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Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby downtownandrew » 17 Apr 2012, 15:23

Everytime I am shopping around for a Flat panel Monitor, TV Set, mp3 player, etc.
The dealer pushes me towards brands that I never heard of ( Mostly Taiwan brands Chimeia?? BenQ, some others)
the price seems very affordable compared to the well known brands.

But I never bite, I stick with the names I am familiar with.

Educate me, please:
If you were to put these less known brands on a tier of awesome to total shitstain what local brands would they be?
Local as in Asian market not actively advertised/pushed in the West.


For ex. I came across a really beautiful 34" flat HD 1080p TV by BENQ. Based on the simple regular tv channel was being played. Almost bought it on the spot. Shopped around saw the same one, dealer puts a DVD in to show off the HD... and it looked like seasick, delayed, pixel dancing turdfest. Glad I didn't buy.
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Re: Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby Mick » 17 Apr 2012, 15:32

I'll take this opportunity to sing the praise of LG. I have a large 50" LCD type (I think it is anyway) bought 2 1/2 years back, and last week wouldn't turn on, or only for a couple of seconds and would switch off. After googling, seems this is not such an uncommon problem, so called up LG expecting our warranty had expired, but no apparently its 3 years.

Guys came round the next day with a replacement power board, opened it up and replaced the faulty board and put it back together in about 10 minutes and is working perfectly. Terrific service, I wonder if any Taiwanese brands offer 3 year warranty and absolutely no hassle servicing?
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Re: Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby headhonchoII » 17 Apr 2012, 15:42

I have a Benq laptop, still going after 6 years. Have had a couple of issues due to age but service center was top notch and engineer fixed everything pretty quickly. Benq specialise in monitors and projectors for many years, they would be a good bet as far as local brands go.

Heran would be fairly dodgy, I have a Heran and don't have cause to complain so far but it is a completely localised product, its cheap though.

Chimei produce the screens themselves and from what I have observed would be a step above Heran. I would rate Chimei at the top as local TV makers go.

Taiwanese brand laptops like Acer and Asus are pretty good in general, sometimes have bloatware on them that's all.

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Re: Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby Nam » 17 Apr 2012, 23:40

downtownandrew wrote:For ex. I came across a really beautiful 34" flat HD 1080p TV by BENQ. Based on the simple regular tv channel was being played. Almost bought it on the spot. Shopped around saw the same one, dealer puts a DVD in to show off the HD... and it looked like seasick, delayed, pixel dancing turdfest. Glad I didn't buy.



Did you ask him to try another DVD player?
The problem may not be in the display device, but rather the reading/rendering device.

I'd also agree about LG, but a half dozen of the other major producers offer door to door service as well.
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Re: Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby downtownandrew » 25 Apr 2012, 14:08

purchased a Benq VH3243 after a limited demo at a used furniture store for $5800NT,
really cannot complain it has all the features I want.

Found this on the internet:
Nothing to get terribly excited about here, but BenQ just launched a few new LCD TVs, which should be hitting Taiwan in December. The 32-inch VH3243, 37-inch VH3743 and 42-inch VH4243 all manage some SRS TruSurround XT surround sound, which does up virtual surround from any mult-channel source. The displays also feature "AMVA" (Advanced Multi-domain Vertical Alignment) technology, providing a 178 degree viewing angle and 1200:1 contrast ratio. No word on resolution ( 1080p via PC and hdmi/dvd / ps3 player hookup :thumbsup: ), so we're going to assume 1,366 x 768 and hope for the best. We're also in the dark in regards to price and US availability, but we suppose that's par for the course.


since I rent :wink: movies playing them from my laptop was easy hookup. No cable bill for now. I was hoping I would be able to capture HD transmissions floating around for free ( was able to do this in the US - 7 free channels, weather reports.) , but so far all I get is static.
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Re: Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby Dog's_Breakfast » 26 Apr 2012, 10:45

I bought a Ranso LCD TV about three years ago, and it's been fine. Ranso is made by Heran - it's their bottom-end line. I don't know why they created a new division for marketing cheap TVs, but they did. When I bought it, I asked the sales people what the difference was, and they said it had some to do with the specs. Comparing the two side-by-side, I could barely make out a discernible difference in the colors, but not enough difference to persuade me it was worth paying 50% more for the Heran label.

I own two laptop computers, both made by ASUS. My router is also ASUS. No complaints about quality so far.

My refrigerator is Panasonic, much quieter than the Taiwanese fridge it replaced.

I have bad things to say about the Tatung oven we bought. Falling apart fast - repaired twice in the first year and currently very noisy (like a lawnmower!). But the previous Taiwanese oven we owned, Supentown, was excellent - lasted 15 years without a hick-up. In fact, still works, but we retired it because it was getting rusty. We may junk the Tatung and get another Supentown.

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Re: Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby asiababy » 26 Apr 2012, 11:03

I really like ASUS. Their design has improved a lot.
MSI is a disgrace. Terrible products, horrid service. I took my laptop in and had the internet card replaced four times in several months, but I gave up and bought an ASUS. I had to fight tooth and nail with MSI for them to even find my laptop when I took it in the third time.

We have Tatung products that are a generation old (steamer, water machine from when my MIL was young) and still working well, but the newer versions have been a disappointment. When I took our coffee machine in to be repaired for the second time, the sales rep told me that Tatung now outsources a lot of production so it's not really a Tatung product, it just has the Tatung sticker on it.
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Re: Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby Taiwan_Student » 27 Apr 2012, 18:34

I think I prefer the major brands when it comes to quality. All except my Taidong (this board is changing the spelling of my ricemaker's brand name) Ricemaker. It's been running for over ten years. My inlaws has been running for more than fifteen. My Taidong and even local Panasonic TV's seem start malfunctioning after four or five years.

When it comes to DVD players you should go with the lesser brand name. They are "unlocked" and play DVD's from all over the world. Also, go with a lesser brand name video recorder. Why?
They will ignore the "broadcast" flag and Macrovision flag that just basically politely asks your recorder not to record the show. There is nothing there to actually distort or make the signal unrecordable.
The equipment won't last long but it will work well for a year or two.
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Re: Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby ceevee369 » 27 Apr 2012, 18:39

Sales Staff (3C) play with local Incentives to promote TW brands. I had a Teco, Chimei, B&Q, Westinghouse TV (4 in 5 years and were crap)

Now, after doing extensive research on plenty of global sites decided to go for LG LED TV. Best ever. Plays well on TV - HD - 3D - DVD and you don't have to turn contrast higher than 50% having a splendid image. Go LG. CNet Asia can guide you in their accurate testing reviews.
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Re: Technology snob vrs. Taiwan brand and similar electronics.

Postby Taiwan_Student » 27 Apr 2012, 18:45

[quote="downtownandrew"

since I rent :wink: movies playing them from my laptop was easy hookup. No cable bill for now. I was hoping I would be able to capture HD transmissions floating around for free ( was able to do this in the US - 7 free channels, weather reports.) , but so far all I get is static.[/quote]

You are only getting static? It worked in the US? I think you are trying to use the US card in Taiwan. Though the analog broadcast standard were exactly the same, the digital TV systems differ. You will not receive anything. North America uses ATSC-Terrestrial Taiwan uses DVB-T.

If you visit the Sunfair Stores, you can see a number of inexpensive USB TV tuners that can do the trick for you.
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