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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi everyone

I'm going to be spending a bit of time in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Beijing, K.L. and Singapore soon. I want to buy a laptop before I go home, but just wondering where is the best, most reliable and cheapest place to get one.

Any recommendations or advice would be appreciated! :)

Thanks,
Ev

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 9y

Quoting samsara2

Hi everyone

I'm going to be spending a bit of time in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Beijing, K.L. and Singapore soon. I want to buy a laptop before I go home, but just wondering where is the best, most reliable and cheapest place to get one.

Any recommendations or advice would be appreciated! :)

Thanks,
Ev

------just wondering where is the best, most reliable and cheapest place to get one. -----

Maybe back home! If you intend to spend years in Asia then perhaps buy a laptop there. Others may disagree, but I think that some of the prices you can find on a laptop back home may be as good as you get in your travels. Especially if you find the computer you want on sale somewhere. The software installed will most likely be genuine and not a knock-off version too!

One advantage of buying your laptop at home is that you will have a service staff from the store to help you out, also you will have a guarantee that you can most likely rely on. If you purchase a computer in Thailand and go to Singapore or somewhere else the guarantee may be hard to use. With a home purchased laptop you can always lug it home for repairs.

I know that when I check computers in Bangkok and Pattaya the prices they offer are not as good as I can find in the U.S. especially when laptops are on sale near my hometown.

Singapore and Hong Kong may have some new stuff that doesn't show up right away back home though! So if you are into taking chances buy your laptop on the road. Some national brand companies may say that their warranty is universally accepted - you would never find out until something screws up.

Some travelers have no problems with laptop purchases when away from home, some others encounter big problems. Your choice!

I leave my laptop at home, unless your computer is needed for business, gambling or personal porno - consider leaving it home! I carry a small Flash Drive that has everything on it that I need. I have a Firefox portable browser on it that matches my home computers (PC and Mac) item for item. Most of the countries you go to will have an internet shop you can use the FD in. You can also write info in a couple emails you save into memory, if you need to recall something you can simply call that info up from your saves.

When you travel with a laptop you always have to be careful that you don't drop it or damage it in some way. Also, most security boxes won't be big enough to put the laptop in to prevent theft. If you planned to stay in cheap places then you have additional security problems - like having your fellow traveler steal it when you are out.

Good luck.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Thanks Karazyal :)

Good to know that. I was planning on buying it just before going home, not using it for travel, but if you think prices are better elsewhere I'll definitely check that out.

Thanks for the advice.

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

Samsara2, in KL,you can try to go to Low Yat Plaza which you can bargain the price for it!!! In Bangkok,you can go to Pantip Plaza at Pratunam area. For Singapore, you can try to visit Sim Lim Plaza.;)

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 9y

Quoting samsara2

Thanks Karazyal :)

Good to know that. I was planning on buying it just before going home, not using it for travel, but if you think prices are better elsewhere I'll definitely check that out.

Thanks for the advice.

I would wait for some additional info from posters from your part of the world and see what they say about price advantages. Also, you may be subject to some form of customs tax on return.

Any phony knock-off programs that may already be on a laptop purchased overseas probably won't be supported in your country.

I can only speak for the U.S. but I checked out computers that I liked in the U.S. and wrote those prices down. In Thailand the prices were quite a bit higher without any store guarantees or help either. The laptop I got in the U.S. was a couple hundred dollars cheaper - and on sale there were some "real" free programs added as an incentive too!

Good luck.