Buying a new computer before or after moving abroad?
March 3, 2013 4:06 PM Subscribe
My job is transferring me from Chicago to London in the spring. I've certainly got a lot to figure out between now and then (much of which this forum has already been a big help with), but one specific question I have involves the purchase of a new computer. My current MacBook is definitely due to be replaced -- it's six years old, so move or not, I was planning on getting one sometime this year. Does it make more sense to buy one before the move or after?
posted by mattstan to travel & transportation around London, England (8 answers total)
Taking my laptop on trips to the UK has never been an issue, since the battery is built to handle 220V. But do any of you know of issues that I might run into in the long-term?
As far as having a localized keyboard, I'm currently agnostic but open to convincing -- I'm a programmer in finance, so I can see advantages and disadvantages in swapping those currency signs. :)
Shipping costs aren't an issue, since the laptop would be coming with me on the flight, and any accessories wouldn't appreciably add to the weight of what I'm having shipped.
As of today, the same model of MacBook Air is about $185 more expensive on Amazon.co.uk
than it is on Amazon.com
. Is there anything else I should be thinking about before I just grab a plug adapter and take the savings?