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By Leon Hitchens
LaptopMag covers, well, laptops. They’re one of the leading review sites that focus on laptops solely. Not to mention they’re a part of Tom’s Guide, which is the leading place to find reviews and product recommendations. LaptopMag released a new list of the best and worst laptop brands. You’d expect to see Apple at the top of the list, right? According to LaptopMag, Apple has fallen to number 5 on the list while Lenovo has taken the crown.
Apple’s had a strong couple of years, but they’ve been mired with concerns they’re not innovating or focusing on their loyal fan base of professionals. Those professionals include videographers, photographers, bloggers, artist and other creatives. Microsoft has taken to appealing to them with the Surface Studio and other laptops. Lenovo has started making beautiful, thin, but yet still powerful laptops. It looks like this strategy has paid off, at least in the short term.
Read the full article here: http://techfrag.com/2017/04/11/laptopmag-top-brands-lenovo-apple/
By Omar Sohail
Despite the fact that Apple incorporates the best possible trackpads and uses top-notch build quality on its notebooks, the company does not seem to fare well in the latest laptop survey. The tech giant is not even in the top three as it slumps down to the 5th position due to several reasons. Even since their announcement, Apple’s MacBook Pro 2016 has been the subject of controversy ranging from the use of older processors and removing key elements such as the SD card slot. However, there are other reasons why the company’s ranking dipped to such a low point.
Premium Pricing of Notebooks Is One Main Reason Why Apple and Its Laptop Ranking Have Slumped
There are several things in which Apple has been leading the pack when it comes to notebooks. The design, build quality, trackpads, and sound quality is one where critics have always praised the company’s notebooks and after-sales services such as tech support, and warranty coverage have also been given numerous amount of ‘thumbs-ups’. However, the tech giant has always been known to price its products ridiculously and the new MacBook Pro family is definitely no exception.
Read the full article here: https://wccftech.com/apple-rank-5-laptop-survey/
By Malcolm Owen
Apple has lost its place at the top of Laptop Mag’s annual ranking of the best notebook brands after six years, with the MacBook producer dropping down to joint-fifth place, after being penalized over the high cost of its products and the apparent need to acquire dongles to expand its connectivity.
In the 2017 list of the publication’s Best & Worst Laptop Brands, Lenovo rose three places to take first place, the position Apple has occupied on the chart since the list debuted in 2010. Asus, HP, and Acer all gained ground in the table, to second, fourth, and fifth respectively, while Dell joined Apple in losing ground, moving from second to third.
According to the report card, Apple scored 78 out of a possible 100 points. The company scored relatively highly across many of the categories, with support and warranty categories considered to be “second to none,” but in the Value and Selection category it scored a low 6 out of 15.
By Ewan Spence
All is not well with Apple in the world of desktop and portable computers. The annual survey by Laptop Mag has given Apple the top spot every year as the best laptop brand since 2010. Except this year. For its 2017 survey, Apple has plummeted down the charts to fifth place alongside Acer but behind Lenovo, Asus, Dell and HP.
From Laptop Mag’s editors:
To pick the winners, losers and also-rans, we evaluated the 10 biggest laptop brands to determine which offer the best combination of quality products, cutting-edge innovation, helpful support, sleek designs and strong value. Because of its modest review scores, expensive products and lack of ports, Apple fell all the way down to fifth place after receiving top honors every year since the Best and Worst Brands debuted in 2010.
Notably, Apple’s lowest scoring category was ‘Value and Selection’. I don’t think the issue is with selection. For many years Apple has focused on providing a ‘good, better, best’ portfolio with a limited number of machines and options. This has served them well and I think that the consumer market understands the principle.
Read the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2017/04/11/apple-macbook-customer-satisfaction-fall/#e83bb386e0d9