So when your system board blows up outside the 12 months warranty period you get a hefty bill for replacement. The real stinger is though that when you purchase a spare part, rather than a fully assembled laptop, the former is only guaranteed for a measly three months.
There doesn't appear to be much logic behind this. After all, what is the difference between a fairly complex board and the laptop itself?
- They are both assembled from lower level components;
- They are both new and not pre-owned;
- They are both from a respected brand name producer;
So shouldn't they both be covered by the Sale of Goods Act, or similar legislation, which gives the consumer a right to a period of protection?
The reason I am worried about this is that the fault which I have with my laptop appears to be relatively common, and I think there is every chance that the board will blow again, causing my display to meltdown, not literally. I am buying the PC over three years, and I am supposed to keep it in good working order during that period. So if the board lasts longer than three months but shorter than a year or so, I could be shelling out hundreds of pounds over the time that it has left.
Would I buy another? Ask me again in a couple of years - the jury's out.