Service Plans and Warranties: Don’t Forget the Details Finally, don’t forget a warranty or service plan. You may never need it, but when you’re taking a laptop off to college, you’ll want at least some kind of purchase protection. We’ve mentioned in the past that extended warranties are rarely worth it, but those rare times usually involve laptops. Considering how difficult modern laptops are to repair and get into, it makes sense to just let someone else handle tricky things like screen replacements and motherboard repairs. Also, remember you can usually buy an extended warranty anytime before the standard warranty ends, so if you want to save your money and wait the decision out a bit, you don’t have to buy an extended warranty at the same time as you buy the laptop. … [Read more...] about How to Choose the Perfect Back-to-School Laptop
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It's easy to annotate documents: Both @FollowerDrone on Twitter and Sara on Facebook noted that the the iPad is great for taking notes and anontating PDFs in ways that, until now, you could only really do on paper. Sure, there are a bunch of ways to annotate documents on a laptop, but none of them are quite as simple, intuitive, or flexible as they are on a tablet, which much better mimics the pen-and-paper experience—and experience that can be very useful when you don't have to transfer it back into a digital form. … [Read more...] about How Tablets Are Actually Great Productivity Tools
To protect yourself from low-quality refurbs, consumers should only buy a third-party refurb with both a warranty and return policy; ideally, the warranty should be backed by the manufacturer as well. Furthermore, you should read the listing carefully to see whether you'll receive all the accessories, cords, and manuals that normally come with a new unit. Above all else, "avoid buying refurbished products 'as is,'" with no warranty and no chance to return it if the item turns out to be defective. … [Read more...] about The Best Brands for Refurbished Electronics
In the second case, years ago I bought a refurbished laptop online from what looked to be a reputable vendor. After a few months the system would just start turning off randomly throughout the day. It turned out to be a hardware problem (not the hard drive, which I replaced, but an issue with the connectors). Unfortunately, by the time I figured out the problem it was past the warranty coverage. Did I just get a dud, buy from the wrong place, or buy the wrong laptop? It really could have been any of those, which is part of the risk of buying refurbished. You can minimize the risk by buying from the right seller (direct from manufacturer or from trusted reseller) and a few more tips: … [Read more...] about When Should I Buy Refurbished Electronics?