In a local supermarket they have an Asus EeePC 1000HE for the equivalent of £250 – £50 cheaper than in the UK as far as I can tell.
It has an international warranty too, so no dramas there. The only drawbacks are that it comes preinstalled with WinXP Arabic (I’d be nuking whatever OS it came with regardless to put on Ubuntu and WinXP, so I don’t really see this is a problem) and it has some arabic markings on the keys. I don’t look at the keyboard anyway, and all the keys are in the same places (and the english markings are most prominent).
I just hate spending money. On the otherhand, I did a fair bit of overtime last month, more than enough to pay for it and it would come in pretty handy in Japan and so on later this year.
Thinking about buying this has led me to a realisation about my purchasing behaviour – I think I dislike spending money on things like this generally – I don’t like to impulse buy technology. I’ll research and research it, but deep down I think I know I’m going to buy it almost immediately – it just depends on if I can stall myself long enough for external events to stop me.
Fate has till the end of the week…