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Old 12-11-2009, 06:00 PM
Jon Childs
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Default SquareTrade Says One Third of Laptops Fail Within Three Years

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.squaretrade.com/pages/laptop-reliability-1109/' target='_blank'>http://www.squaretrade.com/pages/la...liability-1109/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"SquareTrade analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. SquareTrade also found that netbooks are 20% more unreliable than other laptops, and that Asus and Toshiba are the most reliable laptop brands."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1260489059.usr486.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p><em>Image courtesy of <a href="http://blog.eyestare.com/labels/Computers.html" target="_blank">Eyestare</a>.</em></p><p>The study also pointed out that expensive laptops last longer than cheap laptops, which last longer the really cheap netbooks.&nbsp; I was a little surprised that Asus came out on top in reliability.&nbsp; Squaretrade sells a 3rd party warranties, so the statistics don't seem to cover laptops that fail immediately and are returned to the store, which would make the real numbers higher.&nbsp; Some of the companies are responding that SquareTrade is fudging the numbers to sell more warranties.&nbsp; For instance, Lenovo is <a href="http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2009/11/20/lenovo-responds-to-laptop-reliability-study/1" target="_blank">claiming</a> that their own internal numbers are two thirds lower.&nbsp; Maybe I have just had good luck since I don't travel too much, but one third in three years is much higher than in my experience.</p>
 
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:12 AM
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I've had two fail within two years of purchase.

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Old 12-14-2009, 09:44 AM
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The last 3 notebooks I owned crashed (the hard disks) within 2 - 2 1/2 years. All were brand new and different brands.
 
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