USA iMac or UK iMac?

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  1. ibizarocks macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, my boss kindly wants to get me an iMac 24" for work. He's going to America next week to Miami and NYC so I said get one while you're over there because of the £ to $ exchange rate. My question is however, what are the main differences between a UK and USA iMac and if I get the iMac is from USA will there be any problems I may encounter further down the line that I won't have thought of?

    Thanks guys
     
  2. kwfl macrumors 6502

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    it is better to get it form uk for repairs and support stuff.

    the only difference, other than that, between uk and us is the price.
     
  3. ibizarocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    isn't the apple warranty worldwide though??? surely I'd get the same treatment as a UK buyer??
     
  4. dbam987 macrumors regular

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    I think Apple will honor repairs world-wide, as long as its still under warranty. You can get the Apple Care thing to extend the warranty to 3 years.

    Edit: Sorry ibizarocks, you beat me :D
     
  5. ibizarocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    what about voltage settings though for the UK??? do I have to change anything on the iMac so it deals with the 220-240v?
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Only difference will be the price and keyboard. You'll get our American keybaord that has the @ sign in the right place ;)

    Otherwise voltage and power issues are nothing to worry about. Oh, but yeah you'll need a plug converter. You Brits with those huge plugs, ridiculous!
     
  7. wanderlust4ever macrumors member

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    But our plugs are Earthed, not like the yanks.
     
  8. ibizarocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeh no offence but i'd rather have an earthed plug!!! I'm scared of your sockets over there! :)
     
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Huh? You mean grounded plugs? We have those. Especially for computer equipment.
    EDIT: Though I did like how every plug in the UK (most of Europe) has the on/off switch on it.
     
  10. Applespider macrumors G4

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    If it's for work, can't he claim back VAT and depreciate it on his accounts? Not going to be able to do that with a US purchased one - where you'll end up paying sales tax.

    A 24" iMac weighs a lot. Unless he's not taking much other luggage, he's likely to get stung with excess baggage charges and might have to pay duty on it when it comes into the UK since it's going to be pretty visible on the baggage trolley going through the Green Channel!

    Portables for your own use can be worth bringing in but that size of iMac is nuts.
     
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  12. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, well UK plugs are 240 volts (higher number always equals better... right?)

    Also, ours don't fall out of the socket whenever there's a draft!

    UK plugs FTW!
     
  13. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it is better, but we are pretty much stuck with 110 volts. It is what we used when the grid was set up, and it will continue to be that. :(
     
  14. Ironduke Suspended

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    yeeehaa and the dollar is getting its ass kicked by the pound too!

    who's up for retaking the colony's;)
     
  15. kwfl macrumors 6502

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    i like this plug debate, curry on people. :D

    my country uses the same ones as in the UK, so i will vote for UK.
     
  16. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    Remember - if your boss gets caught in the airport, he'll have to pay import tax.

    There's no real way to avoid this with an iMAc (as you can't claim you took it with you :p)

    I was considering doing this, but bought from the UK. There are lots of topics around discussing the pros and cons. One thing that makes the US prices look less is that there's no (5% - am I right?) tax included in the shown price, whereas here in the UK the 17.5% is already included in the price.
     
  17. lofight macrumors 68000

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    European (not uk) plugs are the best :p imo. Is the difference between the UK imac and US imac in terms of money so big?
     
  18. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a

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    1. US keyboard, No £ sign. different shaped enter key.
    2. 2 Pin power cable, can be changed for a UK one
    3. International warranty, doesn't matter where the mac is purchased
    4. USA iMac is a lot cheaper, even when you add 17.5% VAT which might be added.
    5. I don't think the voltage makes a difference, i am sure the iMac can auto switch (i know iPhone chargers can!)
    6. The cheapest place in the world to get Apple stuff is Hong Kong!
     
  19. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a

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    ha ha, who needs MagSafe if the US plugs pop out of the wall so easily!!
     
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    Also, ours don't fall out of the socket whenever there's a draft!

    Very good for safety though. If you stumble over the cord your iMac will not hit you in your head. I vote for American Cord.
     
  22. nickf macrumors member

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    Let's not forget that British plugs have replaceable fuses too :)
     
  23. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a

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    Relax people. It would be a painful move to convert the present power grid up to what the UK and europe have in the first place. The us power grid is old, but it is still working (though it does need to be upgraded sooner than later).

    Depends on the outlet. Some are a pain to get the plug out, while some are very loose.
     
  24. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    Retaking the colony's...what?
     
  25. ibizarocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    well I've actually looked at the exchange rate and what he'll save and on the base 24" model it's only approx£250 which is jack really so there's not much point now I don't think.

    does anyone think the 2.8ghz is pound for pound worth it over the 2.4ghz model??? mac will be used for flyer design / photo editing / poster design and in the near feature flash design.

    thanks
     

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