Tech shopping in Taipei: An experience not to be missed

Taiwan loves tech. Companies such as Acer, ASUS and HTC call it home and there's a big gaming scene going on. Alex Dobie (of Android Central fame) and myself took some time out from covering the event to go check out this incredible place. If you're into PCs and can't find what you're looking for here, you're going about it wrong.

The streets are filled with small stores selling all the latest gear from the likes of Lenovo, ASUS, MSi, Razer and so many other manufacturers. Store shelves with graphics cards piled high, desktop PC towers stacked up at the side of the street, high-end gaming all-in-ones just on display at the side of the road. And so much more. No-where like this would exist in the UK, there'd be too much theft, for one.

And it doesn't end with the small stores and the narrow streets. The brand new Syntrend mall recently opened across the street for a more luxurious, air-conditioned tech shopping experience. It's here you'll find Razer's first dedicated store, among other brands. And of course, the likes of Acer, ASUS and HTC are all very well represented. HTC even has a café.

We took tons of pictures to show off this remarkable experience, a place no tech fan would ever be more than a stones throw from something worth buying. These are just a few of the snapshots, but Alex has put together an enormous photo walkround of the area on Android Central, which you'll find at the link below.

I can't wait to go back next year. My wallet, however, could happily stay at home.

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  • Awesome tech market..... And it ought to be as it houses some of the best tech companies of the world.
  • Thailand has tons of electronic stores and computer \ mobile shops too. USA is boring, we have Apple.
  • Yeah. Asia is kicking our ass on tech for sure. Fucking apple...
  • I wish I have lot of money now
  • Richard, you guys should have done a project with the revamped Photosynth or something like that, it would be cool to do a walkthrough with that.
  • Is it all legit or stolen/counterfeit?
  • Legit. Half of it's made there anyway
  • There is quite a bit that is not legit. I lived in Taipei for a little over 2 years and I can tell you that a lot of the tech sold in those markets is not legal. One of my good friends worked in the police force in Taipei and had all kinds of stories to share. You could easily have your Playstation illegally modded so it wasn't region restricted or purchase boot-leg copies of games, music, movies, RAM, processors...all those things were in the markets. Though, each market had differing amounts of the illegal products. In the nicer markets you just had to know who to ask as they didn't showcase it in front of the shop. This is also true of clothing. I remember seeing all kinds of Nike and Addidas clothes. The tags on the clothes were usually cut off or the clothes were sold as part of a "set" where you had to buy a legal article of clothing and they would slip you the illegal one tucked inside of the legal one. He had more interesting and exciting stories to tell about drug busts or prostiution rings in some of the markets. Watch out for those sections within the markets. Honestly, when I think of the markets the first thing that comes to mind is the food, not the other stuff. So much good food, at cheap prices, and extremely convenient. That was always the best way to eat. Richard, be sure to try out one of the breakfast burgers from a stall. The guo-tie (pot stickers) are some of the best market food. Just watch out for the cho-dofu (stinky tofu).
  • Yeah stinky tofu smells so bad :/. Bound to be some fake gear but most of the places we saw were pretty legit.
  • What device were these pictures taken with?
  • A Samsung NX300 or Olympus EPL5
  • Wasn't sure if the first picture was real or not.
  • Hey guys, glad that you love my home country, I spent four years in Taipei for college, but now study in the US, maybe I can guide you next time when you are there. (as a long term WIndowsCentral reader, that's the least I can do for you.)
  • I used to live in china for 10 years. Hate those people. However Taiwan people are cool as hell. Don't worry, the rest of the world knows you are not part of China!
  • Go Taiwan, go HTC, go Asus, go Acer, go Vizio!
  • Caus3Eff3ct, cheers! You are right! Love you men!
  • I'm an American that was born there