Groot, my Lenovo Z400 Laptop, will be out of commission for 1 to 2 months. This is the estimate of Gigahertz’ technician at Lenovo’s accredited service center in Calamba, Laguna. That’s also the time estimate for the needed parts to arrive so they can fix mine :/
Upon hearing my explanation of what happened, he said it could be the motherboard. He’ll know for certain once he has taken a good look inside and after doing some tests. Motherboard replacements takes time since they have to order parts from the supplier, which at this instant is Lenovo. Now if there is no motherboard available in the main office, they’ve got to wait for the replacement coming from abroad, from an overseas Lenovo factory / shop.
The Z400 laptop issue snaked up on me a few minutes of coming home from our Cebu / Bantayan vacation. One minute I was typing then saw a red light warning, I checked the battery it is still at 39%, I did not plug-in the laptop because 39% battery level is still high. A couple of minutes after, the screen went black. The laptop won’t charge, it won’t even turned on despite direct AC connection.
I asked the dreaded question of repair cost. A motherboard replacement typically cost half of the laptop’s purchase price, says the technician. Whaaaatttt? Drum, drum, drum. Ohhh my heart don’t beat so fast. lol.
Luckily, I’ve escaped shouldering repair and replacement cost by the skin of my teeth. One month more and the warranty guarantee would have lapsed, so yah I still consider myself on the good graces of Ms. Lady Luck. =)
*Lenovo laptops bought in the Philippines carries a one year warranty guarantee from purchase date. For those laptops with detachable batteries, the warranty on the laptop unit is 1 year and 6 months on the detachable battery. You can find the complete list of official and accredited Lenovo service centers on this LINK.
Work Tool Emergency
To avoid potential work disruption, the husband suggested we buy a netbook. First, because an 11 inches netbook is handy to have during our travels. It is easy to transport too as its lighter compared to a regular laptop.
Second, a notebook or netbook could serve us well while Groot is awaiting repair at Lenovo’s service center in Calamba.
Third and most importantly, I just need a laptop in good working condition.
We’ve checked all of SM Calamba’s Cyberzone computer stores for good netbooks and to compare prices. The final contenders were a Lenovo netbook and an Acer Aspire. Quality wise these two brands are okay, so either way would sit well with us. We’ve decided to buy the Acer Aspire E11 ES1-111-C53P, a steal at the discounted cash price of P13,600. Original price was P14,990.
Heyyyy, you’ve arrived SenseyV2! 😉
SenseyV2 you be awesome, okay!
I am puzzled though why the best price quoted by the Acer Concept Store was P14,500 when they manufacture the laptop themselves. Yet their accredited reseller / distributor PC Express can sell the same unit as low as P13.6K. Could it be Acer, the company, gives huge discounts to resellers to pass on to consumers? Or is it because PC Express have elected to lower their profit margin? Or the staff got won over my doe-eye-please-give-us-bigger-discount-face? In any case, I shouldn’t make ‘the whys’ a problem. Lol. Basta, we got a good deal with SenseyV2, our new netbook made by Acer.
I say ‘our’ but truth be told, this netbook feels more like a ‘me’ and ‘mine’. Hahha
Acer Aspire E11 Netbook SPECS
Intel Celeron Quad Core Processor N2940
Intel HD Graphics
2 GB DDR3 L Memory
500 GB HDD
Comes with Windows 8.1 OS
Acer netbook soft case
*PC Express threw in a free mouse.
To read other Penfires laptop adventures, check this story about my against-all-odds Neo Laptop, IsoldT. =)
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