018
New!
91%Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GBMicrosoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
8.5 mm781 g12.3"2736x1834glossy
203/201888%Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WWLenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
19.9 mm1.8 kg14"1920x1080matte
310/201887%Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
Intel UHD Graphics 615
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
8.3 mm523 g10"1800x1200glossy
404/201887%Lenovo ThinkPad L380-20M5000WGELenovo ThinkPad L380-20M5000WGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
19 mm1.4 kg13.3"1920x1080matte
503/201887%Lenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGELenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB NVMe
22.5 mm1.7 kg14"1920x1080matte
603/201887%Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KS001RGELenovo ThinkPad E580-20KS001RGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
19.95 mm2.1 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
701/201887%HP ProBook 470 G5HP ProBook 470 G5
Intel Core i5-8250U
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
8 GB Memory, 256 GB NVMe
22.5 mm2.5 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
810/2018
New!
86%Honor MagicbookHonor Magicbook
Intel Core i5-8250U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
16 mm1.4 kg14"1920x1080matte
909/201886%HP ProBook x360 440 G1HP ProBook x360 440 G1
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
19.9 mm1.7 kg14"1920x1080glossy
1004/201886%Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga-20M7001BGELenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga-20M7001BGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
18.8 mm1.5 kg13.3"1920x1080glossy

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Link: all reviewed notebooks below 1,000 Euros, ordered by total rating

Editors' Comments

1st - Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The Surface Pro 6 with the Core i5 processor currently retails for about 1000 Euros, but it is even less expensive with the Core m3. You still get one of the best windows tablets on the market and the i5 SKU is already pretty quick. The Core i7 SKU is slightly faster and the throttling is not too bad, but is it really worth the premium? We don't think so for most users, and the i5 should be sufficient.

There are also differences in terms of SSD storage: The 128 GB drive is pretty slow, but the other models are faster. Design, build quality, and display are once again very good, but Microsoft still saves money on the ports, which is annoying. You should also note that you still have to buy a Bluetooth keyboard or Microsoft's Type Cover to get the full notebook experience.

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2nd - Lenovo ThinkPad E480

Lenovo ThinkPad E480
Lenovo ThinkPad E480

Lenovo's ThinkPad E480 offers a great price-performance ratio. The 14-inch screen is the entry into the ThinkPad line-up for less than 800 Euros, but still features some of the features you will find on the much more expensive ThinkPads. This includes the sturdy case, great input devices, and the matte IPS screen. However, you should avoid SKUs with the Radeon GPU, because they have temperature problems under load. There are still some drawbacks for the more affordable systems: The warranty is short, you only get a microSD reader, and the write performance of the SSD is quite slow. If this is no problem, you will get a great business laptop for a small price.

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3rd - Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft Surface Go
Microsoft Surface Go

So affordable and already a high-quality convertible! The Microsoft Surface Go already starts for less than 500 Euros, but this version is shipped without physical keyboard. You can either use a Bluetooth keyboard or the optional Type Cover, which will increase the price noticeably. The storage is also limited on the base model at just 64 GB, and Microsoft charges a hefty premium for the 128 GB option. You can at least use the microSD reader to store more data.

The quality of the magnesium case is excellent, the Surface lasts long on battery, and you get a bright as well as high-contrast screen. The performance is not that bad, either. You notice that the Surface Go is no real notebook when you look at the ports, because one USB-C port will have to suffice.

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4th - Lenovo ThinkPad L380

Lenovo ThinkPad L380
Lenovo ThinkPad L380

ThinkPads everywhere: Lenovo continuously expands its ThinkPad line-up, so there is a device for pretty much every taste and price range. The ThinkPad L380 is a really solid 13-inch device, which does not cost more than 1000 Euros, but still manages good performance figures and pretty long battery runtimes. The easy maintenance and fast SSD complete the package, but you will have to live with a somewhat dark screen with narrow color gamut, so the ThinkPad L380 is not a good choice for photographers. The ThinkPad also lacks some business features, even though this is not necessarily a problem for private users.

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5th - Lenovo ThinkPad L480

Lenovo ThinkPad L480
Lenovo ThinkPad L480

Similar to its modern siblings, the ThinkPad L480 does not feature a full-size SD reader, but only a microSD module. Our test model just misses the 1000 Euros mark, and the price dropped a bit since then. You get a slim, light, and fast laptops with good Wi-Fi transfer rates and a matte IPS display. The latter lacks some luminance though, and the competition manages longer battery runtimes. The ThinkPad E480 offers a slighly slimmer chassis, but the ThinkPad L480 is a bit lighter.

