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# 181129 3-Oct-2015 14:50
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Hey all, I'm moving to the UK (with a stopover in Japan), and I'm looking for a laptop. I can either buy here and take it with me (all else being equal this is my preference), or buy in the UK once I arrive.

Ideally I'd like something with a decent sized screen (say 14"+),while still having decent portability and boot up time (ssd would be great but not essential) - something that I can use to work on the go but still watch movies etc comfortably.

Windows is preferable, although if a Mac ends up being the best choice I can always put Windows on it.

So two questions:
- is it better to buy here or over there? (a google search suggests that laptops are more expensive in real terms over there)
- and if I'm buying over here, any recommendations for a good model?

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  # 1399384 3-Oct-2015 14:59
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ssd is essential if you want quick bootup time.

Dollar has gone to crap here and the retailers havnt really moved prices much yet on things, I would expect here to be a better bet. Lenovo yoga would be my choice for smallish but 14" screen machines.




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  # 1399390 3-Oct-2015 15:07
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I'm taking a 15" MacBook Pro with me to the UK when I move there later this month. I got a referb with the better processor/bigger SSD/better graphics for $100 more than the base model when I purchased it last year. Also have purchased Apple Care so it's covered for a couple of years over there. Usually not a big fan of extended warranty, but CGA is not something I want to be arguing from the other side of the world. 

In the windows world, we use HP EliteBook Folio 1040's at work, they should do everything you're after. 

 
 
 
 


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  # 1399394 3-Oct-2015 15:17
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Buying locally will make warranty claims simpler.




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  # 1399397 3-Oct-2015 15:32
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Or buy something with a global warranty. 

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  # 1399410 3-Oct-2015 16:17
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I'm not sure if Dell still sells their Precision M3800. It has pretty crap reviews but it's very powerful, but costs an arm and a leg.




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  # 1399412 3-Oct-2015 16:20
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Or get the cheaper XPS 15 (exactly the same thing, but for some reason 100g heavier)




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  # 1399446 3-Oct-2015 19:22
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The main question is do you want a pound symbol on the keyboard?

If you had a surface you could just buy another type cover.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1399808 4-Oct-2015 20:29
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If you buy it in the UK, you can claim the VAT back when you leave the UE.

https://www.gov.uk/tax-on-shopping/taxfree-shopping

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