Got my new laptop if anyone’s interested. Not in Australia though, in Vietnam. Main reason in was looking at Australia was that the keyboard would definitely be in English and the staff would also speak English.
I’m trying to learn the basics in each country in go to, but knowing how to say “which way is it to the beach?” is not much use when you’re talking specs, upgradeability, warranties etc etc.
Anyway, it was some kind of import, so the whole thing was in English… keyboard, OS, documentation etc. Nobody in the shop spoke any English though, but we muddled through. Me attempting to explain ‘mouse mat with gel wrist rest’ was particularly funny in hindsight… I looked like Jim Carrey when he does ‘the claw’ in Liar Liar. Made sure i went to the biggest, busiest and oldest shop in town… had heard horror stories of tourists getting ripped off in smaller stores, so none of that thankfully.
So, I got an Asus Zenbook UX303, i5, 8Gb of RAM, 268GB SSD, 13.3" 1080p IPS, GT940M 2GB. Not quite the same as my fancy desktop, and ultra complex projects are out, but should do the job while I’m on the road. Wanted an i7 but the price for the upgrade was just too much for me, and they didn’t have any in stock anyway.