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Most Satisfied Customers | Apple

Apple, a previous two-time winner, came back with a vengeance in our 2023 laptop computer ratings, with five stars in most categories, including overall satisfaction, performance, battery and charging performance, design and user friendliness. It scored three stars for both value for money and durability.

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How we rate laptop computers

Our laptop computer ratings compare a range of brands on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what a bunch of Aussies think about their laptop computer brand, conveniently in the one place.

Canstar Blue surveyed 999 Australians for their feedback on the laptop computer they’ve purchased in the last three years. This refers to laptop computers only and not tablet devices, but may include two-in-one style laptops, which convert into a tablet.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Survey respondents are asked to rate their satisfaction with their laptop computer brand from zero to 10, with zero meaning extremely dissatisfied and 10 meaning extremely satisfied. Laptop computer brand satisfaction is rated on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a laptop computer brand as an individual score, NOT the combined total of all criteria.
  • Performance: the laptop computer was reasonably fast and handled tasks as expected.
  • Battery & charging performance: the laptop was easy and efficient to charge and could run on battery for a reasonable period.
  • Value for money: the price paid for the laptop was reasonable for the quality of the computer.
  • Durability: the laptop computer was able to handle intended usage and could be transported with minimal damage to the product.
  • Design: the laptop computer looked good and had a good level of functionality, including the keyboard and touchpad layout.
  • User friendliness: the laptop computer was easy to set up and use.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

To qualify in the ratings results, brands must have received a minimum of 30 responses to be included. Therefore, not all laptop computer brands in the market will be compared in this survey. Brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  • Apple
  • Lenovo
  • Microsoft
  • HP
  • Alienware
  • Dell
  • ASUS

Find more information on our Most Satisfied Customers ratings.

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Top Laptop Computer Brand — Apple

Apple beat out the 2022 winner ASUS to claim back its crown, after Apple’s back-to-back wins in 2020 and 2021. It scored an impressive five stars in most categories including performance, battery and charging performance, design, user friendliness and overall satisfaction. It scored three stars in the remaining categories — value for money and durability.

Lenovo took second place with five stars for value for money and durability, with four stars in all remaining categories including overall satisfaction. In third was Microsoft with four stars for overall satisfaction and in most categories, except battery and charging performance, value for money and durability, where it scored three stars. HP came in fourth with a five-star rating for user friendliness and four stars in all other categories, followed by Alienware with four stars for overall satisfaction. Dell and ASUS rounded out our ratings, both scoring three stars for overall satisfaction.

From our survey results, we found the average price paid for a laptop computer was $1,327, and the average time Aussies spent on their laptop was four hours per day. Respondents also primarily bought their laptop for personal use (68%), while 17% needed it for study and 14% for work.

It’s also clear that laptops win out as the preferred computer, with 57% of respondents preferring to use their laptop over a desktop computer. As for how Aussies use their laptop, only 10% of respondents had purchased a two-in-one laptop/tablet hybrid, and only 6% had purchased their laptop specifically for gaming. However, just over a third of Aussies (34%) prefer to use their laptop over their smartphone for activities like browsing social media and online shopping.

About our technology experts

Emma Bradstock: Senior Telco Specialist


Emma Bradstock has been an authority on consumer phone, internet, technology and streaming markets in Australia for the last 4 years, with a dedication to providing Aussies with all the information they need to make better purchasing decisions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media from Macquarie University and has a decade of professional writing experience in print and digital media.

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Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased a new computer (laptop) in the last three years (note: this does not include tablets, but may include 2-in-1 style laptops which convert into a tablet) – in this case, 999 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

Here are the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s laptop review:

  • 2022: ASUS
  • 2021: Apple
  • 2020: Apple

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