Lenovo Ideapad 700 17" Laptop - 80RV0022US
There is a lot to like about this laptop, with only one or two potentially minor issues. The 6th Generation Intel processor in this laptop is very nice, though it's an i5 rather than i7 model. The laptop only has 8GB of RAM but it's DDR4 memory which is significantly faster than DDR3 and actually offers very good performance despite a lower amount of it than some other options on the market. You get a nice and big 17-inch display along with 2GB of dedicated video memory thanks to an NVIDIA GeForce 940M chip. While not amazing it's still quite good for a laptop under $1000. The 500GB hard drive is decent and quite reasonable for the price. It includes an external DVD burner, support for Wireless-AC and Bluetooth 4.0, plus there's a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, and HDMI-out connection.