That's the killer item here. Not only must you ship it thousands of miles, but the customs work may drive you nuts.
Please don't take anyone's word on this one. Call IBM, HP and get it in writing.
I will be going to Japan in about 2 months to teach English. I need a new notebook and was wondering if anyone can help me. My friends have differing opinions on what to buy. I am leaning towards a Dell Inspirion 8600 but a few of my friends said that it is cheaply made and has many problems. They said to buy a Sony or Toshiba.
The problem is that many of the internet sites like CNET don't have very good ratings for either unless you buy the pricey models.
I looked at the Toshiba M35-320 at Circuit City and had a good first impression. CNET didn't rate it very high though. One more thing about Toshiba's . . . is it me or do the screens look a little dimmer?
Another friend said to go with the IBM Thinkpad R51. It does have good ratings but it seems that the Dell 8600 had more features for less money.
One final thing, does Dell, Toshiba, or IBM have good international support (since I will be living in Japan for at least a year)?
Aaargh! This is getting quite confusing for someone with basic computing knowledge!