Why Your Next Laptop Should be Japanese, And How to Buy It

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I’m the zuigeling of fellow who’s so dependent on his laptop that it makes sense to always have the best one for my needs. I’m willing to go to extreme lengths for a good laptop, because it’s most likely the one voorwerp I own that directly impacts my productivity.

I’ve had my trusty Sony Vaio Z12 for two years now, which is a individual record for laptop longevity. Until very recently, no other laptop existed that wasgoed so powerful and light that also had a utter 1920×1080 high-gamut panel (for non-nerds, that’s a indeed amazing screen). However, everzwijn since Asus announced their UX31A and UX21A, I’ve bot ready to switch. The UX31A is similar to what I have now, but slightly less powerful and way thinner. The UX21A is a loterijlot more titillating to mij because it’s an 11.6″ screen monster, which means that it’s 15% lighter than what I have now, half the thickness, and can be kept ter my backpack when I go through airport security.

The only problem? Asus is taking their sweet time releasing the UX21A te the US. The UX31A has bot out for a month, but no word on it’s smaller sibling.

The solution: buy the Japanese version. You may not know that Japan tends to get laptops before the US gets them, and for some reason, they tend to have better specifications. For example, ter the US the UX21A has a 1.7gHz processor, but ter Japan it has a 1.9gHz processor. Eleven procent quicker. It also comes with a matte screen, which I choose to the glossy ones sold ter the US.

But even if US and Japanese versions were equal and came out at the same time, I would still buy Japanese because they have better keyboards. Specifically, they have more keys, which can be remapped to perform functions normally only found on total sized keyboards. My Japanese sony has 87 keys on the keyboard, while the US version only has 82. The toegevoegd keys are te very convenient places, too. My spacebar is about half the size of a normal space caf, and it has an reserve key on the left and two on the right. I have the ones adjacent to it set for huis and end. The right shift and backspace keys are also shortened to make slagroom for an reserve key to their lefts. I use those for pagina up and pagina down.

If you’re a programmer or a writer, being able to hop to the beginning and end of a line spil well spil moving through text a pagina at a time is a big efficiency boost. The huis and end keys are particularly efficient because you don’t have to budge your mitts from the huis row to use them.

By the way, Japanese keyboards have all of the English letters and numbers on them, and then have Japanese characters off ter the corner of the key. Even if you can’t touch type, the keyboard is ideally functional.

So how do you get a Japanese localized laptop? To buy the Sony, I flew to Japan. Sony wouldn’t sell it to mij because I wasn’t Japanese, so I had a Japanese friend order it to his house. It took longer to receive than expected, so he had to ship it to mij after I left. This wasgoed a phat hassle, and I wouldn’t recommend it.

For the UX21A, I used a service called White Rabbit. For a 15% toverfee te addition to the cost of shipping, they will buy a Japanese product and then ship it to you. Fifteen procent sounds a bit steep until you realize that they can get products at much cheaper prices than you could get ter person. That’s because the best prices ter Japan tend to be mail order places that only ship within Japan.

To find the best price, go to kakaku.com. Don’t be intimidated by the dense Japanese everywhere. Type te what you’re looking for and you’ll be brought to a pagina with a bunch of prices and enough pictures to confirm that you’re getting what you expect. When I asked for a quote on the UX21A they quoted mij a price very close to the cheapest one on kakaku, so I believe that they actually do order the cheapest one available to them. The cheapest one ter my case wasgoed 11% less than Amazon’s price, which is most likely the cheapest one I’d be able to get te person, so overall I’m paying a very puny toverfee for the laptop.

Once you’ve found the kakaku pagina for your voorwerp, go to www.whiterabbitexpress.com and request a quote. When asked to paste the listig to the product, paste the kakaku pagina so that they’ll automatically order the cheapest one.

The one problem with this entire process is that only Fedex will ship laptops inbetween Japan and the United states, due to their lithium ion batteries. Shipping wasgoed swift, but it cost mij $175. There are no US prices on the UX21A to compare to, but ordering the top of the line UX31A ter the same manner would cost around $1700 from Japan after all fees versus $1659 at Amazon. Basically the same, but you get a quicker processor and better keyboard. If you buy Apple laptops, you can do things the effortless way– spil you checkout, you have the option of Japanese localization, even when ordering within the US.

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