Perennial Performer - A Long Lasting Laptop
Asus: Asus has been the epitome of durability for laptop brands in recent years. Most Asus users report back that they have been satisfied with their Asus laptop from the day they got it. Asus laptops are durable and long lasting right from the start. In fact, one of the things I like best about Asus laptops is their commitment to making the laptops durable. Even though it is unlikely your Asus laptop will break, there are those rare times when something goes wrong. Even in these "worst case scenario times" Asus is committed to getting customers a laptop that will live up to the high standards they set for themselves.
Asus is one of the best manufacturers when it comes to warranties. Their laptops come with superb limited warranties. Although the length of the warranty varies by laptop model, the things covered by the warranty normally stay the same. These coverages include defects caused by natural disasters, defects caused by accident, defects caused by third party viruses and also defects caused by the manufacturer. Whether you caused it or Asus, it doesn't matter. Asus provides very flexible and overall great warranties. In 2010, Asus started the laptop battery extended warranty plan. This showed, once again, Asus's commitment to providing customers long lasting laptops. Laptop batteries can be the main cause of a lot of laptop problems, so Asus made it a priority to cover battery issues for customers.
Bottom Line: Asus laptops are very durable, even in the rare case something goes wrong there is no reason to worry because Asus has your back.
Overall Grade: 9/10
Lenovo: Lenovo laptops have lots of strengths, however, durability, might not be one of them. Don't get me wrong, in my experience Lenovo laptops can run for years without issue. But then occasionally you'll get a Lenovo laptop which has to be taken into repair within a year of purchase. When describing frequency of laptop issues, I prefer words like 'rare', however Lenovo laptops get issues a little more than rarely. To put this into a little more perspective, Engadget recently shined light onto a study that was done by the company SquareTrade (a company which studies warranties and problems in products). I found this article interesting as it showed that Lenovo laptops had a malfunction rate of 21.5% over a 3 year span. This ranked in the upper half of laptops brands (4th worst out of 9). And just for kicks, since we're comparing Asus vs Lenovo you can compare Asus's malfunction rate, which was only 15.6% and ranked number one out of all brands studied.
Most Lenovo issues seem to be related to battery failure (another reason Asus's extended battery warranty is a good thing), and miscellaneous power failures. Lenovo laptops just don't seem to be as "hardy" and durable as other brands. If you are clumsy and throw your laptop around then a Lenovo may not be for you. However, if you are cautious and careful with your Lenovo laptop, it can last you for many years.
Image Credit: SquareTrade Research: Nearly 1 in 3 Laptops fail over 3 years by SquareTrade Inc. CC
Bottom line: While Lenovo laptops aren't the most durable ones on the market, if handled with care, they can last you many years.
Overall Grade: 7/10