Is it worth it to buy an expensive laptop?
been a tough week since my horse laptop broke a leg hinge and the vet repair service said she had
to be put down
would cost as much to repair as replace. I am a very cranky
person when I have to baby my computer so that she doesn't fall in
half, and poor Mark has had to put up with my moodiness for long
enough. We decided to go ahead and get me a new laptop, then let
Mark try his hand at mending the hinge on this computer so that she can
be a good backup in case of future problems.
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try to be nice to my laptops, but the truth is that I run through them
far faster than you would expect. Two years ago, I paid more for
a Lenovo laptop thinking that it would be sturdier than the HP laptop
I'd just broken, but the Lenovo turned out to last an even shorter span
of time. A
suggests that this lack of longevity on the part of laptops isn't
completely my fault, since nearly a third of all laptops fail in the
first three years. That said, there are notable differences
between manufacturers, with HP laptops failing at phenomenal rates,
Lenovo laptops coming in middle of the pack, and Toshiba and Asus
laptops lasting considerably longer.
question I'm soliciting feedback on is --- do you think it's worth
paying more for longevity when it comes to laptops? Based on the
length of warranty that Toshiba provides on their laptops, I suspect
their low end laptops last no longer than other low end laptops
(although maybe that's not a valid assumption, given the small
difference between entry-level laptops and premium laptops on this
chart and the larger difference between brands in the last
chart.) If the Toshiba Tecra laptop would survive about three
times as long as their low end Satellite laptop, is it worth paying
three times as much for that longevity?
We'd save pain and
suffering by going for the more expensive model, and would also save
the environmental cost of creating three laptops instead of one.
On the other hand, the industry's planned obsolescence of the low end
laptop works to the consumer's advantage in a different way since you
tend to be able to buy more computing quality every year for your
dollar. What do you think? Expensive Toshiba, cheap
Toshiba, or cheapest laptop that has the computing power I need?