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6th - Lenovo ThinkPad E580

Lenovo ThinkPad E580
Lenovo ThinkPad E580

Hot stuff: Lenovo's 2018 ThinkPad E480 gets really warm under load and the larger sibling is not much better. The CPU clock also drops quickly under load; the temperature management of the inexpensive ThinkPad is not very good. In return you get a good chassis, a great keyboard, and a matte display. It is also possible to upgrade the notebook quite comprehensively if desired. The ThinkPad E580 features some of the qualities of the more expensive siblings for a low price, so the device gets a high rating. You have to make compromises in terms of temperature development and the battery runtime though.

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7th – HP ProBook 470 G5

HP ProBook 470 G5
HP ProBook 470 G5

We had a hard time finding any serious flaws in our review of the HP ProBook 470 G5: The display could have a higher contrast, the warranty is limited to just one year, and there is no Thunderbolt port. That's about it though, and the matte panel, excellent keyboard, long battery runtime, and low temperatures easily compensate for that. This is a really good office device if you are looking for a 17.3-inch system and do not mind the weight of 2.5 kg. The Core i5 processor is powerful enough even for more demanding tasks. Gaming is not really possible, despite the dedicated GPU, because the GeForce 930MX is not really powerful.

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8th - Honor Magicbook

Honor Magicbook
Honor Magicbook

It is quite rare and not available in all parts of the world: the Honor Magicbook. We reviewed both the Intel and AMD SKUs and the notebook with the AMD chip is a bit cheaper, but the Intel SKU manages longer battery runtimes.

You can import the device from Asia, but you will not get the right keyboard layout and there might be issues with the warranty. Otherwise, you get a very solid, sophisticated notebook for a low price, especially the AMD model. A bright pane, decent input devices, usually a quiet system, and good Wi-Fi are other advantages of the system. The operating system's language is set to Chinese by default, so you have to add your local language pack manually. In the end, there is not much to criticize here.

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9th - HP ProBook x360 440 G1

HP ProBook x360 440 G1
HP ProBook x360 440 G1

Good performance figures, bright touchscreen, fingerprint scanner, IR camera, long battery runtime, illuminated keyboard, low heat development, nice chassis - there is much to like about the HP ProBook x360 440 G1. The convertible design also expands the usability of the notebook.

The ProBook is still a special device due to its business orientation; many private users will not need or use the security features. But if they are included and the notebook has a good price-performance ratio? Then you just take them, especially since the display is suited for semi-professional picture editing thanks to the wide color gamut.

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10th - Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga

Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga
Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga

Lenovo's ThinkPad L380 Yoga is supposed to be a well-made convertible for less than a 1000 Euros. The result is a success, but the less stable base unit could become an issue since you open or close a convertible more often. Business features like a WWAN module are missing, but you can upgrade the RAM, which is very rare for a convertible. The system is usually very quiet and cool, and you get excellent input devices. We also like the display, so the ThinkPad L380 Yoga is definitely worth a look.

