Warranty vendor SquareTrade has released a study (PDF) of 30,000 laptops over three years which reveals that Asus, Toshiba and Sony products outstrip Apple notebooks over both two and three-year reliability cycles.
The company’s report illustrates that Apple notebooks failed at a rate of 17.4% over three years, while Asus led the way with a 15.6% failure rate, followed by Toshiba and Sony at 15.7% and 16.8%, respectively.
Failure rates in the study were defined as mechanical or physical malfunction not caused by user error, a metric which was tracked separately. On the whole, the study paints a dire picture of laptop reliability, with nearly one third of all notebooks (31.7%) failing by the third year.
Even so, SquareTrade gave Asus and Toshiba the nod for this holiday season saying, “ASUS and Toshiba laptops failed just over half as frequently as HP, which makes them a solid bet in terms of reliability.”
Tough break for Apple and its famed claims to reliability; tougher break for HP who sits the dubious throne as the west’s most unreliable manufacturer.