Re: Shonky soldering
A few years back, I had a laptop that needed a new motherboard. That said, every time the mobo failed, they charged me £120 for a new hard disk - each time they always said "it's the hard disk, send it back, we will replace it and send it to you", even when I said "no it isn't, it's the same symptoms as last time and the time before, and it was the motherboard both times." And my question of "if it turns out to be the motherboard, do I get a refund on the hard disk drive I don't need?" was always answered with "it IS the hard disk, and no we wouldn't consider refunding it as the part is defective".
Calls to the service desk were also made for the trackpad (failed in the first two months), as well as other parts.
Eventually, it had three new mother boards, and three new hard disks, all out of warranty. Inside the warranty it had the new trackpad, as well as another part I can't even remember (this was about ten years ago).
Realistically, never going to buy from that brand again. Ever.