5 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2012 5:53 AM by Csound1
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I am am American high school student going to the UK next year for medical school.  I have used Windows all my life but I really want to switch over.  I was wondering if there will be any difference between a computer bought in the US and one bought in the UK (besides keyboard).  Can I buy a UK power cord so I don't have to use an adaptor? Can I still get tech support from the Apple store in the UK if I bring a US laptop?  Any other advice for an Apple newbie or the best product for a college student? What is the best antivirus for macs?


MacBook Pro
  • 1. Re: What is the difference between a UK laptop and a US laptop?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,285 points)

    Yes you can buy a UK power cord for it, tech support should also be available, UK customs however will have a bill for you when you enter.

     

    No Antivirus is the best but as an ex Windows user you'll probably be anxious about that, use ClamXav, it's free.

  • 2. Re: What is the difference between a UK laptop and a US laptop?
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    Main differences will be the keyboard (see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2841 ), the funny plug at the end of the power cord. Can buy the official universal cord set that lets you plug in anywhere you go in Europe (see http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB974ZM/B?fnode=MTY1NDEwMQ ), and the fact that Lion's built in spelling checker will insist on spelliing it "colour" and "shedule", to name a few. If you take it with you from  here to there, will have to be very convincing  that it is for your personal use and will be bringing it back when returning, else Her Majesty will slap you with an unfunny import tariff.

     

    Warranty on portable gear is worldwide.

     

    Sit down and study the specs on every one of the options available and match against what you will need for your studies. Once you pick the base model in the Apple Store, note that there are quite a few customizable items. RAM and hard disk drive options are outrageously expensive and are best upgraded by yourself.

  • 3. Re: What is the difference between a UK laptop and a US laptop?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,285 points)

    Courcoul wrote:

     

    Main differences will be the keyboard (see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2841 ), the funny plug at the end of the power cord. Can buy the official universal cord set that lets you plug in anywhere you go in Europe (see http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB974ZM/B?fnode=MTY1NDEwMQ ), and the fact that Lion's built in spelling checker will insist on spelliing it "colour" and "shedule", to name a few. If you take it with you from  here to there, will have to be very convincing  that it is for your personal use and will be bringing it back when returning, else Her Majesty will slap you with an unfunny import tariff.

     

    Warranty on portable gear is worldwide.

     

    Sit down and study the specs on every one of the options available and match against what you will need for your studies. Once you pick the base model in the Apple Store, note that there are quite a few customizable items. RAM and hard disk drive options are outrageously expensive and are best upgraded by yourself.

    "shedule"

     

    Apples spell checkers can be wayward but not that bad, see below what they think of your version:

    Screen Shot 2012-05-03 at 8.57.27 PM.png

  • 4. Re: What is the difference between a UK laptop and a US laptop?
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    "shedule"

     

    Apples spell checkers can be wayward but not that bad, see below what they think of your version:

    Screen Shot 2012-05-03 at 8.57.27 PM.png

     

    I seem to have mixed up the spelling checker with VoiceOver and the oh-so-british "she-dzul" pronounciation instead of the pedestrian American "s-ke-dul'. My bad. My deepest apologies; I shall flog myself 50 times with a wet noodle to atone for my sins....

  • 5. Re: What is the difference between a UK laptop and a US laptop?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,285 points)

    I think 25 is the correct number of times to flog, this is a minor offence