My netbook is broken. Mind you, it’s perfectly functional, except for the charging jack. The part on the motherboard stopped recognizing the charger (it’s not the charger, I have multiple chargers) and will not charge. It’s going off of battery power, and when that’s done, so is the netbook.
It’s an ASUS, 12″ clamshell PC. It doesn’t get all that much use, but it lasted only 15 months–3 months past warranty.
It was a replacement for my previous ASUS 12″ Eee PC. Which died, exactly the same way, just under 2 years of use, when the motherboard stopped recognizing the charger. I was willing to chalk it up to a faulty part, because ASUS has a pretty good reputation (despite also getting some faulty motherboards from them for my desktop computer…) and otherwise I was really happy with it, so I just bought a replacement.
Well, ASUS, fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!
Planned obsolescence: a product that is designed to fail after a certain amount of time so that the consumer will be forced to replace it.
I really don’t feel like paying $450 for a pared down netbook or tablet every year and a half. ASUS is not getting another cent from me.
Posted: February 17th, 2013 under IRL.