Of all the things that we look for when buying a new laptop, reliability is perhaps the hardest to be sure about. Portability and power can be measured via specs, but reliability, hardly so.
According to a report published by SquareTrade, a US-Based warranty provider for consumer electronics and appliances, Asus, Toshiba and Sony laptops are currently the most reliable portable computers, followed quite closely by Apple and Dell laptops. This is based on a 3-year projection study of malfunction rates of various brands of laptops.
Here's the complete results graph:
READ: Out of all Asus laptop samples, less than 10% malfunctioned (or had problems) during the first two years of use. After 3 years, a little more than 15% are projected to have issues.
Graph Photo Credit: SquareTrade
Way to go, Asus! :)
PS: IMO, all the laptop brands included in the graph performed well. Even the supposedly least reliable brand in SquareTrade's list, HP, proves very far from being grossly unreliable.