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Is it worth buying a computer from Costco just for their warranty?

5 10 November 14, 2016 at 12:41 PM
Hi,
I've been looking for a laptop to replace my 9 year old Dell.
I'm a photographer and have been told to look for a laptop with the following:

- SSD with at least 256 GB or a hybrid
- At least 8GB of Ram
- Intel Core i7 or i5
- NVIDIA GeForce, Intel Iris Pro or Intel HD - NOTHING AMD!!!
- I also need an HDMI port, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 (unless there is a way to hook up my old external 2.0 drives into a 3.0
- Full HD or more
- I was hoping for touchscreen but could live without it.

I've looked at many sites and have found a couple (some refurbished) that are in my price range. However I see that warranties are more expensive through the computer company itself. When I was at Costco the salesman I was talking to said they had a really good warranty that wasn't too expensive.

It looks like Costco has an Inspiron 15 Gaming 7000 series on sale for black friday that has a hybrid hard drive (doesn't say how much SSD). It also does not have USB 2.0 slots. Is it worth purchasing this computer anyways to get the Costco warranty, are there other companies that have good warranties or are warranties really not worth it?

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If it's the i7-7559 model with the 4GB GTX 960M GPU, it's fully upgradable. I bought it for $900 last year on BF and it is incredible. It's the 4k touchscreen model and I'm thoroughly satisfied. Chews through Photoshop and Premiere like butter. Plays any game on moderate settings with games older than 2 years old on ultra high (Original Skyrim with Mods is fine, but the remake is a bit rough).Highly recommend the 7559, and yes, it has USB 2.1 and 3.0 ports on it, so I'm not sure what information or model you're looking at. If you feel like you need more power and don't want the screen sap, get the 1080p model (it's identical, but for the screen). Costco will usually throw in an extra stick of RAM (12GB in my system) and there is a hybrid SATA drive stock with it, as well as an M.3 slot for a super fast SSD for boot if that's really what you need (negligible performance over the current 6 second boot time I have now).
TL;DR get the Inspiron 15" 7559 for <$900 and you'll be very happy

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Hi,
I've been looking for a laptop to replace my 9 year old Dell.
I'm a photographer and have been told to look for a laptop with the following:

- SSD with at least 256 GB or a hybrid
- At least 8GB of Ram
- Intel Core i7 or i5
- NVIDIA GeForce, Intel Iris Pro or Intel HD - NOTHING AMD!!!
- I also need an HDMI port, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 (unless there is a way to hook up my old external 2.0 drives into a 3.0
- Full HD or more
- I was hoping for touchscreen but could live without it.

I've looked at many sites and have found a couple (some refurbished) that are in my price range. However I see that warranties are more expensive through the computer company itself. When I was at Costco the salesman I was talking to said they had a really good warranty that wasn't too expensive.

It looks like Costco has an Inspiron 15 Gaming 7000 series on sale for black friday that has a hybrid hard drive (doesn't say how much SSD). It also does not have USB 2.0 slots. Is it worth purchasing this computer anyways to get the Costco warranty, are there other companies that have good warranties or are warranties really not worth it?

Thanks!
Also, USB 3.0 is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0, it will just be bottlenecked at the drive and run at the lower 2.0 connection speed
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This is the computer that's going for $750 on BF at Costco. 3 USB 3.0 ports.
http://www.costco.com/Dell-Inspir...10707.html
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This is the computer that's going for $750 on BF at Costco. 3 USB 3.0 ports.
http://www.costco.com/Dell-Inspir...10707.html [costco.com]
Well $799.99. It says it has a 1TB hybrid drive - that means it should also have SSD right? How do I find out how much SSD it has? My main question is should I order this one just because I can get the Costco warranty which I heard is good or does a warranty not really matter that much? I've heard people who have bought computers straight from the computer company sometimes have a hard time getting them fixed and looking at their warranties it looks like they are more expensive, Costco's warranty is only $99 for 4 years.
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Well $799.99. It says it has a 1TB hybrid drive - that means it should also have SSD right? How do I find out how much SSD it has? My main question is should I order this one just because I can get the Costco warranty which I heard is good or does a warranty not really matter that much? I've heard people who have bought computers straight from the computer company sometimes have a hard time getting them fixed and looking at their warranties it looks like they are more expensive, Costco's warranty is only $99 for 4 years.
"hybrid" = it has a small SSD inside a traditional mechanical (spinning platter) drive.
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Who told you you should look for those specs? I think you might have confused them a bit. I am a photographer as well and I have to ask. Does it have to be a laptop?

