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Which? Technology news roundup, 13 December 2013

Laptop brand reliability, Hudl alternatives & more


As part of our annual computing reliability survey, we surveyed more than 12,000 Which? members in September 2013 about their experiences, good or bad, with their PCs.

Although most people expect their computing devices to last 4-5 years, many computers simply fail to go the distance. We reveal the least reliable computer brands.

Elsewhere this week, with the Tesco Hudl having already sold out twice in the run up to Christmas, we round up the best alternatives to the surprise hit tablet.

We’ve also been in cahoots with the Which? consumer rights team to explain how to get your Christmas shopping done without suffering from any delivery or payment woes.

Also on Which? Tech Daily this week:

  • Google Chrome vs Internet Explorer – which web browser is best?
  • LG LAP340 SoundPlate – a rival to the Bose TV Solo?
  • We’ve got it covered – the top five iPad cases
  • Helpdesk Challenge – how to encrypt your files

All this and more on Which? Tech Daily.

The least reliable computing brands

If you’re spending upwards of £500 on a new laptop, you’ll want to get a good few years of use out of it before it starts playing up or conks out altogether. But how long can you really expect a laptop or computer to last and are some brands more reliable than others?

We’ve surveyed more than 12,000 Which? members to find out which brands offer you the best value when it comes to reliability and there are some big differences between the most and least reliable brands.

If you’re interested in laptops specifically, our laptops expert is also on hand to provide some advice and guidance when it comes to avoiding the worst performing laptop brands.

Best Tesco Hudl alternatives

Tesco’s Hudl has already sold out twice in the countdown to Santa’s grand arrival, and as the big day approaches, we’re expecting the £119 tablet to be at the top of many Christmas wish lists.

If you are struggling to find a Hudl in stock the good news is that plenty of tablet alternatives are available. We consider the best 7-inch tablets around.

Top five Christmas shopping security tips

With Christmas jingling just around the corner, plenty of retailers are jostling for your festive cash across both high streets and online.

Our consumer rights team is here to help you spend your money safely; and explains what you can expect from retailers if you take back those inevitable unwanted presents.

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