For a remarkable fifth year in a row, Apple has proved once again that it’s still the gold standard of laptop makers. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company won four of eight categories outright, and tied for first in two others. A perfect score in the Reviews category is nearly unheard of, but Apple pulled it off with ease. Tech support is nearly flawless, as is the company’s design, keyboards and displays. The useful and intuitive preloaded software is yet another plus. Assuming you can afford the premium, Apple laptops are the best way to go.
Lenovo’s laptops came in second for the fourth year in a row. Not only does this brand offer a huge breadth of notebooks at a wide range of prices, but the company’s tech support is top-notch, as are its keyboards and touchpads. We’re also consistently impressed with Lenovo’s laptop-tablet hybrids and benchmark performance.
Close on the heels of Lenovo, ASUS only missed the silver by a single point. But the company held on to the bronze for the second year in a row, thanks to its forward-looking innovations, solid tech support and sleek designs. ASUS’ audio quality isn’t the best, but the brand consistently earns solid review scores.