So earlier this week my Dell Inspiron 15 7590 2in1 laptop (bought August 2019 for $1500) suddenly decided to start profusely vibrating and making grinding noises, followed by pretty extreme thermal throttling to the point where after a little while it would be borderline unusable. I took it to a local computer repair guy (I only know how to work with desktops and oldschool laptops and can't deal with these ultra-thin convertibles) and got a call yesterday regarding the issue. Turns out that somehow one of the plastic clips holding the motherboard in place decided to snap off, get stuck in the fan and cook said fan to death. The repair (fan replacement plus new high quality thermal paste) will cost me around $93 with labor and part shipping costs included. This kind of failure appalling as I have treated this laptop way more gently than 99% of users do (I treat my gadgets like newborn babies). I honestly expected a more sturdy build for $1500, but I guess consumer electronics today isn't what it used to be even when I was a kid (looking at you, the indestructible hand-me-down ThinkPad R51 I had until a decade ago). Now I have to wait up to 5 business days just for parts to ship to the repair shop via UPS ground... This is not the only expensive device I've had fail on me during COVID. Luckily I had some leftover CARES act money which I was hoping to save, but instead spent on buying a $600 gaming PC so that I actually have something reliable during this ZoomVID-19 pandemic, along with a basic monitor (will upgrade to a proper 4K one when I make some money in the future). I wish tech companies would care about the fact that students like me don't exactly have unlimited money and that there is no unlimited money mod for real life.