What software do you use to edit?
What size of machine are you looking for?
What is your budget?

Anyways Definitely go with an Intel Processor, that will be i3, i5, i7. Intel Iris is the GPU thats onboard. While that's fine it woudl be just fine if you had an intel processor with an AMD GPU. A dedicated GPU tends to be faster.

USB - USB 2 and 3 are backwards compatible. So you can plug a USB 2 device into a USB 3 port on the computer and it will work just fine. You can plug most USB 3 devices into a USB 2 port and it will work but you won't get the speed increase.

Hybrid Hard drives are not that much faster than a traditional drive. They have a very small portion of flash to cache files that are accessed more frequently. Ideally you would have an SSD for windows and programs and then have a hard drive for bulk storage.

Don't forget a good backup strategy.

Personally I would look into the costco warranty more before buying it. What does it cover? What won't it cover? Is it really worth it? If you stick with a major brand of machine like Dell you should not have too much trouble getting it repaired if you had issues.
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I do not know the particulars of a Costco warranty, but generally one is better off getting the best deal from a reputable manufacturer (Dell, HP, etc) and possibly paying for the machine on a credit card that doubles the manufacturer's warranty. There is not much to gain usually worrying about stuff like add on warranties for a PC. A deal from the Dell Outlet when they have a 30-35% off coupon in play will likely give you a far better machine for the money spent and will come with a full Dell 1 year warranty as if it were new for ex. To say nothing about getting portal kickbacks from Discover Deals or the like. My 2 cents.
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Who told you you should look for those specs? I think you might have confused them a bit. I am a photographer as well and I have to ask. Does it have to be a laptop?

What software do you use to edit?
What size of machine are you looking for?
What is your budget?

Anyways Definitely go with an Intel Processor, that will be i3, i5, i7. Intel Iris is the GPU thats onboard. While that's fine it woudl be just fine if you had an intel processor with an AMD GPU. A dedicated GPU tends to be faster.

USB - USB 2 and 3 are backwards compatible. So you can plug a USB 2 device into a USB 3 port on the computer and it will work just fine. You can plug most USB 3 devices into a USB 2 port and it will work but you won't get the speed increase.

Hybrid Hard drives are not that much faster than a traditional drive. They have a very small portion of flash to cache files that are accessed more frequently. Ideally you would have an SSD for windows and programs and then have a hard drive for bulk storage.

Don't forget a good backup strategy.

