How many years of onsite and accidental drop protection do you recommend for Thinkpads?

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How many years of Onsite and Accidental Drop Protection do you recommend for the Thinkpads?

  1. 3 years

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  2. 4 years

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  3. 5 years

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  1. hajime macrumors 603

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  3. SDColorado Contributor

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    How long to do plan to keep it prior to upgrading to something newer? If you only plan to keep it 3 years before upgrading, 5 years Onsite/Accidental doesn't make much sense.

    Mostly I agree with MacDawg, don't drop your ****, but onsite is nice to have since they don't have local brick and mortar shops.
     
  4. scmill macrumors regular

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    They’re tough, but accidents happen in the best of times. If it’s a TP I paid for, I put 3yrs on it because that’s about how long I use it.

    Nonny
     
  5. hajime thread starter macrumors 603

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    I am thinking about 3 or 4. The situation is that the Accidental Damage Protection option is gone once you stepped up from 3 to 4 years Onsite. I asked the chat agent and he offered me an additional year of Onsite and ADP at about $100 more.

    It depends on the fan noise. If it is tolerable, then I may keep it for about 5 years. If it is still noisy, maybe 3 years. I can't tell until I have tried the machine. However, I think it is cheaper to purchase the warranty with the machine at the same time. Of course if I get a good job, I change every two years.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I wouldn't invest in any onsite or accidental coverage. If you've never dropped your other machines and are fairly careful then save your money. Do you really need onsite?

    I think buying an extended warranty maybe a good idea but not the onsite or accidental, I think those can get very expensive.
     
  7. CE3 macrumors 65816

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    Their depot service was very fast when I used it—overnight shipping each way—so that’s what I’d opt for + ADH for 3 years.
     

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