For mobile businessmen and college students alike, laptops are the quintessential productivity tool that's difficult to live without. Often, when people are decided whether to buy a laptop for themselves, as opposed to a desktop computer, a number of factors enter into the equation. Near the top of the list of considerations is how potentially expensive laptop repair can be when compared to repair costs for desktops.
When considering repair costs, it's important to keep in mind exactly what goes into the total amount at the bottom of a typical invoice at a computer repair shop. There's a cost that's associated with labor, and a cost associated with any parts that may have needed to be replaced during the course of the repair job. Labor costs are usually a metric of measuring the time invested into the repair by the technician, where part costs are usually just a way for a technician to recover his expenses on what he may have had to order to get the machine up and running again.
By and large, laptop hardware and desktop hardware are comparably priced. There are a few exceptions to this rule, of course. High-end graphics cards are usually one of the most substantial costs associated with nicer desktop computers, and those cards usually don't appear in laptops, since mobile platforms are typically less suitable for gaming. On the other hand, batteries are a fairly common point of failure in laptops, and those aren't found at all in desktop machines. What this means is that on an itemized repair invoice, there shouldn't be a dramatic difference in the cost of parts replacement alone between these two generalized types of home computers.
Where laptop repair costs do have the potential to surge around is in labor costs. The reasons for this boil down to how most laptops are designed. Desktop computer cases, especially once that are designed for gaming computers, are intuitively designed to be easy to get into. The manufacturers understand that they're selling to a customer base that likes to tinker, and they want to make access to the hardware as simple as possible.
Laptops, on the other hand, are designed solely to be as compact as possible. Inside the shell of the casing, the parts are sandwiched together very tightly, and with very little space tolerance between them. Some parts, such as the hard drive, are often placed close to the outer shell, and they often have their own access ports. Other parts, however, such as the keyboard connector slot on the top of the motherboard, might require removing several peripheral parts in order to gain access to. This is double true if the issue is with the motherboard itself.
In effect, this lack of easy access requires more time for hardware repair tasks to be completed, and time is one of the few resources that even the most savvy computer gurus simply can't manufacture more of. It therefore stands to reason that customers can expect to be billed accordingly.
Is the potential for extra repair costs further down the line worth the added convenience of being able to carry around a tremendous amount of computing power inside a briefcase, or a backpack? Most people would say that it absolutely is, especially since most manufacturers offer increasingly competitive extended service programs on all new laptops that they sell, potentially negating the extra costs altogether.
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