New data from SquareTrade (one of the bigger warranty providers) says Asus and Toshiba have the least hardware malfunctions over 3 years, while one-in-four HP laptops are projected to experience problems. Oh, and crappy netbooks are worst of all.
Asus has held onto its lead over Apple in the second quarter RESCUECOM Consumer Reliability Report, scoring 416 to Apple's result of 394. IBM/Lenovo and Toshiba came in third and fourth, with scores of 314 and 218, respectively.
Apple, the previous champ in RESCUECOM's consumer reliability 2008 report, just got demolished by Asus in an almost 3 to 1 score for Q1 2009. It even loses to Lenovo.
According to RESCUECOM, a national computer repair company, IBM/Lenovo and Apple scored the highest on reliability out of every manufacturer they service. Sampling 20,000 random calls over the period of 2003 to 2006, RESCUECOM compared the number of calls to the percentage of US market share and ranked Lenovo a 243,…