Apple Dominates Amid Industry-Wide Improvement - with ACER, DELL and HP in distant 2nd
American Customer Satisfaction Index press release.
Satisfaction with personal computers surges 4.0% to match the all-time industry high of 78 on the ACSI’s 0 to100-point scale. Apple gains 2% to 86, its highest score ever. This marks the seventh straight year that Apple leads all other PC makers, and the 9-point gap between Apple and its nearest competitor is the largest in ACSI.
Many Windows-based machines also improve and no brand declines. Dell improves 3%, while Acer (Gateway and eMachines) and the HP division of Hewlett-Packard both rise 4%, forming a three-way tie at 77—well behind Apple. These companies are joined by the aggregate of all smaller PC makers, such as Sony and Toshiba, which gains 4% to 77.
“Windows-based PC brands appear to have recovered from the problems associated with the Windows Vista software,” said Fornell. “Barely a year into the release of Windows 7, satisfaction with these brands has returned to, and in some cases even surpassed, the levels prior to the launch of Vista.”
PC makers have benefited overall from better customer service, although this service continues to lag far behind other durable goods industries. PC owners who had reason to contact customer support are 8% less satisfied than those with no post-purchase contact with the manufacturer or retailer.