Reliability for notebook computers according to a publication by Square Trade rates Asus as the most reliable and HP the least reliable. So who is Square Trade? It is a company that offers warranties on computer systems and its results were based on 30,000 notebooks that required repairs. The chart below shows which computers it found to be the most reliable:

Highlights of the study include:

Looking at the first 3 years of ownership, 31% of laptop owners reported a failure to SquareTrade. Two-thirds of this failure (20.4%) came from hardware malfunctions, and one-third (10.6%) was reported as accidental damage.

Netbooks are projected to have a 20% higher failure rate from hardware malfunctions than more expensive laptop computers.

ASUS and Toshiba were the most reliable manufacturers, with fewer than 16% having a hardware malfunction over 3 years.

FWIW – I have owned Toshiba laptops as well as having repaired [software] problems on the systems, and I must agree that the company makes a very good product. But what about you? Who do you think makes a good laptop?

For the prices Apple charges one would think it would have a higher reliability rating.

Comments welcome.

Source – Square Trade in .pdf