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Top Five Best Laptop Manufacturers

Updated on September 14, 2014

What Is the Best Laptop for Me?

Are you looking to buy a new laptop computer? Still wondering what manufacturer to buy from? Still wondering why would you pay a few hundred more for a laptop when you could buy a cheaper one? I will help you decide this by showing you a few aspects of the buying process, and what to look for when you buy a new computer.

I worked as IT for the latest 15 years and I have purchased laptops from the low range to the high end range. It is not an exact science but armed with the information I give you, you can minimize the risks of buying a lemon and maximize your investment.

How to Choose a Laptop Computer?

The laptop industry is more competitive than ever and this plays in the consumer's advantage. Unfortunately, there are a lot of really bad products on the market, made to be cheap and when the ultimate goal of a manufacturer is to maximize profit, the results are close to disaster. Some manufacturers have products for different markets, and they will treat them differently. In other words if you buy a low end laptop from some manufacturers, the chances to brake are a few times higher than buying the middle or high end. Other manufacturers treat all their laptops the same, they use quality materials, that perform the same for extended periods of time.Another thing to consider when buying a laptop are the features, the ergonomics and and the novelty in the model you buy. Some manufacturers like to incorporate new features and trends in their laptops, and that makes these manufacturers more desirable for some of us. The pleasure to use the laptop beats the risk to have to pay for a new laptop too soon. For few people, the average use of a laptop is around one year, after which they change it so the reliability is not an issue.

Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C-A07US 15-Inch Premium Ultrabook

Samsung has become a strong competitor on the portable computing market. With devices ranging from phones and tablets, to laptops, they apply successfully the same business model, and everybody wins. They have great products, that compete with the established companies on the marked, and Samsung wins.Their laptops are no different, coming very strong from behind. Check this Ultrabook on Amazon, and see the great reviews.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7, Mineral Ash Black)
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7, Mineral Ash Black)

This laptop comes with everything you need for a highly portable, yet powerful mean machine. A powerful i7 CPU, 8Gb Memory, 256GB ssd hard-drive with 15.6 inch screen.

 

Warranty

When you buy a computer, aim for the ones that come with included warranty and not extendable. Buying warranty is just going to protect your asset, but does not offer any warranty that your laptop is not going to break. For manufacturers it is just another revenue source. The laptops that come with 3 years warranty included in the price are less likely to fail or break, but they are more expensive.

Apple vs Lenovo vs HP vs Dell vs Sony - Top five Most Cool Laptops

  1. Apple
    Slim, sturdy, great touch-pad, excellent performance, long battery life make this laptop a great competitor. The perfect design the ergonomic keyboard and touchpad, the huge list of included software, and a great display make Apple laptops rank in the number one spot. The only drawback is the price. All of the features are reflected in the cost of the laptop.
  2. Lenovo
    Lenovo has a wide range of notebooks, from the low end up to the very high end. The more expensive laptops have a modern design, a precise touch-pad and a nice keyboard. The ThinkPad line is more business focused, so the design is more serious, but it is very robust, and includes great software. The high quality of the display and audio make the ThinkPad a great choice for any user, consumer or business. The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid is a great innovation that allows fast switching between the two operating systems - Windows and Android.
  3. Hewlett Packard
    With HP the differences from one laptop line to another are more visible than any other vendor. HP has always been great with its laptop's design. The slick lines and cool look make almost all HP notebooks stand out from the crowd. The software list provided with a new HP laptop is good with a few nice applications. The minus for this manufacturer is the reliability of their low end models. You cannot buy the cheap HP laptops unless you like to gamble. However, their business line is very reliable.
  4. Dell - Alienware
    Dell's business laptops are great, their business lines laptops are reliable and offer a great value for your money. The Vostro line has one of the best price/quality ratios in the industry. The Alienware line, however, is the cool line, with amazing features and hardware. The Alienware buyers are among the most satisfied laptop buyers. However there is a price tag for all of that. If you are willing to pay for it you won't be disappointed. As with all other manufacturers, some of the Dell's low end models are to be avoided.
  5. Sony
    The renowned Sony VAIO is as always remarkable. I would like to mention the multiple colour options for some of their lines, the reliability, the included software, and innovations such as the Power Media Dock - which transforms the laptop into a great media computer with Blu-ray, discrete graphic card and USB 3.0.

