|"In the recent past I saw multiple threads here concerning Dell laptop batteries dying shortly after the one year warranty. "|
A one year warranty seems to be the standard warranty.
Dell doesn't make the batteries. I very much doubt it's a Dell only problem.
"....that a laptop is better. Nothing could be further from the truth."
Going by the increasing number of Topics about laptops we've been getting since laptops have gotten a lot cheaper, I'd say the the quality and durability of them on average has diminished from what it used to be.