Asus takes top laptop-maker crown for the first time

midian182

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In brief: In your opinion, what’s the best laptop brand? Maybe you love Razer and its stylish Blade series of notebooks. Perhaps you’re an Apple fan that still believes you can’t better a MacBook Pro when it comes to productivity. According to Laptop Mag’s annual list, the number one maker is Asus—the first time it’s been awarded the accolade.

Laptop Mag writes that Asus took top honors thanks to the company’s systems that were a combination of powerful, beautiful, and innovative. Its extensive range of laptop types, from Chromebooks to gaming machines, also helped it top the list. The publication writes that Asus’ only weak spot was in the area of tech support.

The brands are judged based on five criteria: Reviews, Design, Tech Support and Warranty, Innovation, and Value & Selection. Asus scored a total of 88 points out of a possible 100, edging out second-place Dell (85) and third-place HP (82).

One of the products that helped Asus take this year’s crown was the ROG Zephyrus G14. Rather than using a CPU from Intel’s stable, it’s one of the first notebooks to feature a Zen 2 processor. The G14 is a stunning machine that can be specced up to an RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU, offering the perfect mix of weight (3.5 pounds), performance, price, display, footprint, and battery life. We awarded it a score of 90 in our review, helping it appear in our Best Laptops of 2020 feature.

Asus has expanded its dual-screen laptop offerings, too. Building on its ZenBook Pro 14 and the upgraded ZenBook Pro Duo, it launched the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 earlier this year. The machine offers both a 15-inch main screen and 14.1-inch secondary touchscreen, but the price ($2,999) and weight mean reviews haven’t been spectacular.

At the very bottom of the list sits Microsoft with 70 points, just under Apple’s 73. That might seem controversial to some people, but these rankings are subjective.

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Uncle Al

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Much like Prize Fighting, the World Series, and the Superbowl ..... it's just good for a year but a repeat? Time will only tell!
 

BadThad

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I've been using Asus desktop products for decades, they have been very reliable. However, when it comes to my experience with laptops, they are prone to failure. By a huge margin, I have repaired more Asus laptops (I have a repair business) and seen more failures than any other brand.....it's not even close.
 

Scshadow

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I've always had a positive opinion of ASUS but recently I've had a brand new perspective on the company. Its a bit unrelated but I've found out that ASUS Wi-Fi routers are pretty much the only routers with baked in support for setting up the router as an OpenVPN Client out of box. I'm impressed with their configuration and ease of use. Its everything I expected when I sprung for a Netgear Nighthawk but didn't get (I fell for the fancy branding, and the Costco discount). I would buy Asus laptops and monitors, but I'm just not that rich.
 

poohbear

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My first laptop was an Asus, a Haswell-based laptop that I bought in 2014. Only issue was I had to replace the keyboard, took into to the Asus service department here in Toronto and it was ready in a few days. Other than that, it's been solid for all 6 years. I'll definitely consider buying Asus again for my next laptop (upgrading to Tigerlake this year or early next year, so looking forward to what they have!). :)
 

poohbear

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I've been using Asus desktop products for decades, they have been very reliable. However, when it comes to my experience with laptops, they are prone to failure. By a huge margin, I have repaired more Asus laptops (I have a repair business) and seen more failures than any other brand.....it's not even close.
Is that because it's one of the most commonly bought laptops? Maybe you don't see Dell laptops because they have their own service centers.