Best Notebooks, Laptops and Ultrabooks | Top 5 + 1 between 600 and 1200 euros | May 2022

Which notebook should I buy with a budget between 600 and 1,200 euros? This is one of the most frequently asked questions that you ask us in the comments to the reviews of laptops and also for this reason we have decided to create a series of guides that will help you in choosing the solution that best suits your needs. This is content that will come updated quarterly and which will be joined by two other product selections, one relating to low-end notebooks up to € 600 and the other from € 1,200 to € 2,000; all then converging in a generic guide. In short, whatever your budget, here on HDblog you will always find our purchase advice.

Before starting, however, we need to make a quick introduction. The prices of the products you find here fluctuate, in excess and in defect, in an unpredictable way and therefore it may be that, at the moment in which you are reading, the figures do not correspond. Don’t despair, offers cyclically return and prices drop based on product availability. Furthermore, these are our advice that you also need to give you an idea of ​​what type of product it can be convenient to buy at that moment at that given price; if you find very similar solutions at the same price it will probably be an equally valid notebook.



The first proposal for this guide comes from HP and, specifically, we refer to the HP Pavillon 15 modela notebook with a 15-inch display, as easily understood from the name, equipped with FullHD resolution and made with IPS technology. The panel offers a matte finish, to limit the interference of reflections, and a viewing angle very close to 180 degrees.
Under the body we have a AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor, therefore of a low consumption solution, but still equipped with 8 cores and 16 threads that make it suitable for a good level of productivity. In support of the processor there are 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

It is solid and made entirely of aluminum with a extended keyboard and including a numeric keypad, of course backlit. Also on the front of the ports we find a decent variety thanks to an HDMI, two standard USB, a USB-C, microSD reader, audio jack and proprietary connector for power supply. On board we have Windows 11 in the Home version and the fingerprint reader for secure access to the operating system.



Let’s move on to the second product chosen for you. This is the Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro, a slightly more bodied version of Ideapad 5 which is characterized by an absolutely interesting technical data sheet when compared to the selling price. Let’s start from display, a 14-inch IPS with 2.2K resolution which guarantees 100% sRGB coverage and a maximum brightness of about 300 nits. This figure also helps to contain the overall dimensions of the notebook which will not be the thinnest and lightest on the market, but is still more than portable thanks to its 16mm thickness and 1.38 kilograms of weight.

Under the body, entirely in aluminumwe find a AMD Ryzen 5 5600 U processorwell 16 GB of RAM and a 512GB PCie SSD, the latter replaceable and upgradeable. In short, everything you need to ensure good performance in 99% of the occasions. The keyboard is excellent and is backlit, while on the sides there are 2 USB-A, an SD card reader, two USB-Cs, one of which is intended for charging, audio jack and standard HDMI.



Let’s move on to Asus’ Zenbook Flip 13, an excellent alternative to the Lenovo model just proposed. One of its main features is the 360 degree rotatable display which allows you to use the notebook in tablet mode, taking advantage of the touch. Despite this feature, the thickness is still reduced, only 1.4 mm, and the weight is equal to 1.3 kg, probably the most compact of this guide.

Another noteworthy quality is always linked to the screen, that is the technology used the display which is, in this case, a 13.3-inch OLED capable of guaranteeing very deep blacks and very bright colors, as well as a fair accuracy in the reproduction of shades validated by Pantone certification. Under the body there is a Intel core i5 1135G7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD that can be replaced and upgraded if desired. The obviously backlit keyboard is flanked by a touchpad in which the numeric touch pad is integrated, solution called NumberPad. On board we have Windows 11 Home and the port supply includes a USB A, a standard HDMI and two USB-C both compatible with charging.



Let’s go up again with the Dell Inspiron 15 which, compared to the solutions presented up to now, raises the bar in terms of GPU power. In fact, of all the models mentioned, this is the first to be equipped with one dedicated graphics card, however low-end. We refer to the Nvidia GeForce MX450 with 2 Gb of dedicated video memory. The processor is a Intel Core i5 11320H, a solution with a 45W TDP and therefore tends to be more powerful than all the low-power CPU products listed so far. In addition to this, we also find 8GB of RAM on single slot, upgradeable, and a 512 Gb PCie SSD also accessible and updatable.

The display is a 15-inch LCD with FullHD resolution, while on the sides there are two USB A, SD reader, a USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 support and video output, and an HDMI in full format, in addition of course to the proprietary charging connector. The keyboard is backlit and, among other things, is full Linux support guaranteedso much so that it is possible to buy a version with this operating system directly on the manufacturer’s official website.



We exceed the threshold of 1000 euros with the ASUS Vivobook 15 OLEDalso equipped with dedicated graphics cardprecisely the RTX 3050 with 4GB of memory video, higher than that of the Dell. It has proven to be able to handle even the most recent games in full HD while maintaining a fair graphic detail. In addition to this data, we find a Intel Core i7 11370H processor with TDP of over 45W flanked by 8GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD. The RAM is unfortunately soldered, while the SSD can be replaced.

The display measures 15.6 inches diagonally and, as you may have guessed from the name, it is a OLED panel with full HD resolution and glossy finish. The body is made of aluminum for what concerns the palm rest and the panel behind the display, while the lower part is made of rigid plastic. The endowment of ports includes 3 USB-A, one HDMi, one USB-C, microSD reader, audio jack and proprietary connector for charging. It features a backlit keyboard complete with numeric keypad.



We conclude the guide with another tip, perhaps the best notebook around 1000 euros currently commercially available. It deals with Apple MacBook Air with Silicon M1 processor. This model requires no introduction, given the brand, but we anticipate that it manages to offer truly high performance in any situation, including those relating to autonomy.

It should be noted, of course, that the operating system is not suitable for everyone, but, if you are already part of the Bitten Apple club, you must absolutely buy this Air. To find out more information about it and learn about all the PROs and the few CONS, just consult our full review.



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