Purchasing a laptop can be overwhelming and frustrating. With so many options and companies to choose from, researching the right laptop for your needs is essential. Understanding who the top laptop companies are can help in your decision. Friends and associates tend to prefer one laptop or company over another--there is no right or wrong answer-- just which one is right for you.
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In business since 1976, Acer is the second largest computer manufacturer in the world. Acer's laptops are known for affordability, quality, preloaded features and International Travelers Warranty. Laptops also include Acer's proprietary fingerprint recognition for added data security.
Apple's MacBook continues to inspire and set industry standards. Their lightweight design, relatively virus-free operating system and user-friendly technology are just a few reasons why many prefer the Macbook over other laptops. Apple is also known for their customer service, energy efficiency and recyclable program.
Asus, ranked one of the "Top 10 IT Companies" for 11 consecutive years by Business Week (See References 1), is preferred for its state-of-the-art motherboards and high company standards. Asus laptops are not only recognised for performing in some of the harshest environments--such as the MIR Space Station and Mt. Everest--but for durable quality, extensive battery life and considerable hard drive capacity.
Founded in 1984, Dell's laptop computers are a marketplace staple and recognised for wireless technology, speed and fully customisable features. Dell also owns Alienware Computers, the high-performance gaming laptop found on many school campuses today.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Compaq merged to become one of the most widely available computers on today's market. Established in 1939, HP is a pioneer in the technology industry. HP laptops rank high with consumers for affordability, reliability, performance and design.
Lenovo acquired the rights to IBM's Thinkpad in 2004 and have stayed true to their reputation in design and technology. The Thinkpad is known for its ergonomic keyboard, Trackpoint mouse, rugged design, screen quality and affordability.
A household name in consumer electronics and home appliances, Panasonic's laptops withstand harsh environments, six feet drops, dust and spills. Equipped with international wireless technology, Panasonic is one of the only manufacturers to include a built-in antenna.
Even though Samsung is known as the world's largest electronics company, it is still relatively new to North America's personal computer industry. Samsung's laptops reflect the company's quality for design, performance, repairs and warranty.
Like Panasonic and Samsung, Sony is a recognised name brand in consumer electronics. Specialising in audio and video, Sony's laptops feature blue-ray disk capabilities, large screens, preloaded software and design options.
Since Toshiba released the first laptop computer in 1985, it has continued to lead the laptop industry with first's including: colour monitor, CD-ROM drive, DVD/HDD drive, wireless technology, thinnest screen and more (See References 2).
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