Asus vs Toshiba vs Sony vs Apple vs Dell - Top Five Most reliable Laptop Brands

  1. Asus
    Asus is relatively new on the laptop market, but it stood out with the reliability of their laptops across the board. All of their lines are built using the same quality components. The difference is only on the performance and features, as it should be.
  2. Sony
    Sony laptops are known for reliability. They had some problems recently with problematic fans and extended the warranty for those laptops. Wouldn't this make you love them? I have friends who benefited that.
  3. Apple
    Macs are great gadgets, but as opposed to many Apple advocates beliefs, they are not indestructible. They break and they break more often than Asus, Toshiba and Sony. They are still doing damn well compared to others.
  4. Dell
    Dell's laptops are a mixed bag. You have the business class laptop that just doesn't die, and you have the low end that will break a few times more often. Be wise and buy the laptops with three years warranty included in the price.
  5. Lenovo
    Lenovo really needs to be on this list. Their laptops are reliable, for some they are a bit too boring, their design trying to appeal the business market. My personal experience with them is a good one.
  6. Toshiba
    Toshiba laptops reliability is nothing new, anybody who owned a Toshiba laptop knows that they just refuse to die. You will eventually replace them because they become obsolete.
    Toshiba Update: It seems that, encouraged by the good sales and the good reputation built in the past years, Toshiba has started to shift its policy regarding the low end segment. This segment is no longer what it used to be, an inexpensive but reliable computer. It had became a cheap laptop that is meant to break after the one year warranty expiration. The worst part is that their customer service is one of the worst on the market, according to customers who needed help.

Ways To Extend Your Laptop's Life

When I buy a laptop I plan to keep it for around three years. I usually keep use them a lot longer, but I am not the average laptop user.

If you plan to keep your laptop for as long as possible you have to buy more expensive hardware, and protect your laptop. The expensive hardware is needed because towards the end of the laptop's life even if the hardware is in a perfect state, many new programs will run too slow, because newer programs are written with new hardware in mind...

Protecting your laptop includes protection from shock, from overheating, from accidents such as liquid spilling, to enumerate the most often encountered problems.

Protection from shock is achieved by using protective sleeve and laptop bags when traveling. You can avoid overheating by using a laptop cooling stand, and regularly clean your CPU fan. You can use a compressed air can, and a vacuum, and blow into the CPU air duct every two or three.months. No matter what, if you drink near your laptop, you will end up spilling coffee or water on your laptop. If you are using a laptop stand and a mouse and keyboard for your laptop, the chances to ruin your whole laptop are very slim. Using a stand will raise your laptop from the table so the spill will not reach it, and using add on keyboard will allow you to place your laptop to a safe distance from your cup. In the case of an accident you will only have to buy keyboard and mouse kit and not a laptop.

Asus F55A-AH91 15.6-Inch Laptop

ASUS F55A-AH91 15.6-Inch Laptop
ASUS F55A-AH91 15.6-Inch Laptop

I was a Toshiba fan for a long time, especially for their low end laptops, very inexpensive and reliable; I still own a 5 year old laptop, which I paid under 400$ at the time.This Asus is the perfect fit for that market, give the great reliability of all their laptops. This is an expensive laptop, but it will be more than enough for your 1 or 2 years old computer.With a 15.6 inches screen at a 1366x768 pixels resolution, and 4GB RAM it makes the perfect inexpensive laptop.

 

Cool Down Your Laptop - Laptop Cooling Pad

Are you constantly running your laptop hot? Well you should probably want to lower the laptop's temperature. One problem with laptops is that under the laptop there is not enough airflow, and that is going to overheat your laptop.

What's the best way to cool a laptop?

Use a cooling pad, which is nothing more than a laptop stand with enhanced airflow. The Cooler Master laptop cooling pads are some of the best on the market with great reviews from buyers on Amazon. This great notebook cooler is good for use with laptops up to 17", has an excellent design for preventing your laptop to overheat, contains two removable fans and is sturdy and nice to use for extended periods of times.

