Best Laptop Brands of 2020 According to Consumer Reports

— Published on: May 18th, 2020

Branded Laptop

Today we’ve over a dozen laptop brands to serve you a variety of and value for money laptops. Those days are history now when we’ve to rely on the monopoly.

Now it’s no luxury to have a decent laptop computer with you. Fortunately, healthy competition in consumer electronics made the laptops affordable and it is common to see laptops with students and businessmen-women.

One side laptop brands are now more focused on making economical, efficient, faster laptops; and consumers are more focused on getting the most from invested value.

Best Laptop Brands
Best Laptop Brands

Not all brands are created identical. Every brand has its own research and their own innovations for its users.

13 best laptop brands of 2020

RankingsLaptop BrandsFeaturesInnovationServiceValueBrand Origin
1HPBetterBestGoodValuableAmerican multination brand.
2DellBetterBestGoodValuableAmerican multination brand.
3LenovoGoodGoodAverageAffordableChinese multination brand.
4AsusGoodBestAverageAffordableTaiwanese multination brand.
5AlienwareBetterGoodAverageCostlyAmerican multination brand.
6RazerBetterBestAverageCostlyAmerican multination brand.
7AcerGoodGoodAverageValuableTaiwanese multinational brand.
8AppleExcellentExcellentGoodCostlyAmerican multi-nation brand.
9MSIGoodGoodAverageValuableTaiwanese multinational brand.
10MicrosoftBetterExcellentAverageValuableAmerican multination brand.
11LGGoodExcellentAverageValuableSouth Korean multinational conglomerate.
12SamsungGoodGoodGoodValuableSouth Korean multinational conglomerate.
13HuaweiAverageAveragePoorFishyChinese multination brand.

Based on current market trends, this is the list of most trusted and reliable laptop brands by rankings; from the best to worst brands in ascending order. Let’s start with the best ones first.

#1. HP – The best brand.

HP

HP, “Hewlett-Packard” is an American company and in the computer sector, it’s one of the most recognized and valuable brands.

It’s common to see the HP brand around us including desktop computers, 3D and regular printers, and computer-related accessories.

Most of the HP laptops offer a balanced combo of functionality and style, that’s why they ranked top among the consumers. HP laptops are mostly aimed towards a wide range of consumers like home and office users. HP has comprehensive models like Spectre, Envy, Elitebook, Probook, Zbook, Notebook, Pavilion, Chromebook.

Recommended models:

#2. Dell – The best selling brand.

Dell

Dell is a US-based multinational computer technology company that empowers communities and customers to use the technology for benefits. It is a common brand and we can see it around us.

Dell is a renowned brand that has been designing laptops for masses.

Dell should be the first choice if you are looking for a durable laptop brand that offers the best combination of excellent hardware and after-sale services.

Dell offers various laptop models like XPS, Alienware (for high-end gamers), Precision, Inspiron, Latitude (discrete line for business users), and Chromebook.

Recommended models:

#3. Lenovo – An affordable brand.

Lenovo

Lenovo is a Chinese computer manufacturing company. The original name of Lenovo was Legend Holdings. Back in 2004, Legend Holdings changed its business name to Lenovo. In 2005, Lenovo acquired the former Personal Computer Division of IBM that invented the PC industry in 1981.

Today, Lenovo holds a big market share in the laptop’s business and they are known for their superior class components. Their laptops seem nondescript, it may lack in style segment. For long term use their laptops are reliable. Lenovo has a wide range of laptop models like ThinkPad (for office users), Yoga, Legion (gaming lineup), Flex, and IdeaPad.

#4. Asus – The most admired brand.

Asus

ASUS is a Taiwan-based multinational corporation known for its high-quality computer components and hardware.

For affordability and reliability, Asus is one of the best brands that balances features and value. Its laptops are available at different prices ranging from $300 to $2399 and the high-end models are aimed for premium users.

We ranked in on the 4th number on our best laptop brands list because Asus laptop’s designs are solid and pretty straightforward and a performance king.

#5. Alienware – A military tank in the force.

