The thing that one of my computer technician friend is always saying have already been proven by the experts! It is related to laptop's lives. According to an article I recently read, 31% laptops die within three years from the day that you bought it. And it is due to the following reasons: > 20.4 percent of failures are due to hardware malfunctions. 10.6 percent are due to drops, spills, or other accidental damage. > Netbooks have a roughly 20 percent higher failure rate due to hardware malfunctions than standard laptops. The more you pay for your laptop, the less likely it is to fail in general (maybe because you're more careful with it?). > The most reliable companies? A shocker: Toshiba and Asus, both with below a 16 percent failure rate due to hardware malfunction. > The least reliable brands? Acer, Gateway, and HP. HP's hardware malfunction rate, the worst in SquareTrade's analysis, is a whopping 25.6 percent. You can read more about this report on the link above or from this document. This is to warn people who are planning to buy laptops in the future that these things really do happen.