For four years now, Apple has held onto its first-place finish. The brand took top honors in five of eight categories, including reviews, design, keyboards and touchpads, display and audio, and software. And it grabbed second place in our tech support category. Since every laptop we’ve reviewed from this company has earned high marks, it’s no surprise to us that Apple continues to epitomize the best of the best.
Still hot on Apple’s heels, Lenovo keeps its second-place finish for the third year running. There’s no doubt that the company’s solid second-place finishes in reviews, tech support, design, and keyboard and touchpads had a lot to do with its placement. Taking the top spot for value and selection as well as innovation was also key. We’re particularly impressed with Lenovo’s venerable ThinkPad and head-turning Yoga lines. And with up-and-comers such as the Thinkpad Helix convertible, we’re sure the company has a bright future.
Jumping up the ranks from last year’s fifth-place finish, ASUS made big strides in keyboards and touchpads this year while sharing the top spot in innovation with Lenovo. In particular, we were impressed with the first Ultrabook to the discrete graphics party — the Zenbook Prime UX32VD. Plus, the UX31A’s much improved keyboard and high-resolution display definitely helped this brand earn the bronze metal. We expect big things from this company in the coming year.
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