SquareTrade analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years.

Highlights of the study include: 
  • Looking at the first 3 years of ownership, 31% of laptop owners reported a failure to SquareTrade.  
  • Two-thirds of this failure (20.4%) came from hardware malfunctions, and one-third (10.6%) was reported as accidental damage.   
  • Netbooks are projected to have a 20% higher failure rate from hardware malfunctions than more expensive laptop computer

More consumers and business users alike are switching from desktop computers to laptops and the overall sales numbers are expect to be about even this year.  Most everyone here at SafeCopy primarily uses a laptop and we were frankly startled at the high statistical failure rate of these mobile companions.

Yet another reason to backup your computer, especially if it's a laptop!

Source: SquareTrade.com