Why Get a Hardware Warranty?
Because of the complexity of computers today, it is highly recommended to spend a little extra money to buy a good hardware warranty for your new computer. No matter how good of a reputation a computer company may have, it is still possible for their computers to have hardware issues sometimes. Some of the hardware components that may fail in a laptop can cost almost as much as a new computer to replace.
Sometimes accidents happen. Your laptop slips out of your hands and drops to the floor, your cat walks by and knocks your glass of water on to your laptop, a friend borrows your laptop and returns it with a few missing keys, etc. As long as you purchase a hardware warranty that includes accidental damage, any repairs will be covered under your warranty and won't cost you anything.
How Long of a Warranty Should I Get?
Most new computers will come with a 1 year warranty that does not include accidental damage. We strongly recommend that you add accidental damage coverage to your warranty and extend the warranty beyond the 1 year period. Three year warranties usually do a good job of keeping you covered for as long as it is financially worth it. Adding the fourth year on to a warranty is usually significantly more expensive and at that point in the life of a computer, it may be time to consider buying a new computer anyway if parts start failing.
What About My Files and Software?
While a hardware warranty is a great way to ensure you can repair your computer if anything fails, it will not prevent or cover anything that happens to your operating system or data. We strongly recommend that you regularly back up your data to an external hard drive and/or a cloud storage location to ensure that you do not lose any important class work, personal photos, etc. if your hard drive fails or your operating system crashes. We also recommend keeping a copy of any special software that you may have installed on your computer, especially if it is something that you purchased. If the software came on a DVD, keep that DVD in a location that you will remember. If you downloaded the software, save a copy of the installation files to a DVD, flash drive, external hard drive, etc. along with any license keys in case you need it in the future.