A laptop is a necessity in today’s world. Go ahead, try to run your life without one. Fortunately, there’s a laptop for every user, and with that comes brand loyalty. But with so many brands offering up every laptop imaginable, how do you know which is best? Here we’ve compiled a list of our favorite top laptop 10 brands of 2017 to help you make your decision based on reviews, design, technology and customer support.
1. Asus: Second to None Chassis Design
The design of these laptops is always impressive, and you get a wide selection of products to choose from. The most popular line is the VivoBook, and you can easily find Chromebooks and 2-in-1s here. Innovations include: a ScreenPad and ErgoLyft hinge. If nothing else, what earns Asus the #1 spot is the fantastic all-around capabilities of their laptops. From the thin and light ZenBooks, to affordable Chromebooks and powerful gaming machines like the ROG Zephyrus S, this brand earns the top spot on our list.
2. Dell: Here, It’s All About Innovation
This is one of the most consistently forward-thinking laptop brands! Dell has the slimmest notebooks you could possibly want. The most popular line is Inspiron. But the XPS line is one of the best laptops to buy and gets the notoriety of doing everything surprisingly well with the latest screen resolutions, connections, premium materials, all topped-off with a solid battery life. The company’s innovation in Ultrabooks yields a wonderful army of ultraportable laptops with powerful specs. You can even find 2-in-1s and Chromebooks under this moniker with loads of style and hardware. And the after sale and technical support is worthy of so much praise.
3. Lenovo: One of the Best Reviewed Brands
Thanks to some innovative new features and a wide selection of laptops, Lenovo is one of the best laptop brands. Their most popular line is the ThinkPad. And while they don’t offer any Chromebooks, their line of 2-in-1s – like the Yoga and Flex series – is completely worth checking out. Prices are reflective of their premium laptop brand status though. But their offerings are ideal for all types of users. Most recognized for business class laptops that offer extreme performance and a super flexible design, this brand has all but perfected graphics, touchpads, keyboard, display and audio quality. Their Legion series gaming notebooks competes against the Asus ROG and Acer Predator series.
4. Acer: You Get a Wide Variety of Laptops
This is one of the largest manufacturers in the world and their laptops are extremely popular among budget users. Acer continues to offer one of the best overall selections around, with mainstream and gaming options catering to every budget. There are Chromebooks and 2-in-1s available from just $150. But they also produce high-end gaming laptops like the afore mentioned Predator series and premium notebooks. You get what you pay for, and Acer laptops are usually the best value for the money. Their most popular line is the Aspire notebooks like the amazing Aspire 7. Support for their notebooks leaves plenty to be desired, unfortunately. While the company has made some strong innovations, there’s not much to sink your teeth into yet.
5. HP: An Underdog and Now One of the Top Brands to Beat
One of the oldest electronics brands, Hewlett Packard has very strong reviews, stellar designs, impressive innovations, top-notch value and selection. All of which has helped it go head to head with the best laptop brands in the world. The latest laptops take design cues from their contemporaries to raise standards even higher. Notebooks like the Pavilion brand are fast, powerful, and supported by a very competent customer service. Innovations include an AMOLED version of the Spectre x360, which delivers a brighter and more vibrant display than the standard version.
6. Microsoft: A Smashing Alternative to Apple
While offering a solid lineup of laptops and tablets, Microsoft improves its selection by adding the budget-friendly Surface Go. The Surface Book 2 with one of the best battery endurance times also helps this brand earn a spot almost near the top of the list. Microsoft takes a best-of-both-worlds approach to deliver formidable laptops like the Surface line. The company doesn’t offer Chromebooks. But you can choose from many 2-in-1 laptops. Not all their offerings are amazing, however. But as Microsoft continues to establish itself as a competitive brand, we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
7. MSI: It’s Just One of the Best Gaming Brands
MSI is well-known for delivering the best high-end gaming laptops on the market — More than 95% of their notebooks get treated to high-end graphics cards as well as the latest, powerful specs. If you’re on a budget MSI is not for you. Laptops here are usually very expensive with $1000 being the median price range. But if it’s true that you get what you pay for, then we have to say that the quality of these laptops is unbelievable. Like Dell, they’re consistently innovative with offerings like eye-tracking sensor, unique gaming keyboards, and amazing designs to attract gamers. They even offer laptops made exclusively for power users! But it’s not all powerful graphics cards and CPUs, options are limited: The company struggles to breakout of its familiar designs. And the tech support is laughable; you don’t even get 24/7 support.
8. Razer: A Premier Name That Offers Premium Laptops for Gaming
Due to their high-performance hardware, it’s likely not surprising that another gaming laptop brand made it to the top 10 list. Razer laptops come with the best graphics on some of the best displays. The brand’s most popular line is the Blade with the Stealth delivering incredible performance in a sleek design. Due to a focus on power and performance, Razer is considered one of the top laptop brands in the world. And perhaps due to this power and performance, they don’t offer any Chromebooks or 2-in-1 designs.
9. Huawei: Smart Design with a Stylish Finish
A one-hit wonder? Maybe. This brand is not as well-known as the others. But they show fast growth in the global laptop industry. These laptops offer ultra-speed and performance. The MateBook X Pro, for example, delivers performance and value with a good design. In addition, the company boasts a smart design and stylish finish. Unfortunately, the selection is limited. And they’re marred by a frustrating tech support team.
10. Samsung: A Huge Recognizable Name When It Comes to Electronics
They may have service centers all over the globe. But their laptops consistently fail to impress. Many designs suffer from poor battery life. And the company doesn’t go far enough to innovate their laptops or ensure the top-notch quality that every day users and businesses demand. But offerings like the Chromebook Plus with a swiveling 360-degree hinge are designed to give even more powerful Windows-powered convertibles a run for their money. Otherwise, Samsung has a very narrow offering. All of which taken together makes recommending them tough. Warranty is also poor due to shipping costs that come out of your pocket.