Alienware

Alienware is an American hardware subsidiary of Dell.

Most of their laptop design resembles the look of an alien. This brand is known for its high-end gaming desktops and laptops and Dell has this separate line, especially for gamers. The worst side is they have no deal under $1000 which is the budget of most gamers. If gaming is your main job and you want a laptop for the same then Alienware is definitely the best brand.

#6. Razer – A brand for Gamers. By Gamers.

Razer

Razer Inc. is an American based company which is specialized in computer hardware and especially known for ultraportable gaming laptops.

Razer Inc. is one of those that has a serious footprint in all the latest and modern technology like the latest gaming equipment, wearable techs, and all.

Most of their designs for laptop models are a clone of MacBook Pro models: thin and lightweight, still, robust enough to compete against any hefty gaming laptops.

#7. Acer – A friendly laptop brand.

Acer

Acer is a Taiwanese multinational corporation known for its hardware, electronics, and highly recognized by the public and makes laptop and desktop computers, tablets, smartphones, monitors, projectors, and cloud solutions for business as well as home users.

It’s common to see Acer devices around us like in the offices, internet cafés, supermarkets, and also famous in the consumer segment. So whether you want a laptop for daily utility driver, ultimate portability, or just simplicity, you can go with Acer. Since they have everything for everyone it is not difficult to select their models.

#8. Apple – A brand that’s a class apart.

Apple

Apple Inc. is an American multinational tech brand that has been always in the recommended list no matter what list you read because they have done some serious research on their laptops that makes users buy their products no matter how costly they are. Apple knows it very well how to innovate and change the game in the market, that’s why it stands foremost among them all.

Their research and development are remarkable and ahead of its time. They have essentially revolutionized many an industry with their products. Apple laptops are renowned for their build class and come with ease of using features. Apple laptops are truly made for editing and productivity. The overall design tends to be excellent and elegant, which is the main feature of Apple machines.

However, some of their recent design changes are famous for serious critics (like – butterfly keyboard flaws, unbearable overheating issues due to its slim design) still they are better for creative users who look for easy to use and reliable daily driver.

#9. MSI – A reliable gaming laptop brand.

MSI

MSI is a Taiwanese multinational corporation that is known for high-quality motherboards and dedicated graphics cards but recently they have entered into a laptop’s business too.

While it’s not the right choice for people on a budget but their laptops have high-quality components which are an investment. Their most of the laptops are available around $1,000-$1,500 and are the most reliable one for mediocre and high-end users. Gamers, editors, or heavy taskers can choose the MSI brand.

#10. Microsoft – In-house laptop brand of Microsoft.

Microsoft

Microsoft is an American brand and a new contender on this list of best laptop brands and with their latest Surface Book and Surface Pro lines, they have already gained lots of attention from the users.

Most of the models are sleek in design and facilitate touch screens to support Windows 10 out of the box. Their laptops are dependable and function well.

If you want a premium design with a powerful system it is worth investing in Microsoft laptops. In the United States, Microsoft has a solid reputation and offers excellent service.

#11. LG – A new laptop brand that knows the style.

LG

LG, formerly Lucky-Goldstar, is a South Korean multinational conglomerate.

They are known for a wide variety of home electronics like AC, Fridge, TV, Monitors, Projectors, Mobiles and more. Recently, LG took a step ahead and launched its first laptop line “Gram” to grab some attention from the laptop’s market too. LG Gram is LG’s only laptop series which is successful and still known as one of the best ultrabooks which offer an excellent battery life around 12 hours on a single charge.

LG has nothing more to offer here, but whatever they have is the best in the market.

#12. Samsung – A consumer-friendly brand.

Samsung

Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate (multi-industry company) headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It has garnered a lot of reputations in the last few years for its tech innovations and consumer electronics. We know the Samsung brand for its remarkable displays.

So how can Samsung be behind in the laptop industry? Samsung also manufactures laptops for almost every kind of user including gamers.

It has been manufacturing laptops at a different price point, whether you are on a tight budget or have enough money, you can get the one that gratifies your needs.

