Top 10 laptop manufacturers

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Today's laptop market is literally flooded with offerings in a wide variety of form factors (laptops, ultrabooks, convertibles, netbooks, etc.). And these proposals come from many manufacturers. It would seem that these or those parameters depend on the specific model and its specification. But in fact, the brand itself and, accordingly, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the laptop. Experts have prepared for you a rating of the most prominent and respectable laptop manufacturers from different angles.

Rating of the best laptop manufacturers

Nomination a place Name of product price
The best manufacturers of reliable laptops in terms of price-performance ratio 1 DELL 4.9
2 ASUS 4.8
3 HP 4.8
4 Lenovo 4.7
Top premium laptop manufacturers 1 Apple 4.9
2 Microsoft 4.8
Top Gaming Laptop Manufacturers 1 MSI 4.9
2 Razer 4.8
3 AlienWare 4.7
Best Low Cost, Compact Laptop Manufacturer 1 Acer 4.8

The best manufacturers of reliable laptops in terms of price-performance ratio

Let's start with the parameter, which is obvious from the point of view of the importance for the consumer, which is at the same time the most difficult when it comes to a specific choice. It's about value for money. Our experts have identified four manufacturers, which are known mainly for their sturdy 'workhorses' at an affordable price.

DELL

Rating: 4.9

DELL

The first manufacturer on our list is a huge American corporation with a rich and ancient history. DELL manufactures a wide range of electronics of all kinds, among which there are premium and even gaming laptops (after purchasing AlienWare). But the mass consumer knows and appreciates this brand precisely for the economy models and mid-range laptops.

Most of the DELL laptop lineups are made in a metal (aluminum) case – this is an indisputable plus. A characteristic feature of DELL laptop computers is a comfortable keyboard with large spacing between keys, mostly with moisture resistant qualities.

The technological basis of almost all DELL laptops is the central processor Intel in a wide range of variations – from Core i3 to i7.

A separate plus is the use of Waves Maxx Audi oPro technology, which allows accurate voice recognition by the corresponding software, reduces background noise during voice communication, and adds stereo effects to standard sound.

The closest examples of series with acceptable performance for an affordable price are VOSTRO, compact LATITUDE and, of course, the well-known INSPIRON.

Advantages

  • aluminum cases;

  • excellent sound both at the output and at the input;

  • waterproof comfortable keyboards;

disadvantages

  • extreme minimalism in design.

ASUS

Rating: 4.8

ASUS

The second brand in our rating is no less or even better known and loved by the mass consumer than the previous one. Belongs to the Chinese corporation Asus Tek Computer Inc. Produces the richest range of electronics, an impressive share of which is occupied by productive laptops at affordable prices. According to the parameter of price-quality ratio, ASUS products, according to many independent expert assessments, literally “breathe in the back of the head” of DELL corporation, literally one or two points behind it.

A notable advantage of the optimal price and performance of ASUS notebooks is the quality of materials and workmanship. This is really the best choice for 'field conditions', long-term comfortable operation with not the most careful attitude to the device.

Another factor inherent in ASUS is the lightning-fast implementation and adaptation of innovations. The company's engineers work 24/7 on the development of bright new products for one parameter or another. And if an innovation is created by a third-party developer, here you can be 100% sure that ASUS will implement it in its next brainchild in the shortest possible time.

But where the company should 'catch up' is in terms of feedback, service and user support. For example, ASUS web support is frankly weak.

Advantages

  • rapid development and implementation of innovations;

  • renowned for their reliability, durability and 'resistance to stress';

  • high quality materials and assembly;

disadvantages

  • user support is weak in places.

HP

Rating: 4.8

HP

Next in the ranking is the American company Hewlett-Packard. For a long time, the mass user has become more familiar with the abbreviated name of the brand – HP.

At different times, under the HP brand, various series of inexpensive and good-quality laptops were released – these were Pavillion, Inspiron and a number of others. All of them were united by a whole set of remarkable properties – high build quality, ease of use, reliability and durability.

Last but not least, the stability of HP notebooks in operation and their 'survivability' in general is ensured by the company's strict policy aimed at adhering to high quality standards for components. Hewlett-Packard really does not skimp on the quality of materials and parts even in budget laptops, not to mention middle-class devices.

Against the background of all these advantages, HP laptops have one insulting drawback – a noticeable percentage of cases of cooling problems. Of course, this is not a 100% pattern, and it varies from episode to episode. But our experts recommend, before choosing a specific model, to study user reviews in the most detailed way for this particular parameter.

Advantages

  • reliability and durability;

  • high-quality materials and components, regardless of the class of a particular model;

  • high indicators of stability and trouble-free operation;

disadvantages

  • cooling problems are not uncommon.

