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Dell, HP and Lenovo Laptops, Which Is Better in 2021?
Dell, HP and Lenovo Laptops, Which Is Better? Laptop computers are luxurious devices. There are several brands out there. Inasmuch as good number of brands are recommendable, there are brands which have really stood out in the market for maintaining consistency quality, standard, capacity, and their predictability. Dell, HP and Lenovo are surely one of those.
About Dell Brand
Dell is a high class American computer manufacturing and technology company operating under the parent company of Dell Technologies. Aside manufacturing computers, Dell company markets, distributes and repair including computer accessories such as scanners, printers, photocopiers, monitors, desktops, etc.
The Chief Executive Officer of Dell Technologies is Michael S. Dell who is also the founder; the name of the company crafted from the name of the founder. Dell Technologies was founded on 1st February, 1984 at Austin, Texas, United States of America. The headquarters is located at Round Rock, Texas, USA, which was formerly located at Austin Texas USA where it was founded.
Dell company deals on computer hardware computer software and Cloud computing. The company produces televisions, computers, servers, smartphones, peripherals, networking devices and other related accessories. Dell Technologies has 25 manufacturing branches.
About HP Brand
HP is an American computer manufacturing and technology public company. The brand name “HP” being coined from the names of the founders, Hewlett and Parkard.
HP was founded on 2nd July, 1939 and was established in Palo, Alto, California, United States of America. The founders David Packard and Bill Hewlett are graduates of Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1935.
HP Company has its headquarters in Palo, Alto, California, USA. HP products includes printers, Digital cameras, scanners, software manufacturing, tablet computers, laptops, desktops, mobile phones, server, personal computer, notebooks, workstation, external hard disk drives, etc.
HP currently operates as HP Inc.
About Lenovo Brand
Lenovo group limited is a public Chinese technology and manufacturing company incorporated in Hong Kong in the year 1988. Lenovo has its global headquarters in Beijing, China and is domiciled in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Lenovo Group was founded 1st November, 1984 at Beijing, China. The company was formerly known as Legend, as at when founded in 1984. Lenovo group was founded by Liu Chuanzhi, and the Chief Executive Officer is Yang Yuanqing.
Lenovo deals on manufacturing, marketing and distribution of personal computers, tablet computers, workstations, Smart televisions, smartphones, electronic storage devices, printers, laptops, peripherals and other electronic and mechatronic devices.
Dell, HP and Lenovo Laptops, Which Is Better?
Dell computers has a stronger build quality, that is, their laptops are built with original and quality material, and therefore it tends to be stronger and can survive falls. You can have your Dell laptop fall from a 5ft without a scratch or any internal problem. Because Dell laptops has better build quality, this include the keyboard and the touchpad which tend to be a bit hard to press and the touchpad rough when compared to HP. This means that for Dell, you may have to apply more stress while using the keyboard and the touchpad which are regular input devices.
Dell laptops has a good sound speaker and nice visuals. The battery lasting capacity is always adequate and good enough at the first instance, that is when is it bought newly. However, just like other computers and every other device, the battery lasting capacity of Dell laptops tend to depreciate as years go by. Yes, this practically happens to every brand of laptop, nut that of Dell seems to be more Rapid in depreciating.
Dell laptops has camera which is good enough for video call but not for taking a photography, just like other brands of laptops.
Dell laptop is generally expensive. The good news is that it is worth the price, considering its operation and performance, quality build and other of its outstanding features depending on the model. The price certainly depends on the model.
Dell laptop can be correctly described as being flexible. Dell laptops tend to have compatibility between batteries of different models. Therefore you can interchange batteries between models. This makes the availability of the parts obtainable and does not give you the stress of searching endlessly for suiting or exact batteries to purchase. Dell laptops also have a standard charger port. The different models and use each other’s charger and can even use that of HP. This is almost impossible for HP and Lenovo laptops. Dell laptops is also flexible in terms of customization. Dell laptops can be customized. For example, you can upgrade the RAM from for instance 4gig to 6gig. This is an awesome flexibility and advantage.
Dell laptops has an absolutely nice performance of the processor.
HP: HP laptops has an absolutely attractive design and attractive body. The build quality is also good, though not as strong as compared to Dell laptops. This implies that HP laptops tend to have more fragility. Having your HP laptop fall off to the ground from any height may certainly incur some cracks or even internal problems.
