Things That Void Warranties
Basic warranties only cover defects on the manufacturer’s end – things you do to the notebook that cause it to malfunction are not.
Your notebook will only be covered in the event of a spill, drop, power surge, and related if your notebook has accidental damage coverage or other insurance. A basic or extended warranty will be void if anything like that happens. Remember that basic and extended warranties only cover defects on the manufacturer’s end.
Some parts in a notebook are designed to be user-serviceable – that is, easily upgraded or changed; the hard drive and RAM are the most common. Upgrading either is very unlikely to void your warranty.
That said, there are a number of ways you can void your warranty by trying to replace parts. Components including the processor, screen, and graphics card are generally not considered user-serviceable; upgrading or replacing them (if even possible) is very likely to void the warranty and should not be attempted during the warranty period.
As always, it never hurts to call the company and verify. It is a good idea to keep any parts you replaced in the event you have to send the notebook in for service.
This guide hopefully cleared up some of the confusion surrounding what warranties are designed to do and what kind of warranty makes sense to buy.
In summary, the amount you spend on an extended warranty will depend on how you use the notebook and how much the notebook costs. In general, the price of an extended warranty should not add more than 20% at most onto the price of the notebook itself – it is simply not cost-effective to inflate the cost of the notebook that much; don’t over-value it.
Is the standard one-year warranty enough? For those that use their notebooks mostly in the home and other controlled areas, the standard warranty is probably sufficient. On the other hand, if you travel with your notebook often and are not especially gentle, it may be practical to invest in an accidental damage warranty, which will cover you in the event of spills, drops, power surges, and so on.
Purchasing your notebook with certain credit cards can add up to one year of extra warranty coverage for free – check your cardholder’s agreement or look for cards that offer such benefits.
Remember that a warranty purchase is an individual decision; there is no 100% right answer. Taking into account various factors such as the notebook’s price and your uses should allow you to make the best guesstimate.
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