For your camera, computer or mobile phone, are you willing to pay a bit more for better quality and after-sales service?
For me, especially notebook computer, I would pay a bit more for better quality and after-sales service. My fav brand is Lenovo and Thinkpad. I have been to their service centres, both the Lenovo at Bukit Timah SS and Thinkpad at Changi Business Park. They do the service on-the-spot for you. Especially for your notebook, could you afford to be without it for like 1 week or 10days?
BTW, if you were to send to SC and then, collect a few days later, it means 4 trips and time and transport wasted.
Of course, best is to have zero down time, zero breakdown and zero problems.