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#1 boethe

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 07:21 AM


I would like to buy a laptop for my Hungarian father-in-law who lives in Hungary.

I have good system building experience for desktops but much less experience with laptops; I also do not have experience with the new netbooks which don't include CD drives.

In Hungary, was there last month, laptops start at around $600 for netbooks and $1000 for laptops. Most don't already have Windows installed or they have a limited demo. The sales people tried to offer to copy the 'store' copy of windows on the laptop for $100 but I am not at all interested in a suspect version of Windows. A laptop with Windows 7 really installed with Windows authentic sticker moves the price up above $1200. Note this is Veszprem not in Budapest. I don't usually get into Budapest while in Hungary and I would not be surprised if prices are better there; but this is not really a helpful option due to the travel cost.

My father-in-law was here in the US in March and loved to play the Windows Chess on my wife's laptop. I think he would be happy with the Windows Chess but would be even more happy with Chessmaster or Fritz. My goal is to get him a laptop with chess software installed without breaking the bank.

I think the mark up on laptops in Hungary has to do with the installation of the Hungarian language keyboard. Since it is a small market and the laptops have to be special made with their different keyboard and the operating system has to be configured to use the special language keyboard, and also power supply has to have the Hungarian plug.

So at one extreme I am thinking of just getting a english language netbook, installing a chess program off the web and sending it to him. He has a transformer, which I use for my laptop when I am there, and I don't think the lack of special language keyboard with be a big problem since he is primarily playing a game. At the other extreme I could try to figure out how to install the special keyboard and find a Hungarian compatible power supply while still trying to beat the high prices in Hungary; also need to remember to add the price of shipping to Europe in comparison

Advice? Thoughts?


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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:27 AM

Interesting challenge there!

I would think Hungary uses the Euro 220V 50 Mhz power standard? Have you contacted computer specialty companies like Tiger Direct? They're international, not just USA based, and may have a wealth of ready answers. Obviously they wouldn't advertise such Euro-specific hardware on their American site but I'm sure it's all available direct from them.

Due to import tariffs you might consider having whatever machine shipped to you, do a very minor disassembly, and then re-ship in 2 parts as 'Electronics parts' or somesuch? Or possibly there's some Hungarian outlet for Tiger Direct which would again beat the tariffs game.

I'll bet they have some answers.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:54 AM

If the only purpose for the laptop is to play chess, you might consider getting a dedicated chess computer for him instead of the laptop. Here is a site that sells them starting at less than $30. Chess Computers
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 04:29 AM

Here is an excellent article about how to buy a gaming laptop in Budapest http://www.xpatloop.com/news/the_big_notebook_compromise_by_notebookspecialista_in_budapest



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 03:24 PM

Well...there are language packs for certain editions of Windows...which might cover the language differential.

 

I don't know how the gift exchange will work...but it seems to me that customs duties are going to be assessed on any item purchased in the U.S. and entering another country.  You might check into that before going too far with your tentative plan.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 25 September 2016 - 03:26 PM.





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