Originally Posted by Tachikoma
I've always thought anything beyond the initial warranty is a joke. I mean, if you plan on being that careless with computer equipment past a year (Dell's initial warranty), perhaps you shouldn't be purchasing a computer at all...
Well, my upgraded warranty has already more than paid for itself... I got a 4 year complete care on my I8600 which is about 2 years 4 months old now, and so far I've gotten my WUXGA screen replaced, my 9 cell battery replaced, and my 4x DVD+R burner replaced with an 8x DVD+/- RW DL drive.
The warranty (vs a 1 year ship it back) cost me approximately $150 (EPP, it changed my % back and my MIRs). And I have gotten $229 (dvd burner dell list price) $149 (battery dell list price) and $400 (lcd quick froogle)
By the way, only the battery of all the above died in the first year. Nothing about the system has been abused (in fact I pamper the thing).
So anyway, the extended warranty has certainly paid off for me. The only reason I'd get a dell laptop and not get an extended complete care warranty would be if I were so rich I were planning to throw away the laptop after less than a year. I doubt I'd ever do that, since there would always be someone looking to get an upgrade.... (friend or whatever) and if I were so rich as to be replacing it, I might as well get the waranty too, since it's only money