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Thursday December 04, 2003
10:56 PM

Confusion ... Moreso Than Usual

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Well, I've finally done it. I've thought about laptops to the point that I've managed to confuse myself beyond concentration.

How important do you think technical support for a laptop is? Myself, I know diddle about repairing a laptop. They're damned near impossible.

But how much would you pay for hardware support? I'm looking at a deal that's $1,850.00 without support, because this particular laptop is used. A whole 3 weeks old, but used nonetheless. And the technical/hardware support contract is non-transferable.

The comparable new model is $3,600.00 or so, but includes a few things the other doesn't:

  • 3 years hardware/technical support (vs. 0 on the used);
  • 1Gb of RAM (vs. 512Mb on the used);
  • DVD-RW / CD-RW (vs. DVD/CD-RW on the used);
  • Wireless support and wired networking (vs. wired networking only on the used);
  • 16" UXGA (vs. 15" UXGA on the used);
  • An extra battery;
  • An extra AC adapter.

So, that's $1,800 for what would cost me about $700 (ballpark) to add to the used, which means technical/hardware support is going to cost me about $1,000.00 - $1,100.00.

Good Lord. I'm so confused. I mean, $1,000 is ton of dough to me. But if I go the $1,850.00 used model, where do I turn if the thing goes tits up on day 2?

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