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Buy a Qwerty Laptop in France

Buy a Qwerty Laptop in France

The Azerty keyboard used in France is very different from the standard Qwerty layout: Not only are multiple letters in different positions, but also the numbers and punctuation keys such as the ‘.’ (dot) or the @, are unalike. This makes it difficult for a non-French person to use this keyboard. 

 If you live in France and you need to buy a new laptop, chances are that you stuggle to find a Qwerty one. All the big computer stores such as FNAC and Darty only offer laptops with a French keyboard. Their webshop is also not a solution – no Qwerty laptops there either.

However, there are some possibilities to buy a Qwerty laptop  online and have it delivered in France. The two options are ordering directly at a manufacturer who allows you to customize your computer, or getting it via the Italian Amazon store. 

1. Direct order and customize your laptop online

Some manufacturers provide the possibility to configure your own laptop. This is a great choice when you have a specific preference for your keyboard: You can for example choose between a UK Qwerty keyboard or a US Qwerty keyboard. In France, two key manufacturers provide this option online: Lenovo and Apple.

Lenovo

Lenovo is one of the best known and well respected brands in the industry. For some of their laptops, they provide the possibility to configure it yourself and they will make it ‘sur mesure‘. This is a great option if you want a Qwerty laptop in France. The only downside is that you may have to wait 3 to 4 weeks until delivery, but that is a small price to pay for your truly personalized laptop.

To configure your own laptop:

  • Go to this Lenovo French Webstore
  • Make sure that the box Configurable under Délai de Livraison (on the left sidebar) is ticked  to filter for the laptops that you can configure yourself.
  • You see a selection of laptops, and some of them are tagged with ‘Fabriqué sur mesure’. Lenovo These are the ones for which you can personalize almost anything, including the keyboard configuration.
  • Click on ‘Configurer’ and choose the configuration of your choice. Under Clavier, you will find plenty of options, such as Anglais (UK) – the UK Qwerty Keyboard, or the Anglais (EU) – the US Qwerty keyboard (with a € sign, hence the mention EU).
  • Check out and have your perfect laptop delivered to your home in France.
French Apple Store (MacBook only)

If you are interested in a MacBook (Apple), you can purchase it directly in this French Apple Webstore.

  • Select the computer of your choice (don’t worry about the keyboard just yet)
  • After you selected your choice, you will be able to personalize your laptop. About halfway, there is an option “Langue du clavier”. You can chose here either Anglais Américain or Anglais international and you will get a Qwerty laptop. The Anglais Américain and Anglais International keyboards are almost the same, the only difference being a differently shaped ‘enter’ key.
  • After you complete the purchasing process, your computer will be send, 100% guaranteed with a Qwerty keyboard

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2. Get it via the Italian Amazon Store

In Italy Qwerty is widely used, along with Qwertz and Qzerty keyboards, so most of the laptops are available with a Qwerty layout. There are some particularities of the Italian version of the Qwerty keyboard, but compared to the US Qwerty these differences are minor and generally don’t cause any problem. (To know more about the differences between go the the Keyboard Layouts page).

The Italian Amazon ships to France, but doesn’t have a website in English. You can therefore find all the Qwerty laptops they offer -with a description in English- in our webstore

Sometimes, the French Amazon store also provides Qwerty laptops. They are however not easy to find on their store. If there are any Qwerty laptops available, they are also included in our webstore.

Acer Aspire 5 15.6 inch FHD Slim Laptop, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U,Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, American English QWERTY Backlit Keyboard
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Dual Core Processor (Up to 3.5GHz); 4GB DDR4 Memory; 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 15.6 inches full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED backlit IPS display; AMD Radeon Vega 3 Mobile Graphics
  • 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports & 1 HDMI port with HDCP support
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Backlit Keyboard; Up to 7.5 hours battery life
  • American English Keyboard, Windows 10 in S mode. Maximum power supply wattage: 65 Watts

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