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Taking notebook or desktop to Japan...?

by Chaos24278 / August 21, 2005 2:29 PM PDT

I'm moving to Osaka, Japan at the end of September. I'm wondering if I should bring my desktop, buy a notebook, or wait until I get over there to get a computer. I know Osaka has Den-Den Town, which has many cheap electronics stores, but I don't know about the availability of english notebooks there. Can anyone here help?

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what ever you do....
by server / August 21, 2005 3:00 PM PDT

do not bother bringing any computer (or
any electronic gadget for that matter)
with you!! From the moment you land you
will drool non-stop at the latest and greatest
e shops around hands down.

As for your concern re: english OS you might
want to contact the folks at


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Buy a new notebook in Japan - get English Windows here first
by KenSanramon / August 22, 2005 11:25 AM PDT
In reply to: what ever you do....

Yes, Japan has some ultralight notebooks that are not even sold in the US that people spend thousands on to get their hands on here.

If you get a Pentium M Notebook over there with all the top updated technology you should be able to load the US Microsoft XP operating system on it.

If you are worried about the cost of that over there then buy a copy of Windows XP or XP Professional in the US and then buy the notebook over there.

You are much better off buying the notebook in Japan so that you are assured of warranty service that is both local and available for the longest possible period when you are over there.

If you will be traveling back and forth to live you could get an HP/compaq busines model with an international warranty ( not but a US consumer model only offers a US warranty.

Note that Apple is migrating to Intel chips late in 2006 and Microsoft Vista operating system is also debuting in late 2006 so try not to spend more than $1500 now if possible.

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