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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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.
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LifeLock and other services promising to keep consumers’ most sensitive information safe don’t offer essential safeguard.
NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – More than 16 million people in the U.S. were victims of identity-fraud-related crimes in 2017, with an estimated $16.8 billion stolen, according to a recent study by Javelin Strategy & Research. The concern over identity theft has been met with a proliferation of identity-protection services — online businesses that monitor consumers’ financial activity and personal information.
But are these services safe to use, and which one is worth your money?
Tom’s Guide recently tested six of the top identity-protection services — Credit Sesame, ID Watchdog, IdentityForce, IDShield, Identity Guard and LifeLock — and the results of this research and testing were surprising, especially when it came to the services’ use of two-factor authentication.
Of the six services Tom’s Guide tested, only ID Watchdog and IdentityForce offer two-factor authentication for customers logging in to the main desktop-browser interface, the investigation found. A third service, Identity Guard, offers two-factor authentication, but only for its mobile apps.
Also known as multifactor authentication, two-factor authentication (2FA) is a simple but powerful security feature that’s used by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple and many other online companies.
“Enabling two-factor authentication is one of the simplest, yet most important, steps in securing any online account. It makes sure that a thief can’t break into your account even with your password, and every online service should make it available,” said senior editor Paul Wagenseil, who led Tom’s Guide’s investigation into identity-protection services.
A spokesperson for LifeLock, one of the companies reviewed, told Tom’s Guide that “implementing two-factor authentication is a priority” and that the company is working to make that security option available to subscribers.
After using each of the six services listed above for three months, Tom’s Guide found that one of the services offering two-factor authentication, IdentityForce, has the best combination of features and services overall.
“Given all of the personal information identity-protection services are supposed to protect, we’re glad that IdentityForce takes 2FA seriously,” said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief for Tom’s Guide. “We’re hoping that this report spurs immediate action by the other services.”
About Tom’s Guide
Tom’s Guide helps consumers make buying decisions on everything from smartphones to cellular service, testing hundreds of products and evaluating the brands that make them. We also provide helpful tips and advice so that you can get the most out of your products and accomplish your goals.
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 technology, 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, Tom’s Hardware, Top Ten Reviews, ShopSavvy and Business.com. With more than 1,200 product categories, Purch is the #1source for buying advice for more than 100 million people each month.