A recent study by a company that sells extended warranties on electronic items found that approximately 1/3 of all laptops will no longer function after three years due to either mechanical failure or accidental damage. D211 often buys 3 or 4 year warranties with all computers. However, it might be to our advantage to purchase computers that have a better chance of survival even if it means paying more for the product.
Below is one of many charts found in the report. I've included links to the blog written by Christopher Null as well as a link to the entire report by SquareTrade.