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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

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

March 2019 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 March 2019

Pos.DateRatingImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
110/201891%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
202/2019
New!
89%Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004USLenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Intel Core i5-8265U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB NVMe
11.9 mm1.1 kg13.3"1920x1080glossy
302/2019
New!
88%Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GELenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB NVMe
18.8 mm1.5 kg13.3"1920x1080matte
410/201887%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
501/201887%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
611/201887%Huawei MateBook D 14 W50FHuawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
16 mm1.5 kg14"1920x1080matte
703/201887%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
803/2019
New!
87%Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWLLenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
14.8 mm1.2 kg13.3"1920x1080glossy
903/201887%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
1001/201986%Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
14.9 mm1.5 kg14"1920x1080matte

Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing, current articles are listed first
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.

2nd - Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL

Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL

The Lenovo IdeaPad 730S is a very slim and very light Ultrabooks, but the stability is still decent. We also like the design, the quiet operation and the decent display contrast. So is the 13.3-inch device a good investment for less than 1000 Euros?

It depends on what you are looking for, because the performance is not great and the number of ports is limited. The device is also limited in terms of maintenance and upgrades.

If you want an ultra portable device, though, which also looks nice and offers decent battery runtimes, the Lenovo IdeaPad 730S is definitely worth a look.

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3rd - Lenovo ThinkPad L390

Lenovo ThinkPad L390
Lenovo ThinkPad L390

ThinkPads everywhere: Lenovo continues to expand its portfolio of ThinkPads, so you basically get a device for almost every taste and budget. The ThinkPad L390 is a solid 13-inch device, which does not cost more than 1000 Euros and is still powerful enough. The possibility of upgrades and numerous ports complete the offer.

However, similar to the previous model, you will have to accept the low color gamut of the screen, so the ThinkPad L390 is not suited for picture editing. The number of business features is also limited, but this is no problem for private users. The missing Thunderbolt port on the other hand might be a bigger issue.

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4th - 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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5th – 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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6th - Huawei MateBook D 14

Huawei MateBook D 14
Huawei MateBook D 14

Good chassis, long battery runtimes, and decent security features. Huawei is not really an established manufacturer in this segment, but the MateBook D 14 still leaves a good impression. The device is no bargain in comparison to other systems in this ranking, but the features are at least on par for a similar price. The display has problems with viewing angles and color gamut, but the color accuracy ex-works is good in return.

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7th - 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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8th - Lenovo IdeaPad S530-13IWL

Lenovo IdeaPad S530-13IWL
Lenovo IdeaPad S530-13IWL

A 13.3-inch laptop from Lenovo with good performance, replaceable SSD, and quick-charge functionality? The IdeaPad S53-13IWL meets the description. Unfortunate that you have to live with a glossy screen and the number of ports is limited as well – you should be willing to carry around adapters if you often use accessories.

The battery runtime is average, the speakers are not great, and we recommend headphones for longer listening sessions.

All in all, the IdeaPad S530 is a very solid office notebook, which might not offer any highlights, but it is a reliable companion.

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9th - 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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9th - Acer Swift 3

Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3

Acer's Swift 3 is a 14-inch laptop with sufficient performance for all common tasks, but gaming enthusiasts are limited to very simple titles without high system requirements. The Core i3 is a fast processor for work and occasional multimedia tasks, the display features the 1080p resolution, the battery runtime is good, and the device is always quiet. Drawbacks include the luminance, the limited amount of RAM, and the performance reduction on battery power, but all in all, Acer's notebook is a very solid choice for about 700 Euros.

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Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

413.8 mm / 16.3 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 22.5 mm / 0.886 inch 2.5 kg5.51 lbs369 mm / 14.5 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs335 mm / 13.2 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 22.5 mm / 0.886 inch 1.7 kg3.68 lbs321.8 mm / 12.7 inch 224.2 mm / 8.83 inch 18.8 mm / 0.74 inch 1.5 kg3.25 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 228 mm / 8.98 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs308.3 mm / 12.1 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs304 mm / 12 inch 221 mm / 8.7 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.5 kg3.24 lbs307 mm / 12.1 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 11.9 mm / 0.4685 inch 1.1 kg2.41 lbs292 mm / 11.5 inch 201 mm / 7.91 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 781 g1.722 lbs245 mm / 9.65 inch 175 mm / 6.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 523 g1.153 lbs

