Is my MBA a US model?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by TWHH, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. TWHH macrumors regular

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    Hi there,

    My employer has started to roll out Macs. The programme is still being trailed and I applied to be part of that trial (as I am a life long MAc lover and WinDoze non-lover)

    So I ordered one of the Macs we could choose from - I went for the 'standard' i5 13" Air. It was taking forever to come, so after I chased our procurement department they finally came up with the goods. Or so I thought.

    Once I'd picked it up I realised that it was in fact a 'Late 2010' model - Core duo, no i5 or Thunderbolt.

    I've also realised that it has no £ key, only a $!

    So.. have I got a 'grey import'? Is there any way of looking up the serial number to see if it is indeed a non UK model?

    Personally I think our procurement department have been totally done over by whoever they source our Macs through. If I can prove the grey import I might be able to get them to re-supply a current UK model.:cool:

    Either way I know I'm still far better off with a Mac at work. Have to say though... Office 2011 (especially Outlook) really isn't as good as the PC version. Hmm, wonder why MDST have 'downgraded' the Mac version:rolleyes:
     
  2. NikFinn macrumors 6502a

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    Here's the US keyboard layout. The UK one has a different shaped return/enter button as well as a differently placed @ symbol, if memory serves correct. These changes in addition to the difference in $ symbols.
     
  3. TWHH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your reply.

    Yes indeed, that's the keyboard I've got.

    Anyone got any ideas on if reselling US imports is good and proper? Can't imagine the company I work for (a major UK/European tech based firm that itself resells consumer electronics goods) would want to be seen to be condoning it.

    Mind you, it never stopped Tescos!

    Thanks
     
  4. raftr macrumors regular

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    Unlike a lof of companies', Apple warranty is global. No worries here. I have UK keyboard, don't like the "inverted L" return key and, in an ideal world we'd meet to swap the laptops.
     
  5. tmoerel macrumors 6502

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    It does not have to be a grey import. Apple can sell you a mac with a US keyboard in any country. I recently got a mba with a US keyboard in Switzerland. Just specify you want it when ordering.

    Perhaps your company ordered US keyboards?
     
  6. molala macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Opera/9.80 (iPhone; Opera Mini/6.1.15738/26.1023; U; en) Presto/2.8.119 Version/10.54)

    You can specify a US keyboard in the UK Apple store. And if they didn't buy from Apple, it could also be an import from within EU.
     
  7. molala macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Opera/9.80 (iPhone; Opera Mini/6.1.15738/26.1023; U; en) Presto/2.8.119 Version/10.54)

    Not sure if this still holds true, but years ago US wifi cards could only see up to channel 11 as a regulatory restriction. So you can test if this is a US laptop by fiddling channels on your wifi network.
     
  8. TWHH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for this info.

    Where do I find the wi-fi channel options in Lion? I've had a look in the wi-fi section of the Network Sys Prefs, but can't seem to see it.

    Thanks
     
  9. molala macrumors 6502a

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    You'll have to do it through your wireless router settings (whichever brand/make it is). You can usually select which channel it broadcasts in.
     

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