Desktops and Notebooks warranty

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  1. DallasArcher

    DallasArcher Newbie

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    Do you guys think that any notebook or desktop computers need warranty like 3 years or so? I just wonder since computers are really complicated they do run into problems in around 3 years or so. Like hard drive fails or motherboard doesn't work right, etc.
     
  2. Silverfern

    Silverfern Notebook Deity

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    hard drive are fairly easy, cheap and fun to replace. for desktops, almost all desktop GPU nowadays have at least 3 year warranty, same goes with desktop motherboards and CPUs, PSUs. story is a bit different for laptops because you buy a pre assembled laptop from a dealer, who usually offers 1 year (2 year+ extra charge).
     
  3. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    Anything a seller/manufacturer offers comes at a price. Warranty is one such item.

    The best warranty in my opinion is having the $$$ on hand to simply replace a dead system at a moment's notice (a good backup strategy is also required, of course).

    Buy the cheapest, most capable/powerful system you can with the option to (possibly) buy it again in a year's time and leave the warranties for others to waste money on.

    (Do note: I always recommend warranties for companies/clients I recommend hardware to - but that is because I don't have the time or inclination to personally manage/be responsible for 100's of system (1000's over the years) that I have no direct (day to day) control over).


    Save your money always - cash is king - and take the chance that the hardware you buy will still be working in half a decade - and if not, not only are you spending on a 'need to' basis, but you'll be upgrading to better hardware/software/OS at the same time.

    Any warranty I've ever bought has always turned out to be useless: the product dies 'after' the warranty runs out - so, not only did I pay for the warranty - but I also paid for the new system in full in the end anyways.

    Good luck.
     
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  4. MrDJ

    MrDJ Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    100% yes. i always recommend extended warranty.

    all it takes is a crapped out gpu (9800GT for instance) and youve already saved money.
    the amount of people who had to fork out £300-400 on courier,parts,labour to replace their dead 9800. mine was replaced the same day with a better 260gtx saving me £300

    i will let you do the maths but i think i would rather pay £70 for a full 2 years than £300 for a one off repair.
     
  5. HTWingNut

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    It's a personal decision. Spend $2k on a laptop, I'll spend the extra $150-$200 for the two year warranty. I'm not going to save another $2k in a year in case my laptop takes a crap as tiller suggests. I'd rather have peace of mind for the two years that if it fails, it gets replaced or fixed.

    Of course along with that is to review the warranty history of the company you're buying the laptop from. Some companies, like Asus, have had nightmare warranty claims, basically their laptop ships out and never comes back. In that case choose a different brand, or buy an independent warranty like SquareTrade. And in some cases the warranty cost is just not justified. For some less expensive systems, like $1000-$1200 I've seen three year warranties for like $500-$600! The laptop won't be worth that after two years!

    Accidental damage protection is another warranty decision too because it's typically a separate purchase. In many cases if you're technically inclined you can usually replace a motherboard or LCD yourself at or less than the cost of the accidental warranty.

    IMHO, after two years the laptop is worth less than half the original purchase price, so it's just deal with it if / when something happens. The beauty of it is, especially for the more expensive gaming laptops, components are a lot cheaper and can be found on eBay or other online sites for fairly cheap after 2-3 years. And heck, I've bought laptops being sold "for parts" because it was just missing a power adapter (yeah crazy eh?), dead battery, and/or a broken LCD for a few hundred bucks, and the parts inside it are worth twice that.

    Bottom line is to weigh the pros and cons, and use your best judgement. I don't like spending money on warranties or insurance, but in the case of a laptop especially, replacement components are expensive and can be hard to come by even in the first couple years, so I feel its justified as long as the warranty cost isn't outrageous.
     
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    StormJumper Notebook Virtuoso

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    I would say if that is standard manufacture warranty I would let it be but if they are talking about the retailer addon warranty - read what the warranty covers and what the cost for the tier repair or replacement. After market warranties usually isn't worth it but alot depends on what they cover and what they will fix. But one should consider the environment they will use the laptop in is it a ruff and tumble or leisure home use that will tell you which if any warranty will be needed past the manufacture warranty. I seen where a LCD replacement might be worth for a larger screen laptop if it should break and everything else is working fine. IMO
     
  7. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow

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    I would say depends on the budget of your notebook, if you have a 300 dollar notebook, a warranty probably doesn't make sense. But if you have a 5000 dollar maxed out Alienware, a 500-700 dollar accidental damage warranty is probably a good investment. Also for laptops, a warranty makes more sense IMO, as notebook parts aren't as standardized and sold at stores compared to desktops (motherboards, MXM cards, mobile PGA CPU's, screens). That and laptops are more prone to being dropped then desktops (at least I would hope nobody lugs around a desktop). And I build custom desktops for myself, so no warranty really implied.
     
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  8. DallasArcher

    DallasArcher Newbie

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    Well I was wondering is that I have a $300 notebook and a $400 desktop PCs and I can get squaretrade and get a 3 year warranty for $70 with accidental for my notebook and for 4 years for desktop without accidental for $80. But I just don't know if they will brake after those years or will computers get problems sooner than 3 years?
     
  9. DallasArcher

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    I can say that SquareTrade will do is that if something is wrong with the desktop or notebook since it's not that expensive they will just send me the money I paid for it to me and I send the broken notebook or desktop back to them. They will pay for the shipping to send it to them.
     
  10. Indrek

    Indrek Notebook Virtuoso

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    I agree with HTWingNut, for anything even remotely expensive and valuable a warranty is worth it just for the peace of mind. That's part of the reason I only buy (and will recommend to anyone who asks me) business-class laptops, which come with 3-year warranty as standard. As an additional bonus, the laptop will fetch a higher price when reselling if it still has remaining warranty.

    Ideally, I feel, everything should be covered by warranty at least for the time you intend to own and use it. When I bought my current HDTV, adding a two-year warranty extension (on top of the 2 years that's standard in EU for things like consumer electronics) was a no-brainer.
     
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