The Best Laptop Manufacturer

Here is one of the less known facts about manufacturing laptops. The real manufacturer is almost never the company who sells it. The company that sells your computer be it Apple, or Toshiba, or HP, or Lenovo, is actually not manufacturing the laptop, they only put a label on it and market it. The real manufacturers are Quanta, Compal, Invetec, Foxconn, Clevo, and a few others.

The only company who manufactures their laptops at the moment of writing this, is Asus. The same laptop sold by Dell, or Toshiba is manufactured by a third party company. Why are some laptops less reliable than others? The main reason is the cost. Even though they are all manufactured by the same builder, the specs and technical specifications are dictated by the client. So a laptop with the same active components like CPU, RAM, motherboard, hdd, etc... could be very different in terms of reliability, in an attempt to save production costs. The case, the cooling system, the battery, the connectors, are all components that, if chosen of a poor quality will work a limited time, after which will fail. In fact the same manufacturer can build two different laptops, but with the same performance base, one being cheaper than the other one. The laptop targets different markets. So, if your laptop is too cheap it is for a reason.

Laptop Sleeve - Laptop protection Sleeve

Protecting your laptop from scratches, dents and shocks is most easily achieved with a laptop sleeve.The sleeve has an impact foam padding for shock absorption. The laptop sleeve is designed to allow you to toss your laptop in any bag.I use the sleeve and a laptop bag when I travel, this offers extra protection. For home to work traveling i only use the sleeve.Buying a laptop sleeve is not an expense, it is an investment.

Wireless Combo - Keyboard and Mouse

Are you sick of having to change the battery for your mouse every month or two? Are you tired of the bulky receiver on your desk or the USB stick that is always in the way, sticking out of the laptop? Keyboard feet get broken all the time? Look at this keyboard and mouse combo, that is perfect for any laptop or desktop.

Did you search on the Internet trying to find an answer about laptops and couldn't find one? Or you still don't know how to interpret your findings? Or you are undecided and you need someone to give you the right reasons?Do your research first, post your findings here and we will answer your question. Free consultation. Yay!We are not going to tell you what is best laptop to buy, because this is still your decision to make, but we will give you facts, statistics and technical details to help you take a decision.

What Was Your Most Reliable Laptop?

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      Rebecca 2 years ago

      Asus laptop is hell.I bought it for 350 euro,in one year it slowed down,after a bout 3 months it broke down beyond professional repair.It is terrible

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      I was pleassed with my old HP laptop, though it eventually overheated and went kablooie - totally not its fault, more due to overuse and too much dog hair! - but my current one is a Lenovo Ideapad. I have mixed feelings about the touch screen, but on the whole very pleased with it.

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      stormy1990 4 years ago

      Very good selection, I currently have an Optima, which i had for about 2-3 years. It's getting pretty slow, although I can't complain because of it's age. :)

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      My current one is a Samsung ive had for maybe 3 years. No problems so far!

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      MissJumpingCastle 5 years ago

      I like hp laptops...They have never disappointed me.

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      Camile 5 years ago from Doha Qatar

      Toshiba is the best! I have 3 toshiba laptop, the other 2 are already obsolete but I can't let them go. They are still alive and kicking!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like hp laptops !!hp laptops for sale

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      For me, the Toshibas have been always reliable but they were never the choice of the management. I have administrated a few networks and I had a good experience with Lenovo, the business line. I heard a lot of good words from people in the industry about the Asus laptops. I administer now a fleet of Dell laptops and, let me tell you, they are reliable. Note that the Dell ones are also the business line.

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      ngocthuan1989 5 years ago

      I chose the Apple MacBook Pro because the availability and robustness of its. Here laptop phan thiet

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      My most reliable commuter by far is my iMac. I never owned an Apple Laptop. My husband is a PC guy and needs a PC for work so that is our Laptop. We usually bought Dell but I liked the Sony better.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I own two Toshiba Satellite. An old one and the new one. The old is my son's toy, he is 3 years old and he abuses the old clunker but the old guy would not give up.The new one is two years old, never had a hardware problem. My daughter virused it once, but I cleaned it up and is working without problems.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I have always had great luck with HPs.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I have a vaio which has lasted many years and goes on trips with me. It does the job, but I would not say that I really like it.

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      succesful-dylan 5 years ago

      The Lenovo Thinkpad, which I am typing on at the moment.

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