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    Jan 06, 2008
    Us Mini in UK?
    Hi all

    I'm just about to take the plunge and probably get a Mac Mini and I'm wondering if I can buy a US Mac Mini for use predominantly in the UK.

    The things I'm concerned with are whether I'll need a special power converter (and where i can get it from), as well as OS X locations which will impact keyboard layout, dvd playback etc.

    Can anyone let me know if I'll be ok and/or what I might need to buy or change to make it workable.

    Please excuse any stupid questions I may have asked, I'm new to the Mac world and am looking for advice from those with experience.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Gaz's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 26, 2007
    24" iMac 2.8 GHz / Mac Mini 1.66 GHz
    I've bought a mini from america and use it in the uk..

    all you need is a socket converter, so you can plug the american 2pin plug in a uk 3pin socket (they cost a few quid)

    Apple use one keyboard layout. the UK and american keyboards are the same.

    when you first insert a DVD you have to choose a region, and it can be changed up to 5 times.
    24" iMac 2.8Ghz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 580GB EHDD, Firewave, 7.1 Sound System. Mac Mini 2.66GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 2.1 Sound System, 19" LCD Flat Screen Monitor, EyeTV with Miglia Mini. Apple TV 160GB.iPod Mini Blue 6GB

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    Member Since
    Jan 13, 2007
    iMac 20" 2.4/4/320/Leopard, 12" PowerBook G4 1.5/1.25/80/Tiger
    Wow, yeah, at the current exchange rate the US Mini will save you 100 quid. Yikes. That's the difference between a 1.83 and a 2.0 right there.
    Current: 20" iMac 2.4/4/320/Leopard / Dell 2407WFP / Leopard
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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    Purchasing items with the Euro plug for use here in Australia it is simply a matter of purchasing a $5 lead locally as they all seem to be 100-240 volt universal powered systems.

    In fact for an external HDD an electric jug cord did the job!

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    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    just that your Mini will be left hand drive

    Only joking, I have bought twice from the Sates and had no problems

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    Member Since
    Aug 08, 2007
    London, UK
    MacBook Pro 15", 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 120GB HDD, NVIDIA 8600M GT 128MB
    Did you buy them from the US Apple site? I didn't think you could ship outside of US from there.

    Just wondering as I'm going to be getting a mini soon and it wouldn't hurt to get the better model for the price of the lower model =p

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