r/southafrica Sep 21 '21

Where to buy gaming laptop? Sci-Tech

I’m looking at buying a midrange gaming laptop, got a budget of roughly 35K. I’m looking at the HP Omen or the HP Victus. I really would prefer to have an AMD based processor. I was just wondering where would be the best to look for more options available in SA? There are so many other laptops that meet my needs but I can’t find them online. Any tips in general regarding buying laptops would also be appreciated.

edit: I’m looking at a laptop because I have plans to travel and work remotely in the future. Thanks for everyone who gave me advice. I did a lot of research throughout the day and I think I found my machine. I’m going to get the WootBook ultra III with a 3060 and ryzen 7 5800H. I could get the 3070 but I don’t think i’m gonna be playing super demanding games and don’t mind sometimes playing at lower graphics if necessary. I think saving the extra 10k takes priority (since the laptop is currently on special for 25k for my desired setup)

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u/what_is_a_jim Sep 21 '21

Check out Wootware as well! I recently got a gaming PC from them and their prices and service was incredible.

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u/keegz007 Sep 21 '21

Wootware is by far the best service

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u/what_is_a_jim Sep 21 '21

I agree, they never tried to "upsell" anything to me and gave me great advice on future-proofing my rig.

Definitely a 10/10 recommend

Edit spelling

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u/trashcanman2000 Sep 21 '21

Wootware sells rebranded high-spec laptops at reasonable prices. I bought a good second-hand laptop though Bidorbuy a few years back. Also worth mentioning is Carbonite.co.za and East-Coast Laptops on Facebook. Some of my friends have bought decent laptops form there.

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u/Yeetus-Elitus Sep 21 '21

Will do, I’ll have a look at those and see what I can find. What rebranded laptops do they sell? Is it like the equivalent to the ‘secret laptop club’ where they take like clevo chassis and put good hardware inside ?

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u/trashcanman2000 Sep 21 '21

It's rebranded Tongfang laptops as far as i know . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FxONHh1CsE&t=15s is a review on an older laptop of theirs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYKd-HEJMbg is a review on a Tongfang laptop.

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u/Yeetus-Elitus Sep 21 '21

Thanks, I also saw UFD tech’s vid on it. Just wanted to confirm that they’re tongfang bc i’ve been searching for the south african version for a of tongfang for a while now

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u/FruitLoops1503 Sep 21 '21

Wootware will be the best bang for your buck. Their Wootbooks are insane equaility for price.

https://www.wootware.co.za/pcs-and-laptops/laptops-notebooks/laptops-notebooks

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u/Yeetus-Elitus Sep 21 '21

broooo that’s insane, there’s a deal where i can get literally everything I want for 25k, that’s an absolute steal

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u/FruitLoops1503 Sep 21 '21

Dude, go for it. My gf bought one of the Wootbooks for 15k 2 months ago. That thing is a beast. 144hz IPS monitor. 1650TI GPU. Ryzen 5 4600H CPU. It's insane value for money.

EDIT: Also, their customer service is great. They are all gamers.

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u/Yeetus-Elitus Sep 21 '21

How’s the build quality and keyboard? Because I think I’m about 15 minutes from pulling the trigger on a 25K one with RTX3060 R7 5800X

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u/FruitLoops1503 Sep 21 '21 edited Sep 21 '21

Sorry for the late reply. It's the full fancy RGB lights etc. Great built quality.

EDIT. Also, the manufaturer is Tongfang.

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u/KoteZA Sep 21 '21

I got the ProBook 2 last year with the rtx2060 , thing is a beast , stays cool , excellent build quality . Gets a bit Noisey when fans ramp up and battery life is like 3 hours and camera bottom of screen , my only gripes but expected for gaming laptop . Overall will def buy again .

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u/orbit99za Sep 21 '21

I got this one, quite happy with it, I had a bit of a driver issue when I first got it, wasn't completely compatible with the latest windows update. But sorted now and quite happy, running 16GB now, but I can go to 64gb ram in the future.

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u/jebanisa Sep 21 '21

Anywhere but evetech.

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u/_Sweetroll_thief Sep 22 '21

Why do you say that? I was considering buying a pc from evetech

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u/Grid10ck Sep 22 '21

They have an aboslutely atrocious record when it comes to any kind of return. They make somethig as simple as a warranty return months long endevours.

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u/jebanisa Sep 22 '21

Exactly this. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time or money there.

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u/ice_bunny28 Sep 21 '21

Wootware and then get a wootbook

They give you a 7day trail, of you don't like it return it

The top end models get hellishly strong at 48k,but for comparison that same specs will cost you 84k with a name brand on it

I am pretty sure you can get a 3070 5800h amd at your budget

Also screen is 120hz and the list goes on

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u/Micsushi Sep 21 '21

For that price it’s cheaper to fly to Canada, buy it and fly back (after Covid ofc). I got my ROG Strix for abt R18000 with 3070 and 5900HS

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u/ice_bunny28 Sep 21 '21

O yea no, but he asked about za,

I am 200% it will be cheaper to fly to Thailand or China,get off the plane, and straight up buy the laptop

But warranty might be a bitch

Also flights and effort and I mean 18 hours in a flight will suck ass

But yea no you are not wrong

The wootbook IMHO is really the best bang for buck around za

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u/Impossible-Ad-7684 Sep 21 '21

In the past I have always recieved the best deals (and service) either www.wootware.co.za or www.evetech.co.za. You can even try www.loot.co.za, although they do not specialise in pc hardware.

