Shocking news: 1 in 3 laptops fail in the first three years of ownership! So run, don’t walk, to purchase your warranty if you believe the figures! Generally extra warranty the on electronics the shops try to sell are virtually never worth the price (according to almost ever consumer organization). Could the situation be different on laptops? If it is then I would expect the prices of such extra warranties to go up if the laptops keep falling very often as the study says.
One in Three Laptops Fail Within 3 Years article also has nice graph of malfunction rates by computer manufacturer. It gives you nice idea how reliable different laptop brands are. If you are interested in more details read the full report. The study found that netbook malfunction rates to be trending 20% higher than more expensive laptops, the variance between manufacturer is far greater. Read the report if you plan to buy a laptop or netbook.
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