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The Best Notebooks For Under 1,000 Euros

April 2022 update. You can still find great laptops even if on a tight budget. The price range of less than 1,000 Euros is filled with multimedia all-rounders, ultra-portable notebooks, and convertibles. The following table contains an overview over the best notebooks reviewed by us, regardless of manufacturer.
Florian Schmitt (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪 🇹🇷 ...

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 Best Laptops For Under 1,000 Euros

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Size
Resolution
Screen
188.8 %
02/2022
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300HHuawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
16.5 mm1.3 kg13.40"2520x1680glossy
288.2 %
02/2022
Acer Swift 3 SF314-511-54ZKAcer Swift 3 SF314-511-54ZK
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
16.55 mm1.2 kg14.00"1920x1080matte
387.8 %
01/2022
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GELenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
14.9 mm1.3 kg13.30"1920x1200matte
487.5 %
03/2022
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen2-21AB000PGELenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen2-21AB000PGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
17.6 mm1.4 kg13.30"1920x1080matte
586.9 %
04/2022
new!
Huawei MateBook 14 2021 AMDHuawei MateBook 14 2021 AMD
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
15.9 mm1.5 kg14.00"2160x1440glossy
686.7 %
07/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGELenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
17.9 mm1.6 kg14.00"1920x1080matte
786.6 %
03/2022
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 15 NP950QDB-KC3DESamsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 15 NP950QDB-KC3DE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
11 mm1.4 kg15.60"1920x1080glossy
886.4 %
10/2021
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ITL05 82A300CNGELenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ITL05 82A300CNGE
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
14.9 mm1.4 kg14.00"1920x1080matte
986.4 %
04/2022
new!
Huawei MateBook 14 2021, i7-1165G7Huawei MateBook 14 2021, i7-1165G7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
15.9 mm1.5 kg14.00"2160x1440glossy
1086.4 %
10/2021
Acer Swift 3 SF316-51Acer Swift 3 SF316-51
Intel Core i7-11370H
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
15.9 mm1.7 kg16.10"1920x1080matte

The table above contains an overview over the best notebooks for less than 1,000 Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

Editors' Comments

This list seems to be dominated by Huawei as we have recently had the chance to review two models released last year that both made it onto this list. Other recently added viable competitors include a ThinkPad, a GalaxyBook, and an Acer Swift.

1st – Huawei MateBook 13s

Huawei MateBook 13s
Huawei MateBook 13s

The Huawei MateBook 13s is a particularly compact subnotebook with a high-resolution 13-inch display, an up-to-date Tiger Lake H35 processor by Intel, decent input devices, and good speakers.

A great overall package without any weaknesses worth noting. Huawei’s MateBook 13s is a great subnotebook on a par with Apple’s MacBook Air.

The Huawei MateBook 13s is currently not sold in North America.

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2nd – Acer Swift 3 SF314

Acer Swift 3 SF314
Acer Swift 3 SF314

The Acers Swift 3 is a laptop for everybody. It is affordable, well built, it offers decent performance mixed with high portability, good input devices, and a great display. Instead of a card reader you get Thunderbolt 4, a worthwhile trade if you ask us. Its FHD IPS display offers wide viewing angles, popping colors, and a good contrast ratio.

Despite its compact size the notebook has its internal components under (thermal) control and manages to get more performance out of Intel’s Core i5 than many other notebooks.

The Intel Core i7-1165G7-equipped SKU is currently available on Amazon for $640 while the slightly faster Ryzen 7 5700U-equipped model is listed for $650.

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3rd – Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3

The 3rd generation of Lenovo’s compact ThinkBook 13s comes with AMD’s mobile Zen 3-based Ryzen processors that bring plenty of oomph to the table. Paired with the 16:10 display this makes for a very exciting device for less than 1,000 Euros.

The ThinkBook 13s G3 managed to entice us once again. Its AMD Ryzen 5000 processor offers great multi-core performance, and battery life is practically identical between the AMD and the Intel SKU. Unfortunately, only the Intel model comes with Thunderbolt 4.

The ThinkBook 13s G3 sells through Lenovo’s own webstore as well as the usual retail channels, such as Amazon. Prices start at around $750.

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5th – Huawei MateBook 14 (AMD)

Huawei MateBook 14
Huawei MateBook 14

The MB14 is a very good subnotebook for everyday use with a high-quality case, a comfortable keyboard, a quiet mode of operation, and a very good subjective image quality. Thanks to its more attractive price the AMD model is more interesting than the Intel model, and some retailers are already selling the MateBook 14 2021 for around 850 Euros. Its competitors, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14 and the Acer Swift 3, cannot keep up with this laptop when it comes to their respective displays.

Less performance than two years ago. Huawei replaced the CPU with a newer one and chose a slower yet more efficient U-model. Overall, the MateBook 14 remains a good subnotebook.

Huawei devices are not available in North America.

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6th – Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3 AMD

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3 AMD
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3 AMD

Two of the highlights of Lenovo’s affordable ThinkPad E-series are its solid business features and its good input devices. The third generation comes with fast AMD Ryzen 5000-series processors and – finally – brighter displays. In other words: they come with a great price-performance ratio.

