Apple loses top spot on Laptop Magazine’s best brands ranking for 2017 – MarketWatch

Laptop Magazine said Apple Inc. has fallen from its top position on its 10 best and worst brands ranking for 2017 to fifth place, after the iPhone maker drew “modest” review scores.

The online review site evaluates the 10 biggest laptop brands for its annual ranking and decides which offer the best combination of quality, innovation, support, design and value.

“Because of its modest review scores, expensive products and lack of ports, Apple

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 fell all the way down to fifth place after receiving top honors every year since the Best and Worst Brands debuted in 2010,” the site wrote.


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 took top spot with a 90 out of 100 rating, followed by Asus

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 with 86 out of 100, Dell with 83 out of 100 and HP

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 with 82 out of 100]. Apple tied with Acer

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 with a 78 out of 100 rating, for fifth place on the list.

Lenovo “leaped into first place on the strength of its many highly-rated laptops, groundbreaking technologies and vastly improved customer support,” the site wrote. Asus took second place because of its “deep, value-filled lineup.”

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Dell has an “extremely compelling laptop lineup,” headed by its Dell XPS 13, Laptop Magazine’s favorite notebook overall. HP has a broad lineup with a few great Ultrabooks and strong warranty coverage.

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Apple’s MacBooks are slim and powerful, “but you’ll need a pile of money and a bagful of dongles,” the site wrote. It conceded that the company’s support and warranty options are second to none.

Apple shares were down 1.3%, but have gained 24% in 2017, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average

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 has gained 4.5%. The S&P 500

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 has gained 5% in the year so far.

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