Most Trusted Computer: Dell*
Dell was originally called PCs Limited when it launched in 1984. An early customer—a lawyer—convinced a young Michael Dell (then a student at the University of Texas at Austin) to incorporate as Dell Computer Corporation (doing business as PCs Limited) in exchange for an updated hard drive and $1,000. It wasn’t until 1988 that Dell officially changed the name to Dell Computer Corporation. With the company expanding internationally, having “limited” in the name didn’t make sense. *Statistical tie with another brand
Most Trusted Computer: Hewlett-Packard*
Before they became business partners in 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard were friends at Stanford University. They flipped a coin to decide who would appear first in the company’s name. The company incorporated in 1947 and went public 10 years later. HP is considered a symbolic founder of Silicon Valley. *Statistical tie with another brand
Most Trusted Home Entertainment Electronics: SONY
What do you get when you combine “sonus,” the Latin for sound, with “sonny,” a young boy? SONY was also chosen because it is pronounced the same in any language. Here, a sample of the company’s many innovations: Japan’s first transistor radio (1955); world’s first direct-view portable TV (1960); the TPS-L2, the first stereo cassette player “Walkman” (1979); world’s first CD player, the CDP-101 (1982); and “Digital Handycam,” first consumer-use digital video camcorder (1995). More than 102 million units of the PlayStation game console have been sold since the product’s launch in 1994.