Asus and Toshiba most reliable laptop brands, Dell and HP worst

Smaller notebook manufacturers are usually more reliable than their larger rivals. Of the top nine, ASUS has lowest tracked breakdown rate with fewer than 10% of its notebooks failing in past two years. Toshiba, Sony and Apple also have better-than-average performance and are either just over or under same figure. The higher volume companies largely […]

Smaller notebook manufacturers are usually more reliable than their larger rivals. Of the top nine, ASUS has lowest tracked breakdown rate with fewer than 10% of its notebooks failing in past two years. Toshiba, Sony and Apple also have better-than-average performance and are either just over or under same figure. The higher volume companies largely see significantly worse long-term prospects. While Dell's only slightly less reliable, failure rates jump significantly for Lenovo, Acer and its sub-label Gateway. HP fares worst with about 16% of its portables breaking down. Researchers project that failure rates should go up for many of these systems over a three-year span but that rankings should remain consistent, if exaggerated: where 15.6% of ASUS' systems are poised to fail after three years, more than a quarter of HP's PCs (25.6%) should suffer same fate, SquareTrade revealed.

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