Apple has scored highly in the 19th Annual Reader Satisfaction Survey held by PC Magazine.

Subscribers were quizzed on the reliability of their PCs and printers, with readers giving the lowdown on 13,000 desktop computers alone. Results proved eerily similar to last year's survey with Apple and Sony winning Readers' Choices.

In 2005, readers awarded their desktops an average score of 7.9 out of 10. This year, the average is 7.8 but readers awarded Apple an impressive 9.1 - beating all others.

Apple's score on computers needing repair was just 8 per cent, well below the PC average, and down from 11 per cent last year. Among Apple systems that are less than a year old, that figure drops to just 5 per cent.

Readers also said that among those first-year systems, 88 per cent of tech support issues are covered by warranty - either
Apple's or a third party's - the highest rate among leading vendors.

One small blip however, Apple's score on technical support fell slightly this year down from 8.4 to 8.1.