If you are planning to buy a new laptop or a new netbook during the PC Fair or otherwise, you might be interested to read this.
SquareTrade, the largest independent warranty service provider in US has, in 16 November 2009, unveiled a report that analyzed failure rates of over 30,000 new notebook computers manufactured by 9 leading brands (with minimum 1,000 units of each brand sampled) over the past 3 years.
The report concluded that:
- 31% of laptop failed during the first 3 years. 2/3 of this failure (20.4%) came from hardware malfunctions, another 1/3 (10.6%) was reported as accidental damage.
- Netbooks have a 20% higher failure rate from hardware malfunctions than laptops.
- The failure rate is inversely propotional to the market grade (and price) of the laptop.
And the most reliable laptop brands are Asus and Toshiba which scored almost equally.
So, if reliability is important to you, you might probably consider laptop than netbook, with preferance to the more reliable brands above.
Click here to read the full report of SquareTrade's Laptop Reliability Study.