Menu
HP starts damage control after China laptop buyer complaint

HP starts damage control after China laptop buyer complaint

A Chinese government agency agreed to a request to investigate HP laptops for quality problems

Hewlett-Packard extended the warranties on motherboards in certain laptops in China as it came under increasing criticism there for problems including overheating in some of its computers.

HP is also working with a Chinese government agency to resolve issues that customers have raised, the company said Monday. Its statement came one day after China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said it had received a complaint about quality problems in HP laptops, filed by a lawyer on behalf of 60 consumers. The agency is organizing an investigation, it said on its Web site.

The complaint was a sign that Chinese consumers are increasingly using official channels to pursue rights complaints.

A new HP plan, which covers Chinese owners of certain Compaq Presario laptops, grants a two-year warranty for motherboards if they were repaired. Other measures include free testing for the listed laptops. HP said it was discussing compensation for users who paid postage or repair fees for the motherboards, and would put details on its Web site.

"We believe this [plan] will eliminate clients' concerns," said the HP statement, which also apologized for inconveniences caused to users.

But warranty extension may not be enough to satisfy most consumers, said Liu Yongbin, a lawyer at Beijing Yingke Law Firm, which prepared the complaint.

"Warranty extension cannot fundamentally solve this problem," Liu said.

The complaint asked that HP recall laptops hit by screen troubles and overheating, and requested that the government agency investigate the cause of the alleged problems, Liu said.

It was also not clear if the HP plan covered the laptops from the complaint. When asked if the plan covered all of those models, HP spokeswoman Cong Ming said the company was cooperating in the work of the government agency but could not share details.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar with a bumper crowd of partners, distributors and vendors descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kick-start 2018. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018
Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Show Comments