Samsung usually names their laptop lineup as “Notebook” and series are Notebook 9, Notebook 7, Notebook 5, Notebook Flash, and Notebook Odyssey (build for gaming).

#13. Huawei – Just a new brand with many issues.

Huawei

Huawei is a Chinese multinational technology company that is a quite new contender in the industry of the laptop market.

Even though they started late in 2018 in the laptop market, the brand has attracted a significant amount of users’ attention, especially in China.

MateBook X Pro is an awesome laptop by value too; it also won our heart in a first look. But we suspect some fishy stuff too. Since the tech support for this brand is very limited outside China or doesn’t exist at all, which led the Huawei brand to debut and we do not recommend it unless you live in China.

Huawei is also famous for 5G critics worldwide, many news sources say it could lead to a national security risk because its equipment can be used for spying by the Chinese government. However, Huawei has repeatedly denied those allegations. We’re leaving the decision on you.

This is the list of best laptop brands which can be considered as the best buy. To conclude everything just looks for the highest-rated brand, because they are reliable and trustworthy.

Laptop buying guide.

Shopping Bag

After knowing what are all laptop brands list still, there are few (technical) things to look before jumping to a conclusion.

Let’s see what are those common tips.

Platform choice.

Linux

Most of us will say Windows OS because the majority of us are familiar with it or used it from childhood. Still, there are few OS like Microsoft’s Windows OS some of them are Apple’s macOS, Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Manjaro, Fedora, and many more), Google’s ChromeOS and more. Just make sure what are you going to or planning to use. Let’s say if you looking for a laptop that supports the Linux platform then better look for proper driver support from the laptop brand or manufacturer. Otherwise, after purchase, you may face device errors or driver issues.

Windows

The same thing applies to software too, if your main job is to work on excel and word, better invest in Windows laptops which actually makes sense. Otherwise, on day to day basis you have to struggle a lot with software compatibility issues. Having a “MacBook Pro” is the dream of every editor. So editors should choose that. So be clear here first then step ahead for other tips.

Decide form factor and size.

Laptop Form Factor and Size

These days laptop comes in various form factors like a normal laptop, ultrabook as in slim form factor, gaming laptop as in high end uses, and 2-in-1 convertible laptop. So choose wisely because anything other than a normal laptop is always expensive.

Now come to various sizes laptops come in…

  • 11-12 Inch: Good for portability and extremely long battery life.
  • 13-14 Inch: Offers the best combination of portability and performance.
  • 15-16 Inch: Offers smooth performance as dedicated graphics are there.
  • 17+ Inch: Good as in desk only laptop. Not made for portability but best for heavy-duty workloads and offers a bigger screen to work without additional display.

The 13-16 inch laptops are the best choice for almost any kind of user and you won’t require larger or smaller ones unless you are planning to do something special.

Check for keyboard and touchpad.

Keyboard

A laptop without a comfy-tactile keyboard makes no sense because you have better control of the tasks when the keyboard is easy to type on. The same thing applies to touchpad also, here you should look at the accuracy and sensitivity of the touchpad.

Some brands use low-quality touchpads to cut the cost, avoid them.

While comparing laptop brands these small things should be kept in mind. So, before making any quick decision making a swift look on the laptop’s keyboard and touchpad quality.

Specifications are everything! Don’t ignore it.

Now, this is becoming longer which requires a dedicated article. Still, there are few things to look at. Just read the tabular information for quick information that requires while making any purchase.

HardwareBeginnersMediocreProfessionalsAliens
CPUAMD Ryzen 3
Intel Core i3
AMD Ryzen 5
Intel Core i5
AMD Ryzen 7
Intel Core i7
AMD Ryzen 9
Intel Core i9
RAM4-8 GB8-16 GB8-16 GBMinimum 16 GB
GPUIntegratedDedicatedDedicatedDedicated
Storage *M.2 NVME > M.2 SSD > SSD > HDDM.2 NVME > M.2 SSD > SSD > HDDM.2 NVME > M.2 SSD > SSD > HDDM.2 NVME > M.2 SSD > SSD > HDD
Display **IPS > VA > TNIPS > VA > TNIPS > VA > TNIPS > VA > TN
Specs

Related: AMD vs Intel: Who Makes Better Processors?

