August 11, 2008 13:42 ET
Sony and HP Top the List for Most Reliable Laptop Brands
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 11, 2008) - According to a study released by
SquareTrade, an independent warranty provider for consumer electronics and
appliances, Sony and HP are among the most reliable laptops available on
In general, laptops have more than a 1 in 5 chance of failing within the
first three years of ownership, but buyers can reduce their chances of
ending up with broken devices by seeking out the more reliable brands and
avoiding those that tend to fail more often.
"Our data shows that Sony and HP perform the best over time. They tend to
have fewer issues than other brands," says Devin Thomas, Program Manager at
SquareTrade. The two brands have failure rates that are about 26 percent
less than the other brands combined.
At the bottom of the list were the brands Gateway, Apple, and Acer, with
failure rates about 10-15 percent higher than average. Also included in
the study were brands like Toshiba, Dell, and IBM.
"Of course, a savvy consumer will choose which laptop to buy based on a
combination of reliability, features and price," notes Thomas. "It's
important that your laptop be reliable, but you don't want to sacrifice the
rest of the package in the process."
Founded in 1999, SquareTrade makes warranties that make sense. With lower
prices (40% less on average than retail warranties), a no-pressure way to
buy online, and no-hassle 5-day service guarantee, SquareTrade is the smart
choice for warranty coverage. Buy your item anywhere -- online or in a
store -- then get a better warranty directly from www.squaretrade.com or
877-WARRANTY. SquareTrade is the only service consistently rated 5 of 5 by
consumers. Privately held, SquareTrade is headquartered in San Francisco.
For more information, go to www.squaretrade.com