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Updated: 24 May 2022

Which laptop brand to buy in 2022

Unique Which? data can help you to choose a laptop brand that lasts. We've surveyed owners of Apple, Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft laptops to reveal the faults that develop, and how long you can expect your laptop to last.
Michael Passingham
Best laptop brands

Knowing how long a laptop brand will last you, which brands develop the most faults and when you can expect to see problems is invaluable when it comes to choosing a laptop. That’s why we asked 15,000 Which? members to tell us about the problems and experiences they’ve had with brands over the past eight years.

Our unique survey data reveals the truth about brand loyalty to find out who you turn to time and again, and crucially reveals how long you can expect laptop brands to last. We have also uncovered when popular brands developed a fault, how serious this fault was and the reasons why products are replaced

This is how we know the most common issue people encounter with their laptops is a severe drop in battery performance over a very short space of time. In fact, our research indicates this accounts for up to 23% of faults.

Keep reading to find out more about laptop brands.

Whatever your budget, our lab tests reveal which models are worth your money and which aren't. See our expert pick of the best laptops for 2022.

Laptop brands rated

The table below summarises this year’s results. Brands are ranked by their customer satisfaction score, which relates to whether a brand's customers would recommend it to a friend.

Which? members can log in now to view the brands in the table below. Not a member? Join Which? today to access our laptop brand research and all of our online reviews – including laptops, desktops and computer monitors.

BrandCustomer satisfaction scoreSatisfaction ratingAverage test score% Fault-free after three years% fault-free after six yearsEstimated lifetime
88%97%93%9.6 years
71%93%88%8.4 years
79%94%87%8.9 years
65%96%91%8.5 years
64%95%88%8.8 years

Table notes: 

  • Results are based on a survey of 7,374 Which? members who own laptops, conducted in July 2021. 
  • Where n/a is reported there is not enough data. 
  • Customer satisfaction is based on brand satisfaction and whether Which? members would recommend the brand to a friend. 
  • Average test score is based on results of models tested under the latest test programme and available to buy as of October 2021. 
  • Estimated lifetime is based on how long laptops lasted before they were replaced directly due to a fault.

Best vs worst laptop brands

As the graph below demonstrates, there is a big difference between the top-scoring and bottom-scoring brands in our tests, and a sizeable difference in terms of how satisfied people are with their laptops.

Average score in our laptop tests88%63%
Fault-free after six years93%87%
Customer satisfaction score87%69%

How long will my laptop last?

On average, a laptop should last just under nine years. The very best brands exceed this, while some come up a little short.

Estimated lifetime in years

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  • Brand 1 - 9.6 years
  • Brand 1 - 9.1 years
  • Brand 3 - 8.9 years 
  • Brand 4 - 8.8 years 
  • Brand 5 - 8.8 years 
  • Brand 6 - 8.5 years 

Verdict: top laptop brands in-depth

We've pulled together our survey data and independent test results – with some insight from our laptop experts too – to give you an in-depth look at each brand. 

Which? members can log in to view our unique lab test scores and customer satisfaction survey results. 

If you're not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access our verdicts on the following laptop brands, listed here in alphabetical order:

  • Acer laptops verdict
  • Apple laptops verdict
  • Asus laptops verdict
  • Dell laptops verdict
  • Google laptops verdict
  • HP laptops verdict
  • Lenovo laptops verdict
  • Microsoft laptops verdict
  • Samsung laptops verdict

Common laptop problems

By far and away the most common hardware problem people experience with their laptops is a severe drop in battery performance over a very short space of time. Of course, batteries only have a limited lifespan, but we would still expect them to have a gradual reduction in performance rather than a substantial drop-off. 

  • 14% of reported faults were battery related
  • 4% were screen issues, with dead pixels and flickering panels commonly cited
  • In terms of software, the most frequent problem laptop owners had was specifically related to Windows 10 updates, with 15% of laptop faults blamed on this.

Owners of laptops from our worst-rated manufacturer reported that more than one in three of their devices experienced a problem within just six years of ownership.

Get more help on fixing a laptop with our top tips for computer repair and guide on how to to speed up a slow laptop.

How we calculate the best and worst brands

Which? has a wealth of information on the UK's favourite computing brands. Every year we ask Which? members to tell us about the technology products they own – from how likely they would be to recommend a brand, to how reliable the products are once they get them home. 

This year more than 10,000 Which? members told us about more than 20,000 devices. We calculate a brand's estimated lifespan and its customer score based on the results of our annual survey.

Our reliability surveys, combined with our extensive lab tests, mean we can recommend the best laptops you should buy – simply use our expert laptop reviews.

This data is crucial for our testing, too. If a brand falls far below the category average, we take away the manufacturer's Best Buy status and won’t recommend any of their products unless a marked improvement in reliability is shown.

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