Apple 13" 128GB MacBook Air
When ordering this laptop directly from Apple it comes in right at the $1,000 cap, and for that price you should expect a lot more than Apple delivers. This model has a 13-inch display which is decent but pales in comparison with similarly priced PC laptops that have 17-inch displays. You get an Intel i5 dual-core processor with this laptop, which is good but not exceptional. You can upgrade the CPU to a faster i7 model, but doing so bumps the units cost over the $1,000 price point. It only comes with 4GB of DDR3 memory which you can upgrade to 8GB of RAM, and it lacks any dedicated graphics memory. Performance from this laptop will be decent, but certainly not altogether impressive with such limited memory. This laptop only comes with 128GB of storage and while it's Flash memory for fast read/write speeds, that's still a very small amount of space. The small display size helps ensure this laptop is very slim and light-weight for optimal portability yet it still manages to include two USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, and support for both Wireless-AC and Bluetooth 4.0.