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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Read the Fine Print with Notebook PC Warranties

Notebook PCs have become very inexpensive in the past five years. However, they present an interesting warranty service issue that needs to be addressed. For example, if a keyboard, mouse-equivalent (tracking-stick or touch-pad) or a display goes defunct on a notebook PC, you will not be able to find inexpensive replacements at local retail stores.

Look at Warranties Very Closely

As a virtual CIO for your clients, you decide which brands and models of notebook PCs you will recommend. This means your responsibility is to look at warranties to see what is and what is not covered.

As an example, notebook PC hard drives are not like desktop hard drives, and you need to know if you will be able to replace hardware inexpensively if you encounter a problem.

Uncommon Parts?

When you act as a virtual VIO for your clients, you have to know that you will probably not be able to find a replacement notebook PC hard drive at a warehouse club or office supply store in your area. Even if you do manage to find one, the price is probably going to be twice the cost of a desktop PC hard drive. This means that warranty coverage for this type of item is incredibly valuable and even necessary for notebook PCs.

The Main Idea with Notebook PCs

Notebook PC hard drive replacements are much stickier than desktop PC hard drive replacements. Replacing hard drives on notebook PCs can be expensive in terms of soft costs and the cost of the part itself. Make sure you look at warranties to see the value your clients will be getting so you can plan ahead.

Added By: Joshua Feinberg