Lenovo

Rating: 4.7

Lenovo

And this group of the rating is completed by a brand that does not raise any doubts regarding the optimal ratio of price and quality. Laptops Lenovo are truly mass-produced products, a great opportunity to get a quite 'smart' and reliable machine for reasonable money. For the sake of fairness, it is worth mentioning that Lenovo does not at all disown the most demanding users, and the company's offer includes quite elite, expensive series and even game models.

As a manufacturer, the Chinese corporation Lenovo Group Limited is a powerful market heavyweight, in some positions unmatched in the world. The historical collaboration Lenovo and IBM is a separate and very impressive story (until 2010 Lenovo even had the right to use the brand IBM to label its products).

If we talk about the disadvantages of laptops Lenovo, the most noticeable here is this moment. The manufacturer is often too in a hurry to launch a new product on the market, which is why there is a noticeable percentage of engineering flaws and other miscalculations. Of course, this does not apply to the entire range of products, otherwise the company would have gone bankrupt long ago, but our experts recommend when choosing not to try to grab the latest novelty, but to wait for feedback from the first users.

Advantages

  • one of the most affordable prices in the mass for highly productive laptops;

  • very decent user support;

  • the widest range of models and modifications of laptops in the sales offer;

disadvantages

  • there are punctures with the 'dampness' of new products;

  • for the most part too 'simple' design (in the budget and middle class).

Top premium laptop manufacturers

The second group of manufacturers in our ranking are companies known for their laptops, which without any reservations belong to the premium class. If you consider a laptop not only as a work tool, but also as an element of style and status, then you are here.

Apple

Rating: 4.9

Apple

Despite the fact that this company with its logo in the form of a bitten apple is not familiar except to wild tribes somewhere in Polynesia (and even then it is not at all a fact), some of the highlights for which laptops Apple are so loved and revered all over the world, it is still worth, if not clarify, then remind.

Reliability, stability and durability – these words have already set the teeth on edge in places, but with regard to laptops Apple it is simply difficult to say anything else. These devices really work 'as they should'. Of course, nothing is 100% perfect in the world, but laptops Apple are closest to this perfection. You can be completely sure that the MacBook (Pro or Air – it doesn't matter) will work in exactly the same way after a year or three as it did on the first day after purchase. Such a rather common phenomenon as the 'degeneration' and clogging of the system, which is typical for other platforms, is almost completely absent in laptops Apple with a native operating system.

The company also pays close attention to ergonomics and quality of materials. To say that a laptop Apple is pleasant to work with is to say nothing. And this is not subjective, everything speaks about it – design, mechanics, structural features, even some small details. Over time, nothing looses, does not play, does not creak, does not fall off.

You can go on praising laptops Apple for a long time, but that's enough. We only add that the whole range of advantages give rise to one very important consequence – the extremely high liquidity of a used laptop. If a laptop from any other manufacturer loses in value by half as soon as you take it out of the store, then a MacBook can be sold for 70% of the market value a year later.

Advantages

  • brand number 1 in the world;

  • exceptional liquidity of used laptops;

  • unparalleled aesthetics and ergonomics;

  • complete absence of the effect of 'degeneration' of the operating system;

  • impeccable quality of materials and workmanship;

  • status thing;

disadvantages

  • high cost (in the context of the premium model market, this is not a disadvantage).

Microsoft

Rating: 4.8

Microsoft

And the second manufacturer in the premium laptop rankings group is Microsoft. It may seem strange to some, how the top manufacturer Software has 'got in' into the company with the manufacturers of Hardware, and even premium laptops. But knowledgeable people understand what it is about. Let us also clarify this point for our reader.

In view of the obviousness of the company's specialization Microsoft, the range of laptops under this brand is, to put it mildly, small. But what is there definitely deserves attention. Of course, we are talking about the series of laptops Microsoft Surface Laptop.

No matter how blasphemous it may sound to fans Apple, the most important technical characteristics of the Surface in their pure form really give odds to any 'apple' laptop. Vice President Microsoft Panos Panay announced this in plain text, without any conventions, already at the Surface presentation last year. According to him, “Surface Laptop is lighter and thinner than any MacBook … it is more powerful and lasts longer battery life.” And if you look at the electronic 'stuffing' of this beautiful brainchild Microsoft, its physical and ergonomic parameters, then Panay will have to admit that he is right.

Of course, the domination Microsoft Surface in particular does not make the 'apple' laptops worse than they are, since the technique of this class should be considered as a whole. It only says that laptops Apple have a really worthy competitor.

Advantages

  • exquisite design;

  • recognized competitor Apple;

  • respectable autonomy;

  • power and high performance;

disadvantages

  • not everyone recognizes the validity of the cost.

Top Gaming Laptop Manufacturers

The next group in our ranking of the best laptop manufacturers is special. Here we will focus on companies that have taken on an extremely difficult task – to design and manufacture gaming laptops that would not be inferior to desktop computers. Exertology specialists have identified three manufacturers on the modern market who have not only set this task, but also successfully cope with it.