Measurement Results

Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KS001RGE
Lenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGE
HP ProBook 470 G5
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 (26, 22)
73 (36, 37)
36 (18, 18)
44 (22, 22)
42 (22, 20)
41 (21, 20)
41 (21, 20)
75.2 (32.8, 42.4)
42.8 (22.8, 20)
41 (22, 19)
Response Time Black / White *
32 (18, 14)
33 (19, 14)
28 (16, 12)
25.6 (11.6, 14)
25 (14, 11)
37 (21, 16)
30 (18, 12)
38 (22, 16)
30 (15.2, 14.8)
30 (16, 14)
PWM Frequency
25000 (90)
1020 (99)
20800 (50)
200 (90)
25000 (20)
543.5
30490 (99)
192 (90)
Screen
Brightness middle
290
222
400
456
463
291
291
355.1
298
306
Brightness
267
209
374
426
450
276
276
336
278
287
Brightness Distribution
81
73
87
88
83
85
90
83
81
78
Black Level *
0.19
0.17
0.63
0.31
0.32
0.46
0.27
0.32
0.33
0.21
Contrast
1526
1306
635
1471
1447
633
1078
1110
903
1457
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.9
3.91
4.34
1.3
3.76
4.3
3.86
2.93
6.5
5.96
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.52
7.74
8.29
3
7.35
10.01
8.26
4.39
23.9
11.34
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.92
1.56
3.51
1.4
3.18
4.21
5.33
3.6
5.6
6.9
Gamma
2.31 95%
2.53 87%
2.45 90%
2.24 98%
2.53 87%
2.46 89%
2.25 98%
2.071 106%
2.08 106%
2.35 94%
CCT
6091 107%
6701 97%
6570 99%
6687 97%
6994 93%
6867 95%
7426 88%
7161 91%
6669 97%
7554 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37
35
55
62.3
59
41
62
61
38.4
59
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
58
55
84
96.8
90
64
98
95
60.1
90
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.1
2.68
3.18
1.83
4.9
2.69
Noise
off / environment *
30.1
30.4
30.5
30.5
30.3
28.2
30.4
Idle Minimum *
30.1
30.4
30.5
30.5
30.3
28.2
29.5
30.4
Idle Average *
30.1
30.4
30.5
30.5
30.3
28.2
29.5
30.4
Idle Maximum *
31.6
30.4
30.5
30.5
30.3
28.2
29.5
30.4
Load Average *
37.7
32.3
33
33.6
31
33.4
30.6
34.4
Load Maximum *
38
37
38
32.6
31.4
39.5
31.5
37.4
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
60
43
38.4
44
39.7
41.6
40.2
43
47.5
39.4
Maximum Bottom *
57
41.7
40.1
43
41.1
44.2
40
43.4
51.3
40.5
Idle Upper Side *
29.1
25.7
25.4
26
34.5
27.4
24.4
29
25.4
25.6
Idle Bottom *
30.2
27.1
24.9
24.4
30.7
27.6
24.1
29.8
26.3
25.3
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
861
1011
1123
771
1066
1414
974
807
H.264
544
479
457
384
725
566
WiFi v1.3
404
460
485
448
545
597
614
668
419
396
Load
81
92
140
180
118
129
83
77
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
7.4
3.3
3.4
2.88
4.3
3.7
2.9
2.8
3.8
2.8
Idle Average *
10.4
6.6
9.6
4.8
8.7
6.9
5.6
5.5
6.8
5.6
Idle Maximum *
10.3
7.3
11.8
7.5
9.4
8.4
6.1
7.7
9.8
7.4
Load Average *
57
40.4
43
16.9
24.5
32
29
39.9
32.4
41.6
Load Maximum *
57
37.4
61
23.8
36
32.6
35.3
54.1
52
55

* ... 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 L480-20LS001AGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KXG5AZNV256G
4871 Points ∼75%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4922 Points ∼76%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3970 Points ∼61%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
UHD Graphics 620, 8145U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
4556 Points ∼70%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
4771 Points ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4737 Points ∼73%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4857 Points ∼75%
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 L480-20LS001AGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KXG5AZNV256G
3757 Points ∼62%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3844 Points ∼63%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
741 Points ∼12%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3088 Points ∼51%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
UHD Graphics 620, 8145U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
3281 Points ∼54%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
3359 Points ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3378 Points ∼55%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3443 Points ∼57%
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 L480-20LS001AGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KXG5AZNV256G
1818 Points ∼6%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2568 Points ∼8%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1334 Points ∼4%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
2048 Points ∼7%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
1977 Points ∼6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
UHD Graphics 620, 8145U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
1511 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
2098 Points ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
1863 Points ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
1992 Points ∼6%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E580-20KS001RGE
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 8550U, Lenovo LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TA
11982 Points ∼20%
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
7240 Points ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad L480-20LS001AGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KXG5AZNV256G
7951 Points ∼13%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
8611 Points ∼15%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4186 Points ∼7%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
8748 Points ∼15%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
8497 Points ∼14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
UHD Graphics 620, 8145U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
6130 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
9949 Points ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7458 Points ∼13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8507 Points ∼14%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
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%
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