iMac advise

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ilyasdesign37, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. ilyasdesign37 macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2014
    Is it worth purchasing an custom made from Germany?
    Apple iMac 27 3.5GHz i7/16GB RAM/1TB Flash Drive/GTX 780M (Late 2013 Model)

    two issues I have

    will the Apple wireless keyboard be in German?

    and the AC power is euro?

    I'm from UK, price is far less in Europe than UK
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    E mail the seller and ask.

    As far as I know the keyboards are the same, the power cord will need replacing or an adapter used.
  3. loekf macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2015
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    AFAIK, an iMac ordered in Germany has an AZERTY keyboard by default, but the supplier or where ever you're buying it from should be able to deliver it with an UK or US style keyboard. That's at least what e.g. Gravis (a well know reseller) told me some time ago.

    I can tell you a German (or French) keyboard is no fun... if you're used to US/UK/International layout.
  4. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    The power supply should be fine, although you'll need a different plug, obviously. The keyboard will be German layout, so a new keyboard is probably an additional expense. You don't say where you're buying from. Is this eBay, a refurb from Apple or what? I'm surprised that there would be much of a difference between German and UK prices once you've added in exchange rates and shipping.
  5. dor macrumors member


    Mar 14, 2015
    iMac AC plug is just a regular one so don't worry about that.
  6. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    From a simple googling, I see that a UK plug is quite a bit different to the german one... but the other end, the one that plugs into the back of the Mac is identical across all countries.
  7. cltd macrumors member

    May 22, 2014
    QWERTZ is german default layout, not AZERTY.
  8. Berlepsch macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2007
    If you are okay with the US keyboard, that will probably be not a problem for a custom order; British keyboard layouts are probably less easy to get. Anyway, if the company offers US keyboards, you can probably resell it easily in the UK, especially if it is still originally packed.
  9. ilyasdesign37, Mar 31, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2015

    ilyasdesign37 thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2014
    from this site

    €3,376.90 p+p = £2,472.42 p+p

    From apple store it's £2,879.00

    that is the difference
  10. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    Looks like a good saving - more than I thought there would be. The only thing I would do is check with your credit card provider that they would give you that exchange rate.
  11. cairene2011 Guest

    Dec 17, 2013
    I'm Austrian (native German speaker) and I can tell you, I despise typing on UK keyboards ... the layout is quite different in my opinion, leads to lots of typos or incredibly slowed down typing especially when it comes to the symbols, so you might experience similar troubles with a German keyboard. Also you'll have (for you) useless letters like Ä Ö Ü and ß hanging around, wasting space.

    I even went as far as to order a base model rMBP online, waiting for weeks without a computer for it to be delivered (instead of quickly picking one up in an Apple store here in London) because when you order them online it allows you to choose between a UK English, Arabic, German and French keyboard and I was not willing to settle for the UK English keyboard they sell in store.

    So yeah, don't underestimate the keyboard, but perhaps that's just me and you are more flexible in your typing. ;)

    Edit: I suppose since it is an iMac you could easily exchange the German wireless keyboard for an English one down the road. Ignore my post then. ;-)
  12. andy9l macrumors 68000

    Aug 31, 2009
    England, UK
    iMac advise

    Edit: never mind the import tax calculator is simply wrong.
  13. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    You should be able to choose the keyboard you want.
    The hard drive is likely not flash. They only advertise it that way.
    Read up on exactly what you're getting.
  14. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The German ones (and German speaking regions like parts of Switzerland, all of Austria and Liechtenstein) have the QWERTZ keyboard.

    French ones are AZERTY.
  15. ilyasdesign37 thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2014
    I know it changes on a daily rate so the prices goes up and down:confused:

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