Best Laptop Brands of 2017: Apple Drops to 5th Place


After leading the list for the past four years, Apple has been dethroned by Levono in Laptop Mag’s Best and Worst Laptop Brand rankings. Every year PC Mag evaluates the top notebook manufacturers and rates them in six categories: Design, Reviews, Tech Support, Warranty, Innovation and Value and Selection.

LTP BWB 2017 bar chart v2 1

Apple topped the list between 2013 and 2016 with its line of MacBooks, but last year’s models didn’t convince Laptop Mag: they ranked low in terms of reviews, scored only 28 points out of 35, and because they cost so much, they scored only 6 points out of 15 in the “Value & Selection” category.

Laptop Mag notes about Apple: “The company’s MacBooks are slim, powerful and well-built, but you’ll need a pile of money and a bagful of dongles. The company’s support and warranty options are second to none.” That’s the reason why Apple dropped to fifth place in this year’s rankings.

Lenovo, on the other hand, had a great year, topping the 2017 list. The notebook manufacturer scored well in the ratings category, and, as the blog notes, three different ThinkPads lasted more than 17 hours on a charge (you hear that Apple? Compare that with the latest MacBook Pros with Touch Bar).

In second spot we find Asus, which, according to the report, gives the best combination of “quality and features for the money”. In third is Dell, followed by HP. Despite being in sixth place, Acer received the same 78 points out of 100 as Apple.


  • mxmgodin

    “Despite being in sixth place, Acer received the same 78 points out of 100 as Apple.”

    According to the infographic you put up here, Acer is 5th in a tie with Apple, not 6th.

  • BigCat

    When it comes to loving the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar I must say that I am very much in the minority on this site.

    That chart has Apple and Acer tied. Would I consider trading my new MacBook Pro for a Acer along the cash difference? Not really. How many people know of at least one person who has thrown an Acer in the trash.

    With regards to that 17 hour battery life on the ThinkPads. I do believe this is accomplished with an external battery pack. While it does not add too much bulk, there is still an awkward little bulge. At my place of employment the ThinkPads are standard issue. Cheap, reliable, and they conform to the Corporate Standard.

    For me personally the new MacBook Pro represents the best laptop experience I have ever had. The package is thin and lite. Of all the MacBook Pros that I have owned this one delivers the most power and battery life yet. Having only USB-C on the MacBook Pro forced me to make the switch. Once you really start using USB-C everything else seems old and slow. Kinda like me.

  • Darrin

    Feel the same. Love my 15″ MacBook Pro with touchbar.

  • f1ght3r

    lenovo’s are the worst.

  • I have heard that from several people that had Lenovo laptop several years ago. I think they may have turned their stuff around. I have had my first Lenovo for about 8 months and it is an amazing laptop.

  • Kev

    I just got a Dell laptop with a Synaptics touchpad. Doesn’t compare in sensitivity to the trackpad on any of my Apple laptops. Until the PC touchpad have the same level of precision I won’t give believe these surveys.