Buying a laptop is no easy task. You need to do your research, compare the brands, and then listen to what your friends have to say. From deciding between Dell and Asus to choosing between a MacBook and a PC, there are so many questions that need to be answered before you invest in a laptop for the next 2-5 years.
But here is the thing though: “What happens when there is a sale on discounted laptops?” That complicates things even more because you will have to consider how important price is for you. If price is not that much of a factor, then you’re fine. But for a majority of people living in Hong Kong, we’re always looking for the best deal possible. And here is the thing, when you buy a discounted laptop, you’re actually not getting the best deal. Here’ why…
For the sake of this post, we are using Suning and Fortress as our samples as they are 2 of the largest electronics retailers in Hong Kong. For reason #1, we have analyzed all of Fortress’ products from their summer sale this year (figure 1 taken from their website) and wanted to highlight an example of why discounted laptops is sometimes… a very bad investment.
Fortress Deals #1 – Lenovo G4135M7001J
For this Lenovo laptop (pictured here at the upper right hand corner), this product is being sold for $3118 HKD. Now when we consider the price, it is being offered at an exceptionally low price compared to the other products. But as we begin to analyze what is inside the product, we realize a couple things.
First of all, this Lenovo laptop is running a version of Windows 8, which has been hailed by many as one of the worst operating systems by Microsoft in the past decade. On top of that, this Lenovo laptop contains an AMD A8-7410, a processor that is over a year old! So the question that remains is this: “Why would you buy a cheap computer that has a slower processor and an old operating system?”
Now granted, old laptop components are just one of the many issues out there when it comes to buying discounted products. The other troubling fact when it comes to buying discounted laptops is that the laptop themselves may just be extremely old. When our team at DealnShip analyzed the summer deals from Suning, we saw deals that were too good to be true. An Asus Transformer Book for $2698 HKD? An ASUS Vivobook F200 for $1,598 HKD? Here’s why you should avoid those deals.
Suning Summer Deals – Asus Vivobook & Asus Transformer Book
When you briefly examine the Asus Vivobook and the Asus Transformer Book on Suning’s website, nothing seems amiss. But once you take a closer look at the pictures, you realize that both of these laptops are actually using a version of the Windows 8 operating system (one of the worst operating systems for PC as mentioned earlier). Further inspection on Amazon.com for the American equivalents of the Asus Vivobook and the Asus Transformer Book highlights one key flaw in these discounted laptops. When you look for the “Date First Available” on Amazon.com, the Asus Vivobook was first available globally on October 16, 2013 and the Asus Transformer Book was available worldwide on March 1st 2014.
Sure, it can be argued that the American equivalents of the Asus Vivobook and the Asus Transformer book are very different from the laptops available in Hong Kong. But here’s the thing. Each new generation of laptops utilizes the same internal components around the world. That is why our team at DealnShip says “No Deal” to these discounted laptops. Why pay $1500+ HKD for computers that are over 2 years old?
Remember, when you shop at a retail shop for your next laptop, it is important to be aware of discounts and do your research. An important rule of thumb to follow is this:
“If a discounted laptop makes you say “That’s a great deal!”, remember to do your research.”