those are some good points, sounds like your intending to keep it for at least 4 yrs...
I dont know how good Fujitsu's techs are when they are doing a diagnostic on a referb... suppose it would depend on how alert the person(s) at the time..
Personally on anything that is a referbished unit that costs that much.. well I would seriously consider purchasing the warrenty,
but before you do, read it.. find out if
1. you have to mail them your laptop to have it fixed
2. If they have "local" certified techs, or repair shops, that you check those out first, check with the BB, and customer satisfaction etc..
Two if its getting alot of milage on it.. it may be in your best interst to have the extended warranty, crack the case, loose a button, etc...
(knew someone whos husband got mad at her and ran hers over with their suv... they got it fixed and two weeks later their 3yr old desided to teach it how to swim in her kiddy pool... she had the 1yr warrenty... you just never know)
I would really appreciate some advice, since this is my first laptop purchase!
I just bought a factory-refurbished Fujitsu S6010 Pentium III-M, 512MB RAM, wireless, etc. It's approx 2 years old, a thin-and-light, but pretty high-end. It should be up-to-date for my purposes for at least 4 years, I hope.
It comes with a 90-day factory warranty, for parts-and-labor (no accidental coverage), and has the option to extend the warranty:
1yr warranty - 12% of the cost of the laptop ($90)
3yr warranty - 30% of the cost ($230)
Do y'all think it's worth it to extend to a 3yr warranty? It's such a high percentage of the cost! Accident coverage and LCD coverage are also available, but for an arm and a leg.
I've heard several things on this:
1) If it's been factory-refurbished, "all the kinks" be worked out already. No need to get an extended 3yr warranty if it's already been looked at carefully. Most likely, damage will have been caused by me bumping or dropping it, which isn't covered anyway.
2) If you want to keep it for 3 years, then being without a warranty is like "being naked in the woods during a thunderstorm."
Thanks a lot; just wish Fujitsu's warranty service was cheaper.