Higher on the list is better.
Dell XPS 13
Screen size: 13.3 inch (1920x1080) (This one will also have the best colors.)
This is the best computer on this list (with the exception of some of the T460 upgrades), but it’s also the most expensive (with the same exceptions) at $1050. It’s also going to have slightly worse battery life than the others, but every computer on this list has battery life well above average.
If you’re okay with a refurb, this is the cheapest on this list at $780, but is still a solid computer. It does, however, also have the smallest drive at 128GB and a less powerful CPU.
Lenovo Thinkpad T460
Screen size: 14 inch (1366x768)
This has some options for upgrading. The one I have selected has a solid-state drive (which will be faster than a hard drive) and is $970. You can also change it to a 500 GB hard drive for $900.
This one is cheaper ($800) but only has 4GB of RAM, which may become a problem in a few years. You could, however, upgrade the RAM later.
Lenovo Thinkpad X260
Screen size: 12.5 inch
This is a tiny laptop, and is less speedy than the others, but it will provide you acceptable performance and excellent battery life if a smaller laptop sounds appealing to you. It’s also a bit pricey at $1000.
I lied. This is the most expensive on the list. If you want a tiny laptop with a better screen and a faster CPU and drive, this is the one to go for. It is, however, $1300. Cramming those higher-quality components in a smaller frame costs, and unless you’re really sold on the 12.5 inches, I would pick the Dell XPS 13.