According to a study by SquareTrade (a warranty company) 31% of laptops fail within the first three years of ownership. This isn’t too surprising given that laptops by there nature take a lot of use and abuse. It also shows that the popular netbooks are 20%(a projected amount) more likely to fail than there more expensive counterparts. ASUS and Toshiba have the best rates at about 16 % failure rate. Premium laptops tended to fair better. This may be due to that if someone pays good money for a big ticket item they’ll take care of it better. I thought this would be a good comparison if your looking to buy a laptop this coming Christmas season.