Extended Manufacturer Warranties - For Free
The vast majority of laptops are covered for one year. This includes not only inexpensive laptops, but also those with a substantial price tag. However, there are some laptops that have additional coverage.
ASUS, for example, recently introduced a longer coverage period for some laptops. ASUS calls it a two year global warranty. As was explained in our reliability article, ASUS has one of the lowest failure rates in the industry. It seems the company is using that advantage by providing additional coverage, fully aware that it will make their laptops more attractive to consumers.
Three year plans are standard with a handful of laptops - usually high-end models built for professional use. Panasonic Toughbooks and HP Elitebooks are some examples of models that ship with three years of protection. The terms of theses longer warranties are sometimes different, as well. Some will offer services like on-site assistance and repair, which are features you won't find in a typical one year consumer warranty.
ASUS deserves mention yet again for providing a service that, to my knowledge, isn't replicated (for free) by anyone else in the business. Some laptops are shipping with a one year accidental coverage plan. This protects against drops, spills, fires, and other such calamities. Yes, that's right - ASUS is offering free protection against accidents. That's rare, and adds significant value.