We put the best brands of laptops in comparison. Who will win the crown this year?
For every student working on a class project, creative professional making their next masterpiece, or entrepreneur putting the finishing touches on an important presentation, there is a laptop to fit your needs and budget. However, many shoppers have brand affinities that could prevent them from venturing beyond the rivers and lakes they are used to. It’s the reason we have these best and worst laptop brands in 2020.
But how good is your favorite brand? The Laptop Mag staff put the best brands to the test each year, evaluating each brand and the laptops we’ve reviewed over a designated period of time (May 15, 2019 – May 15, 2020). Eligible brands and their laptops are evaluated using several important criteria: reviews, design, support and warranty, innovation and value, and selection. Scores are counted and a winner is determined.
This year, Asus is our best brand. Throughout the year, laptop original equipment manufacturers consistently produced systems that were equally powerful, beautiful, and innovative. Additionally, the company has a solid offering of laptops from Chromebooks to gaming systems. His only weak point was his appearance at the Tech Support Showdown, but even that was not enough to keep the company in the first place.
List of computer brands (laptops) in 2021
1. Asus (88/100)
Asus has finally risen to the top to claim the crown. After years of pushing innovative and risky features packed into the most glorious designs we’ve seen, it finally paid off. The company practically wished there were products with dual-screen displays and super-powerful pull-out gaming machines.
2. Dell (85/100)
Innovative – that’s the word that comes to mind when we think of Dell. The Texas-based tech giant pioneered the bezel-less four-sided display with its popular XPS line. It’s that eye for innovation that helped propel Dell to second place and could catapult the company to first place.
3. HP (82/100)
The winner of our 2019 report, HP dropped a few spots this year after disappointing in our Technical support showdown . HP sells some of the best laptops in multiple categories (premium, business, and gaming), but the low-budget options weigh their review scores.
4. MSI (78/100)
Not only did MSI break out of the double digits this year, but it completely pushed itself to the top 5 laptop brands. The company not only improved its gaming laptops, but also expanded its selection and reconfigured the design of its flagship flagship laptops.
5. Lenovo (77/100)
Lenovo maintained its fifth place this year thanks to a wide selection of options and a handful of reliable products, in particular its line of ThinkPad laptops. Somehow the company managed to improve the performance of what was already the best business laptop you can buy. But going too lightly with innovation kept the company from rising through the ranks.
6. Acer (76/100)
Acer proved to be a hunter for giants this year, hitting some high-value workstations in overall performance thanks to powerful specs. However, the company was unable to escape from sixth place as the Taiwan-based tech giant was dragged down by a series of mediocre product offerings.
6. Razer (76/100)
This year’s Best and Worst Brands report finds Razer once again in a tie for sixth place. But not by much. The company continues to create great laptops with a lot of power. Razer’s also began to expand its horizons by targeting creative professionals with workstations that are just as tempting as its gaming laptops.
8. Samsung (75/100)
Samsung has emerged after an incredible comeback, going from last place in the 2019 Best and Worst Brands showdown to eighth place this year. There are still many improvements the company can make, especially by expanding its catalog, but Samsung has impressed us with the bold and colorful designs of its latest laptops.
8. Alienware (75/100)
Alienware’s second place in Best and Worst Brands sees it drop from fourth place to eighth place. We found the brand in the middle of a transition, saying goodbye to its Epic design in favor of the new Legend design, which is an evolved version of the company’s intergalactic theme. We expect great things from Alienware heading into 2021 and believe their return is imminent.
10. Apple (73/100)
Apple was our third worst brand in our 2019 Best and Worst report, and this year, the Cupertino-based tech giant is our second worst brand after Microsoft. What contributed to Apple’s lower rank are its mixed results in our telephone technical support report and its lack of diverse offerings for budget-conscious consumers – you’d be hard pressed to find an Apple laptop that doesn’t have a four-figure price tag. . At the same time, we understand that Apple is a luxury brand, so while Apple may not be able to cater to its non-wealthy fans, the Cupertino-based tech giant can still rise to the top of the rankings by introduction of new design options. and take more risks with innovation.
11. Microsoft (70/100)
Finishing last, Microsoft had a quiet year in which the products it released were separated from those it announced. The newest addition to its laptop / tablet lineup, the Surface Pro X, disappointed, while the tried and true models were largely unchanged from previous versions. There are several exciting products coming in 2020 and beyond, for what it’s worth.
How we rate brands
Each brand of laptop is assigned a score based on a 100-point scale. Points are awarded in five categories: Design, Reviews, Technical Support / Warranty, Innovation and Value, and Selection. Here’s what each one means.Advertisinghttps: //6a52ae8d08f120493a59605c3f685d7f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Reviews (40 points): The most important aspect of any brand is the quality of its products. To determine a company’s Reviews category score, we used the ratings we gave its laptops. We take the average laptop rating for each brand (Laptop Mag ratings on a scale of 1 to 5), convert that average rating to a 40-point scale, and then add a 0.75-point bonus for each Editors award ‘Choice.
Design (15 points): We will absolutely judge a laptop by its cover, and its sides, cover, bezel, and base. Although no two notebooks look exactly the same, each brand has a design language that runs through their product lines.
|Brand||Reviews (40)||Design (15)||Support (20)||Innovation (10)||Value (15)||General (100)|
|M: YES||3. 4||13||12||8||eleven||78|
Technical support and warranty (20 points): When you buy a laptop, you want to know that the manufacturer will stand behind that machine and help you with technical problems. We base the score for this category primarily on our ratings. Tech Support Showdown annual, in which we infiltrate and ask questions of all companies, using their telephone, web and social channels. However, 2 of the 20 points were awarded based on the quality of the company’s standard warranty coverage.
Innovation (10 points): The laptop market is moving fast, and if you stand still, you will be knocked over. For the Innovation category, we award points based on the brand’s ability to move the market forward by implementing or developing new technologies, as well as taking risks.
Value and selection (15 points): How many different types of buyers is the manufacturer targeting and do the products offer a good return on their investment? For this category, we award points for offering a wide range of laptop types (budget, business, gaming, etc.) and for offering aggressive pricing.