Apple and Dell Warranty Information
This document goes into detail about computer warranties.
Should I Buy an Extended Warranty
Purchasing an extended warranty for your computer is largely a matter of personal preference, however, most computer repairs occur within the first few years of ownership and warranty coverage can save a large amount in repair costs. While there is no guarantee that if you purchase an extended warranty you'll end up using it, the Tech Store still recommends buying a manufacturer's extended warranty if you plan on owning the computer for a few years. In our experience, both as individuals and as a store, if you end up having to use the warranty it more than pays for itself.
See https://www.apple.com/support/products for the most up to date information about Applecare Products.
Dell Accidental Damage Protection
See https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/learn/accidental-damage-service for the most up to date information about Dell Accidental Damage Protection
Safeware Protection Plan
- Applicable for any computer, price varries by the cost of the computer
- Generally covers four years of the computer's life
- Covers accidental damage as well as hardware defects
- Also includes 6 months of theft protection
LoJack (theft recovery)
- LoJack is not a warranty
- When LoJack is installed on a computer it tracks the computer anytime the computer is connected to the internet, therefore if it is lost, you may be able to track it down
- Sometimes computers will be covered under homeowner's insurance
- This will often cover theft
- DoIT only recommends doing this if your deductible is low enough to make it beneficial. For example, if your deductible is $500 and the computer you purchased was $1,200, it may not be the best idea