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BenM98

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    Sata 1 SSD?

    Yes I usually shop on the German Amazon. The prices seem to be a bit higher than on the US site, but I save a lot on taxes and import fees and most of the time shipping too. Aliexpress is pretty good if you are building some Arduino projects and want some cheap stuff. I've ordered a ton of stuff and so far nothing got caught on the border
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    Sata 1 SSD?

    Hungary is not the best place when it comes to these stuff. I mean living here as a tech fan is a nightmare. We have 27% VAT on electronics and the supply of new products is basically non-existent. You can't really buy Microsoft laptops for example and if you manage find one, it's at least 2 gen old and overpriced. Just to give some perspective: iPhone Xs Max 512GB costs $1500 (before taxes) in the US and $1630 in Hungary (before taxes). The fun part is when you find out that with taxes you pay $2085.
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    Sata 1 SSD?

    I live in a third world country lol
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    Sata 1 SSD?

    Thanks! I unfortunately cannot open the device as it is still under warranty and I can't afford to lose that. I can however replace the DVD drive without opening the device, I even checked with the retailer and they told me it's okay if I do it.
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    Sata 1 SSD?

    Thank you!
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    Sata 1 SSD?

    Hello! I have a Dell Inspiron 5567 15' with an i7 7500U, 8GB of RAM and a 240GB SSD. The laptop also has a DVD drive that I never use due to obvious reasons. I've found out that it's possible to replace the DVD drive with a disk drive using a drive caddy. The DVD drive uses a SATA 1.5 Gbps connection according to the official specifications. My question is, should I buy an SSD with this limitation in mind, or should I just get an HDD? If the SSD is considerably faster, I'd go for it because I want to dual-boot Linux and the SSD would make it a bit faster. Anyone had experience with this? What do you guys recommend? Thanks!
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    Pricing in EU vs US

    Yes. You are right, it includes shipping and taxes. But can you tell me how much taxes you have to pay on average in the US? According to Wikipedia "California has the highest state sales tax with a base rate of 7.25%". Here we have 27% taxes and the reason for it is that governments have to support free healthcare, schools... All I'm asking is that: Is it worth to have this?
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    Pricing in EU vs US

    Hi! I'm a computer science student from central Europe, Hungary. I wanted to respond to one of the topics in the latest WAN Show. The topic I'm talking about is the price of US based company's products in Europe. I want to begin with Apple products because they are the most overpriced here. Many things are reasonably priced in the US. The iMac Pro base model is almost as much as the sum of the components and laptops are considered cheap compared to the European prices. So take a look at this: If you look up apple.com and apple.hu (the Hungarian Apple site) and click on iPhones, you see a strange thing. The US site has them starting at 999$ for the XS and 1099 for the XS Max, the Hungarian site on the other hand asks for 399,999HUF (1,436$) for the XS and 439,990HUF (1580$) for the Max. That is not a small difference. And the gap between the prices continue to grow as you select the higher storage capacity models. The most dramatic is the 512GB XS Max that supposed to cost 1449$ but in Hungary it will run you 577,990HUF (2076$). That is incredible. It is a whopping 627$ gap. For that price you can buy the maxed out OnePlus 6. Check out the fully speced iMac Pro tho: In the US it's 13,199$, in Hungary it's 4 784 790 HUF which is 17,052$. And yes, I know this includes taxes but there isn't a state where you would have to pay 4,000$ of taxes. Now to be fair, this is not completely Apple's fault. The import fees are 27% and taxes are just stupidly high from the US. This happens to every US company's product over here, like Surface Books, Dell XPS notebooks... If you are importing from Asia (like Samsung and Xiaomi phones) the taxes and import fees are almost 0. If you check out the Hungarian T-Mobile website and choose the S9+ and iPhone XS for comparison you can see that the 64GB models are 285,000HUF (1024$) for the S9+ and 399 990HUF (1,436$) for the XS. It's a 400$ difference while in the US it's 80$ (as of now on at&t's site). The problem is that it doesn't matter that it's not Apple's fault, the consumer only sees the price tag. This is one of the main reasons that Apple is not doing so great over here. I also want to point out that here, you have to give 2 years of warranty as a phone vendor, so that might increase prices. But the 2 year warranty is applied to every other phone too, not just iPhones, and the T-Mobile site I referred to already has the warranty fees in the price. The problem however is present with laptops too. Here is an example: The Dell XPS 13 with an I7 8550U, 16GB of ram, 1TB SSD and a 4K panel costs 1800 US Dollars on BestBuy. If you check out one of Hungary's biggest electronics stores called edigital you see that a similarly built machine costs 935 990 HUF which is 3,335$. And this model has a last gen i7-7Y75. That is such a ridiculous difference that it doesn't make any sense buying a high end product like it. Sure you can buy it from amazon, but even then it will cost you a lot more and you won't have a place to take your notebook back to if it needs a quick repair. It is actually pretty hard to get relevant comparisons because companies like Razer don't sell their stuff here. Your options are importing it or buying used. The LG Gram and Surface devices are basically impossible to find here. The other problem is that even if you find something it's most likely running outdated hardware, like older processors. I get that as an EU citizen I get 2 years of warranty with every purchase, but I don't think that it makes up for these price differences. People used to joke about buying a plane ticket and going to the US, buying the stuff you need and coming back with money saved. This joke is starting to sound like a great idea nowadays. What do you guys think?
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