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Laptop Rating Sources

Total of 23 Sources
1. PCMag.com
As of November 2013
Laptops and Notebooks
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com has evaluated dozens of laptops in the past few months, making it one of the best sources for current laptop reviews. Editors do a great job comparing laptops to their competitors, and write-ups include comparative benchmark test results. The best laptops in each category earn Editors' Choice awards.
2. Laptop Magazine
As of November 2013
Laptop Reviews Search
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine offers comprehensive coverage of laptops, with dozens of new reviews posted each month. Each laptop is rated on a five-point scale and those that excel receive an Editors' Choice award. When appropriate, laptops are compared to others in their class.
As of November 2013
Best Laptops
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentThis is another credible laptop reviewer that offers well-documented testing and an easy-to-understand rating system. The best laptop computers in the editors' eyes appear on this list. CNET also gives Editors' Choice awards to the best laptops, but editors rarely do so.
4. Computer Shopper
As of November 2013
Laptop Reviews, Ratings, and Pricing
by Editors of ComputerShopper.com
Our AssessmentSite editors review and rate lots of laptops in balanced, testing-backed reports. While ratings tend to be high, they vary enough so consumers can see distinctions. Editors' Choice awards are given more liberally than at some other review sites. The site's 10 top-rated laptops are listed on this page, but not all are current models.
5. Notebook Check.net
As of November 2013
by Editors of NotebookCheck.net
Our AssessmentThis German site has some of the most thorough laptop tests we've seen, and editors typically post several reviews each week. Instead of star-based ratings, laptops get percentage-based scores. Editors maintain up-to-date lists of their top 10 laptops in categories such as multimedia or desktop replacement, so it's easy to find the best unit for your needs. A number of laptops reviewed here aren't available in the U.S., but similar configurations might be.
6. The Verge
As of November 2013
by Editors of TheVerge.com
Our AssessmentTheVerge.com evaluates a number of laptops -- although not as many as our top sources -- in extensive, testing-based reviews punctuated with multiple pictures and video of the notebooks in action. The testing is some of the deepest around, and there's enough variability in the ratings to make it easy to spot winners and also-rans.
7. PC World
As of November 2013
by Editors of PC World
Our AssessmentReviews at PC World aren't as detailed or numerous as those at Laptop Magazine or PCMag.com, but they are based on hands-on testing. There's also a good amount of variation in the ratings. Editors name their top five laptops on this landing page, but separate lists of the best all-purpose, business and ultraportable laptops aren't always as up to date as they could be.
8. TrustedReviews.com
As of November 2013
Best Laptops
by Editors of TrustedReviews.com
Our AssessmentBritain's TrustedReviews.com regularly evaluates new laptops, although some models aren't available in the U.S. Critiques are balanced and comparative, and most are illustrated with photos and benchmark results. The very best laptops earn a Recommended label, and the site maintains an updated list of the top models.
9. Anandtech.com
As of November 2013
Home: Mobile
by Editors of AnandTech.com
Our AssessmentAnandTech.com has evaluated more laptops lately, and that's a good thing: 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.
10. HotHardware.com
As of July 2013
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.
11. ConsumerReports.org
Not Dated
Laptop Ratings and Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests lots of laptops in a range of prices, but some of them are discontinued. There's a moderately detailed comparison chart, plus ratings for brand reliability and tech support. Beyond that, editors have little to say about most individual laptops; battery life is the only specific test result revealed. Other review sources offer far more insight and detail.
12. Notebook Review.com
As of November 2013
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.
13. Engadget.com
As of November 2013
by Editors of Engadget.com
Our AssessmentEngadget.com offers solid single-product reviews of laptops. There's no numerical rating system, but extensive write-ups leave no question as to whether an editor recommends a particular laptop. Several models impress, but all have some small flaws.
14. NewEgg.com
As of July 2013
All Laptops/Notebooks
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentNewegg.com is a popular online technology retailer. Typical customers have better than average computer and technical knowledge, making the site a good destination for consumer reviews of tech products like laptop computers. Several models attract dozens of posts.
15. Laptop Magazine
March 8, 2013
Best and Worst Notebook Brands 2013
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentEditors name the best laptop brands based on eight criteria, with performance in the magazine's own tests carrying the most weight. Other specs include design, keyboard/touchpad quality, tech support, display/audio quality, value and selection, innovation and the quality of software each brand pre-loads onto its laptops. Apple wins, followed by Lenovo.
16. Laptop Magazine
Oct. 21, 2013
Tech Support Showdown 2013: Winners and Losers
by Mark Spoonauer and editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentIn this test, staffers go undercover to judge customer service. They ask common questions like how to set up a new user account or connect a laptop to Bluetooth speakers via phone, email, live chat and social media. Eight laptop brands earn letter grades, from an A for Sony to an F for HP. Test results help determine the best and worst brands in the article above.
17. PCMag.com
Feb. 20, 2013
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Winners: Laptops and Desktops
by Ben Gottesman
Our AssessmentPCMag.com releases an annual service and reliability survey for various products, including laptops. For 2013, Apple, Asus, Samsung and Toshiba all win Readers' Choice awards in various categories.
18. TechRadar.com
As of November 2013
Laptops and Netbooks Rated
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentThis U.K. site hosts its own reviews of a number of laptops, as well as write-ups from a number of sister sites and publications. However, some configurations aren't available in the U.S. While reviews provide helpful information, they're less comprehensive than at some other sites.
19. DigitalTrends.com
As of November 2013
Laptop Reviews
by Matt Smith
Our AssessmentThese test-based reviews discuss features, design and performance, and editors rate each laptop on a five-star scale. Those with the highest scores get Editors' Choice awards; Recommended labels are given to those that score slightly lower. The pace and quality of this site's reviews has picked up of late, making it a resource worth checking out.
20. PCAdvisor.co.uk
As of November 2013
Laptops Reviews
by Editors of PC Advisor
Our AssessmentThis British site thoroughly evaluates laptops, rating each one for build quality, features, value, performance and overall. Editors also run regular group tests, pitting five laptops in various categories such as ultraportables and touch-screen units against each other. Some of the laptops tested here aren't available in the U.S.
21. MaximumPC.com
As of November 2013
by Editors of Maximum PC
Our AssessmentMaximum PC is a better source for reviews of desktop computers, but editors also report on the occasional laptop. Write-ups are nicely detailed and somewhat comparative, and the best laptops earn the site's Kick Ass! award. The small number of laptop reviews holds this source back from a higher ranking.
22. Wired
As of November 2013
by Editors of Wired
Our AssessmentWired also tests fewer laptops than review sources we rate higher. Evaluations are relatively brief and testing could be better explained, but write-ups still capture what makes a laptop a good or bad pick in editors' eyes. Each model is scored on a 10-point scale and Editor's Pick awards are given, but it's rare for a laptop to secure one.
23. Amazon.com
As of November 2013
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is usually a good source for user reviews, but it's not as helpful for laptops. Most get similar ratings, so it's hard to compare models. Many of the Windows-based laptops that attract the most owner feedback are discontinued, although some have been replaced by similar but newer configurations. The latest Apple laptops earn the highest scores by far.
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