Its 2016 in Yangon – and in a city that they say has stood still in time, you can be forgiven to think that finding decent a computer, or computer accessories here, will be challenging. This simply isn’t the case, and the tech shopper will be pleasantly surprised with the selection currently in offer. Also, if your favourite gadget decides to fail on you while you are in the Golden City, there are a number of places to visit to perform the requisite digital surgery to get your PC or Mac up and working.
On the shopping front, know that what you should be expecting to see is a sort of “Best of” selection of items, but not quite the “entire album”. For PC builders, you would get for example the latest 6th generation (Skylake) Intel processors, in all i3, i5 and i7 core series variants, but only in the entry level “locked” models (6100, 6400 and 6700), no more. No AMD here either, so if you’re nursing an AMD system, you’d have to look harder. PC Gamers are also offered at least Nvidia GTX 950s or 960s on-shelf, but more “enthusiast” items like liquid cooling setups and supplies will be hard to find.
Apple products are also available, but because Apple has not officially launched in Myanmar, what you will be commonly seeing are gray imports happily backed up by store warranties, although offered at a higher price than abroad. There are some authorized resellers though, and you may want to consider their stock. I’ve seen almost the complete range in sealed boxes in clear “look-but-don’t-touch” shelves , so you can buy one if you really need one (read: if you dropped yours getting off a cab). Need just a power plug or a charger? Those may be harder to find, and are in fewer stock, but not impossible to find.
-Where To Buy PC and Mac-
By far the best stocked shop I have visited in Yangon, and with the most selection of items, from gaming keyboards, mice, higher-end routers, 4K monitors, and a wide selection of PC building bits. They also have the widest selection of Mac units and accessories. Items can be cheaper elsewhere, but this is usually my first stop for familiar tech brands, certainly my go-to shop for shopping for Mac accessories or devices.
Best @ Apple products, Gaming peripherals and higher-end PC parts; dedicated service center.
Store Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily
Where: 36th Street (although with 11 branches, they may have a branch closer you)
Unique will likely have anything you would need for your PC build or repair needs, and judging from the constant crowd here, its also where most people in the city go to buy built PCs and laptops. They carry a decent stock of PC building parts, as well as the smaller, more obscure parts (like SATA cables, for example). Expect the lowest prices here, but not the highest end models. Macs (Airs and MPBs), iPhones, iPads and other accessories are also available, but in limited stock and selection.
Best for: PC Parts, common accessories, low prices
Store Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily
Where: Pansodan St. (just before the flyover) and Seik Kan Thar Rd. (best stocked)
KMD is my choice shop for buying a laptop, and their selection is hard to beat. They cover anywhere from ultraportables, hybrid foldables to the bigger gaming machines, and a lot are on display for you to inspect, carry, and basically try out. Select Mac are also available, but not as stocked as in other stores.
Best @ Laptops
Store Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Pansodan St.
-“Honorable Mentions” for shopping-
- Banana IT (1/F Myanmar Plaza Mall) – conveniently located at Myanmar Plaza Mall (and also with a branch in Junction Square), this quirky-named store offers a good selection of both PC and MAC accessories (like chargers and adapters). Certainly one of the better-stocked stores you can find in a mall. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/bananamyanmar2013/
- INNWA Computer – smaller shop with a surprisingly wide selection of peripherals and accessories. Prices are somewhat cheaper too. Visit: Corner of Seik Kan Thar and Merchant St., Downtown Yangon
-Where To Repair You PC or MAC-
If you’re not shopping for a device, but in bad need of device CPR, Yangon also has a good selection of service centers that may be able to help you out. As a basic rule of thumb, you may first want to try out authorized service centers servicing your particular brand device – they would have the best chance to have tools and parts specific to your device. Otherwise, you can try these shops out:
iPro is an Apple authorized service provider and is one of your best choices to have your Mac products serviced. They accept repairs for iPhones, iPads and the Macbook line of products. Repair time may of course vary from case to case, but they gave me an estimate of around 4-5 days to repair or replace the screen on my MBP. Call or visit them for an assessment. NOTE: iPro warns of similarly-named establishments around the city which are not authorized service centers, which may otherwise give good service, but are not them (and are therefore not Apple-authorized).
No.37, La Pyat Wun Plaza, Alan Pya Pagoda Rd, Dagon Township, 11191 Yangon
011222390/ 09 250666004 09799626335
MonFri (9:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.); at 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
iServe is a service arm of electronics retailer Wai Yan, and is also an Apple-recognized service provider. They specialize more on devices though, and you can go here for iPhone and iPad related repair concerns.
90 (A/B) Kabaraye Pagoda Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Hot Line Phone No: 95-9-2614-30001
Mon-Sat 10:00 – 5:00 pm
- iLab (Highly Recommended)
This is where the MYANMORE staff goes for their macbook troubles. iLab is not among the list of service centers officially recognized by Apple, but you may also want to give their service a try. Give them a visit especially if you are closer to downtown Yangon. They accept repairs for iPhones, iPads and the Mac line of laptops.
No. 83 Anawrahta St. Kyauktada Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar
[email protected] has by far the biggest selection of PC laptop replacement chargers for laptops that I have seen in Yangon, so if you are struggling with a faulty one (or if you left one in coffee shop somewhere), you have a good chance of finding a replacement one here. They also have a dedicated service “corner” for laptop repairs too.
Seik Kan Thar Rd.
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Daily
- Technoland (36th Street branch)
Technoland also has a dedicated service center just a few meters away from its 36th Street branch, and they would be happy to help sort out your laptop problems.
36th Street, Middle Block
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
- SLN (Shwe Lamin Nagar)
SLN is Acer’s official service partner, and should be your first stop if you are an Acer user.
No. 775, Maharbandoola Rd. (Corner of 14th Street), Lanmadaw Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Besides being a reseller, KMD also has a service center that can assist with repairs.
49th Street Middle block
Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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