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Last week’s poll How Long Do You Spend On The Internet In A Day? How Long Do You Spend Online In A Day? [Poll] How Long Do You Spend Online In A Day? [Poll] Read More showed us how much time our readers spend online in a given day. The most chosen response was More than 6 hours weighing in at 159 votes followed very closely by 4 to 6 hours at 150 votes and then More than 12 hours and All fricking day were neck and neck at 65 and 64 votes respectively.

That sure is a lot of browsing and a lot of MakeUseOf page views! Some of you expressed in the comments that you work online and this is just a byproduct of that. What was everyone spending their time on 15 years ago? Reading newspapers and magazines?

Here are the full results:

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And now on to this week’s poll! In your opinion, which is the best brand of laptop out there? I tried to include every brand but as always, some fall through the cracks. If your favourite brand was not listed, choose ‘Other’ and state the brand in the comments. I will add your suggestions.

So go ahead, battle it out and let us know who will walk away with the “Best laptop brand” trophy!

  1. Sev
    May 25, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Apple is the best, but compatibility isn't 100 %

  2. el tio ska
    May 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Toshiba, without any doubt, Toshiba!

  3. ashish
    April 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    dell studio.... great laptop, but the dvd drive gets phucked up pretty soon on its own. otherwise great.
    my first laptop, great battery, display, sexy keyboard, uncluttered sides [2usb ports, slotload disc, ethernet port, card reader port, etc]

  4. Ravi Shankar
    March 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Hey guys, I vote for Samsung! It's really cheap and best. I recently bought Sammy netbook N140 for Rs.16200 (Around USD 360) while HP and others cost at least USD 500! This laptop is really good and it's very very light to carry around!

  5. Marc A
    March 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I vote Dell with the caveat - I always go with Latitudes and always check the reviews for the model/s I am interested in. I have had very few problems and those I have I have been able to repair myself.

    I can find repair manuals @Dell and new parts on EBay at reasonable prices. Or someone has posted a solution with step by step instructions, with photos on another third party site.

    When needing to reinstall O/S, easy to find Drivers on Dell site.

    I have tried to help friends with other Makes/Models with less than stellar results. But then Latitudes are Business Class.

  6. Rafeeqster
    March 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Acer. Cheap And Best Config.

  7. Karl K
    March 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    and then Dell

  8. Luana
    March 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Toshiba so far

  9. Tumblestuff
    March 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    TOSHIBA!! I had an HP/Compaq that crashed and failed me miserably with many pains. Then I looked around me and lots of people had Toshiba's for years and they are not causing them any problems. I was like, "Hmmm, I'll check this out." So I did lot's of research, then I got a Brand spankin' new Toshiba Satellite for under $600 and had it for about a year now. NOT A SINGLE PROBLEM!!! I LOVE my Toshiba. When I was at the store, I was so sure that the people around me where telling the truth that I didn't even purchase a warranty, and I don't regret not purchasing one. I'm telling you, get a brand ever (based on the experience with all the laptops I've ever had)Why would you want to spend $1000 or over for a Mac when you can just get a Toshiba for $400 less and it's the same quality for your money...think about it.

  10. nemiah
    March 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    my toshiba satellite is working great! :D

  11. Imee
    March 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Oh yeah, Apple FTW. But I also use Acer and Dell ones. Pretty good, IMHO.

  12. cu_shane
    March 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Dell. I just upgraded from a Lenovo. All the Lenovo/Thinkpad hype left me disappointed. Sure the keyboard was great, except for I had to replace it twice because the keys came off. The monitor had a ridiculous number of failed pixels. I will say this, Lenovo's tech support was top notch. My new laptop is a vostro 1220 with solid state drive and LED display -- best laptop I've ever had.

  13. JK III
    March 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I guess Samsung must be really bad. Look at that, -2% votes :D

    • Karl Gechlik
      March 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      That sure is strange!

  14. pceasies
    March 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    What's so good about Apples? Everyone voting for them because they are the only brand that comes installed with Mac OSX? The hardware is defiantly no bargain, 3x as much as any other manufacturer at least.

  15. Mike
    March 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Panasonic Toughbook.

  16. anks
    March 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

    loving upto hell ...its dell..

  17. Teguh Aditya
    March 15, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Toshiba for durability, HP for after sales and keyboard.
    oh yeah, Vaio series for the most overpriced.

  18. Tbvnz
    March 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Toshiba satellite, 700gb, 4gb ram, harmon kardon speakers with subwoofer (the best sounding laptop i've encountered), firewire, 6 usb ports and under $1000. Battery could be better.

  19. Simon Slangen
    March 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

    I got myself a Mac recently. I still use Windows on 3 other systems, but... *purrrrrr* if anything, Apple knows how to make hardware. Not only beautiful, but long lasting batteries, illuminated keys, crisp display and an amazingly smooth touchpad. Didn't really notice that last one back in the day, but right now every other laptop I touch feels incredibly sticky.

    God, I hate Apple's business strategy (read: closed as can be), and their sometimes overpriced products (new adapter: ±90$), but their hardware is incredible.


    For Windows systems, I'm a big fan of Asus and Lenovo. I like the sex appeal of Alienware, but their price ratio is even worse than Apple's.

  20. ehbien
    March 15, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Toshiba, hands down: great screen, sound, little or no crapware installed, runs cooler than any laptop ever...

    Always had Dells before, never again

  21. Tina
    March 15, 2010 at 5:55 am

    HP rules!

