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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

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

August 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 June 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
202/201989%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
305/201986%Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGELenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory,  SSD
19.9 mm1.8 kg14"1920x1080matte
407/2019
New!
88%Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GELenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
15.9 mm1.3 kg13.3"1920x1080matte
502/201988%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
610/201887%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
703/201987%Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GELenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
19.9 mm1.9 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
803/201987%HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EAHP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
18 mm1.4 kg13.3"1920x1080matte
911/201887%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
1003/201987%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

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

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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 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.

3rd - Lenovo ThinkPad E490

Lenovo ThinkPad E490
Lenovo ThinkPad E490

Lenovo's ThinkPad E490 is a successful office laptop for a reasonable price. The sturdy chassis of the ThinkPad E-series is no surprise, but there has not been a lot of changes in the recent years. We are not surprised by the good input devices, either. The laptop is very quiet, despite the decent performance, and the battery runtime is convincing. We also like the matte screen in general, only the colors disappoint a bit.

You have to accept that the ThinkPad only comes with a 12-month warranty. There is not full-size SD reader, either. However, you should be able to live with that, because the ThinkPad E490 is once again a very good overall package.

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4th - Lenovo ThinkBook 13s

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s

Is it a typo? What is a ThinkBook? No, Lenovo actually introduced a new series in addition to the familiar ThinkPads and the IdeaPads for private users. The design language differs from the ThinkPads, but it is supposed to carry over many of its qualities.

The first device is the ThinkBook 13s, which is like an IdeaPad with some ThinkPad features. Some business features, for example in the security department, are missing, but this should not be a big issue for private users. The port situation is more annoying because the USB-C port does not support power delivery.

Highlights include the matte screen with almost full sRGB coverage, long battery runtimes, and obviously the compact and high-quality aluminum chassis, which will please fans of the MacBook Pro 13. If you have not been a big fan of the traditional ThinkPad design, you should risk a look, because some qualities have been transferred onto the ThinkBook.

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5th - 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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6th - 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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7th - Lenovo ThinkPad E590

Lenovo ThinkPad E590
Lenovo ThinkPad E590

The ThinkPad E590 is the 2019 model of Lenovo's affordable office laptop. Compared to the Lenovo ThinkPad E580, there are only minor changes, and you pay much less than 1000 Euros for most SKUs. There is still no Thunderbolt 3, and the battery runtime is even a bit shorter than before. All in all, the ThinkPad E590 is once again a decent and inexpensive office notebook.

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8th - HP ProBook 430 G6

HP ProBook 430 G6
HP ProBook 430 G6

The HP ProBook 430 G6 inherits the case of the much more expensive EliteBooks and leaves quite an impression in the segment of inexpensive office laptops. The notebook is also another choice in other regards: It offers a full-size SD card reader, for example.

The battery runtime is also good, only the display is a bit disappointing with the dim backlight and the limited color gamut. The warranty is limited to just 12 months.

Still, the HP ProBook 430 G6 is a good choice if you want a high-quality chassis and upgrade options.

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9th - 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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10th - 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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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 252.5 mm / 9.94 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.24 lbs329 mm / 13 inch 242 mm / 9.53 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.8 kg3.97 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 221 mm / 8.7 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.5 kg3.24 lbs308.5 mm / 12.1 inch 231 mm / 9.09 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.4 kg3.17 lbs308.3 mm / 12.1 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.2 kg2.62 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