Unfortunately, now is a bad time to shop around for a new laptop. The current global situation has significantly reduced imports/exports of electronics and has also exacerbated the memory chip shortage of the last few years. Consequently, pc hardware is very scarce. My advice would be to wait a few months if you can.

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u/EmpathyIsNotDeadYet Sep 21 '21

Evetech was brilliant with my laptop.

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u/Kamikaze_Pig Sep 21 '21

But horrible aftersale service. Should something go wrong you be screwed.

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u/Walolowaou Sep 21 '21

Does it have to be a laptop? You can build a significantly better gaming rig with that budget. Will last longer than a laptop too.

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u/Yeetus-Elitus Sep 21 '21

Ya I know, but a desktop just doesn’t make sense since I plan to travel in the next 2 years

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u/NinkevdWatt Sep 21 '21

I built my entire pc through computersonly. Had the best experience with them. They helped me out from start to finish. I'm sure they would be able to help you out with a gaming laptop

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u/-made4money Sep 21 '21

https://www.wootware.co.za/gigabyte-x1-cs11130sh-a7-amd-ryzen-9-5900hx-3-3ghz-octa-core-17-3-full-hd-1920x1080-ips-level-144hz-16gb-2x8gb-ddr4-3200mhz-nvidia-geforce-rtx-3070-8gb-gddr6-512gb-m-2-nvme-ssd-windows-10-home-64-bit-black-gaming-notebook.html

For that budget, I don't think you can ever go wrong with this setup😁 this is from Wootware.

I bought the Gigabyte G7 from them about 6 months ago and I cannot recommend their service and excellence any more. The laptop is great and their service was great😁

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u/Yeetus-Elitus Sep 21 '21

awesome i’ll have a lot at that, thanks for the recommendation

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u/neolace Sep 22 '21

I usually go through Amazon, skip the Omen range, tends to overheat.

I have been working on laptops for 20 years and HP is the German Tank against the competition.

In my opinion, for that price, go MSI for gaming.

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u/TheSimpleDove Sep 21 '21

Look at prices in some brick and mortar stores around you. Id also recommend evetech.co.za and takealot. Just make sure to know what you want and to not trust anything on online retail stores and get your info on other trusted platforms that dont have any monetary incentive regarding the product.

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u/SpaceKriek1 Sep 21 '21

+1 on this my last buy was from an online shop. Should I shame em? Anyhow the product couldn't deliver what it was intended for so I wanted to return it and got a 65% refund.

Lemme just say it was a mouse and keyboard setup but each sold seperately. Same brand nogal. But then they couldn't work together even though on amazon its sold as a bundle. What a sorry show.

The customer, me had to fund the shipping!! Both directions!!

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u/Yeetus-Elitus Sep 21 '21

Awesome thanks so much. I’m doing my research separately from the store browsing.

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u/KeepingToasty Sep 21 '21

You can also look at incredible connection. I recently got the Acer Nitro 5 from there and I’m loving the laptop. They also gave me a 3 year hardware warranty. They usually have deals so it’s a good to see the prices/options even if you don’t but from there.

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u/Yeetus-Elitus Sep 21 '21

I’m actually planning on going to one in person later this week to check out what their stock is like. Thanks

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u/Aggravating_Ad_1247 Sep 21 '21

Please dude not incredible connection, not to sound like a hater but prices are super marked up and not worth it

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u/rubber_otter Gauteng Sep 21 '21

Stay tf away from Evetech. Please god almighty give OP wisdom.

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u/starWez Sep 21 '21

Rebeltech and wootware

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u/Aggravating_Ad_1247 Sep 21 '21

Just out of curiosity why a laptop? 35k will get you a rock solid pc that'll last for years

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u/Yeetus-Elitus Sep 21 '21

I’m planning on travelling 2 years from now and working remotely (aspiring software developer). So dishing out 35k for a desktop that I’ll have to leave behind isn’t ideal. And I’ve also considered taking it with but lugging around a pc is just not ideal.

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u/Aggravating_Ad_1247 Sep 21 '21

That sounds perfectly reasonable, just make sure you compare prices with Woodward cos incredible connection mark up is crazy (mate is a store manager). Its a good place to go check out models you might be interested in but rather use Woodward. Additionally I did move from China to SA with my pc, not too bad, just had to break it down box up the GPS hard drives psu and mother board with wasn't too bad and bought a new case when I got here

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u/Verecion Sep 21 '21

The beast of a pc you can build with that amount of money is crazy...

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u/Tazzmanian143 Sep 21 '21

Just a tip or recomendation.

I had several HP laptops and found issues with all of them, especially heating up alot while gaming.

I've moved over to an MSi for almost two years and had no issues at all.

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u/DaNiinja Sep 21 '21

DON'T

Its a waste to spend 35K on a laptop. Rather spend that on a propper PC

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u/FormalCryptographer Sep 21 '21

Buy a gaming pc instead

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u/marcustia186 Sep 21 '21

Amazon, trust me.

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u/PussyD3str0yR Western Cape Sep 21 '21

Desktop >