Need a new laptop? Top-rated options to suit all needs and budgets

Maisie Bovingdon
Shopping writer
Whether you're after budget-friendly options or an investment, here are the laptops to buy now. (Getty)

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We’ve all been experimenting with different set-ups while working from home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Some have nailed their workspace with a double screen, office chair and desk situation, while others are doing daily battle with their partner, parent, sibling or child to nab a spot at the kitchen table and use the family’s one laptop.

Children of all ages are undertaking virtual lessons set up by their school, while adults are in need of their own laptop or computer to help them continue working.

Laptops have also been providing an essential line of communication for the older generations, too, allowing the elderly and retired to take part in family Zoom calls, online church services and classes.

Not got yourself sorted with a laptop or in desperate need of an extra? It’s not too late. There’s a vast array of laptops available to buy online now, suitable for people of all ages and tech abilities. We’ve rounded up four of the best options under £1,000 to make your decision a little easier.

4 top-rated laptops under £1,000

The simple, affordable option: Lenovo 14” Chromebook | £219 (Was £249) from Currys PC World

If it’s an affordable option you’re after this Lenovo Chromebook could be the one for you. 

With 64GB of storage, a HD screen and battery that lasts up to 10 hours, it’s a great option for those needing a quick fix. 

One top review reads: “Simple to use, love the smart unlock, ideal combination of tablet and laptop. It's super lightweight and 1 charge (which takes about an hour to fully charge) lasts for around 12 hours.”

The easy-to-use option: HP 15.6 Inch Celeron | £299.99 from Argos

HP’s Celeron laptop has received glowing reviews from customers, as it has a long-lasting battery life of just over 13 hours, and is also fast charging.

This design boasts a 15.6 inch screen, Intel Celeron processor and a FHD display, as well as 1TB of storage and 4GB of memory, and weighs just over 2kg in weight.

Plus, it has a HP Webcam and integrated digital microphone so you will have a clearer picture and sound when streaming or broadcasting from this device.

One customer wrote: “Had to get my son a laptop to do schoolwork from home. So much quicker than our old one and has done the job it was intended for so far. Not too bad a price either.”

The versatile option: Dell Inspiron 14 5491 Convertible Laptop | £699 from John Lewis & Partners

The Dell Inspiron Convertible Laptop is ideal for those who don’t like to stay in one place for long, as the model’s flexibility allows you to opt for tent style, flat tablet, or standard laptop fixture.

This laptop features 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, as well as a 256GB hard drive and 14 inch HD touch display screen.

Customers are impressed with this laptop, as one review read: “My PC is nice and flexible.. Also it suits my working habit, movie habit and lifestyle. Just that the sounds seems not so loud.”

The investment: Apple 13.3" MacBook Air with Retina Display | £999 from Currys PC World

Apple is one of the leading tech brands, and the MacBook Air is one of its go-to models.

This design not only boasts 256GB of storage, it also has a long battery life lasting 13 hours.

Plus, the lightweight design is ideal for those on the go, and also has a Touch ID sensor for added security, especially when you have forgotten your password.

Customer’s can’t get enough of this laptop, as one happy shopper wrote: “Very quick. Excellent screen. Adequate memory. Synchronises smoothly with other Apple products: iPad, iPhone.”