Laptop Rating Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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Laptops & Notebooks
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com evaluates a huge number of laptops, including many retail configurations available at stores such as Best Buy or Staples. Reviews aren't overly long, but they are balanced and based on hands-on testing. You can sort the reviews to find inexpensive laptops that have earned an Editors' Choice award.
Find the Best Laptop for You
by Avram Piltch and Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine reviews many laptops in detail. Reports are comprehensive and hands-on, and performance is compared to close competitors. Editors' Choices are named, and the very best laptops for specific uses and users appear on this list. Some choices are discontinued, but have been replaced by similar models.
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET's laptop reviews are balanced, reasonably detailed and backed by testing. Each laptop is rated, and the very best are singled out for Editors' Choice awards, though few laptops qualify. Lists of top laptops in various categories are provided, but include some older and discontinued models.
Laptop Reviews, Ratings, and Pricing
by Editors of ComputerShopper.com
Our AssessmentComputerShopper.com is another prolific reviewer of laptops. Tests are thorough and each laptop is rated on a 5-star scale. The best laptops earn various awards. This website does a particularly great job of explaining which kind of user would want each laptop. A list names the top laptops tested, each of which earns an Editors' Choice award.
Laptop Ratings and Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org evaluates 91 laptops. Testing is unbiased, and each laptop is rated for ergonomics, portability, performance, versatility, display, touch-screen quality (if applicable) and give an overall score. Editors also examine battery life and rate the reliability of eight popular brands. Each laptop gets an individual write-up, but these are very brief; you won't learn all the ins and outs of a particular laptop here. Many models are discontinued, but similar ones are often available.
by Editors of PC World
Our AssessmentWhile the reviews at PC World aren't the meatiest, editors' conclusions are backed by solid testing and each laptop is rated on a 5-star scale. Finding the most current reviews can be frustrating, however, and lists of top-rated laptops were out of date at the time of our visit.
by Editors of Engadget.com
Our AssessmentEngadget.com still produces long, in-depth reviews that are chock-full of observation, commentary and model comparisons. Finding them among the clutter of unreviewed models and ratings based on aggregated reviews is a challenge, however. Still, it can be worth the effort as what's written by Engadget.com's staff and contributors is usually top shelf.
by Editors of HotHardware.com
Our AssessmentIt's too bad that HotHardware.com doesn't evaluate more laptops, because the reviews that are here are outstanding. Real-world and lab tests cover nearly every pertinent aspect, but ratings aren't provided. Almost every laptop earns some type of award such as Approved or Recommended; however, only the best receive Editor's Choice honors.
by Editors of TheVerge.com
Our AssessmentTheVerge.com publishes easy-to-read, detailed reviews brimming with analysis and benchmark testing. Unfortunately, reviews are far between of late. That said, a few Chromebooks have recently been profiled and a best choice is identified.
Notebook/Laptop Ratings and Reviews
by Editors of NotebookReview.com
Our AssessmentThese laptop reviews are well organized and detailed, but there are fewer here than at other sites. Testing is excellent and benchmark scores provide helpful comparisons, with the best laptops earning Editors' Choice awards. Editors are more selective in handing out awards than at some other review sites, so it's easy to see which laptops perform the best overall.
by Editors of AnandTech.com
Our AssessmentAnandTech.com evaluates laptops on occasion. The testing process here is incredibly extensive. Write-ups are balanced and conclusions are clear, but no ratings are given. Top-performing laptops sometimes get an Editors' Choice award, but that designation is handed out very rarely.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com sells a vast number of preconfigured laptops, ranging from the cheapest laptops to high-end gaming rigs. Many score 4 stars out of 5 or higher after dozens, and in some cases hundreds and even thousands, of reviews. In addition to an overall rating, each model is rated by owners on factors such as value and performance, as well as a bottom-line comment on whether the reviewer would recommend that laptop to a friend.
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentNewegg.com is another great source for a huge selection of laptops from many manufacturers. The site's typical customers are sophisticated and opinionated computer users, which often makes this a good place to find consumer reviews of technology products. However, laptops tend to receive less feedback here than at other user review sites.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com gives owners the opportunity to rate and comment on their laptop computers. The site is easy to use and lots of laptops are listed. However many are discontinued models available only through marketplace sellers. Top laptops -- including many Apple laptops -- draw enough feedback to be meaningful, but others get only a handful of reviews, or none at all.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com offers an impressive selection of budget-priced and mainstream laptops, and even an occasional gaming rig. Owners don't hesitate to share their thoughts about purchases; many models receive more than a dozen user reviews, and some get hundreds of write-ups and ratings-only feedback.
Readers' Choice Awards 2014: Laptop and Desktop OCs
by Ben Gottesman
Our AssessmentEach year PCMag.com asks readers which tech products they like best and find most reliable. In the laptop category, three brands win: Apple, Asus and Samsung.
Tech Support Showdown 2014: Winners and Losers
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentFor this report, testers go undercover to find out which laptop brand has the best customer service. They ask two common questions -- how do I set up a picture password and how to change settings so that the laptop doesn't go to sleep -- via phone, then pose one question unique to the brand in question. Testers also search for answers to those question on each brands web site, and look at a brand's presence for help via social media. Apple, HP and Samsung take the top three spots.