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Life of a Laptop versus a Tower

by robertwaplesii / September 9, 2009 9:13 AM PDT

I currently have a 10 year old HP tower and a 5 year old HP Tower and almost 3 year old HP Pavilion dv9000 Laptop.....Knowing that both my towers are still working great through my great computer preventive maintenance, I was shocked that my laptop graphics card died before even reaching 3 years old. While discussing this with HP and finding out that many of dv9000 series had to be "recalled" or extended a special warranty for this issue...(my model not included) I was told by HP that the average life span of a laptop is 3 to 4 years regardless of brand. I would like to know if that is true of all brands before I consider my next purchase. THANKS

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The dv9000 and dv6000 had a design flaw.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 9, 2009 10:29 AM PDT

Type dv9000 recall into google to learn more (but you did that.)

Sadly not typical of your usual 5 year design life. So what's nice about laptops is they have plummeted in price to the point that service will now cost more than a new laptop.

Go figure.

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The laptops i've had all lasted more then 3 years.
by orlbuckeye / September 10, 2009 1:57 AM PDT

The desktops i've had also laster longer but i was adding new components like bigger hard drives and better graphics cards along the way. That is harder to do with laptops. Laptops are more susceptible to heat issues because of the cases they come in. Heat is way more of a problem in laptops. Laptop sales have surpassed desktop sales for one reason and that portability. Wireless networks have also helped but i consider them the same issue since wireless connections contribute to the need to be more portable.

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