Based on this data from Squaretrade, the debate of who makes better laptops between Acer and Asus states that Asus clearly wins by a large margin. But we can also see that there are a lot more brands better than Acer in this graph. So the question should have been between Asus and Toshiba. I always thought that Toshiba made the most reliable laptops, and it turns out I’m really close.
But this data is for 3 years, and laptops now are usually replaced between one to two years. In this case we will not see a lot of malfunctions since this data is spread between 3 years. But still, if you buy a less reliable brand, there is that chance of your laptop going out in the first year.
In conclusion, Asus is the brand to go for reliability, and they even put out laptops with decent specs. Here is a comparison between Toshiba and HP.
I wrote this article on an HP Compaq CQ40-416, that’s the AMD Turion X2 with ATI Radeon HD 4200. I recently had a series of BSoD’s which I could not understand why, so I decided to pull the thing apart as it was out of warranty (over 1 year old) anyway. I finally found out that the 2nd memory stick is causing it. I couldn’t figure out what brand it was as there are no markings or stickers, but this right here is your example of the high HP failure rate at work. However, it was a really cheap laptop for the specs.