Is It Worth Upgrading your Computer's Warranty?

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

At Terminal, we service a lot of computers. The majority are laptops. All laptops come with a warranty, which usually lasts 1 year. This question gets posed to me often: "Is it worth upgrading the warranty for my machine?"

The answer tends to vary by machine (and manufacturer). Your basic warranty usually covers hardware failures, such as a screen going bad or a hard drive failing. You can extend that warrany (at a cost) to 2, 3, or 4 years. The cost is not usually too high and if you intend to keep the laptop for a while without adding upgrades, then in my opinion it is worth the price. 

You can also upgrade the type of warranty, such as adding onsite repair. If something goes wrong with your hardware, a technician will come to your site after a quick call.

The last type of upgrade is accidental damage. Now, for me, this is one I always consider a good investment. Most of the time it cover spills. As someone who fixes computers, I can tell you that is the number one accidental killer of laptops. If you have this coverage and you spill coffee, soda, or beer into your laptop, it will be repaired at no charge. When I have to tell someone that his or her 2 month old laptop is not covered and the system board is $900 to replace, they do not like it and neither do I.

Just something to think about.

Have a great weekend.