    After 6+ years my old Compaq nx7000 still provides two hours of battery power in light use. I now use it as TV, printer host, and guest computer.

    My current Compaq nw8440 has an awesome screen (WUXGA) and except for the battery biting the dust last year (my bad) hasn't had a single issue in 2+ years. Fingers crossed xxx

    • Aibek
      March 23, 2010 at 1:09 am

      I heard they make good laptops especially when taken into account price/quality ratio. My only dissatisfaction with them is design of their laptops. really, dont like they way they look :-)

  22. jjkul1
    March 15, 2010 at 5:35 am

    To-shi-baaaaaaa.. OMG! Dats da best

  23. jayton420
    March 15, 2010 at 5:31 am

    You guys really think Apple makes good laptops? Go to google and search for these terms:
    "macbook turning yellow"
    "macbook seagate 7.01"
    "macbook overheating"

    Apple's hardware selection process is complete crap!

    • muotechguy
      March 15, 2010 at 5:35 am

      You are 100% correct. I deal with many dead Mac Books on a daily basis.

      • Simon Slangen
        March 15, 2010 at 7:35 am

        Sure, laptops occasionally break. Same story with every other brand out there. Remember the exploding Dell+Sony+IBM batteries? They're still great brands.

        Overheating used to be a problem with the old aluminum models. My dad had one of those. I had to put a few magazines beneath it to keep my legs from burning.

        That problem is complete history now. I've got an aluminum MacBook Pro now (latest unibody line), and it doesn't get any warmer than my own lap.

  24. Andrew
    March 15, 2010 at 4:23 am


  25. Guido Martínez
    March 15, 2010 at 4:08 am

    I left my vote for Lenovo. The fact is that Lenovo offers more than enough for the average user and the physical resistance Lenovo laptops have shouldn't be left aside as a minor fact. Humans have accidents and throwing your laptop to the floor is one of the most common ones...that security cable will be them doom of my laptop one day..ajaj

    • Deb
      March 15, 2010 at 8:52 am

      I once threw my 3 year old lenovo hard on the floor in a heated argument. The plastic body near keyboards is a bit broken, speaker produces noice now, but othewise works like nothing happened.

  26. goonleft
    March 15, 2010 at 4:04 am

    i think the best you get for less money is a

    medion laptop.

    apple is shurely good lookin and trendy, but in europe the microsoft company has a bigger community as in north america.

  27. Alekx
    March 15, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I voted Apple. I have been a Windows user from before Windows was even Windows (I programmed in Windows 1.0 and before, in DOS). I currently own a Toshiba Tablet (for about 6 years) and before that I had a Dell (I think).
    About two years ago (has it really been that long?) I made the switch to Apple. The first 6 months were torture. The next year I was ambivalent. Only in the last 6 months have I come to really appreciate my MBP and know that I made the right decision. It is my primary computer (no desktop here). The screen is incredibly good and easy to read in all sorts of light situations (by the fireplace in the dark in winter, on the deck in bright sun in the summer), battery life so-so, speed faster, MUCH easier and more intuitive to use than the Toshiba or Dell. I'm just sorry about the wasted years with other laptops.

  28. nachiket
    March 15, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Falcon Northwest

  29. Scott
    March 15, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Apple always "wins" these silly polls, but if you look at the data, more people voted for Windows machines; probably by a 3:1 margin, when the poll ends. I wonder if MUO will point that out in the poll results post...

    • James
      March 15, 2010 at 7:19 am

      Not that windows/mac really matters, since we all install Linux anyways, right? :)

      • Aibek
        March 23, 2010 at 1:06 am

        good point! :-)

  30. sami
    March 15, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I have tried maximum all windows laptop, And i have to say after using all of them, the best durability comes from dell laptops

  31. Jon
    March 15, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Toshiba is the best by far, and I am surprised they are not included in the poll.

    • muotechguy
      March 15, 2010 at 5:35 am

      Thanks for your comments Toshiba has been added!

  32. jayton420
    March 15, 2010 at 12:34 am

    You have HP/Compaq and Lenovo/IBM grouped together, yet you have Acer and Gateway listed separately? What is the deal with that? You split them up so that they look like they get less votes?

  33. Meghana
    March 15, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Definitely Apple!

  34. Best Laptop
    March 14, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    macbook air
    love this !!

  35. J.K.
    March 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm


  36. Alex
    March 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Is this a vote for the best laptop? or for which fanboy are you?

    Dell are utter shyte!

    • Aibek
      March 23, 2010 at 1:05 am

      probably both

  37. Jack Cola
    March 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    My computers and laptops have only been custom made or I purchased them from Aldi (Medion) brand.

    The prices seem cheap, 60 change of mind and a 2 year warranty.

    However, I should say I have sent them off to get repaired because on one laptop, it would freeze when you picked it up or put pressure on the bottom of the case, and the other laptop because the track pad stopped working.

    But they fixed it and it was quick and simple.

  38. Aibek
    March 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    best -> Sony Vaio
    worst -> Siemens Fujitsu

  39. Lori
    March 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Toshiba...never lets me down.

    • Shep
      March 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      Just love my Toshiba Qosmio

  40. laramie
    March 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Toshiba. I've used others, but the Toshiba that I have now is the best. The battery can be a little iffy, but they are well built machines.

  41. Deb
    March 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Regardless of what i am using right now i think Apple is best.

  42. Rajesh
    March 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Dell.... Am Loving it

  43. magicentral
    March 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Apple FTW

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