HP laptops is usually known for having a heavy fan noise and heating issues, although this is not persistent to be a determining factor. Asides this, HP laptops has amazing display quality and good screen resolution which is better than that of Dell laptops. HP sound speaker is good and better than that of Dell. HP laptops has better keyboard and touchpad which is friendlier to inputting commands. They are more sensitive, responsive and smooth than that of Dell laptops.
HP laptop camera is good enough for video call but not so wonderful for photography, just like other brands. HP laptops are cheaper, more affordable and market friendly than Dell laptops, although more expensive than Lenovo laptops. HP has adequate lasting battery capacity at inception which tends to depreciate as years go by, just like other brands. However, HP seems more sustainable when it comes to battery. Getting an original or at least a lasting non- follow – come battery for HP is almost impossible. Once the battery that came along with it becomes useless for you, getting another one may have you using your laptop like a conventional television – (operating only when there is power supply).
The price of HP laptops depends on the model. HP laptop has custom port which is peculiar to different models, therefore disallowing interchange of specifications and flexibility. HP more availability in the market, in the case of need for changing parts, HP may be easier to find. HP laptop can also inter-use charger depending on the model, although this is not advisable as it may cause an internal problem to HP from the long use. HP laptops are always very good looking.
Lenovo: Lenovo laptops have an average display quality. The sound quality is good and in fact better than that of HP and Dell laptops. Lenovo laptop battery capacity is quite long lasting. Their build quality is good enough, though weaker than that of HP and Dell laptops. Lenovo build designs are amazingly attractive and in fact more attractive than those of HP and Dell.
Lenovo touchpad and keyboard are smooth, soft, sensitive and thus more comfortable to use. Lenovo laptops tend to have excellent sound quality; loud and clear speaker output. The brand is quite cheaper and affordable than HP and Dell, although depending on the model. Lenovo just like HP, has custom ports for their different models.
In considering Dell, HP and Lenovo as to which is better, the brands are certainly recommendable. Looking at interest and purpose, regards should be given to the brands in question and their models. One cannot purchase a lower model with an expectation of its performance to be as super as that of a higher model. Purchasing laptop is not a day decision. The specifications discussed above certainly will aid you to choosing a better brand suitable for the purpose of the laptop being purchased. But in all cases, I am tempted to consider Dell the more.
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If You Like HP Or Dell, You’ll Love Lenovo
I wrote a bullish article on HP Inc. (HPQ), commonly known for Hewlett-Packard printers and computers, in November here. In many respects, Dell Technologies (DELL) is in the same boat for low investment valuations and business model setup, selling computer/printer hardware while offering various services for them. Both have performed better than the SP 500 over the last 12 months, and may continue to do so even in a mild recessionary macro environment.
Another equity investment idea for those wanting exposure to a leading computer hardware giant outside the U.S. is the Lenovo Group ADR (OTCPK:LNVGY) or its direct share listing (OTCPK:LNVGF), with more complicated tax and liquidity issues for U.S. investors. Lenovo is an international conglomerate building and selling computer products all over the world, with a concentration of assets in Asia (China 26% of sales), based out of Hong Kong. The stock’s valuation is even cheaper than HPQ or DELL, and its long-term growth prospects may be brighter.
Sidestepping many of the capital transfer problems experienced by mainland China-listed firms and the crackdown on Big Tech by Chinese authorities in 2021, Lenovo’s Hong Kong address allows it to send big dividend checks to American investors and theoretically provides better direct access to its assets in a liquidation or sale of the company. This legal design is the opposite of the much-maligned Alibaba (BABA) (OTCPK:BABAF) setup, which cannot pay a dividend with strict capital controls on nearly 100% of assets and sales inside Chinese territory and provinces.
In June, the company announced its first factory in Eastern Europe was now open in Hungary. According to the company,
The Hungary facility is part of Lenovo’s global manufacturing and supply chain strategy that serves customers in 180 markets from 35 manufacturing sites around the world. including Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico and the USA. Lenovo is widely recognized for its global hybrid manufacturing model that includes a mix of both in-house and contract manufacturing. A key source of competitive advantage for the company, it provides greater efficiency and control over product development and supply chain operations, enabling customer needs to be responded to more effectively. In May 2022, Lenovo jumped seven places in a year, and is now ranked #9 in the Gartner Global Supply Chain Top 25 for 2022. The recognition highlights Lenovo’s leadership as a purpose-driven organization and operational center of excellence in the global supply chain community.
