For what its worth, Ive been opening & closing my 7405GX several times a day for 10-12 days now & just inspected it w/magnifier....not a sign of hinge crackage [maybe I just jinxed myself
Im winging it on the same decision of buying BestBuys extended service plan.
I may regret it latter, but for now, I feel If I treat this lappy w/respect, I shouldnt need an extended warranty. Hopefully any weak links [hardware wise]
should reveal themselves in first year of use & be covered under Gateways warranty.
On hinge crackage, I understand that to be cosmetic only.