Lenovo - Lemon Computer and Poor Customer Service
Technical Support - Complaint
I purchased a Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 in January 2013 after my HP laptop stopped working (which I had for 2 years). I conducted my purchase at Office Depot. At first, I loved the computer. It ran quicker and was easy to operate. However, my impression changed about 2 weeks ago when my computer showed the "blue screen of death" and I couldn't repair it myself. I even used the One Key Recovery and it didn't even work. It kept giving errors and would shut off or restart. No matter what I tried, it didn't work.
Since my computer is still under warranty, I had to contact an authorized service provider and there was only ONE in my city (and my city is pretty big). I called them and explained what happened and they asked me to bring the laptop in and warned me that the turnaround time was 7-10 business days. I brought it in Monday of last week and waited. The receptionist told me that the technician would call me on Tuesday but he never did. I found out today that he was out of town. I called him today and he informed me that he was unable to perform any services because my s/n was not one of the systems they are authorized to service. I'm posting a different review on this company but I was furious. They told me to call the company and I would probably need to send it in.
I called Lenovo and I cannot stand their automated system. It sent me around in circles and the music is very annoying. I finally reached a specialist and told them of the problem and that I needed a working computer right away since I am taking online classes. They told me there was nothing I could do but send it in to their repair depot (and I have to foot the bill) and wait another 7 business days to hear anything back. This is too long for me to wait. I don't like that they don't provide options.
Resigning myself to my fate, the specialist asked me for my email and told me he was sending me an inventory control sheet that I needed to fill out and send with the laptop and also instructions on how to send it in for repair. I spelled out my entire email address but he still managed to send it to a different email so I never received it. I ended up having to call them back (again with the annoying music and runaround) to explain YET AGAIN that I needed to have my PC repaired. The second specialist was a little more helpful and could understand me better, thankfully.
So, I am forced to endure 2 weeks (at least) without a computer and I am very frustrated. I've never had problems with Dell, HP, or Toshiba but Lenovo is supposed to be better and my computer failed after 4 MONTHS! I understand that problems occur but I wish they provided better options.