In today?s rough market, around the world, laptop manufacturers really want to know if the accidental damage plan they have should be free. As the economy in the United States, and many other countries, gets worse, manufacturers are not able to provide as much premium casing they want to. The evaluation is that, with the extra firm casing, it will cost more than the accidental damage plan. Instead of providing more plastic, and other framing parts for the casing, some manufacturers might provide free accidental damage coverage.

With Asus pulling in a bulk of laptop sales, companies like Dell and Hewlett-Packard (HP) may have to consider giving the accidental damage coverage for free. Asus is on top of new technology, as they make it a first to have Windows 7 RC beta drivers available for their motherboards.

Asus perhaps was also one of the first to allow free accidental damage coverage. They deserve thumbs up. As companies like Dell, HP, and Acer are behind ? it will only be better for them to catch up. However, Asus still has restrictions.

With the current economy, many companies are still discussing this matter, and hope to allow the free coverage to their current buyers. Much of the thinking, is that the free coverage will only be available to current customers who have a valid, active warranty ? and those who are buying a new laptop.