Buying a Chinese laptop – is it safe?

China builds many of the worlds most successful laptops – is it safe to cut out the middle man known western company and buy direct from China a unknown brand? The answer is yes and no.

There are many articles on buying laptops direct from China. The main cons are:

  • Lack of a warranty – what happens when things go wrong;
  • Delivery time – normally three to four weeks;
  • Currency issues;
  • Customs charges.

However the cost savings of buying from a Chinese laptop from a Chinese online store can be substantial, often over 30%.

Also the specification of the machines can be higher than available from UK stores. For example, many Chinese entry laptops using the celeron cpu now use the latest N4100 version and DDR4 RAM whereas similar priced (nearly all higher) machines from UK suppliers use the older and slower N3450 and DDR3 RAM. A good review site of Chinese hardware is

Why not have a look at the following on-line stores and decide for yourself whether the cons outweigh the advantages.

Some articles on buying direct from China


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