just thought for those getting laptops, consider HP.
I am totally impressed with HP service..
I have changed my LCD 4 times already.. and they were over small issues
1st change) 1 black dot
2nd change) slight discoloration
3rd change) luminance was getting too low.. starting was 150. then dropped to 110cd
4th change) luminance dropped again.. this time they got a brighter LCD for me 235cd
my harddisk had 4kb bad sector, they swapped a new one for me. no qns asked.
my DVDR drive was burning coasters once in 20-40 discs. i told them that and they swapped the drive for me.. no qns asked.
my battery lost 25% charge. once again they swapped the batteries for me..
and my laptop comes with 3 years warranty. I was told I could keep going back to them for swaps if i was unhappy with my laptop.
the best part is, they are done all under 2 hrs.. if it was more than 4 hours, they will courier it to my place within 12 hours with no extra charge.
as for the 4th time i replaced my screen.. I told the engineer that the screen was getting abit dark for me.. the engineer personally went thru the whole batch of screens to look for the brightest for me.. and called me that he has found a bright unit for me and has reserved it for me.. and he reserved it 2 months for me to swap.. and it took only 15 mins to swap for me. he even offered to have a courier to pick it up for me if i havent to time to send it down.
he even told me I actually didnt have to go down to HP service center, I could dropped off at the post office and i would have my unit couriered back to me within 72 hours. heck. since it's only 2 hours, i would rather drive down.
totally impresed with HP..
I wonder anyone getting this sort of service from other laptop manufacturers.
for those using laptop as part of the main tool for photography.. give HP a try.. it's almost no downtime.