Specifically, Lenovo Group engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of technology products and services, including personal computers, workstations, servers, storage, Smart televisions, plus mobile products such as smartphones, tablets, and applications. Services and software related to each device are also offered. For 2022, Lenovo is ranked the #2 global computer supplier for market share, measured by machines and gadgets sold behind Apple (AAPL). [Think about the disconnect between Lenovo’s 12 billion market cap vs. Apple’s 2,200 billion!]
COVID-19 lockdowns and supply chain problems created by the pandemic of 2020-22 have definitely affected sales and profits. However, management has done a masterful job of delivering record revenue and income over the past year, despite major supply headwinds in China.
Below are slide summaries of the record 2021-22 fiscal year ending in March, taken from its Q4 Earnings Presentation and Annual Report posted in May. Operating profits and final income numbers were terrific, even with a massive increase in Research Development efforts. Cash flow was at a record (free cash flow nearly so vs. last year) and 1.5 billion in debt was prudently retired.
You can review the amazing growth in EBITDA and income over the past five years below. A breakdown of sales by operating division and region are also pictured.
good news: yearly free cash flow generation is now running at 70% the level of total debt, meaning all debt could theoretically be paid off in 18 months. This is a super-conservative number vs. companies generally in the SP 500, where ratios of five or ten years are common. In addition, overall cash flow is running at 4x the rate of capital expenditures. Taken together, both are sitting at their strongest positions since 2014, if not later.
The total liabilities to assets ratio is higher than I would like, but on a par with HP and Dell, the closest competitors and peers for Lenovo. You can review this financial strength idea vs. other related businesses like Apple, International Business Machines (IBM), Canon (CAJ), and Logitech (LOGI).
Perhaps the biggest negative looking at the fundamental returns of the business is low final net profit margins around 2.4%. This is the weakest of the peer group, as the company follows a typical Asian business growth plan of gaining market share and sales first. Maximizing income is left for future years. There are pros and cons to this approach for investors. I would prefer they try to exit business divisions and assets with lower margins and returns.
Super Cheap Valuation
Low margins are my biggest worry, assuming a global recession is next. However, if steady growth in Lenovo’s businesses continues, its stock could be one of the most undervalued Big Tech ideas available to global investors in June 2022. Believe it or not, the current valuation is the cheapest in over a decade on a variety of fundamental metrics. I am pegging its overall valuation on a combination of factors is nearly the same bargain as during the height of pandemic panic selling during early 2020. On price to earnings, cash flow, and free cash flow, Lenovo is trading at a better entry point than available in the past 10 years.
Against the peer group, the ratio of price to trailing 12-month cash flow is absurdly low at 2.9x. And free cash flow yield of 26.7% (a favorite tool of Warren Buffett) on the current 19 ADR price is equally a screaming buy for growth-oriented tech investors. This yield is double the equivalent return from HP and Dell!
Including debt on top of equity capitalization, enterprise value vs. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) is at a decade low, while EV to Revenues is well below average for the company.
Both of these calculations are well below all peers and competitors today, largely a function of its low profit margin. The question is how low is too low?
Last but not least, income investors hunting for yield (to match better with 8% YoY CPI gains in the cost of living) may want to seriously consider Lenovo. Its 4.2% trailing cash distribution yield is quite high vs. the equivalent SP 500 rate of 1.6%, and nearly the best rate of the peer group.
Accumulation Trading Pattern
What initially drew my attention to Lenovo was an incredibly high score in one of my favorite quant sorting formulas. Despite a slow zigzag lower in price since April of last year (ignoring the September-October spike on the push for a mainland China listing of the stock, pulled by the company), there has been scant evidence of significant selling pressure. In fact, daily On Balance Volume trends have been quite constructive since September, and the stock’s total return has bested SP 500 performance during calendar 2022 so far. Perhaps signaling a prolonged upturn in the stock is approaching, a low 14-day Average Directional Index score under 10 in June is a bullish development. My read of the technical backdrop is any good news from the company could push it out of this year’s basing pattern, above the 200-day moving average around 21 currently. Then, momentum investors and Wall Street analyst interest could set off a run into the mid-20s by early 2023.
The bargain valuation doesn’t come without some risk. The clear and present danger of a worldwide recession is beginning. I place the odds at better than 50/50 the United States is already in a period of contracting real GDP (with Q1 GDP revised down to.1.6% and the latest Atlanta Fed GDPNow estimate for Q2 reported as negative this morning). A drop in demand for technology and computer products would translate into lower cash flow and income, offsetting any positives from China reopening after its extensive first-half 2022 COVID shutdowns.
