Laptop Rating Sources
Total of 28 Sources
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Laptops & Notebooks
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com has reviewed 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 comparative benchmark test results are included for each notebook. The best laptop in each category earns an Editors' Choice award.
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine has comprehensive coverage of notebooks, with dozens of new reviews posted each month. Each laptop is rated on a five-point scale, and those that really excel receive an Editors' Choice award. When appropriate, laptops are compared to others in their class.
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentThis is another credible laptop reviewer that offers well-documented testing and an easy-to-understand rating system. CNET also gives Editors' Choice awards to the best laptops, but editors rarely hand out this award.
by Editors of ComputerShopper.com
Our AssessmentSite editors review and rate lots of laptops in balanced and testing-backed reports. While ratings tend to be high, they vary enough so users can see distinctions. Editors' Choice awards are given more liberally than at some other review sites.
by Editors of NotebookCheck.net
Our AssessmentGermany's NotebookCheck.net 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 different categories such as multimedia or desktop replacement so it's easy to find the best unit for your needs. A number of laptops reviewed aren't available in the U.S., but similar configurations might be.
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.
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. An editors' list of "The Best 8 Laptops and Ultrabooks" is fairly current; one pick has been replaced by a newer model, which PC World has since reviewed. The site also keeps lists of the best laptops in several categories, such as Top Desktop Replacement Laptops and Top Ultraportable Laptops, but keeping those updated is a little bit hit and miss.
Personal Computer Reviews
by Mark Kyrnin
Our AssessmentAbout.com's guide to PC hardware and reviews looks at a variety of laptops in all price ranges and names the best models in various categories including desktop replacement and ultraportable. Mark Krynin touches on performance, but testing isn't well described. Write-ups focus more on features and specifications, and what those mean to a typical user.
by Libby Plummer
Our AssessmentAlthough some of the laptops tested by this British site aren't available in the U.S., most of the notebooks that comprise Plummer's list of the top 10 can be found stateside. The site has reasonably detailed reviews and is worth checking for its latest coverage.
by Editors of HotHardware.com
Our AssessmentIt's too bad that HotHardware.com doesn't evaluate more laptops, because we find the reviews that are here outstanding. Real-world and lab tests cover nearly every pertinent aspect and the site gives out several citations.
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.
by Editors of AnandTech.com
Our AssessmentSite editors review laptops infrequently, but the testing process is incredibly extensive. Write-ups are balanced, but no ratings are provided. Top-scoring laptops get an Editors' Choice award, a designation that's handed out very rarely.
Reviews > Laptops
by Editors of HardwareHeaven.com
Our AssessmentFormerly DriverHeaven.net, this British site reviews only gaming products, so laptops are covered sporadically and some of those aren't available in the U.S. Evaluations are highly detailed, with editors rating each laptop on build quality, design, value and performance. Some units are singled out for various honors, with the highest-rated laptops getting a Gold award.
Laptop Ratings and Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests more than 60 laptops in a range of prices, but some of them are discontinued. Beyond a moderately detailed comparison chart, editors have little to say about most individual laptops; battery life is the only specific test result revealed. Other reviewers offer far more insight and detail when it comes to laptops.
Notebook/Laptop Ratings and Reviews
by Editors of NotebookReview.com
Our AssessmentThese reviews are well organized and detailed, although fewer laptops are evaluated here than by other sources. Testing is excellent and benchmark scores provide helpful comparisons between laptops, with the best units earning Editor's 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 Engadget.com
Our AssessmentEngadget.com has 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 notebooks impress, but all have some small flaws.
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 laptops attract dozens of posts.
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.
Tech Support Showdown 2012
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentIn this test, staffers go undercover to judge customer service. They ask common questions like how to extend battery life via phone, email, live chat, Twitter and Facebook. Eight laptop brands earn letter grades, from an A for Sony to an F for Dell. Test results help determine the best and worst notebook brands in the article above.
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.
Laptops and Netbooks Rated
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentThis U.K. site hosts its own reviews as well as write-ups from a number of sister sites and publications. It reports on a large number of laptops, but some configurations aren't available in the U.S. While reviews provide helpful information, they're less comprehensive than at some other sites.
by Matt Smith
Our AssessmentDigitalTrends.com's test-based reviews discuss features, design and performance, and rate each laptop on a 10-point scale. Editors' Choice awards are given to laptops with the highest scores, with Recommended labels handed out 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.
Latest Laptops Test Centre
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.
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. The best laptops earn the site's Kick Ass! award. The small number of laptop reviews holds this publication back from a higher ranking.
by Editors of Wired
Our AssessmentWired also tests fewer laptops than review sources we rate higher. Evaluations are relatively brief and we'd prefer that testing were better explained, but write-ups still capture what makes a laptop a good or bad pick in editors' eyes. Each is scored on a 10-point scale and Editor's Pick awards are given, but it's rare for a laptop to secure one.
by Editors of PC World (Australia)
Our AssessmentPC World (Australia) has a good number of laptop reviews, but like other non-U.S. sites, some of its tested configurations aren't available in this country. It's worth a look, though; reviews are reasonably detailed and based on hands-on testing. Several laptops earn high ratings.
by Editors of PC Pro
Our AssessmentThis U.K.-based technology magazine doesn't provide as much detail in its laptop reviews as sources we rate higher. Evaluations are based on testing, but benchmarks and test results aren't always shared. Each laptop is rated on a 6-point scale, and dozens are tested and rated each month. Some laptops aren't available in the U.S.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThis is usually a good source for user reviews, but it's not as helpful for laptops. Most notebooks get similar average ratings, so it's hard to compare models. Most of the Windows-based laptops that have the most owner feedback are discontinued, although some have been replaced by similar but newer configurations.