I have an HP lap top, widescreen etc., and I have been very pleased with it. I bought it from Best Buy when they had one of their "unadvertised specials". I did not get the extended warranty. It has Windows 7 and I use Kaspersky Internet security, works well and does not take up too much space. All in all a good little computer.
Extended warranties are virtually always a bad bet on everything. Those things have around a 95% profit margin, which is why they are always being pushed so hard. At a place like Best Buy the sales performance is based on the number of extended warranties they sell, not the amount of product they sell. They actually get penalized if they sell electronics without extended warranties. What does that tell you?
If you never buy an extended warranty for any electronics you buy, you will save significant money over the long term, even if you have to pay for a repair yourself when something does break, which is pretty damn rare. You are paying a 30% price premium on an item when your chances of needing to use the warranty on that item are around 5%. Does that make any sense? Not to mention the fact that in the unlikely event it does break and you spend say $300 fixing it, you will have only spent $100 over what you would've spent anyway on something that overwhelming chances are you will never need.
Last edited by santiclaws; March 22nd, 2010 at 02:28 PM.
I just picked up a toshiba laptop for christmas and skipped the extended warranty. this one came with a two year out of the box.
also if you go to best buy ask for a pc/laptop without all the b.s. like optimized for speed, back up disks, and/or other bells and whistles.
that's something you can take care of yourself. on the laptop I wanted they didn't have any more laptops that the geek squad hadn't touched so they gave me one with of the "optimized for performance/backup disks" for no charge.