Rescuecom PC Reliability: Apple, Asus, Lenovo

Rescuecom has once again published its computer reliability report based on its own internal breakdown of computer tech support needs, including data recovery, virus removal, wired and wireless networking.

According to Rescuecom's Computer Reliability Report, which it claims to give factual, unbiased data to determine the reliability of today's personal computers, the top five manufacturers with the best overall computer reliability performances for 2010 are:

  1. Apple (365)
  2. Asus (305)
  3. IBM/Lenovo (305)
  4. Toshiba (199)
  5. HP/Compaq (149)

Rescuecom pointed out that Asus was definitely the manufacturer to watch in 2009 with a skyrocketing market shipment percentage and a lopsidedly low number of computer support calls. Apple finished the year with a higher score than Asus; but the latter company had to also contend with 190.7 percent growth, year over year. The firm said that Dell's negative growth and poor reliability stopped the U.S. PC giant from reaching a top five position. Conversely, Rescuecom gave honorable mention to Panasonic and Samsung for reliability, despite shipping in smaller numbers.

The following data was used by Rescuecom to calculate reliability scores for the 2010 Computer Reliability Report:

As for how it came up with these rankings:

Rescuecom determines the reliability of a manufacturer by comparing their market share of shipped computers, weighed against the percentage of computer support calls Rescuecom handles for that same manufacturer. Higher scores indicate better reliability. Reliability is attributed to a combination of two areas: quality of components used by a manufacturer, and the success of after sale support provided by the manufacturer. Low-quality components lead to more frequent repairs, and a lack of manufacturer support will lead to customers seeking outside support options, such as Rescuecom.

Of course, the reliability ranking doesn't account for users who experience problems but enlist the services of the OEM. For example, those experiencing difficulties with a Mac might choose to deal directly with Applecare rather than Rescuecom, which wouldn't be tracked in the aforementioned report.

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  • mianmian
    Why would I call a third-party number if my laptop got problem within warranty?
  • deadlockedworld
    Are they certain this doesn't just reflect the intelligence of the consumer in their choice to call or not to call a service as stupid sounding as "1.800.rescue.PC" ? SELECTION BIAS.
  • shoelessinsight
    In the last two years I have closely followed six Apple computers. One is the Macbook Pro that I use on a daily basis, two are iMacs owned by close friends, and three are also Macbook Pros owned by two other close friends. In the two years we have owned these computers, all six have had countless problems.

    Every single one of the Macbooks had faulty DVD drives that stopped functioning after a year. Two of the Macbooks and both iMacs had critical failures of their video cards, preventing them from working until they were repaired. One had a defective battery that had to be replaced at full cost. My Macbook has several bad pixels and the screen bleeds severely on the left side. Every one of these computers have issues with overheating to the point that they are extremely uncomfortable to use in any application that puts the computer under load.

    Having used my Macbook Pro exclusively as a personal computer for the last 18 months, I consider it to be the most miserable computer I have ever owned. I have had endless problems with it, and yet it cost $1,000 more than the Asus notebook I was considering of equal (and in some aspects, better) technical specs. I will never choose to own an Apple computer again after my experience, and it baffles me that some of my friends continue to buy from them in light of their own experiences.

    Having said that, I will admit that Apple makes itself very available for tech support and repair. In almost every major metro area, Apple has at least one Genius bar in a local Apple store. In each case of trouble with our Macs, my friends and I (until my warranty ran out) turned to Apple for our support. From what I know of them, everyone I know that owns an iPhone, iPod, Macbook, or other Apple product goes to Apple when they have a problem, not a third-party tech support group.

    In other words? I call foul on Rescuecom's claim of "Factual, unbiased data."
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  • buddhav1
    this is exactly why i tell people looking for a solid windows based laptop to buy an Asus or Lenovo. Acer used to be really good until they bought out Emachines. since then, the entire product line has had a big drop in reliability.
  • razercultmember1
    didnt he already post this a few months ago?
  • deadlockedworld
    Are they certain this doesn't just reflect the intelligence of the consumer in their choice to call or not to call a service as stupid sounding as "1.800.rescue.PC" ? SELECTION BIAS.