HP ProBook 470 G5
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18, 18)
44 (22, 22)
42 (22, 20)
41 (21, 20)
75.2 (32.8, 42.4)
42.8 (22.8, 20)
41 (22, 19)
40 (21.2, 18.8)
40.8 (22.8, 18)
48.4 (25.2, 23.2)
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
25.6 (11.6, 14)
25 (14, 11)
37 (21, 16)
38 (22, 16)
30 (15.2, 14.8)
30 (16, 14)
27.6 (16.8, 10.8)
30.4 (16.4, 14)
38.4 (21.2, 17.2)
PWM Frequency
1020 (99)
20800 (50)
200 (90)
543.5
30490 (99)
192 (90)
26040 (40)
1250 (99)
Screen
Brightness middle
400
456
463
291
355.1
298
306
254
255
305
Brightness
374
426
450
276
336
278
287
251
238
295
Brightness Distribution
87
88
83
85
83
81
78
90
88
90
Black Level *
0.63
0.31
0.32
0.46
0.32
0.33
0.21
0.2
0.18
0.23
Contrast
635
1471
1447
633
1110
903
1457
1270
1417
1326
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.34
1.3
3.76
4.3
2.93
6.5
5.96
5.6
5.4
5.3
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.29
3
7.35
10.01
4.39
23.9
11.34
15.4
19.5
18.9
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.51
1.4
3.18
4.21
3.6
5.6
6.9
3.1
3.8
2.3
Gamma
2.45 90%
2.24 98%
2.53 87%
2.46 89%
2.071 106%
2.08 106%
2.35 94%
2.22 99%
2.41 91%
2.09 105%
CCT
6570 99%
6687 97%
6994 93%
6867 95%
7161 91%
6669 97%
7554 86%
6450 101%
7100 92%
6246 104%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
62.3
59
41
61
38.4
59
36.3
39.4
37.7
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84
96.8
90
64
95
60.1
90
57.1
62.5
58.2
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.1
2.68
3.18
1.83
4.9
2.69
4.9
4.1
5
Noise
off / environment *
30.5
30.5
28.2
30.4
29.3
29.4
29.4
Idle Minimum *
30.5
30.5
28.2
29.5
30.4
29.3
29.4
29.4
Idle Average *
30.5
30.5
28.2
29.5
30.4
29.3
29.4
29.4
Idle Maximum *
30.5
30.5
28.2
29.5
30.4
29.3
30
29.4
Load Average *
33
33.6
33.4
30.6
34.4
30.6
32.5
30.2
Load Maximum *
38
32.6
39.5
31.5
37.4
30.6
32.5
30.9
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
38.4
44
39.7
41.6
43
47.5
39.4
43.8
38.3
39.9
Maximum Bottom *
40.1
43
41.1
44.2
43.4
51.3
40.5
43.9
41.1
45
Idle Upper Side *
25.4
26
34.5
27.4
29
25.4
25.6
25.5
23.8
24.7
Idle Bottom *
24.9
24.4
30.7
27.6
29.8
26.3
25.3
27
24.4
25.8
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1123
771
1066
1414
974
807
1098
969
1063
H.264
457
384
725
566
506
546
687
WiFi v1.3
485
448
545
597
668
419
396
383
569
485
Load
140
180
118
129
83
77
105
145
117
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
3.4
2.88
4.3
3.7
2.8
3.8
2.8
3.72
3.5
2.76
Idle Average *
9.6
4.8
8.7
6.9
5.5
6.8
5.6
7.8
5.76
5.96
Idle Maximum *
11.8
7.5
9.4
8.4
7.7
9.8
7.4
10.32
8.3
6.57
Load Average *
43
16.9
24.5
32
39.9
32.4
41.6
30.24
34.8
28.2
Load Maximum *
61
23.8
36
32.6
54.1
52
55
44
45.7
43.6

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
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%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
3596 Points ∼55%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
4887 Points ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
4637 Points ∼71%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
3781 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%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
2577 Points ∼42%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3342 Points ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
3666 Points ∼60%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
1740 Points ∼5%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2568 Points ∼7%
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 ∼6%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
1977 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
2098 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
1863 Points ∼5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
1992 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
1989 Points ∼6%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
1851 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
1808 Points ∼5%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 450 G5-2UB53EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
7240 Points ∼12%
HP ProBook 470 G5
GeForce 930MX, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
8611 Points ∼14%
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 ∼14%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
8497 Points ∼14%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
9949 Points ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390-20NR0013GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7458 Points ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL 81JB0004US
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8507 Points ∼14%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
6847 Points ∼11%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
7644 Points ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
7662 Points ∼12%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad E490-20N8000RGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
55934 Points ∼5%
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