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How reliable are the laptop computers sold by Amazon?

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The reliability of laptops sold on Amazon.com depends primarily on the manufacturer of the laptop itself, rather than the seller. Brands rated as highly reliable as of 2015 include Apple, Asus and Toshiba, as reported by laptop review publication Laptop Magazine and technology insurer SquareTrade.

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Additional factors that may influence the reliability of a laptop purchased from Amazon.com are the type of laptop and the shipping method that transports the laptop from Amazon to the customer. Small netbooks have a 20 percent higher failure rate than other types of laptop according to SquareTrade, while the United States Postal Service was the most gentle shipping method for packages in a 2010 study by the magazine Popular Mechanics.

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