What are the differences between the USA and Europe (Belgium).

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First of all, I have thought long about whether I should write this post.

For the faithful followers of Eli, we often hear him say that Mac computers are the best and that HP is not to be trusted. After an investigation, Eli is right, but this is only valid for the USA.

Yes, I know I’m a Belgian and in Belgium the cards are shuffled completely different.
The fact is that in Europe (Belgium) all Mac computers are very expensive to purchase. Also, in Belgium there is a legal standard of 2 year warranty to the customer.

Apple has never wanted to allow in Belgium these 2-year warranty and has recently been condemned by Europe, that they are now also required to give a standard legal 2 year warranty to their products.  As a result, that Apple pulled up their prices.

Let’s look at an example of a 15-inch Mac Book Pro with Retina display with the following default configuration if you buy it in Belgium:

2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.7 GHz
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
512 GB PCIe flash storage
Intel Iris Pro graphics processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory
Backlit Keyboard (Belgian) & User’s Guide (Dutch)

This cost in Belgium € 2,529.65 or $ 3,275.05. If we think that a Belgian with a reasonably high monthly income earn +/- € 1,750 or $ 2,265.66, then I need not give any more explanation.

Now my research why HP computers in the United States are treated as crap.
(based on the websites of hp.com and hp.be)

I must say that the statements made by Eli is correct, because there is a big difference between the HP computers that you can buy in the USA and HP computers you can buy in Belgium.

It struck me that HP computers that you can buy in USA, are NOT for sale in Europe and there’s a big difference on the hardware.
the better HP computers that you can buy in Europe are very qualitative in hardware. In those computers, there is a motherboard from MSI or ASUS. The HDD is from Western Digital and graphics cards from AMD or Gigabyte.

My latest desktop PC from HP that I bought in Belgium has the following hardware:

MSI motherboard
Intel proccesor I7-4770 3,40GHz
12 GB DDR3 ram
Samsung 256GB SSD pro EVO
WD 1 TB 7200 rpm
AMD Radeon HD 7750 1024MB GDDR5 Royal Queen
power supply of 700 Watts
OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

For this I paid € 999 or $ 1,293.03. In addition, we will add a HP Care Pack = 3 year full warranty, and then the total purchase price is € 1,092.00 or $ 1,413.40. and that is what we call quality for a low price.
Here by HP in Europe, has a market share of over 80%

I’m certainly not a HP fan boy, but I’ll see what I can get for my money, and HP is currently in Belgium for me still the best choice.

But I agree that this is not so in USA.
Or to end up like Eli said, these were the final thoughts for today. 🙂


Johan Blomme

Johan blomme lives in Belgium and has over 25 years experience in the IT world of Windows. His native language is Dutch. His daily activities are solving PC problems. This is usually done by remote controll to the customer. Configuring networks and related problems are also one of the tasks. He also designs websites. For the design he uses WordPress. All reviews are based on his own experience or are based on his own trying out the software / hardware.

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  1. Eli the Computer Guy September 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

    That’s interesting. I didn’t realize HP sold a different quality of computer in Europe…

  2. ebey September 14, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Samsung sells different quality of mobiles with same name in India, ie the processor

  3. knutazz October 20, 2014 at 6:57 am

    This is also true for Norway, ( Norway is in Europe \ Scandinavia, but not a part of the European Union\ EU )

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