My son is an engineer. When he was working for another firm they used laptops in the field for long periods. The firm would buy the lower end generators instead of the Honda's or Yamaha's. The problem with the lower cost generators is they will give power spikes. And those spikes will fry up quality electronics in a heartbeat. If you do an internet search you will find that the Honda has the electronics to prevent these power surges and thus, save your electronic "stuff" that you have plugged in. Light bulbs are cheap......fridge's, laptops and the like....not so much.