Warranty Buying Guide
buying guide with expert
tips and purchasing recommendations.
- 3-year warranty
- 1-year warranty is ok for laptops under
What's the deal
In all respect we receive
laptop warranty questions
fairly often. And while it's great that people are at the least
thinking about warranty options these days, the unfortunate truth is
that many skip or even overlook this potentially important feature.
Continue reading because from our experience this
can be a very costly
To us it is very
apparent that many
people are skeptical of a laptop warranty just as they are with other
product warranties. After all who likes to pay for insurance,
We've also personally
spoke to plenty of computer owners who've had
horrible experiences with warranties in the past, and others who were
in fact told not to purchase a laptop warranty by someone else who had
a bad experience.
experience with something is going to be great and this is also very
for a laptop warranty. Our own personal experiences with laptop
warranties have been great, and we've also spoke to plenty of people
who made the right decision by purchasing an extended warranty
I buy a warranty for a new laptop computer?
our professional opinion it is in fact worth it to buy an extended
laptop warranty in most situations.
Of course a warranty
is not going to always be
extra cash in some situations which we will cover shortly.
For most of you
however a laptop warranty is going
to be a great benefit, especially if
you do ever run into a computer problem, trust us!
thing to keep in mind first and foremost is that laptops do in fact get
lugged around by most of you unlike your desktop computer so it will
experience more wear and tear at the minimum. This reason alone
justifies the extra cash in our opinion.
Of course we do also
not all of you are going to bring your laptop outside your home. But
does this mean the above issue doesn't really apply to you? Wrong! It
still does folks.
Also remember a laptop
by design is more delicate than a desktop computer because of its
smaller size and because of this it is more likely to experience
premature wear and tear regardless of where it is used.
Even if you
never take your computer outside your home you will at the least take
it from room to room, use it on your lap while sitting on the sofa, or
even use it in bed, right?
Each of these
possible usage scenarios doesn't change the fact that it is a more
delicate piece of electronic machinery. We've in fact spoke to
individuals who literally toasted their laptop by leaving it on a bed
or carpet for too long. Basically the laptops vents were blocked and
the cooling system was not able to function.
we spoke to experienced premature failures most likely due to their own
usage patterns that they were unaware of. Excess heat buildup over time
by either leaving it on a bed, carpet, or other unsuitable surface may
have caused their premature failures.
a nutshell folks, laptops have a greater risk for problems over desktop
computers so definitely keep this in mind when shopping and
contemplating whether or not to purchase a laptop warranty.
thing worth noting is that laptop parts & labor costs for a
is also going to be much higher than a desktop computer.
Even if you
were successful at tracking down replacement parts yourself to
potentially save money over high laptop repair shop costs, it's not
going to be easy for most of you to perform your own laptop repairs shy
of replacing memory or a hard drive.
As you see there are
numerous reasons why a laptop warranty may in fact be a good idea.
what laptop warranty is recommended?
recommend a 3-Year laptop warranty for most anyone. The lifespan of a
laptop or other computer before technology surpasses it is often
considered around 3 years, so by purchasing 3 years of coverage you
will pretty much be protecting your investment for the entire length of
While almost every
manufacturer bundles in at least a 1 year parts and labor laptop
warranty these days, we feel it is not enough coverage because most
failures manifest after 1 year from wear and tear in our experience. If
a component is in fact bad from the get go it will often fail within
the first few days or weeks of ownership.
only possible exception to not purchase an extended warranty
opinion is maybe when you are purchasing a low budget laptop for under
$400. The warranty cost isn't always going to be worth it but always
check out your options anyways. There may in fact be a good deal on a
warranty and if you are the so called less cautious user it may be a
good idea to fork out the dough anyways.
there anything else to consider when dealing with warranties?
not always purchase a so called in-house laptop warranty offered by retail or
e-tailer stores without using some common sense and doing a bit of research.
you purchase a laptop in a retail store
your best bet often is to purchase the manufacturer extended warranty
once you get home. Retail stores often jack the price up a bit
since they give you the added convenience of bringing the laptop into
them and they have to pay the salaries of their hard working slaves
among other reasons.
tell the salesman that you are not interested
and then stay firm with your words. Of course if it sounds to good to
be true it doesn't hurt to do a bit of research into the
manufacturer offering to compare price and benefits. It is
possible a retail store warranty may actually work better for your
specific needs. Just do the research and you should be good to
go. In fact bringing a printout of the manufacturer warranty to
the store with you is what we like to call a smart shopping maneuver
since it gives you all you need to know to perform a warranty
comparison and it will also often help you counter some sleezy salesman
we are not haters, our experiences has shown that retailer warranty
options are not always worth going for and that the manufacturer
offering works better for most users needs.
Even though a computer salesman is most likely going to tell you otherwise, remember
folks that it is their job to do so.
we advise you purchase the laptop warranty sooner than later so that
you don't forget. A good time to purchase an extended warranty if you decided against an in house option is when
you get home and pull your computer out of the box. Simply jump on the
manufacturer's website or call them to purchase the extended warranty.
It's that easy.
Other things to
are whether or not you want to get accidental damage protection or even
theft recovery assistance. While not all manufacturers offer this, some
do including Dell.
Theft protection in a
nutshell is in fact LoJack for laptops. If your laptop is stolen you
can report it to a Monitoring Center and they will actually work with
police to recover it. Accidental damage protection is a given and all
you coffee drinks will appreciate this if say your mochachino ever
decides to say hello to your keyboard.
determine whether or not these services justify the extra cost for you
simply look at your own unique lifestyle. For example, are you a
traveler or say a clumsy individual? We personally think these are
great services regardless of your lifestyle due to the nature of a
laptops intended purpose and design.
final note also take into consideration that the cost for these extra
services isn't always going to cost you your life savings. Because
these services don't always cost too much more over the standard 1 yr
laptop warranty the extra cash spent can in fact be a future lifesaver.
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