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Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KS001RGE
Lenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGE
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW
Lenovo ThinkPad L380-20M5000WGE
Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga-20M7001BGE
HP ProBook 470 G5
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
HP ProBook x360 440 G1
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Honor Magicbook
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 (26, 22)
73 (36, 37)
44.8 (23.6, 21.2)
44 (21, 23)
47 (22, 25)
36 (18, 18)
44 (22, 22)
34 (16, 18)
42 (22, 20)
44.4 (23.2, 21.2)
Response Time Black / White *
32 (18, 14)
33 (19, 14)
31.2 (17.2, 14)
26 (14, 12)
28 (14, 14)
28 (16, 12)
25.6 (11.6, 14)
20 (11, 9)
25 (14, 11)
32.8 (18, 14.8)
PWM Frequency
25000 (90)
25000 (30)
217 (90)
1020 (99)
26000 (50)
20800 (50)
200 (100)
Screen
Brightness middle
290
222
262
271
323
400
456
408
463
287
Brightness
267
209
245
253
310
374
426
375
450
273
Brightness Distribution
81
73
83
89
88
87
88
87
83
86
Black Level *
0.19
0.17
0.19
0.17
0.22
0.63
0.31
0.34
0.32
0.21
Contrast
1526
1306
1379
1594
1468
635
1471
1200
1447
1367
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.9
3.91
7
14.89
5
4.34
1.3
1.2
3.76
5
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.52
7.74
23.6
31.08
9.56
8.29
3
2.44
7.35
20.1
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.92
1.56
6.4
2.51
6.64
3.51
1.4
0.98
3.18
2.7
Gamma
2.31 95%
2.53 87%
2.14 103%
2.14 103%
2.2 100%
2.45 90%
2.24 98%
2.32 95%
2.53 87%
2.18 101%
CCT
6091 107%
6701 97%
6065 107%
6455 101%
6638 98%
6570 99%
6687 97%
6485 100%
6994 93%
6653 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37
35
39.5
38
61
55
62.3
62
59
40.59
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
58
55
61.9
60
95
84
96.8
98
90
62.66
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.43
1.1
0.67
2.68
4.5
Noise
off / environment *
30.1
30.4
29.1
30
30.4
30.5
30.6
30.3
Idle Minimum *
30.1
30.4
29.1
30
30.4
30.5
30.6
30.3
Idle Average *
30.1
30.4
29.1
30
30.4
30.5
30.6
30.3
Idle Maximum *
31.6
30.4
30.3
30
30.8
30.5
32
30
Load Average *
37.7
32.3
31.8
33.1
32.1
33
36.7
40.4
Load Maximum *
38
37
33.8
32.6
32.9
38
36.7
43.8
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
60
43
36.7
41
45
38.4
44
41.2
39.7
52.3
Maximum Bottom *
57
41.7
42.8
42.6
44.5
40.1
43
42.4
41.1
56.1
Idle Upper Side *
29.1
25.7
23.4
26.6
25.6
25.4
26
26.9
34.5
25.1
Idle Bottom *
30.2
27.1
22.8
27.9
27.7
24.9
24.4
28.4
30.7
25.7
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
861
1011
1106
1129
833
1123
771
1038
1066
1740
H.264
544
479
431
508
457
384
496
729
WiFi v1.3
404
460
495
697
420
485
448
536
545
613
Load
81
92
105
117
99
140
180
163
118
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
7.4
3.3
3.5
2.7
3.44
3.4
2.88
4.6
4.3
3.9
Idle Average *
10.4
6.6
5.3
5.6
6.9
9.6
4.8
7.5
8.7
7.3
Idle Maximum *
10.3
7.3
6.1
9.2
9.2
11.8
7.5
9.6
9.4
8
Load Average *
57
40.4
30
30
27.6
43
16.9
37
24.5
55.4
Load Maximum *
57
37.4
42.3
30.4
29
61
23.8
38.8
36
63.6
Witcher 3 ultra *
45.6

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KS001RGE
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8550U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
5140 Points ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
4849 Points ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KXG5AZNV256G
4871 Points ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga-20M7001BGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4776 Points ∼73%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4922 Points ∼76%
Lenovo ThinkPad L380-20M5000WGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4589 Points ∼70%
HP ProBook x360 440 G1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4875 Points ∼75%
Honor Magicbook
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
4852 Points ∼74%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3970 Points ∼61%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KS001RGE
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8550U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
4273 Points ∼70%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
3781 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
3574 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KXG5AZNV256G
3757 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga-20M7001BGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3669 Points ∼60%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3844 Points ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad L380-20M5000WGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3553 Points ∼58%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
741 Points ∼12%
HP ProBook x360 440 G1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
3919 Points ∼64%
Honor Magicbook
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
3741 Points ∼61%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3088 Points ∼51%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KS001RGE
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8550U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
4474 Points ∼14%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
1740 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
1591 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KXG5AZNV256G
1818 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga-20M7001BGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
1730 Points ∼6%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2568 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad L380-20M5000WGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
1738 Points ∼6%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1334 Points ∼4%
HP ProBook x360 440 G1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
2084 Points ∼7%
Honor Magicbook
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
4760 Points ∼15%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
2048 Points ∼7%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KS001RGE
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8550U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
11982 Points ∼21%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
7240 Points ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
6738 Points ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KXG5AZNV256G
7951 Points ∼14%
Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga-20M7001BGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
6951 Points ∼12%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
8611 Points ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad L380-20M5000WGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7394 Points ∼13%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4186 Points ∼7%
HP ProBook x360 440 G1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
8958 Points ∼15%
Honor Magicbook
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
15124 Points ∼26%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
8748 Points ∼15%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E480-20KNCTO1WW
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
57070 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KXG5AZNV256G
61656 Points ∼6%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
71571 Points ∼6%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
39091 Points ∼4%
HP ProBook x360 440 G1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
80822 Points ∼7%
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