Macbook pro Hong Kong UK Keyboard stock

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ramit, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. ramit macrumors member

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    All,

    I'm off to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks, and was looking to buy a Macbook Pro 13 without touch bar and 16gb of RAM, with the British UK keyboard.

    Looking at the apple hong kong website, you can configure this set-up really easy, but you can't select to pick-up in store, with delivery in Hong Kong only?

    Does anyone know if any of the Apple store in Hong Kong stocks this, with a british keyboard? Or is there anyway to find out?

    Also - assume the warranty is worldwide for 1st year, so if I hit an issue, I could take it into an Apple store in the UK?

    Thanks,
     
  2. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

    New_Mac_Smell

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    Warranties are worldwide so don't worry about that.

    Keyboard wise you'd be best to call up and ask, they usually only stock localised versions, which in China's case means international version, which to Apple means US layout. There's not a whole lot of difference between UK/US keyboards but it is noticeable, whether it's more noticeable than the price difference is up to you. It'll also come with a 2 pin plug but you can just swap that once in the UK.

    Depending on how long you're there for, you can order a British one to the store and pick it up (3-5 days), or just pop by and see on a whim. There's several Apple stores so there could be one in particular is better than the others but I think it'll be more like trying to find that rare Dylan album that finding a British Apple Store in downtown HK...
     
  3. ramit thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks - Hong Kong has the same plug outlet as UK, which is 3 pin?

    Also, I'm there for a week but the Apple store in Hong Kong has no option to pick-up in store. Can you call the stores directly?
     
  4. SteveJUAE macrumors 68030

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    I agree your more likely to get a US KB in your available time in HK I have never found it an issue other than on the odd occasion using £ symbol I got use to using UKP and a couple of other keys are transposed

    I would not worry about 2 pin or 3 pin as its easy to change and the US 2 pin one is handy as it folds too

    Best of luck calling and finding a reliable member of staff to do your order over the phone, best pop in person IMO or get a local friend to do it in advance
     
  5. Moriarty macrumors 6502

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    You have to declare the laptop when you re-enter the UK, and pay import taxes on it. It is illegal to fly into the UK with things that are worth more than 390 GBP without paying import duties (obviously if you live in the EU this excludes everything you had when you left, or if you live outside the EU then it excludes everything you'll take with you when you leave the EU again).

    With this in mind, you aren't going to save much (or any) money by buying the laptop in Hong Kong and bringing it back home. Better to just get it in the UK and get the exact keyboard you want.

    If you smuggle a laptop back home without declaring its value to customs, you are an idiot.
     

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