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Who Makes the Best Laptops?

written by: Nicholas•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 5/31/2011

There are several large companies that manufacture laptop computers. Which manufacturer is best is much an opinion of the individual. However, by comparing consumer reviews and satisfaction rates, and expert reviews, a conclusion can be made for the best laptop maker.

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    Dell

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    dell inspiron 

    Dell offers several laptop models, marketed as Inspiron, Studio, XPS, and Alienware product lines. Consumer reviews for Dell laptops, from all major tech sites and electronics stores, bring an average of 4 stars out of 5. There are some models of Dell laptops that have received as low as 2.9/5 stars by consumers, and some models of Dell laptops that have received as high as 5/5 stars by consumers. Expert reviews for Dell laptops tend to vary from site to site. However, the strong average among experts is 3.5/5. Bright Hub rating for Dell laptops is 3.75/5. Because there were so many consumer reviews available, in the masses of thousands or more sampled, the overall rating for Dell laptops is a 4/5. The main deranking factor for Dell laptops is build quality.

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    HP

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    hp laptop 

    HP offers several laptop models, maketed as numbered lineups. For example, their base laptops are considered the G-series, and their performance laptops are considered DV-series. Consumer reviews for HP laptops, from all major tech sites and electronics stores, bring an average of 4 stars out of 5. There are some models of HP laptops that have received as low as 2/5 stars by consumers. However, others have received as high as 5 stars. The range is quite diverse. Expert reviews for HP laptops tend to average out at 3-3.5 stars out of 5. Bright Hub rating for HP laptops is 3.4/5. The overall rating for HP laptops is 4/5 due to countless consumer reviews, which count for more than a couple of expert opinions. The main deranking factor for HP laptops is heat. Several people have reported that their HP laptops get extremely hot to the touch.

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    Toshiba

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    toshiba Toshiba offers several laptop models branded within their Satellite product lineup. Consumer reviews for Toshiba laptops, from all major tech sites and electronics stores, bring an average of about 3.75 stars out of 5. There are a couple models of Toshiba laptops that have received all positive 5/5 stars. However, some Toshiba laptop models have received consistent rankings in the 3's. For the most part, Toshiba has received slightly lower expert reviews as well. The majority of Toshiba laptop models have been given a 3-3.75 by experts. Bright Hub rating for Toshiba laptops is a 3/5. The overall review for Toshiba laptops is 3/5.

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    Sony

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    vaio Sony brands their laptops as Vaio. Consumer reviews for Sony laptops, from all major tech sites and electronics stores, bring an average of about 4/5. However, there are not near as many reviews for Sony laptops as the other major manufacturers. Due to a thnner data sample, Sony consumer laptop reviews may not be as accurate. Expert reviews for Sony laptops are about the same as Dell and HP, slightly lower in some cases. Bright Hub rating for Sony laptops is 4/5. Thus, the overall rating for Sony laptops is 4/5.

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    Apple

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    macbook pro 

    Apple does not offer near as many individual models of laptops. They brand their laptops throughout 3 major product lines: MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. Consumer reviews from major tech sites and electronics stores for Apple laptops bring an average of about 4.5/5 stars. There are plenty of consumer reviews out for Apple laptops, making this rating one of the most accurate. Expert reviews for Apple laptops tend to be a bit higher than other manufacturers, often ranging from 4/5 stars to 5/5 stars. Bright Hub rating for Apple laptops is 4/5 stars. The major deranking factor for Apple laptops is price.

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    Quick Ratings

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    Acer

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    Gateway

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    Asus

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    Lenovo

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    Samsung

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    The Winner Is...

    apple So, which brand of laptop is best? Apple. Remember, this article is not about the best bargain laptop manufacturer. It's about who makes the best laptops. Apple has consistently received some of the highest ratings from consumers as well as experts. There is a large amount of reviews out there for Apple, making the best laptop analysis fairly accurate. If you want to get the best laptop, get an Apple.