hi - just wanted to know if any of you guys have had experience in buying a english laptop in germany - or at least the windows in english - any ideas of which stores i can go to - I have a specific laptop in mind.
My tuppence worth on this issue. Sounds like the crucial issue is getting Windows XP in English, not the keyboard.
When I first arrived with my UK keyboard it soon became a pain when occasionally needing the german keys (there are workarounds but they drive you bats). Typing English on a German keyboard is easy peasy - just the Y and Z swapped over. And to get the £ on mine is ALT163.
So you either go the Dell route, or I would say:
1. Buy the laptop you want, complete with local 2 year guarantee, german XP and german keyboard.
2. Wipe the hard drive.
3. Purchase an OEM version of Windows XP Professional Multilingual. Default language is English so that is pretty damn simple!
I did #3 and works beautifully. German keyboard - job done.