If you happen to be looking for an affordable office computer with good IPS display, long battery life, and an excellent keyboard look no further. The ThinkPad E14 G3 is what you’re after.

The third generation of Lenovo’s ThinkPad E14-series is currently not yet available in North America.

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7th - Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 features an AMOLED display as well as a number of features, such as stylus input, all packed into a sleek design. The laptop offers plenty of performance in a slim case proving that adequate performance and thin cases are indeed compatible.

Thanks to its relatively high performance and its high level of sophistication the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a very nice to look at everyday companion. Its flaws are mostly due to its thin case.

The device is available on Amazon with prices starting at just shy of $1,300.

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8th – Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ITL05

Das Lenovo Yoga Slim 7
Das Lenovo Yoga Slim 7

Lenovo’s 14-inch notebook offers low noise emissions, low temperature emissions, two NVMe SSD slots, Thunderbolt 4/USB 4, and last but not least excellent battery life.

Lenovo’s Yoga Slim 7 14ITL05 is a well-balanced laptop.

The device can be purchased directly through Lenovo’s own webstore with prices starting at just shy of $900.

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9th – Huawei MateBook 14 (Intel)

Huawei MateBook 14 (Intel)
Huawei MateBook 14 (Intel)

The Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is a compact Ultrabook with a sufficiently large 3:2 display. Despite a very well built aluminum case its weight is relatively high. It comes with a very good touchpad and a usable keyboard. This Intel subnotebook performed admirably yet we find it hard to prefer the Intel SKU over the AMD SKU (see above). Not only does the AMD model run for the same length of time on battery but it features a brighter display (non-touch optional), a much higher performance, and it remains quieter to boot. In addition, it is between 100 and 150 Euros cheaper.

The Huawei MateBook 14 is a well made affordable Ultrabook with good performance. We still prefer the AMD SKU though.

Huawei devices are not available in North America.

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10th – Acer Swift 3 SF316-51

Acer Swift 3 mit 16.1 Zoll
Acer Swift 3 mit 16.1 Zoll

The Swift 3 turned out to be incredibly efficient and lasted much longer on battery than we would have expected given its comparatively small battery. It practically wiped the floor with its competitors. It comes with a high-contrast 16.1-inch display with popping colors that could have been a bit brighter.

The Acer Swift 3 offers more than adequate performance for applications typical for notebooks in this price range, such as browsing the web, office suites, and streaming. More demanding applications are also not a big issue for its CPU. Gaming, however, is not its strong suite and only possible on medium settings.

The only SKU currently available in the US comes with a Core i7-11370H, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD and is available on Amazon for $1,300.

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Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

367.8 mm / 14.5 inch 236.1 mm / 9.3 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.7 kg3.69 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 228 mm / 8.98 inch 11 mm / 0.4331 inch 1.4 kg3.06 lbs325 mm / 12.8 inch 232 mm / 9.13 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.6 kg3.51 lbs323.3 mm / 12.7 inch 218.9 mm / 8.62 inch 16.55 mm / 0.652 inch 1.2 kg2.68 lbs320.6 mm / 12.6 inch 208.18 mm / 8.2 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.4 kg3 lbs311.5 mm / 12.3 inch 219 mm / 8.62 inch 17.6 mm / 0.693 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs307.5 mm / 12.1 inch 223.8 mm / 8.81 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.5 kg3.21 lbs307.5 mm / 12.1 inch 223.8 mm / 8.81 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.5 kg3.28 lbs299 mm / 11.8 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.3 kg2.79 lbs297.2 mm / 11.7 inch 218.4 mm / 8.6 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.3 kg2.91 lbs