Personally I would look into the costco warranty more before buying it. What does it cover? What won't it cover? Is it really worth it? If you stick with a major brand of machine like Dell you should not have too much trouble getting it repaired if you had issues.
Thank you for your reply. I tried looking for specs online for a computer. I know this is a year old but I found it written in a way that was easy to understand so this is where I got my info. http://improvephotography.com/352...per-guide/
It says that Adobe products don't work well with AMD and that is what I work with.
Yes it has to be a laptop as I take it to clients home to hook to their TV's to show them their photos. I don't want a screen under 14", other than that I'm not sure what you mean by what size of a machine I am looking for. I'm hoping to spend the least amount possible for what I need. Preferably under $800.
The Costco warranty says that it covers everything, even if you damaged it accidentally for 4 years for a laptop over $500 it is $99. I found buying it straight from the computer company it was more expensive and a warranty that covers accidents was more.
I found this laptop, it has good reviews on their site, I don't know anything about this brand but thought it also looked good. Ideas?
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/syste...15_Special
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This is a good info link: http://www.triobest.com/5-best-la...photoshop/
  • Processor: Laptops for photography will need at least an Intel i3 (4th generation or better). Intel i5's are strongly recommended and i7 will run any photography software in the world without lag.
  • GPU: Any GPU with at least 2GB of dedicated memory will be sufficient to run most software.
  • RAM: It is very important to understand that most of the photoshop software will eat up upwards of 2-3GB RAM while they are running. 4GB RAM will NOT be enough. Photo editing laptops require RAM of at least 8GB, preferably 12GB or more for smooth editing.
  • GPU: Getting a laptop with a dedicated GPU combined with above hardwares will make your life much easier. NVIDIA and Radeon are top industry leaders in the GPU world.
  • STORAGE: At least 256GB of storage. It is good to have hybrid style storage with a little bit of traditional HDD and a little bit of SSD. You then can use SSD for your software and HDD to store the edited pictures. If you have to choose between a laptop with only either HDD or SSD, go for the SSD laptop.
  • SCREEN RESOLUTION: Screen of at least least FHD screen resolution (1980×1080) or higher are optimal to edit photos.
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Thank you for your reply. I tried looking for specs online for a computer. I know this is a year old but I found it written in a way that was easy to understand so this is where I got my info. http://improvephotography.com/352...per-guide/
It says that Adobe products don't work well with AMD and that is what I work with.
Yes it has to be a laptop as I take it to clients home to hook to their TV's to show them their photos. I don't want a screen under 14", other than that I'm not sure what you mean by what size of a machine I am looking for. I'm hoping to spend the least amount possible for what I need. Preferably under $800.
The Costco warranty says that it covers everything, even if you damaged it accidentally for 4 years for a laptop over $500 it is $99. I found buying it straight from the computer company it was more expensive and a warranty that covers accidents was more.
I found this laptop, it has good reviews on their site, I don't know anything about this brand but thought it also looked good. Ideas?
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/syste...15_Special
personally unless you need to edit photos when you are out and about why not get a desktop with a real nice big screen to do the editing on and a tablet you can load the pics on and show them the pictures that way. i would think a tablet in a clients house would be easier to manage.
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personally unless you need to edit photos when you are out and about why not get a desktop with a real nice big screen to do the editing on and a tablet you can load the pics on and show them the pictures that way. i would think a tablet in a clients house would be easier to manage.
I am between two residences and do not have a desk at either.
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Thank you for your reply. I tried looking for specs online for a computer. I know this is a year old but I found it written in a way that was easy to understand so this is where I got my info. http://improvephotography.com/352...per-guide/
It says that Adobe products don't work well with AMD and that is what I work with.
Yes it has to be a laptop as I take it to clients home to hook to their TV's to show them their photos. I don't want a screen under 14", other than that I'm not sure what you mean by what size of a machine I am looking for. I'm hoping to spend the least amount possible for what I need. Preferably under $800.
The Costco warranty says that it covers everything, even if you damaged it accidentally for 4 years for a laptop over $500 it is $99. I found buying it straight from the computer company it was more expensive and a warranty that covers accidents was more.
I found this laptop, it has good reviews on their site, I don't know anything about this brand but thought it also looked good. Ideas?
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/syste...15_Special
That article is oversimplified and not entirely true. Adobe products do support AMD GPU, honestly you didn't mention what software you use and thats the biggest factor in GPU acceleration. Not all software or versions benefit from GPUs, and not all actions inside the programs that do support it see a benefit.I am part of facebook groups where this gets mentioned all the time. My guess is that if your using a 9 year old machine now your not using software that supports GPU acceleration or have a GPU thats capable of it.

To me it sounds more like your a hobbyist photographer in need of a more modern PC. Thats fine but don't think you need a super fancy gaming PC that costs a ton to edit a 12mp jpg. You just don't. Most modern machines of a medium power will edit photos pretty well. Pros or serious photographers will see some improvement from higher end machines but you get to a level of diminishing returns the higher you go.

To hook some machines up to a TV you might need adapter cables thats pretty common on todays laptops. While you think a TV might be nice unless it calibrated your photos will look best on your monitor (Hoping you calibrate it) or some type of tablet with a higher end display. You control it then not their TV thats unknown.

I would say the costco warranty is pretty good assuming they are not too difficult about it or are slow to replace things. Your right a accidental through Dell or HP will cost quite a bit more, however they tend to offer next business day on site work.

Now CyberPC is whats know as a boutique manufacture. They are very specialized at making Gaming PC's. Instead of making hundreds of thousands of the same model like a Dell, HP or Apple does, they might make only a few hundred or thousand of said model. They are probably one of the better known brands in that market. The machine you linked to would certainty do the job, it's more than you need. If you went with it I would recommend adding a mechanical hard drive so you have more storage as you know photos are large and fill up space quickly. Know that that computer is going to be larger and heavier than most.

I am not going to say CyberPC is unreliable but I would not say they are known for steller durability or reliability. You can certainty find people online who have issues with machines overheating and other issues with customer service. If CyberPC was a car manufacture, think of them as a foreign handmade import model, Good performance but be prepared for a few headaches possibly.

What is your backup strategy now on a 9 year old machine?
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