Fujitsu laptops get free upgrades for life

Lifebook4Life

PC Pro reports that Fujitsu Siemens is offering a new program called Lifebook4Life, which allows customers to upgrade their Lifebook laptop every three years after purchase for free.

Sound too good to be true?  Well, there are a few restrictions:

  1. You must purchase an extended three-year warranty with each upgrade (price yet to be determined).  Because the machine must remain under warranty, you can only use Fujitsu upgrades and replacement parts.
  2. You must accept each upgrade every three years, or you get no more.
  3. You must register your new laptop within 21 days of purchase.
  4. If you ever lose the original sales receipt, you can’t claim your upgrade.
  5. Each upgrade will be “like for like specifications”, and can’t cost more than 10% more than your previous laptop.  Depending on the simultaneous operation of Wirth’s Law and inflation, that could spell a relative downgrade instead.
  6. You can’t leave the contract to someone else in your will, so it dies when you do.

These factors should disqualify enough upgrades to make the program profitable for Fujitsu Siemens, presuming they price the warranty right.  On the other hand, if it isn’t too expensive, wouldn’t it be nice to know that you should be able to upgrade every three years as long as you follow their rules?  What do you think?

I’ve only owned one Fujitsu Lifebook, and it died in 2002 at the ripe old age of 7 (LCD display, thanks for asking).  By then it was technologically obsolete anyway, so I have to say that I was pleased with its longevity and reliability.  Anyone else with a Lifebook experience to share?

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35 Responses to Fujitsu laptops get free upgrades for life

  1. There is a local company in the UK (North West where I live) who are running this promotion, I've taken it on! The initial cost matched the high spec of the machine but I get to have a new top of the range machine every three years, perfect for when I get to my final year of university and can have a nice shiney new one for my dissertation.

    If you're interested the link is http://www.i7technologies.co.uk/index.php/all-new… They do supply all accross the UK, I've reccomended them to my friend in London who has also taken up the offer :)

    Win Win Win Situation in my opionion.

    • Glad it's working out for you so far. The Fujitsus are a bit pricier than their competitors, but if you find they're worth it, then good.

  2. Why upgrade every 3 years though? That’s such a waste! Do they expect their parts to only last that long, or something? Criminey…if it’s not still alive-n-kickin’ in 10 years, it’s not worth buying!

    • Well, there are some people out there who need (namely those who use windows!) change their laptop each 3 to 5 years anyways…my company changes them each 5 years anyways, so in this case, depending on the calue of the warranty, it may actually be worth it..

      All those conditions will be hard to meet though. I lose most of my invoices after a few months :)

      • My average workstation life is about 6 years, but then they get relegated to other tasks for a few more. The oldest computer I have here is 10 years old, happily running Debian Linux faster than my newest system runs Vista.

        • ^_^ Windows machine? Don’t own one. Don’t care to either. OK, there’s a Windows machine at my dad’s house, but I’ve abdicated responsibility for it. The count of computers for which I act as admin is:
          – 2 Ubuntu laptops
          – 1 Edubuntu laptop (Christmas gift for my cousin, I’m setting it up)
          – 1 Ubuntu desktop
          – 1 Debian desktop

        • Looks like these Fujitsu Lifebooks only come with Windows (Vista Business, by default, but you can still get XP as well). I wonder if wiping and loading some other OS would invalidate the warranty, and thereby nullify the upgrade deal?

          But as you said, if you’re going to run Linux, you shouldn’t need a new one in three years anyway.

  3. Why upgrade every 3 years though? That's such a waste! Do they expect their parts to only last that long, or something? Criminey…if it's not still alive-n-kickin' in 10 years, it's not worth buying!

    • Well, there are some people out there who need (namely those who use windows!) change their laptop each 3 to 5 years anyways…my company changes them each 5 years anyways, so in this case, depending on the calue of the warranty, it may actually be worth it..

      All those conditions will be hard to meet though. I lose most of my invoices after a few months :)

      • My average workstation life is about 6 years, but then they get relegated to other tasks for a few more. The oldest computer I have here is 10 years old, happily running Debian Linux faster than my newest system runs Vista.