* M.2 NVME is the fastest storage option, where M.2 SSD and SSD both are fast, and HDD must be avoided at all costs due it is moving components. HDD is less energy-efficient and pathetically slow in today’s age.

Related: HDD vs SSD: Which One is Better?

** IPS has the best quality but not available in the higher refresh rates, VA has good quality and available in the various refresh rates, while TN looks terrible if viewed from different angles but it is the fastest available displays. VA and TN both are good options for gamers and for everyday and entertainment uses always go with IPS displays they have the best viewing angles.

Opt for the best battery life.

Battery

Now we come to an actual end here.

But just look for the battery life of the laptop. Most of the ultra-portable laptops offer a full-day battery life, where a normal laptop may give you about 6+ hours of battery life.

If you have selected a gaming laptop then forget the backup and keep in mind that no battery can run here for more than an hour or two while doing intensive work like editing for gaming. Just make a wise decision here, if there is an option to extend battery for better backup then do it while you purchase it.

Math, math, and math! Because it is an investment time.

Math

In the end, do your own maths and make small keynotes about everything you have read above and get ready for an investment.

Here’s a list of things to look on priority…

  • Laptop Form Factor and Size
  • Keyboard Quality
  • Specifications

Just make a wise decision and buy the best laptop brand.

Conclusion

Your small research and this article about the best laptop brands will definitely help you to pick the right laptop brand for you or for someone you are buying for. Good luck.

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36 responses to “Best Laptop Brands of 2020 According to Consumer Reports”

  1. Lindsey says:

    Whenever I go for a laptop purchase, one question always triggers in mind about the best and worst laptop brands. But looking at the scorecard and research you have done for all those laptop brands I’m pretty much confident that I’ll buy the best one. I have decided to go with either Dell or Lenovo brand as both are easily available to me with the best deals.

  2. Lukasz says:

    Thanks, AtulHost for making this awesome list of best laptop brands. It is really helpful for a user like me who is looking for a new laptop. I have one doubt about laptop’s Graphics, here is my question:

    Do I need dedicated graphics if I’m into editing a lot?

    • AtulHost says:

      Most people think that they don’t need graphics unless they are into editing. It’s half true because there are some applications which demand dedicated graphics. Although those apps work on integrated graphics too; the performance will be average and time-consuming. Also, if you want the benefits of HD Games, your laptop must have the right amount of graphics memory too.

      We don’t recommend going for dedicated graphics unless you have any of these requirements. In all other instances, the integrated graphics by Intel is just enough to move on.

      On the other hand, if you are planning to do some intensive editing or wants to play some high-end games, definitely go with a laptop with dedicated graphics.

  3. David says:

    Hi Atul, I would like to add my opinion. In the USA, Apple and Dell are the most trusted and well-known laptop brand. Of course, other laptop brands are doing good like Acer, Asus, Alienware, HP, and Lenovo. Microsoft has just started its own lineup.

  4. Morgan Sterner says:

    Authentic review for the best laptop brands, you have done a remarkable job Atul.

    I used to be a fan of Apple’s all device and those time they were undoubtedly on top, but their main support system is dying nimbly.

    This is my personal opinion that after Steve Jobs I didn’t see any fruitful innovation.

  5. Gonçalo says:

    If you’ll ask me which laptop manufacturer is the best. I will definitely vote for Dell for home and office use and for editing and gaming there are some dedicated brands are Razer, MSI, and Alienware.

  6. Vignu says:

    Hi Atul, It’s really wonderful article. Well, I would like to know which one is the most durable laptop for everyday use out of Dell, Asus, lenovo, Toshiba?

  7. Saami Kapoor says:

    Hey dude, you are giving really a piece of good information to people to select not only their brands but quality brands of laptops and peripherals, etc., Thanks.

  8. André says:

    Why didn’t you put Sony there?

