There are two big computer centres in Wanchai: The Computer City and "298", both located on Hennessy Road. Situated above Wanchai MTR exit A4, turn left as you walk out and there it is next to McDonalds: the computer mecca of Hong Kong Island.
2 floors packed full of shops selling computers, PDAs, peripherals, networking hardware, laptops, legal software, digital cameras, printers, audio players, second-hand goods… need I say more?
As this is located in a business district, the wares are usually a bit more expensive than other centres. Rent here in HK is amongst the highest in the world. To compensate, their service is better, and I think their English is better as well — it’s more Gwai Lo friendly. It’s also less crowded from personal experience. The Kaitech team of reviewers walked around without getting shoved or suffocated on a Saturday afternoon. Try Mong Kok at that time and you’ll develop claustrophobia even if you’ve never had it. This centre is the closest to an MTR station so the convenience is probably part of the price as well.
Overall, it is a comfortable centre for bargain hunters to prowl around. From experience, their merchandise tends to be the newest. The layout of the place is straightforward so getting lost is not all that easy. Air con is sufficient and variety is not compromised. There are still possibilities of getting sold “water goods” – goods that are cheaper but may have less warranty, different power plugs and possibly no English manual. Well, it’s just a few details to check. Some people want that stuff, so if you’re unsure then ask more questions.
Walk another 15 minutes east towards Causeway Bay along Hennessy Road and you will hit "298". While it may be larger in terms of total floor area, the first thing you will notice after going up the two half-escalators is the smell of smoke! Besides that, the stores and wares are similar to that of WCC — there are a few "oddities" that can only be found in 298, but I will leave it to you adventurous Kaitech readers to discover for yourselves what *those* may be!
WCC from above
WCC at night