Different vendors handle their warranties by different means.
Warranties are an important consideration when purchasing equipment. For more expensive machines a 3-year warranty is nearly a must. In the cases of cheaper machines, it may not make sense to spend $300 on a $700 laptop for the extended warranty period.
Remember warranties usually don't cover batteries (past 1-year), unless explicitly mentioned in the warranty terms.
Warranties are not:
- Accident protection plans, warranties are in place to cover failed hardware under normal means. Accidental damage (dropped laptop, cracked LCD, liquid spills) are generally not covered by any warranty.
- Protecting any data loss by a hardware failure. Save often, save early!
The following tools can help users check the status of their warranties:
IBM/Lenovo Users IBM Warranty Status tool
Dell Users Dell Warranty Status tool