Another risk is Hong Kong’s accounting standards may be less rigid than in America. The company makes an effort to follow GAAP accounting protocol with PricewaterhouseCoopers as its external auditor (per annual report), but such doesn’t fall under the same rigor as an SEC compliant and filed U.S. audit. Lastly, a China/Taiwan reunification war would be very problematic for the company directly from its effect on regional operations and sales, and indirectly from the potential for a consumer backlash outside Asia against manufactured goods with any type of China-input component. While both of these risks and ultra-bearish scenarios seem unlikely, the odds are not zero. Each investor needs to understand the outlier event downsides before committing capital.
A final piece of the bullish puzzle is the vast majority of sales and assets are domiciled outside of the U.S. At some point in the near future, the dollar will come under serious selling pressure from our record sovereign debts/deficits. When that day comes, owning overseas-focused investments will be a winning strategy. As such, Lenovo is a great diversification play for American investors.
I am modeling worst-case downside risk to 15 in a deep recession (-20% TR), versus upside to as high as 30 (60% TR) if investors come to understand the growth and value story for Lenovo over the next 12-18 months. Given today’s quote around 19, I rate the shares a Buy for individual investor portfolios. A robust dividend payout and demographic trends toward a digital world are both quite helpful for long-term investors. If record operating results continue, Lenovo could outline well-above average total returns for years to come.
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Laptop Deals Under 500: Save on HP, Lenovo, and Dell today
If you’ve been checking out laptop deals in the hope of finding a cheap laptop, we’ve got all the best options rounded up here. While they won’t all offer exceptional performance, they will give you the benefit of either ChromeOS or Windows 11 in a portable format which means you can type up necessary documents without much hassle. Interested to learn more? Read on while we take you through what’s out there.
Lenovo Chromebook 3 — 105, was 139
Chromebook deals simply don’t get cheaper than this Lenovo Chromebook 3. It has some very basic specs but if you simply need a way to get online that offers a standard keyboard, this will do the job. It has an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of memory and 64GB of eMMC storage. A 11.6-inch HD screen at least offers a WLED backlight and there’s a 720p HD webcam with a single microphone. It’s a good option for anyone who’s looking for their child’s first Chromebook, or that simply can’t afford to pay more.
HP 14-inch Chromebook — 230, was 330
best Chromebooks as it only has a basic Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of memory and 32GB of eMMC storage, but it has the basics you need for working on the Cloud. It looks a little more stylish than your average Chromebook too with its 14-inch HD screen giving you more room to see while there’s also a 720p HD camera for taking calls. If you need more visual space, this could be worth it.
HP 14-inch laptop — 270, was 430
Windows 11 laptop but can’t afford much, this HP 14-inch laptop will do the job if you don’t mind not having the fastest system around. It has an AMD 3020e processor, 8GB of memory and 128GB of SSD storage. There’s also a 14-inch HD screen along with a HP True Vision 720p HD camera for taking calls. None of that is particularly exciting but thanks to HP being one of the best laptop brands, there’s attention to detail here. A long-lasting battery life and HP Fast Charge helps keep you working away while the display has thin bezels so it’s more portable and stylish than you might expect.
HP 17-inch laptop — 330, was 500
best laptops but it’s nice to be able to buy a Windows laptop with a large screen for this price. It has an AMD Athlon Gold processor, 8GB of memory and 128GB of SSD storage so this isn’t exactly a speedy laptop by any means. However, its 17-inch HD screen offers a resolution of 1600 x 900 and there’s also a lift-hinge for making it more comfortable to type. The keyboard also has a numeric keypad which is uncommon on many laptops, especially at this price.
Dell Inspiron 15 — 350, was 400
best budget laptops and this Dell Inspiron 15 is certainly tempting. Unlike the other laptops here, it has an 11th-generation Intel Core i3 processor paired up with 8GB of memory and 128GB of SSD storage. Even better, its 15-inch screen is a Full HD one so you get a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The keyboard offers a numeric keypad, 6.4% larger keycaps than previous models and a spacious touchpad. Even better, a lift-hinge means you can easily raise the device to a more ergonomic angle so you can type more comfortably. It’s these little things including Dell’s ComfortView Low Blue Light Software that makes it a more appealing proposition than most in this price range.
