Yesterday I mentioned to my wife that I was struggling with trying to find an interesting subject to write about. She mentioned that I should write about which computer products or HDTV’s that are on sale. Though I agree that price is always a concern when making a major purchase, but that reliability is what I look at as well. After talking to her I glanced at the current issue of PC World and there it was. A reliability article for laptop, desktop computers and HDTV’s.
What I are articles that are generated by real world users. People like you and I that actually own the product and use it on a daily basis. Though I respect opinions from those who write computer or HDTV articles, I would take the opinions of actually users over one writer. With this information at hand, I decided to read the article to see if I agreed with those who responded to the reliability survey.
Laptop computers. The top 3 laptop computer companies were Apple, Asus and Toshiba. I have owned, recommended to clients and family the Toshiba brand. So I wasn’t surprised that Toshiba was high up on the list. What was surprising was the bottom 3 companies, HP, Dell and Gateway. These 3 companies at one timed were considered as having very reliable computers. Times have changed and now these 3 are at the bottom of the list.
Desktop computers. The top 3 desktop computers were Apple, Asus and Alienware. The bottom 3 again were Dell, HP and Gateway. It is interesting to see how the mighty have fallen. I have a 5-year-old Gateway that runs like a champ and I have never had a problem. I personally would never buy a HP or Dell system, but that is just my personal preference.
HDTV. The 3 top brands were Panasonic, LG and Sony. This came as a surprise since I thought that Samsung would have been among the top 3 brands. But Samsung only rated in 13 out of 17 places mentioned in the article. The bottom 3 were ViewSonic, Mitsubishi and JVC. What was surprising is that Panasonic is one of the only remaining companies that still makes a Plasma HDTV. I own two of these are they are great.
What brands do you think are best and why? Share your opinion.
Source is the January 2011 printed version of PC World – no link available.