I was a huge Lenovo fan until just recently; they have been caught doing things orders of magnitude more evil in regards to violating their customers than Google, Facebook, and the NSA combined.the lynx wrote:
Going back to OP, i just bought a new Lenovo T450 after I fried my Toshiba. Basic specs would cost you around SGD1400 and after using it for a month, aside from the specs (very dependent on what you're looking for), the build is pretty good, better than Toshiba. Reviews have been positive for this one.
Never tried Asus yet. Hope it helps.
1) SuperFish - They were pre-installing Malware/Crapware which was actively man in the middling every HTTPS connection off your laptop with untrusted certs.
What does this mean to the non-techie? Basically they made it so if you went to a "secure" site (which in theory can't be intercepted), the site's security was no longer to be trusted and your connections should be intercepted and monitored by anyone with minimal effort.
Oh, and obviously their own software was doing this. Why was it doing this? So they could insert image ads into websites you visited!
http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03 ... customers/
2) Even worse, after this happened, they were caught installing more Adware onto laptops. Not only was the adware installed, they stored it in a section of the BIOS which meant that even if you wiped the laptop and reinstalled Windows cleanly it would silently re-install itself.
http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... -crapware/