So was thinking of buying the missus an Alienware gaming laptop to play The Sims 3 etc on so I checked out the site and big difference in price from the US and AUS
Wondering if there would be any major problems to worry about apart from the power issues, could you order one cheaper from the US and just replace the power cord or worst case the battery?
- just order the Aus power pack or buy a cheapie power socket converter such as you would from the airport if you were traveling abroad.
- if you buy an overseas model, Dell won't offer onsite support for any unit here in Aus unless you've purchased an extended international warranty. This kinda crept up on me - I really don't know how long that's been in effect. The website doesn't make this obvious when you're buying the unit.
- get the full 3yr warranty. Dells typically don't have issues until they're at least 18 months old.
- remember that just about any
gaming laptop is going to have a shorter lifespan in the Queensland heat than it would in cooler climates. A lot of peeps use their computers in environments that aren't air conditioned over the warmer months of the year. There's a little slip of paper that comes in the box with any laptop instructing the user to keep the unit out of direct sunlight, under ~40 degrees, don't get it wet, etc. Most people blow their warranty on the first hot Summer day and conveniently forget this... then later wonder why their laptop has issues later on. Any Dell support techy will be quick to point this out to you when/if they come to your home/office. I must have said that 20 times in the last 7 days.. people still try and work around it though :/
- Dell have tech support that comes to you door at a time that suits you.. damn I love that.
- still not a huge fan of their call center however.