Test Results

Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Acer Swift 3 SF314-511-54ZK
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen2-21AB000PGE
Huawei MateBook 14 2021 AMD
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 15 NP950QDB-KC3DE
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ITL05 82A300CNGE
Huawei MateBook 14 2021, i7-1165G7
Acer Swift 3 SF316-51
Display
Display P3 Coverage
65.2
67
67.5
37.47
65.9
40.3
99.9
66.3
65.6
66.6
sRGB Coverage
92
98
97.1
56.3
92.8
59.5
100
97.4
97.4
99.5
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
67.5
69
68.8
38.7
68.2
41.7
97.6
68.1
67.5
68.5
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44.8 ?(22, 22.8)
52 ?(23, 29)
53.2 ?(25.6, 27.6)
49.2 ?(23.4, 25.8)
43.2 ?(21.2, 22)
35.2 ?(17.2, 18)
2 ?(1, 1)
52 ?(23, 29)
34 ?(15, 19)
32 ?(15, 17)
Response Time Black / White *
22.8 ?(10.4, 12.4)
29 ?(13, 16)
32.8 ?(16.4, 16.4)
32.8 ?(17.8, 15)
28.4 ?(14.4, 14)
21.6 ?(12.4, 9.2)
2 ?(1, 1)
33 ?(17, 13)
20 ?(10, 10)
20 ?(11, 9)
PWM Frequency
9804 ?(20, 47)
60
143 ?(10)
2500 ?(10)
Screen
Brightness middle
468
320
379
294
457
341
290
344
364
304
Brightness
450
309
356
273
451
327
290
340
367
284
Brightness Distribution
92
84
88
87
93
90
99
88
82
88
Black Level *
0.23
0.25
0.23
0.275
0.26
0.26
0.05
0.13
0.145
0.165
Contrast
2035
1280
1648
1069
1758
1312
5800
2646
2510
1842
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2
2.57
1.6
3.81
1.9
5.1
1.84
3.29
1.92
1.44
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.5
3.5
2.7
6.22
3.1
17.6
3.83
7.48
3.7
3.62
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.5
0.76
1
3.29
4.4
2.69
1.79
0.95
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.6
2.46
2
2.28
2.2
2.1
1.24
3.25
2.61
2.6
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.23 99%
2.25 98%
2.48 89%
2.14 103%
2.11 104%
2.2 100%
2.29 96%
2.38 92%
2.41 91%
CCT
6511 100%
6311 103%
6835 95%
6820 95%
6921 94%
6755 96%
6686 97%
6358 102%
7063 92%
6527 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
68.5
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.5
Noise
off / environment *
24.5
25
24.7
25
24.1
23.8
25
26
25
26
Idle Minimum *
24.5
25
24.7
25
24.1
23.8
25
26
25
26
Idle Average *
24.5
25
27
25
24.1
23.8
25
26
25
26
Idle Maximum *
28
27.5
29.8
27.8
24.1
25
25
26
25
27.7
Load Average *
35.9
32.9
42.4
44.1
31.8
32
32.7
30.2
35.4
32.7
Witcher 3 ultra *
35.9
42.4
34.6
32
Load Maximum *
38.6
42
42.4
44.3
38.1
34.5
42
29
40.2
39
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
42.8
39.6
36.5
42.7
42.8
45.1
42.6
40
40
40
Maximum Bottom *
46.9
43.2
39.6
44.9
48.8
49.3
40.8
43.3
47.1
47
Idle Upper Side *
25.2
25
24.5
32.6
25.2
24.7
25.9
28.4
27.7
30.1
Idle Bottom *
26
26.2
25
33.9
25.9
25.6
26.1
30.4
28.7
31.6
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
2015
1031
1654
1205
H.264
661
938
551
827
531
615
WiFi v1.3
563
724
657
662
563
680
679
703
562
585
Load
94
114
102
71
127
111
103
Witcher 3 ultra
130
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
4.2
4.3
5
4.4
4.2
3.5
4
3.3
4.7
4.8
Idle Average *
8.1
6.8
8.2
7.6
10.3
7.5
5.6
5
9.1
7.4
Idle Maximum *
9
9
9
9.5
10.7
8.7
10.1
7.5
10.1
9
Load Average *
41.7
33.3
45
33
39.4
43.6
34.7
28
39
34.9
Witcher 3 ultra *
40.1
33.3
45.1
33.4
38.7
42.2
34.7
28.8
40.1
34.9
Load Maximum *
68
65
51.2
32.5
67.7
55
63
56
66
51.4

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
4950 Points ∼56%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-511-54ZK
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
4904 Points ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
Vega 8 R5000, R7 5800U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
6090 Points ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen2-21AB000PGE
Vega 7, R5 PRO 5650U, SK Hynix HFS512 GDE9X081N
5320 Points ∼60%
Huawei MateBook 14 2021 AMD
Vega 7, R5 5500U, Phison PS5013 311CD0512GB
5193 Points ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
5097 Points ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 15 NP950QDB-KC3DE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ256HAJD
4823 Points ∼54%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ITL05 82A300CNGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
4624 Points ∼52%
Huawei MateBook 14 2021, i7-1165G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
4972 Points ∼56%
Acer Swift 3 SF316-51
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-11370H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
5459 Points ∼61%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
6225 Points ∼13%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-511-54ZK
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
6176 Points ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
Vega 8 R5000, R7 5800U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
6377 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen2-21AB000PGE
Vega 7, R5 PRO 5650U, SK Hynix HFS512 GDE9X081N
4927 Points ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
5266 Points ∼11%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ITL05 82A300CNGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
5380 Points ∼11%
Huawei MateBook 14 2021, i7-1165G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
6067 Points ∼12%
Acer Swift 3 SF316-51
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-11370H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
7431 Points ∼15%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
16115 Points ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
Vega 8 R5000, R7 5800U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
22949 Points ∼28%
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen2-21AB000PGE
Vega 7, R5 PRO 5650U, SK Hynix HFS512 GDE9X081N
17289 Points ∼21%
Huawei MateBook 14 2021 AMD
Vega 7, R5 5500U, Phison PS5013 311CD0512GB
19802 Points ∼24%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
17860 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 15 NP950QDB-KC3DE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ256HAJD
18428 Points ∼22%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ITL05 82A300CNGE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
15962 Points ∼19%
Huawei MateBook 14 2021, i7-1165G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
16099 Points ∼20%
Acer Swift 3 SF316-51
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-11370H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
22314 Points ∼27%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 G3-20Y7003SGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
97532 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 15 NP950QDB-KC3DE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ256HAJD
83952 Points ∼8%
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