NEW YORK, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Lenovo is rated the best laptop brand for a second year in a row by Laptop Mag, which released its annual Best and Worst Laptop Brands rankings today. HP and Dell followed closely behind Lenovo in second and third place, respectively.

Crowd favorite Apple, which used to dominate this contest, continues to tumble, coming in seventh place this year after it ranked fifth last year. A full list of the rankings is available here.

Each year since 2010, Laptop Mag has published its Best and Worst Laptop Brands list, which rates the top 10 major manufacturers. Each laptop brand is assigned a score based on a 100-point scale. Points are awarded in five categories: Design, Reviews, Tech Support and Warranty, Innovation, and Value and Selection.

“Whether you’re purchasing a $1,500 gaming laptop or a $200 Chromebook, the brand matters. That’s why, each year, we rate the top 10 laptop brands, so shoppers know what’s worth spending their money on and what they can expect from each company,” said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief of Laptop Mag. “Between Lenovo, HP and Dell, this was a nail-bitingly close race.”

Lenovo tops the list again thanks to the strength of the company’s product lineup, which includes the ThinkPad X1 Carbon — the only product to get a perfect, 5-star review from Laptop Mag in the past year.

Samsung and MSI tied for last place. According to Laptop Mag’s editors, MSI made plenty of high-quality notebooks, but the company lost a lot of points because of its poor-quality tech support. Samsung, on the other hand, got a high score in tech support but suffered from low scores in innovation, design, value and product ratings. Rounding out the list are Acer, Asus, Microsoft and Razer.

To learn more about how each of the top 10 brands fared and the point system that led to these rankings, read the Best and Worst Laptop Brand Ratings 2018 on laptopmag.com.

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NEW YORKApril 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In a major industry shake-up, Apple is no longer the leading laptop brand. After dominating Laptop Mag’s Best and Worst Brands for seven years in a row, the MacBook-maker dropped to fifth place this year. Lenovo took first place in Laptop Mag’s special report, followed by AsusDell and HP.

Each year since 2010, Laptop Mag, part of Purch’s tech brand portfolio, has published its Best and Worst Laptop Brands list, which rates the major manufacturers based on product quality, innovation, value and selection, design, and tech support.

While Apple still delivers top-notch support, the company dropped dramatically in the overall list due to lower review scores and limited value and selection in its lineup. This year, the company alienated many mainstream consumers by pricing its new laptops above $1,299. On the high end, Apple’s new MacBook Pros got rid of the USB ports and SD-card readers that creative professionals need.

“Apple fell so sharply because the company focused on more expensive systems with nice-to-have features like the Touch Bar while moving too quickly to ditch the features creative pros rely on,” said Mark Spoonauer, Laptop Mag’s editor-in-chief. “Other laptop brands have really stepped up their game, especially in the 2-in-1 category.”

Lenovo won the Best and Worst Brands by producing many high-quality laptops, particularly in its ThinkPad and Yoga lines. The company also provided strong support and industry-leading innovations, like the Yoga Book and its completely flat Halo keyboard.

“Lenovo has had one of the best and most innovative product lines in the business for a long time,” said Avram Piltch, Laptop Mag’s editorial director. “This year, the company took its products to the next level and brought its support along for the ride.”

Of the 10 brands rated, Microsoft placed last, not because of poor quality but rather a lack of new products and innovation. The company’s only laptop-related product release during the evaluation period, which lasted from Feb. 1, 2016, to March 1, 2017, was a new performance dock for its existing Surface Book. Samsung took ninth place due to a combination of poor tech support, limited selection and lower-rated products.

To learn more about how each of the top 10 brands fared, read the Best and Worst Laptop Brand Ratings 2017 on laptopmag.com.

About Laptop Mag
Laptop Mag reviews hundreds of laptops to help shoppers decide which notebooks, 2-in-1s or Chromebooks are right for them. We also evaluate the brands that bring you these products, and provide helpful tips and advice so you can save time and money.

About Purch
Purch is a digital publishing and marketplace platform uniquely positioned at the intersection of content, commerce and customer.

By combining in-depth product reviews, comparisons, and services with industry leading publisher tech, Purch creates a seamless connection between intent-based buyers and sellers.

The company generates more than $1billion annually in facilitated commerce through its tech, shopping, lifestyle and SMB brands, including Tom’s Guide, Top Ten Reviews, ShopSavvy and Business.com. With more than 1,200 product categories, Purch is #1 for buying advice for more than 100 million people each month.

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