MSI

Rating: 4.9

MSI

The abbreviation MSI stands for Micro-Star International – this is exactly what (with the prefix Co., Ltd) a Taiwanese company is called, which has been producing quality electronics since 1986.

MSI joined the 'club' of full-fledged gaming notebook manufacturers relatively recently, but in full measure and on all fronts. The MSI GAMING line includes a whole set of gaming laptop series: Titan, Dominator, Stealth, Phantom and others, in a wide variety of modifications and configurations.

MSI does not skimp on the most important functional modules and equips gaming laptops with the most powerful and efficient processors, video cards, and memory. It uses the patented Cooler Boost Titan technology for cooling. Models with screens ranging from 15 to as much as 18 inches are on sale.

For the most part, the design of MSI gaming laptops is very pleasing – futuristic shapes, broken, strict lines, bright, aggressive colors in details, hypnotizing iridescent backlights – all this is quite conducive to creating an appropriate environment for a sophisticated gamer.

Another plus of the company – the innovation divisions have tricked into realizing all the brightest novelties, inventions and ideas in new series with lightning speed.

Advantages

  • wide range of models and modifications;

  • record time for the introduction of innovations;

  • effective cooling;

  • mostly impressive design;

disadvantages

  • no pronounced, unambiguous shortcomings were noted.

Razer

Rating: 4.8

Razer

The rating of manufacturers of gaming laptops is continued by a company that is well known to every gamer. And if not known, then we emphasize – Razer has specialized in the production of gaming devices from the very first days. Therefore, Razer has absolutely everything 'gaming', just by definition – mice, keyboards, accessories and, of course, laptops.

Razer's gaming laptops, namely the Razer Blade series, are renowned for their beautiful and sturdy chassis made of aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, coated with a special touch-up compound.

The newest generation of Blade has another technical point, which the manufacturer himself emphasizes as achievement and pride. We are talking about a unique keyboard backlight, which now has a fantastic number of modes. If suddenly a gamer has such a desire, you can assign a different color to each key – more than 16 million available color combinations will help with this. So, in terms of personalizing the keyboard, the long-standing confrontation between Razer, MSI and Alienware can be confidently considered over. Razer has left the other two companies far behind.

Advantages

  • famous brand;

  • the narrowest, game, specialization;

  • personalization of the keyboard – beyond any competition;

  • power, reliability, performance of laptops;

disadvantages

  • high noise floor in high performance mode.

AlienWare

Rating: 4.7

AlienWare

Let's say right away that at the moment (since 2006) AlienWare belongs to the technology giant DELL and is formally its subsidiary. But due to the takeover, AlienWare did not cease to be a separate company with its own philosophy, vision, mission and objectives. Its history is very similar to the history of the creation and development of another manufacturer of products for gamers – Razer. It was founded by real fans who stand up for their cause.

In the production of any product, including gaming laptops, AlienWare pays extremely close attention to two points – everything related to appearance (design, style, lighting, artifacts, 'gadgets'); and productivity – AlienWare engineers are committed to making the most of the hardware, especially when it comes to graphics. I must admit, they succeed, which is why AlienWare got into the rating from.

In addition to the image points and emphasis on performance, AlienWare also does not forget about innovation, constantly introducing something new, but one hundred times proven. Actually, it was AlienWare that at one time, in principle, brought to the market the first full-fledged gaming laptop, then the first laptop with dual graphics followed.

Before DELL's takeover, AlienWare was a very small company that only worked for the USA, Canada and only 4 European countries. Until now, the portfolio remains not so large, and only three series of gaming laptops are offered. However, DELL plans to actively develop this direction, so, perhaps in the near future, AlienWare will delight us with new wonderful products.

Advantages

  • extremely attractive design;

  • highly efficient liquid cooling;

  • highest performance;

disadvantages

  • small assortment.

Best Low Cost, Compact Laptop Manufacturer

And one more category concludes our rating – budget and small laptop models. Here, experts came to the conclusion that the palm should be deservedly given to a single company.

Acer

Rating: 4.8

Acer

This is a manufacturer, under the brand name of which countless series and modifications of laptops are produced in various form factors, capacities and price categories. In this wide range, compact laptops have a prominent place at an affordable price. Actually, it is on budget models that the emphasis is placed in terms of market development, and it is with this factor that the company has earned respect.

Acer is a Taiwanese company that has been producing quality and mostly inexpensive electronics for over 40 years. Currently, in the segment of inexpensive compact laptops in terms of the number of sales, it is practically unmatched in the world. At least, if we take Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, then this is true. One of the most popular and recognizable series is the Aspire.

Compact laptops Acer are reliable 'typewriters', hardy, sturdy and quite nimble, for the most part for this price. Of course, in terms of design and aesthetic taste, laptops Acer are far from gaming or premium models, but the manufacturer did not have such a task initially.

Advantages

  • very affordable cost compared to analogs;

  • excellent customer service;

  • good quality and reliability;

disadvantages

  • clearly visible 'budget' already at the design level.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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