Last updated on February 20th, 2019
Obviously, a brand matters a lot whether you are looking for an AU$2000 laptop for playing games or an AU$265 Chromebook for office work. In order to help you choose, we have listed the best laptops in every major category based on their Design, Review, Tech Support/Warranty, Selection and Value, and Innovation. So, let’s get it on.
A Quick Overview
Being the best laptop vendor, Lenovo kept its place for a second year whereas HP has barely edged out second-place and third-place Dell. The saucy part is Apple, which fell the way to seventh place, down from fifth last year.
Lenovo (Score – 86/100)
Lenovo is shining in 2018 with the help of its awesome product lineup. Starting from gorgeous ThinkPad X1 Carbon (got 5 starts in 2017) to the multipurpose Toga 920 (earned most Editors’ Choice awards). The overall score of Lenovo is 4 or higher and surplus a “wow” factor. Though Lenovo’s scores decayed in 2016 and 2017, and inflexible competition from HP and Dell made this a nail-acerbically close race.
HP (Score – 85/100)
The HP (Hewlett-Packard) is a brand which is filled with convincing laptops i.e. exquisite HP Spectre x360, ZBook 17 and budget-friendly HP Envy 13t. HP jumped beyond two places from its spot in 2017 to finish second. HP is holding a fantastic and eye-catching design and highest review score and gave Lenovo a run for its money.
Dell (Score – 82/100)
Dell is absolutely one of the best brands for producing ever better laptops. Actually, Dell is a mixture of stunning premium systems such as Dell XPS 13 and prettiest Alienware 15 and numerous ho-hum mainstream and affordable products.
As compared to HP or Lenovo, Dell earned high marks for its improved tech support and most interestingly assigns users personal tech support who follow up with them.
Acer (Score – 81/100)
Just like HP and Dell, Acer is also getting a huge part of tech market with its dazzling laptops like Spin 1, Spin 5 and Aspire E 15. Acer knows how to provide quality-oriented and premium features at bargain-basement prices. Acer always makes bold premium gadget – Predator 21X at AU$11870 is an evidence.
Asus (Score – 81/100)
Asus is a leading and well-demanded company which is loaded with innovative systems like Zephyrus (a gaming laptop). Asus is also a leader in value and designs with an indestructible laptop like the Chromebook C213S, excellent blue models like the ZenBook UX331UN and great bargains like the ZenBook UX330UA.
Microsoft (Score – 77/100)
Unfortunately, Microsoft’s all systems are first-rate, but if you are looking for a handful of laptops, Microsoft is an ultimate option. Talking about its gadgets – colorful and comfortable Surface Laptop and innovative Surface Book 2 are highlights.
Apple (Score – 72/100)
Apple shines when it comes to the smartphones. Sadly, Apple doesn’t seem as focused on its laptops business as it used to be. Apple has done nothing to beat Dell, HP, and Lenovo; neither innovates nor even tweaks its designs in the past few years. There is only one laptop earned an Editors’ Choice award. Despite, you can get the best tech support from Tim Cook’s company.
Razer (Score – 70/100)
If you are running short on budget, but want your laptop to be premium gaming, Razer has got you covered with some of the best compelling laptops. Those include the Razer Blade and Razer Blade Pro. Do you need something more affordable? You should look for something else.
MSI (Score – 67/100)
Very much dissimilar Razer, MSI is also one of those offering premium gaming laptops, but it finds itself in a tie for 10th place. It is just because of a quite weak tech support. Despite MSI is a company which has some pretty and very exciting products such as MSI GT75VR Titan Pro (equipped with the best keyboard of any gaming laptop).
Samsung (Score – 67/100)
The overall score of Samsung could have been better if Samsung gives its laptops half the amount of love as it gives its smartphones. Samsung doesn’t cover a vast part but offers small lineup laptops that just don’t stack up against the competition. The Samsung comes with the least-attractive design and its tech support is outstanding though.
The Way We Rate Brands
Listed above laptops are assigned a score based on a 100-point scale. These points are awarded in terms of their Design, Review, Tech Support/Warranty, Selection and Value, and Innovation.