|"I would recommend you take out insurance to cover breakdown and accidental damage. Make sure you don't allow the ventilation to be hindered, and try not to move it when you are using it, this is a common cause of hard disk failure."|
Isn't mobility the whole idea behind a user acquiring a notebook instead of a desktop? -- *shrugs*
One the one hand, while I would agree with you that no laptop or even desktop is idiot-proof or immune to wanton abuse & that some form of extended warranty may be a good investment, depending on how expensive the notebook is & the type of user. One the other hand, it would be nice if you have some reliable
statistics that you can link us to, to support your above claim that moving a notebook is a common cause of hard disk failures.
I can understand the risks associated with accidental dropping of notebooks, but I fail to see how simply moving a notebook is more likely to cause its internal disk to fail. Even the risk associated with accidental dropping is not as severe as it used to be, with more notebooks coming equipped with the drop-proof technology that causes the drop sensor within the notebook -- upon detecting a drop -- to shut down critical components in the machine (specifically the HDD) so as to prevent disk damage or failure.
Although, you did not actually include the specific component details for the two machines, nor the actual price of the either systems or warranty details. From what I can gather regarding the two machines, I would go with the U50A-RBBML05 from ASUS: it is the better one out of the two. Unfortunately, neither is a gaming machine, but you'd be fine with using the notebook for general everyday computing.
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