For those looking those cheap, ie under £1k laptop that spring up in
sepermarkets and other electrical stores or the Advent / Patriot crap from
PCW, think differently and checkout a good used business laptop.
Last year I bought a second hand Compaq N410C from eBay, yes eBay (you must
check out the seller very carefully) and it was only about a year old, but I
got a £1500+ laptop with DC Writer / DVD drive for £700 AND it still had
almost two years warranty left.
ON wednesday evening the hard disk died, unable to format it and the Compaq
utility showed read errors, so called Compaq yesterday at 9.00am to get
help. After a few diagnostic questions it was agreed that it needed a
replacement hard drive and I was given two options:
1. They collect the laptop later that same day, replace hard drive and get
it back to me within two days or
2. They send me a new hard drive that I can replace myself without impacting
on the remaining years warranty and I would get it within two days - so
opted for option 2.
Today at 1pm UPS delivered a new drive (upgraded as well !)shipped from
So the moral of the story is look fro a good quality business grade laptop
where there is a three year warrant and easy availability of spares and save
some money as well.
Very impressed with Compaq (HP) warranty service. I would certainly buy
another Compaq / HP laptop.
Same would go for IBM I quess and maybe Toshiba