  9. Amar Kumar says:

    Hey Atul,

    Glad to read your informative post and it is a fully interesting topic because we know very well how people are fond of laptop and its brand. Selecting a laptop of good configuration is really a big deal, we have to become choosy of mainly processor and ram which are very significant organs of any laptop to boost speed.

    You have shown the best brand of laptop and they really are known for their genius performance. I have used HP and Dell laptops and have really a good experience with me. This list will really very helpful for people for make their choice. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy information with us.

    With best wishes,
    Amar Kumar

  10. Mohd Waseem says:

    Sir, I have got Sony VAIO laptop, is it good?

  11. John Kenneth says:

    Here in the Philippines the dominant brands are Acer, Asus and Lenovo laptops. Can you suggest sir, what models are best suitable for me if I want a laptop that can provide a good gaming experience in the range of $400-600? Thank you.

  12. Prince says:

    Hello Atul, is it good to buy a used laptop on eBay or any online website? I want to buy a used laptop machine with decent specs. What is your take in that? Please explain to me 2nd hand laptop vs certified refurbished laptop machines, which one should I buy?

    • AtulHost says:

      It depends upon many scenarios. 2nd Hand and Certified Refurbished both are different things. You cannot be sure about 2nd hand machines but certified refurbished machines can be trusted as they have a warranty period to cover any faults.

      We all know what is the second-hand product is, it is a machine which is used by its previous owner, and now you are planning to buy it.

      Certified Refurbished is that a new machine has been returned to the original manufacturer, licensed vendor, or supplier for any reason (like damaged, fail to work, or similar things) so that it can be fixed, and sold again the market. Since the company tested it for all the defects and fixed it, it is a certified refurbished machine.

      Keep in mind to check for return policy and warranty period while purchasing used products. At the day end, it is your hard-earned money.

  13. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Super list Atul! ASUS is awesome bro, as I have owned ’em in the past. Now I love my Acer Chromebook. Thanks for sharing.

    Ryan

  14. David Cowling says:

    Very well researched review on best laptop brands. Thumbs up for you.

    As of now I am using Dell XPS 13 and I can say that it is one of the best laptop which I have tried and tested yet, just webcam placement is little weird.

    Apple is slightly backed by their butterfly keys issues which they are not accepting as a total failure. I can say that because I used Apple’s MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar edition and their keys just failed to register my key press most of the time.

  15. Elise Dopson says:

    Each laptop brand has its own plus and minus side. Unless we have very specific requirements choosing a best laptop brand is difficult.

    Your list of of best laptop brands is trustworthy as your work is visible after reading such a nice review. You have gone through some serious work there Atul, keep it up.

  16. Mark Hodson says:

    Well you have written such a nice review on the best laptop brands, I would like to add my opinion here as well.

    The choice of best laptop brands also depends on your needs.

    Let’s say if you require the laptop for gaming then MSI, Razer Blade, and Asus are the best brands to go with. But if you need the laptop just for surfing the net, watching movies or playing light games on it then you can’t go wrong with the laptops from Dell, HP, and Lenovo as they are equally better. We can’t be very specific that this particular brand is better than the other one.

  17. Leon Ensign says:

    HP is one the best brand. It offers better efficiency and easier access to the user.

  18. Michael D. Pollock says:

    Hi, Atul. Thanks for the well-researched article! I got to know lots of new facts about the most known and truly speaking some unknown laptop brands too.

    I completely agree with you about the HP brand. HP is the most versatile and robust laptops and other tech gadgets manufacturers, which has dominated the market. HP brand is around us for many years. Even when we talk about printers, this brand name comes instantly in my mind. Cheers!

  19. Sophie says:

    I was looking for non-Chinese laptops, fortunately, I came to know some brands. Thanks.

    • AtulHost says:

      Brands like Apple, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Razer, etc are some non-Chinese brands. But the fact is even those brands have some chunks in laptops which are made in China or assembled in China.

      In the coming years, we’ll see some non-Chinese laptops because many companies are leaving China due to increasing labor costs and of course the China-virus.

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