I agree. Originally I was just wondering about the process of having something shipped here and how that would work (which by the way I’m still not crystal on!). But it’s turned more into a laptop discussion, so I’ll ask a moderator to move it to the tech forum.
But if anyone has had a similar size/valued item shipped here, I’d really be interested to hear his/her experiences.
Another little know brand that makes good stuff is Sager, but everyone is right - it doesn’t make sense to get a high end notebook shipped over from the States as it’d be troublesome to get support for them here…
While searching for desktop replacement notebooks (oxymoron there?), I came across a Mitac with great spec.s but doesn’t seem to be sold in Taiwan. I saw a similiar model on their Taiwan website, but it didn’t offer the high end components that I saw on the U.S. model (like 533 FSB, USB 2.0, PC?333 RAM, etc.)…
I was also looking at Toshiba (Satellite 2455 Series) w/DVD burner; 2.4 GHz; 30/60 GB HD; 512 MB DDR RAM (2x256MB); 15" LCD w/GeForce 4, 32 MB video RAM; 3 USB 2.0; 1 Firewire IEEE1394; some have memory card readers; 533 FSB; 8 lbs.;… I asked a store here but they said that model is not available in Taiwan I saw it listed for as low at USD$1700! That makes me think about trying to have it shipped here.
Finally I went shopped at Guang Hua Shang Chang (Bade Lu). I almost bought an Acer P4-M 2.0 GHz w/great spec.s and an 4-in-1 memory stick reader, plus a free wireless card too boot. Just before I handed the $ over I called my wife & had her check online user reviews. The only ones for this model were negative, and two users (supposedly) had their woes confirmed by tech support… Maybe that’s why that one had such a good price. But in general Acer seems to make good products that are well thought out with the user in mind.
One spec. that I’ve been looking at is 5400 RPM HD vs. 4500 RPM. Some users claim a noticeable difference, and the 5400 RPM disks don’t add too much to the price (when you have the option to configure the system). Of course, I guess relative to my old 500 MHz, 4500 RPM vs. 5400 is a moot point. Actually that 500 MHz AMD Compaq was quite fast except for video stuff. I’d often have 10 browsers open, Word, Outlook, Palm Desktop… (192 MB RAM, 20 GB HD - don’t know speed, English Win2000 Pro, Chinese Win98, Linux Mandrake). It didn’t handle the full fury of the gin-and-tonic of the guy I sold it to though. Now it’s at the Compaq service center awaiting an LCD & MB from Singapore – NT$15k - OUCH!