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# 139514 11-Feb-2014 18:03
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I'm in the market  for an ultrabook. I need a lightweight powerful laptop for travel and I've narrowed my requirements down to 
13" 
touchscreen 
Windows 8.1 
i5 
8GB 

I'd prefer to spend under NZ$2000 

Im travelling to the US in April so I can purchase there if its cheaper so I'm comparison shopping. GST is nto an issue - I'm registered so will get it back anyways. 

So the Dell XPS 13  - in the US http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Computer-XPS13ULT-4286sLV-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/B00FEE7B4A is US$1144 - say NZ$1344 plus GST $1545 

Or in the NZ store http://www.dell.com/nz/p/xps-13-9333/pd?refid=xps-13-9333&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=1&~ck=dellSearch&isredir=true $1899  -difference of $353 

Compared to the HP Spectre 13T-3000 - for the configuration I want US$1099 from the US store - say NZ$1323 or $1521 inc GST This model seem unavailable in NZ so I priced the high end option which is the only one that which is US$1344 i7/256GB in the US  say NZ$1618 plus GST - is a WOPPING $2999 on Noel Leemings and not available on the HP website! 

I know that Apple prices are the same in the US and here (well they are for the iPad mini Ibought last year) - but seriously HP what do you think we are - stupid or something ?




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  # 984347 11-Feb-2014 18:20
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I think they are over priced.
I have seen HP provide the most expensive models. I think its like Apple, You say Ultrabook and Intel and HP come to mind. Just selling it at that because they can.

 
 
 
 


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  # 984351 11-Feb-2014 18:25
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Im travelling to the US in April so I can purchase there if its cheaper

Where everything else is equal just remember to check the warranty type (global/local) before you buy. In the case you identify it appears you can buy two for the price of one ; ).

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  # 984377 11-Feb-2014 18:57
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Its a little harsh blaming HP for Noel Leeming RRP.

And it looks like you can get your spec for $2300

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  # 984399 11-Feb-2014 19:32
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I am in the same situation and looking to upgrade my aging Asus UX31e. I am also heading to the US in April and am registered for GST. I have been having a bit of a look around but haven't decided on a final product yet.

The Yoga Pro 2 looks good but I cannot tell if it comes with an international warranty.

An Asus UX302lg was my pick. If a Yoga Pro 2 comes with international warranty I might look at picking one up in the US.

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  # 984401 11-Feb-2014 19:33
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Also don't forget about sales tax in the US. For instance CA is 8% I think....




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  # 984497 11-Feb-2014 20:43
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I liked the Yoga a lot for a while - but lots of reports with the wireless card and drivers - I will see if it settles down nearer to the trip.

The Asus UX302 is probably my dream machine - but I like the price of the HP (in the US) better.

I'm lucky to be going to PHiladelphia (8% sales tax) with a Best Buy in Delaware (0% sales tax) 30 mins from the rellies house :-) I've been told by the locals that Best Buy is the best place to buy laptops.




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  # 984503 11-Feb-2014 20:51
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@tiger - that's the older model - you have to be quite careful comparing like with like - often NZ has the older model for the higher pirce :-(




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  # 984504 11-Feb-2014 20:54
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I have noticed the real lack of Haswell ultrabooks in NZ. 3000 series CPU's are the norm. It is very frustrating....

Yoga 2 Pro comes with a limited worldwide warranty but NZ and Aussie are not covered :-(

Back to the Asus...




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  # 984516 11-Feb-2014 21:15
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HP is worldwide - just double checked - they are good like that- they once helped me with a laptop that I'd shaken 1/2 to death crossing the Australian desert - they actually had a service centre in Darwin!




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  # 984610 11-Feb-2014 22:22
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Curious to know what you guys like more on the Yoga 2 Pro vs the new X1 Carbon Touch

those are the 2 machines I'm tossing up between to buy in march, any thoughts?

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  # 984617 11-Feb-2014 22:29
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Yoga 2 Pro is cheaper and has a qHD display.




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  # 984628 11-Feb-2014 22:42
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Take a look at the Samsung Ativ book 9 (not the cheap lite one). I've got one and its super light, has great battery life and fitted with a full HD matte screen.

Obviously won't have the same NBD warranty as a Dell or HP but something to consider.



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  # 984665 11-Feb-2014 23:36
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From what I've seen the HP is cheaper than the Samsung (US ) prices -and the Yoga is said to have inferior colours on the screen and poorer build quality - plastic case




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  # 986350 12-Feb-2014 19:51
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The Yoga i played with today didn't have a Plastic case. Maybe its the.older.model you were looking at

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