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If you’re looking to take a new Chromebook to class this year, Best Buy has one of the best Chromebook deals around. Today, you can buy theHP Chromebook 14b for just 149 saving you a hefty 150 off the regular price of 299. 50% off just made this a very appealing deal if you’re in need of something basic but that remains quite stylish looking. Ideal for anyone who can’t afford more expensive laptop deals, let’s take a look at what else you need to know about it.
If you can’t decide between buying a device from Chromebook deals or 2-in-1 laptop deals, your problem’s solved by the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5. A Chromebook that’s also a 2-in-1 laptop, it’s available from Lenovo at 130 off, pulling its price down to just 369 from its original price of 499. We don’t expect this 26% discount to last long though, so if you’re interested in making this your next device, you’re going to have to act quick and complete your purchase as soon as possible.
Lenovo continues to offer some of the best gaming laptop deals even if it’s a little cheeky with its estimated value system. Today, you can buy the Lenovo Legion 7 for 1,500 reduced from 2,300 according to Lenovo. The estimated value system tends to overestimate quite a lot but at least this one isn’t quite as vastly excessive as other recent Lenovo deals have been. Regardless of whatever the original price was, 1,500 for this Lenovo Legion 7 with a gorgeous 2K screen is worth considering. Here’s everything else you need to know about it.
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Lenovo vs Dell vs HP vs Asus Laptops: The Ultimate Guide
Buying a Windows-based laptop sounds like an easy task, right? Well, it should be, but that’s not the actual case.
There are so many different laptop brands to choose from, which makes the whole process very confusing.
In this guide, we’ll analyze the benefits and drawbacks of Lenovo, Dell, Asus, and HP and I’ll offer you some guidance based on your budget.
- Up to 500: Users who are not willing to spend more than 500 dollars should either go for HP or Dell. Hewlett Packard is preferable as they offer a better price-performance rating and have excellent work laptops.
- Prefer buying versions with 8GB of RAM as they are optimal for browsing, using Office applications and Photoshop.
- For casual gamers, I would advise you to go for Lenovo instead. For instance, Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14IIL05 will get the job done in less demanding games such as GTA V, League of Legends, DOTA 2, CS:GO, and more.
- However, the RTX 3050 is going to perform twice as well in terms of gaming and rendering while only paying an extra 100. It’s worth the investment for me. If you want to get something even fancier, then the Asus TUF series is going to cost you about 1000. Always remember to compare the specs, though.
- I would personally go for ROG as they are cheaper but you can find some Alienware laptops on sale. Just thoroughly check and compare the specs, warranties, and to find the best deal for you.
The first thing that everybody wants from their laptop is to last through the years. Nobody is gonna purchase a laptop that will start malfunctioning within the first years of usage, right?
For that reason, I did thorough research to figure out what the laptop malfunction rates are for every manufacturer. You can see down below the reliability of each brand.
Most reliable laptop brands between Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Asus
All four laptop brands are almost equally reliable as their estimated breakage rate by the end of the 2nd year of ownership is about 20-22%.
Dell and Lenovo laptops seem to be slightly more durable while HP ones tend to experience motherboard issues which are hard and expensive to repair.
As you can see in the graph, Apple is at the top when it comes to reliability and it’s not even close. This is why I am not even gonna put them in the conversation.
They are in a different league even though they are probably the worst company when it comes to Value for Money laptops. Have in mind that these results are from 2017 so things might have changed a bit.
Lenovo laptops are for me the jack of all trades or should I say budgets? They are excellent for business, gaming, programming, and video editing.
In particular, their Ideapad series starts at about 750 with laptops equipped with Core i5/Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors, 16GB RAM, and a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.
They are perfect for people who don’t want to cross the 1000 mark and don’t really need an RTX GPU. Lenovo ThinkPads are also praised as outstanding business laptops because they have very comfortable keyboards and are impressively quiet when operating.
My personal favorite is the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IHU6 which carries a GeForce RTX 3050. Yup, you read correctly, Ray Tracing and DLSS for 850. That’s an absolute steal if you ask me. This can cover your gaming needs for the next 7 years. You can also find their 8GB versions for even less money.
In terms of durability, Lenovo motherboards are known to last more than 10 years. I cannot stress this enough. Motherboards in laptops are the hardest part to repair and most of the time it’s not even worth the money to do so since you’ll just replace it with the same type of malfunctioning hardware.
