NEW YORK, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Lenovo is rated the best laptop brand for a second year in a row by Laptop Mag, which released its annual Best and Worst Laptop Brands rankings today. HP and Dell followed closely behind Lenovo in second and third place, respectively.

Crowd favorite Apple, which used to dominate this contest, continues to tumble, coming in seventh place this year after it ranked fifth last year. A full list of the rankings is available here.

Each year since 2010, Laptop Mag has published its Best and Worst Laptop Brands list, which rates the top 10 major manufacturers. Each laptop brand is assigned a score based on a 100-point scale. Points are awarded in five categories: Design, Reviews, Tech Support and Warranty, Innovation, and Value and Selection.

“Whether you’re purchasing a $1,500 gaming laptop or a $200 Chromebook, the brand matters. That’s why, each year, we rate the top 10 laptop brands, so shoppers know what’s worth spending their money on and what they can expect from each company,” said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief of Laptop Mag. “Between Lenovo, HP and Dell, this was a nail-bitingly close race.”

Lenovo tops the list again thanks to the strength of the company’s product lineup, which includes the ThinkPad X1 Carbon — the only product to get a perfect, 5-star review from Laptop Mag in the past year.

Samsung and MSI tied for last place. According to Laptop Mag’s editors, MSI made plenty of high-quality notebooks, but the company lost a lot of points because of its poor-quality tech support. Samsung, on the other hand, got a high score in tech support but suffered from low scores in innovation, design, value and product ratings. Rounding out the list are Acer, Asus, Microsoft and Razer.

To learn more about how each of the top 10 brands fared and the point system that led to these rankings, read the Best and Worst Laptop Brand Ratings 2018 on laptopmag.com.

About Laptop Mag
Laptop Mag reviews hundreds of laptops to help shoppers decide which notebooks, 2-in-1s or Chromebooks are right for them. We also evaluate the brands that bring you these products and provide helpful tips and advice so you can save time and money.

About Purch
Purch is a digital publishing and marketplace platform uniquely positioned at the intersection of content, commerce and customer. By combining in-depth product reviews, comparisons and services with industry-leading publisher technology, Purch creates a seamless connection between intent-based buyers and sellers. The company generates more than $1 billion annually in facilitated commerce through its tech, shopping, lifestyle and SMB brands, including Tom’s Guide, Tom’s Hardware, Top Ten Reviews, ShopSavvy and Business.com. With more than 1,200 product categories, Purch is the #1 source for buying advice for more than 100 million people each month. To learn more about Purch and its owned-and-operated sites, please visit www.purch.com.

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Facebook, Netflix, Candy Crush and other apps on your phone may have a lot more information about you than you think, including your location and other private details. In lengthy privacy agreements that most users don’t read, many of these apps say they cannot guarantee the safety of this information. NBC’s Jeff Rossen reports for TODAY. Paul Wagenseil, security editor at Tom’s Guide, explains why downloading any app puts users in a “buyer beware” situation.

Watch the full segment on Today.com.

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By Greg Mason, CEO of Purch

For years, publishers have raced to win over new online audiences, wherever those audiences might be — on Facebook, Google and myriad other platforms that readers use every day. The thought process behind this mad chase was simple: To stay relevant, publishers reckoned, they had to reach as wide of an audience as possible, across as many platforms as possible — surely profitability would follow.

This thought process turned out to be partly correct; entire media empires have risen on the backs of digital platforms. But profitability? It turns out that the immense ad revenues associated with larger audiences were not a foregone conclusion. The platforms hosting those audiences, namely Google and Facebook, now guzzle up ad revenue like water at the finish line, taking $.70 of every new dollar spent my marketers, while leaving publishers with ad-supported business models high and dry.

But there is a way forward for those publishers that now find themselves floundering. To get ahead, they need to differentiate themselves ruthlessly.

Read the full op-ed on DCN.

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