First, do not get confused with the title. Laptops manufactured in China are cheap compared to western manufacturers. You can purchase a good Chinese laptop model in your country depending upon your budget. However, you have to make sure all installed software are working and safe for your need. In this article, we will explain different situations why buying Chinese laptops will not work for you. Remember, we are explaining about buying Windows based laptops and not Apple MacBook.
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Why Chinese Laptops Will Not Work for You?
Below are some of the situations you may need to buy Chinese laptops:
- You are living in China and plan to purchase a Windows laptop.
- Planning to purchase a laptop from Chinese online store.
- Doing business importing Chinese laptops and selling them on your country.
In all these situations, you may face more trouble than you think with locally produced Chinese laptops.
1. Windows System Language
In general, you can change system’s display language from regional settings in Windows 10. However, it will not work for Chinese language. The reason is simple is that most of the Chinese laptops come with single language Windows installation.
When purchasing laptops in China, most resellers will ask you to choose the language. Some manufacturers also have collaboration with using single language Windows version. If you wrongly choose Chinese language then there is no way to change system language from the software settings. Most probably, you have to purchase another license for English version and reinstall Windows on your own to change the language.
2. Application’s Language
This is a continuation of previous problem. Many applications use system language and do not have their own language settings. This will be a big problem when you have single Chinese language version for Windows. You will be seeing menus and settings in Chinese though you install English application. Fortunately, you can change the language independently for Microsoft Office installation. For other applications, you may need to alternatives of update the system language by purchasing new license.
3. Ugly Adware
Do not get panic if you see ugly and not safe for work pop-ups on your new laptop. It is common that resellers will install adware on your laptop by default. These ads will pop-up as a browser home page and with periodic interval without your knowledge. You can’t block them by disabling pop-ups in the browser.
Windows Defender will always throw errors and show these adware files as virus. Though they are not virus, they are adwares of different kinds to track your activities and show advertisements. It is somewhat impossible to find the location of these adwares on your computer and remove them. The only option for you will be to live with that or do clean install on your own.
4. Pirated Apps
Few years back Microsoft released a test result that 91% of Indian laptops use pirated Windows 10 version. The situation is different with Chinese laptops. Though you will get a legitimate Windows version, there will be many pirated apps installed on your laptop.
One of the best example is the Office package. You will mostly get free installation of Office 365 package on your laptop. However, this will be a an Education version. This may create problem as you may not extend the subscription and end up in purchasing proper plan. Other example is a 360 browser, which works well with ugly adwares. You cannot uninstall this browser easily, which will show you warnings that your computer is not safe.
5. Power Cable and USB Port
Finally yet importantly, you will find the power cable so small (less than few meters) that you need to keep your laptop nearer to plug point. In addition, there will be no USB ports in models like Huawei MateBook X 2020, which will make it difficult for data transfer.
Chinese internet is most popular for Trojans and computer viruses. If you are not careful, you will easily loose personal and financial data to hackers. Since it is common for kids to use laptops for online classes, you also need to be careful in blocking not safe for work ads. Considering all these facts, the best alternative is to purchase Apple MacBook. Though the price is high compared to Chinese laptop models, you can use the laptop safely.
Other option is to buy laptop from your home country and bring it to China. At any case, avoid buying laptops in Mainland China when you do not have local Chinese friends.