Their customer service is pretty decent and getting an out-of-warranty fix is not gonna cost you a fortune in most cases.
Now, if you are not on a budget and you want to spend more than 1000, then Lenovo can still be a good pick, but not the absolute best. For instance, the Lenovo Legion 5 series is inferior to Dell’s Alienware and Asus’s ROG series in terms of appearance.
In general, Lenovo laptops are fairly slim and good-looking, but those other brands can offer you laptops with equally strong specs and a much better (multi-colored) appearance.
I am not saying that the Lenovo Legion series doesn’t have gorgeous laptops. It’s just that Alienware and ROG look way better in my opinion! This is all subjective, though, so you could possibly have a different opinion on this matter.
- Value for money option for people who want to spend no more than 1000.
- Excellent overall quality.
- Very durable.
- Decent customer service.
- Can cover a wide range of budgets.
- Comfortable, slim, and silent design.
- Lenovo Legion 5 series could have a better appearance.
- Their low-end laptops are slightly overpriced.
- Legion 5 is noisy even when sitting idle compared to other gaming brands.
Dell – Alienware
Are you a gamer that doesn’t want to spend more than 900 on a gaming PC? Well, Dell’s G5 series is probably your best bet. I genuinely believe that Dell is in the same boat as Lenovo. Their laptops can cover the needs of every user, from “casual” to “hardcore” ones.
As I previously mentioned, their laptops are very durable and could survive some extra “falls” before breaking. That doesn’t mean that you should carry them with you on your mountain climbing trip.
They probably offer the best mix of performance-reparability and reliability. They get their supply of motherboards from Asus and let me tell you, they are of the highest quality. We’ll discuss more Asus in detail down below.
In terms of appearance and performance, Dell’s XPS and especially Alienware take all the praise from consumers. These are high-end machines, though, so don’t expect to buy them for cheap.
And speaking of Alienware, they not only have laptops and desktops that look INSANE but they also have peripherals such as mice, keyboards, headsets, and monitors. They are overpriced but if you have the budget to spend, you can go full Alienware mode.
Additionally, Dell’s customer service is particularly good when it comes to getting guidance from its experts. If your laptop has an issue, they will assist you in finding the problem and you can solve it yourself with some DIY methods.
At last, Dell laptops have impressive battery life and in fact, the Dell Latitude 9510 has the longest-lasting battery life ever. I am talking about 18 hours of continuous surfing on the web.
- Top Quality.
- Best battery life of all time.
- Exceedingly durable.
- Great customer service experience.
- The Alienware laptops are perfect for gamers.
- Slightly higher pricing
- expensive than Lenovo.
- Their Alienware products are extravagant.
If I were to put a brand on top of the list in terms of reliability alongside Apple MacBooks, I would definitely choose Asus. Think of it this way; the other brands such as Dell, Lenovo, and HP do not produce any type of PC hardware.
They make monitors, printers, and some peripherals but that’s about it. Asus on the other hand, makes motherboards, graphics cards, CPU air/liquid coolers, sound cards, and power supplies just to name a few, and started their business by supplying others with their reliable hardware.
Therefore, they are not forced to buy all of their laptop parts from other manufacturers and as a result, they can offer high-quality products at more competitive prices. I am not saying that they are the cheapest but you can see the type of advantage they have over their competitors.
The Republic of Gamers (also known as ROG) series is my favorite thing about Asus. They started it back in 2006 and they never looked back since then. As the name suggests, these laptops are made for gamers and the series includes some of the finest in terms of appearance, performance, and reliability.
The ROG Strix G15 is the “entry-level” laptop of the series and costs more than 1100. There are even more expensive ones that reach the 4000 price range. Obviously, these can also be used by programmers, VFX editors, and pretty much anyone who can afford them.
Their specs are powerful enough to handle anything. In addition, Asus has the TUF (The Ultimate Force) series which is pretty similar to ROG but cheaper.
On the negative side, their customer support could definitely get some improvements. You don’t experience problems often but when you do, it gets very confusing and especially if you’re a retail customer.
Their second disadvantage is their pricing. Do you remember at the start of this that I said that you can buy a Lenovo with an RTX 3050 for 850? Well, to buy the same thing from Asus is gonna cost you about 1000.
- High-quality laptops.
- ROG specs are unmatched and cheaper than Alienware.
- They produce some of the hardware used in their laptops.
- Futuristic appearance.
- Solid Battery Life.