This week, Avram Piltch discusses LAPTOP Magazine's 2017 Best and Worst Laptop Brands results. While he is not able to discuss who took the top few spots, he was able to talk about one company who fell from grace this year: Apple. In the past 7 years, Apple has always taken the top spot. This year, the company fell not one place, but to a tie for 5th place. Considering in 2016 only 10 brands were rated, falling to a tie for 5th is beyond collapse. Avram discusses how their rankings work, what went wrong for Apple this year, and what went right for some of the others.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.