MacBook Air, Lenovo Flex, Google Chromebooks: Holiday Laptop Buying Guide Under $1000

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By Precious Silva | December 5, 2013 8:11 PM EST

The market has enough supply for laptop products that people can choose from these holidays. It all boils down to what they are looking for and how much they are willing to spend. There are laptops above the $1000-mark and there are also those very affordable for as little as $200. Google Chromebooks are the perfect examples for budget-friendly laptop-like devices. The list cites some of the best laptops buys for the holidays below $1000. 

MacBook Air (Starts At $999) 

The MacBook Air barely goes over $1000. The starting price of $999 offers shoppers an 11.6-inch screen. This is more expensive compared to Windows-based systems, but the MacBook Air offers excellent portability and functionality than most items in the market. 

The MacBook Air remains light at 2.4 pounds. This makes it easy to carry around anywhere, anytime. The Air offers the design and comparable features of ultrabooks which are more than a couple of hundred dollars more. The device offers support for the following resolutions:

1366 x 768 (native), 1344 x 756 and 1280 x 720 pixels at 16:9 aspect ratio; 1152 x 720 and 1024 x 640 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768 and 800 x 600 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio. It runs on 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (turbo boost up to 2.6GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache configurable to 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (turbo boost up to 3.3GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache. 

Lenovo Flex 14 (Starts at $569) 

The 14-inch is not as high-powered and premium-looking as with other Lenovo products but its build and capabilities should justify its price. The Lenovo Flex 14 comes in an encased black plastic. What makes the laptop standout is its flexibility. It is not called Flex for any reason. People can bend the screen all the way to the back. This makes it ideal to watch videos or change the device mode to touch screen. It is pretty versatile for a laptop based on its price. 

Google Chromebooks 

Acer has one of the cheapest Chromebook only at around $200. There is nothing premium about it but it can help people accomplish basic tasks. It features an HDMI port and two USB ports. It also offers around 16 GB of internal storage. People can get free 100 GB of online storage through Google Drive. 

HP has a lighter and sleeker Chromebook starting at $279. People may find limited stocks of these because production was stopped due to overheating chargers. The larger version, 14-inch, is still available. It starts at $299. 

For shoppers not really looking for some fancy features but only the right build and functions, these laptops should be worth the consideration. 

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