        • ^_^ Windows machine? Don't own one. Don't care to either. OK, there's a Windows machine at my dad's house, but I've abdicated responsibility for it. The count of computers for which I act as admin is:

          – 2 Ubuntu laptops

          – 1 Edubuntu laptop (Christmas gift for my cousin, I'm setting it up)

          – 1 Ubuntu desktop

          – 1 Debian desktop

        • Looks like these Fujitsu Lifebooks only come with Windows (Vista Business, by default, but you can still get XP as well). I wonder if wiping and loading some other OS would invalidate the warranty, and thereby nullify the upgrade deal?

          But as you said, if you're going to run Linux, you shouldn't need a new one in three years anyway.

  4. There is a local company in the UK (North West where I live) who are running this promotion, I've taken it on! The initial cost matched the high spec of the machine but I get to have a new top of the range machine every three years, perfect for when I get to my final year of university and can have a nice shiney new one for my dissertation.

    If you're interested the link is http://www.i7technologies.co.uk/index.php/all-new… They do supply all accross the UK, I've reccomended them to my friend in London who has also taken up the offer :)

    Win Win Win Situation in my opionion.

    • Glad it’s working out for you so far. The Fujitsus are a bit pricier than their competitors, but if you find they’re worth it, then good.

  5. I was about to pour scorn on this until I realised by “upgrade” they mean “new laptop” :)

    I guess it all hinges on the price of a the warranty, which I bet has a clause about use of reconditioned parts….

    • You’re right — any replacement parts or memory upgrades have to be done under warranty, which means only genuine Fujitsu parts.

  6. I was about to pour scorn on this until I realised by "upgrade" they mean "new laptop" :)

    I guess it all hinges on the price of a the warranty, which I bet has a clause about use of reconditioned parts….

    • You're right — any replacement parts or memory upgrades have to be done under warranty, which means only genuine Fujitsu parts.

  7. Honestly, the only PC I’ve ever own was a Fujitsu Lifebook. I never had any problems with it, lasted a good 3 years.. I can’t complain…

  8. Honestly, the only PC I've ever own was a Fujitsu Lifebook. I never had any problems with it, lasted a good 3 years.. I can't complain…

  9. I think it's a great idea, I bought a high spec P8010 with loads of RAM, 3G etc so it's currently maxed out so I doubt I will need to upgrade it before three years. They said they will go up to 10% of the cost fora similar model so £1000 today would give me a similar model upto £1100 in 3 years.

    I've read all the T's & C's and cannot find a loophole – The additional warrany cost me £40 (All lifebook units come with 2 as standard) so again if it only cos't me around £40 every three years for the rest of my life even after 1 notebook upg I would have made my money back

    This is where the details of the deal I got are
    http://www.misco.co.uk/content/fujitsusiemens/lif

    • Thanks for the info, Chris. Just so I can get my head around the prices, I converted them to US Dollars: $1692 for the laptop, about $62 for the warranty. If your notebook really is fully loaded, that's not bad. What features did you upgrade? The base spec has a 12" display, only 1 GB of SDRAM, a 1.2 Ghz processor, and 120GB hard drive.

  10. I think it's a great idea, I bought a high spec P8010 with loads of RAM, 3G etc so it's currently maxed out so I doubt I will need to upgrade it before three years. They said they will go up to 10% of the cost fora similar model so £1000 today would give me a similar model upto £1100 in 3 years.

    I've read all the T's & C's and cannot find a loophole – The additional warrany cost me £40 (All lifebook units come with 2 as standard) so again if it only cos't me around £40 every three years for the rest of my life even after 1 notebook upg I would have made my money back

    This is where the details of the deal I got are
    http://www.misco.co.uk/content/fujitsusiemens/lif

    • Thanks for the info, Chris. Just so I can get my head around the prices, I converted them to US Dollars: $1692 for the laptop, about $62 for the warranty. If your notebook really is fully loaded, that's not bad. What features did you upgrade? The base spec has a 12" display, only 1 GB of SDRAM, a 1.2 Ghz processor, and 120GB hard drive.

  11. amazing, always a apple fanboy convention, don’t you find it ironic that the entire mac os design ideology is based around the simple fact that it’s users can’t do simple things, yet here you are on a purported ‘geek’ blog.

    • I don’t get the purpose of your comment “z”… we’re talking about a fujitsu laptop here.. a “windows” machine…

  12. amazing, always a apple fanboy convention, don't you find it ironic that the entire mac os design ideology is based around the simple fact that it's users can't do simple things, yet here you are on a purported 'geek' blog.

    • I don't get the purpose of your comment "z"… we're talking about a fujitsu laptop here.. a "windows" machine…