Skip Navigation

Buying a laptop from Bangkok?

Travel Forums Asia Buying a laptop from Bangkok?

1. Posted by andyt_uk (Budding Member, 42 posts) 26 Feb '07 01:41

Hey,im flying back to england from Bangkok in a few weeks,and i heard that in Siam square theres a massive electronics shop.BMK or something?Im gona need a laptop for uni and apparently the laptops from there are dirt cheap compared to England.Im thinking about getting one,just wondering if anyones had any experience with buying electronics from this store,whats the deal with the warranty and stuff?appreciate any advice!Cheers andy

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 26 Feb '07 02:39

Warranty for most laptops sold in this region nowadays covers Asia Pacific only, unless you specifically ask for a warranty upgrade (for international coverage) or if the laptop is of a higher range model (which comes with international warranty by default). Read the terms carefully before you make the purchase.

3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru, 664 posts) 26 Feb '07 05:40

Just left Bangkok and was checking out the laptops there...I wouldn't bother buying one from Thailand for several reasons. The power supply is incompatible with the UK, so you would have problems plugging it in, also the keyboards are slightly different. The prices in Bangkok aren't as good as you think they should be for electronic goods (especially as the exchange rate to the pound has gone worse over the last few weeks). The prices are way more than what you would pay in the UK and they don't have Vista on most of them either, although if they do, Vista is still unstable and you should wait another 6 months until the initial glitches have been ironed out. Also as Hien said there is no warranty with the ones you buy in Thailand

For cheap electronics Singapore is THE place, everything is on UK power supply and you can get the most up to date laptops for a fraction of the price of the UK and Thailand, with a warranty too and the guys there really know their stuff...Sim Lim Square is the place to head to in Little India and they also give some freebies too!

So the bottom line is don't bother buying from Bangkok, it's expensive.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1299 posts) 26 Feb '07 10:54

Quoting andyt_uk

Hey,im flying back to england from Bangkok in a few weeks,and i heard that in Siam square theres a massive electronics shop.BMK or something?Im gona need a laptop for uni and apparently the laptops from there are dirt cheap compared to England.Im thinking about getting one,just wondering if anyones had any experience with buying electronics from this store,whats the deal with the warranty and stuff?appreciate any advice!Cheers andy

.

Ma Boon Krong (MBK) Shopping Center, off a Skytrain stop. Also, Panthip Plaza on New Phetchaburi Road, have lots of electronic stuff, including computers.

Besides the warranty and voltage issues, don't you sometimes have deep discount sales on computers in your country that you could take advantage of?

I know that the prices for computers in MBK or Panthip Plaza are often higher than what we can find in the U.S.

Having a proper warranty is pretty important. After using my home computer for almost two years it crashed, it was something that couldn't be fixed quickly. Under warranty they replaced that (now used) computer with a brand new computer 2 models better because my old computer was not being sold anymore! Warranties can be important and handy!

5. Posted by zachary (Respected Member, 471 posts) 26 Feb '07 19:31

Quoting karazyal

Ma Boon Krong (MBK) Shopping Center, off a Skytrain stop. Also, Panthip Plaza on New Phetchaburi Road, have lots of electronic stuff, including computers.

Besides the warranty and voltage issues, don't you sometimes have deep discount sales on computers in your country that you could take advantage of?

I know that the prices for computers in MBK or Panthip Plaza are often higher than what we can find in the U.S.

From what I've seen the Pantip Plaza prices are MUCH lower than most places I've ever seen, BUT you gotta test everything before you buy, make sure everything is up to par, and also usually you only get about 1 month to bring it back and return them, but I'm actually going to buy a TINY little laptop from there sometime this week :)

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1299 posts) 27 Feb '07 06:11

From what I've seen the Pantip Plaza prices are MUCH lower than most places I've ever seen, BUT you gotta test everything before you buy, make sure everything is up to par, and also usually you only get about 1 month to bring it back and return them, but I'm actually going to buy a TINY little laptop from there ........

I needed a backup laptop for my home computer, I wrote a list of possible laptops to buy. I didn't find much of a discount on the computers I wanted. I ended up buying a Toshiba back home that was a couple hundred dollars cheaper - and I didn't have to lug it home either!

The software that came with it, as part of the "deal," is legitimate and registered properly (for upgrades.) Some of the programs that come with the computers in Bangkok are clones, some are authentic - I wouldn't know how to tell the difference anyway!

I have friends that have purchased computers in Thailand and have been happy and other friends who have had problems. I know that back home, in the Sunday papers, there are ads from stores selling computers on sale - every week! Those "Sunday sales" brochures have some good computer prices, with good guarantees!

Good luck.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 28 Feb '07 00:11

How much do laptops actually cost, in Siam Square?

Mel