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# 106413 23-Jul-2012 18:57
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I've been wondering if I should import the Dell Inspirion 15r Special Edition from US or just get it from the NZ Site. 

The US version right now sells for 1000 USD which is 1253 NZD. Adding Import costs which is 15 percent is around 1440 NZD. There's no Heavy Duty costs for laptops(or none I know of and I'm pretty sure I've checked that Tax site a lot)

The US version has 
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3612QM processor (6M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz)
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz750GB
7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
AMD Radeon™ HD 7730M 2GB
8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Stealth Black Anodized Aluminum
15.6" Full High Definition (1080p) LED Display
48 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion BatteryIntel® Centrino® Wireless 2230, 2x2 bgn + BluetoothWaves MaxxAudio 4 + Skullcandy SpeakersIntegrated 10/100/1000
Gigabit Ethernet card
The NZ version right now sells for 1400 NZD as a comparison. 

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3612QM Processor (6MB cache, up to 3.1 GHz)Inspiron 15R (7520) BTX Base
15.6" HD WLED True-Life (1366x768)
8GB 2 DIMM (4GB x2) DDR3 1600Mhz
1.0TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive12.7" SATA Tray Load DVD+/-RW
AMD Radeon™ HD 7730M DDR3 2GB

 The difference between those two is that the US version has 1080p LED screen and faster HD of 7200RPM with 250 less hard drive space. Things I'm not sure of is the Warranties. I'm not particularly sure if the extended warranties are worth purchasing and if they are then NZ is around 240.35 NZD. The USD version is around 290 USD which is currently 363 NZD. 

So overall, Adding costs together, the US version has a total cost of 1800 NZD. The NZ version has a total cost of 1640 NZD. While there is a cost difference, the NZ version doesn't have an HD screen which costs around 100 Dollars NZD and a hard drive upgrade is around 50 dollars. (for some reason, you can't upgrade the screens or harddrive).

The only comparable Hard drive is the other model costing 1800 NZD which has the following specs;  
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3612QM Processor (6MB cache, up to 3.1 GHz)Inspiron 15R (7520) BTX Base
15.6" FHD Anti-glare (1920x1080)
8GB 2 DIMM (4GB x2) DDR3 1600Mhz
1.0TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive12.7" Tray Load Blu-ray (BD) Combo Drive (BD Read Only)
AMD Radeon™ HD 7730M DDR3 2GB 

The difference between this and the US model is that This one doesn't have a faster harddrive speed, has a Bluray drive but doesn't include the extended warranties in the 1800 NZD costs. 

The question is... Despite being cheaper, is it really worth getting the USD version when it comes to importing, warranties etc. And also, Just how reliable is Dell right now. Is it good enough so that extended warranties aren't really necessary? And if you know anything else I should consider, please mention it.

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  # 660576 23-Jul-2012 19:06
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You're going to have to add 15% onto your price - for GST. At that stage what's the point for the extra risk?

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  # 660580 23-Jul-2012 19:10
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I would be surprised if the warranty would even work here. I have a Lenovo desktop sent to me from US for review and it developed a PSU fault. The folks in Australia had no problem with the warranty, but they didn't have the parts in AU/NZ to fix the desktop.

They ended up sending me a replacement, which was a bit under speced compared to the original (smaller HDD, integrated graphics card instead of HD Radeon, etc).

You don't put into the cost shipping - which adds to the cost plus 15% GST is total (product cost plus shipping). I would just buy locally.


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  # 660603 23-Jul-2012 20:05
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I just ordered a Dell 15R as part of my 3 yearly refresh, similar to the Kiwi one you are looking at but with: 1080p screen, 32GB mSATA, 3 years 'super-dooper' warranty - the InHome Premium one for ~1750 NZD (Go EPPs!).

I'm pretty sure (please verify this, this is how it was with my Dell Studio laptop purchased 3 years ago in Australia) the InHome warranties are fully international, depends on the terms in which you purchased under though. appears to have a bit on travelling/relocation on your laptop, has a description of what is transferable.

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  # 660611 23-Jul-2012 20:24
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I purchased the the 17R Special edition with full HD screen, 6GB Ram and 750GB 7200pm HDD. Was about $1580 inc. delivery after employer discount, and I'm very happy with it.

I don't think importing it is a good idea at all - shipping would be so expensive and risky.

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