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gamestriker
Mar 6, 2005, 09:24 PM
I'm a senior in high school right now, getting ready for college. I got my first mac a couple of weeks ago, a PowerBook G4 12" SD, and I love it (I'll probably right a review for it in this forum when I get a chance). Now I'm trying to figure out what else I should get for it. I got a wireless mouse, and MSOffice, and an Incase for it. I'd say I got about $1000-$1100 to spend on accessories right now, and so far I think I'm going to get the AppleCare ($350), 1GB RAM (<$400) and possibly a .Mac account ($100).

What else do you think I should get for my PowerBook? I'm not in the market for an iPod right now, but I do need some very portable and good quality headphones, so suggestions are appreciated.

A friend of mine suggested the Traveler CoolPad to help keep the PowerBook cool, but I'm not sure if its worth it (my PowerBook only gets really warm when I'm playing 3D games and its not even on the underside of it that it gets warm, its at the top strip of aluminum where the power button and the microphone are located).

All advice and suggestions will be very appreciated. My thanks in advance.

jackieonasses
Mar 6, 2005, 09:27 PM
Get one of them dell monitors and a wireless keyboard for the home usage... Or if you can spring for it - get the Apple monitor if you care about looks.
Get a external hard drive to back up stuff - (if it is 7200) it will run MUCH faster, then buy some apps...


sounds good to me

kyle

Jsmit
Mar 6, 2005, 09:58 PM
I would say to save whatever is left over until it is clear that what else you need. But if you must spend the money now. I think toast is a good investment if you plan on burning many disks, especially if they are more complicated then and audio CD or data CD. An external hard-drive for backing-up, and dealing with large files (i.e. video) that you don't want cluttering up your internal drive. Did you get a package of iKlear yet? It does a great job on the screen and works well on the rest of the 'book. It is nice to have a couple spare cables in your case. I have ethernet cables and firewire cables myself. An external display can be nice but is not needed. One of these days I may get one. I've been eyeing the Apple 20" but can't justify the cost, or even the cost of a Dell.

anotherjeff
Mar 6, 2005, 10:11 PM
Screen/Keyboard protector if you have greasy paw prints showing up on your screen.

Definitely full ram.

Isight if you like to chat.

ham_man
Mar 6, 2005, 10:19 PM
If you want some good phones I would suggest some Shures. I have the E3cs and LOVE them... :)

Other than that I would get some more RAM and Apple Care...

r6girl
Mar 6, 2005, 11:15 PM
congrats on your first mac! i'm sure it will serve you will in college.

on the applecare, i'd just suggest you search for it on ebay or craigslist where it can be purchased for less than the $349 msrp. just be sure it's an unopened/unregistered package, of course. i found applecare for my powerbook for $175 on craigslist. you could save some money there that could be applied to other goodies!

i have a radtech powersleeve for my powerbook and find it quite useful to save it from scratches and whatnot. a spare battery might be useful as well. a bit of a pain to keep swapping and charging 2 batteries to always have both fully charged on hand, but could come in handy for long trips or long days on campus when you can't get near a power outlet. i know i've always hated having to put my powerbook away on long trips even though when i've done my best to conserve power by turning down the screen brightness and other stuff.

oh, and some iklear for cleaning. great stuff to clean up the screen and the rest of the powerbook.

for headphones, i'd recommend the etymotic er-6s. i don't use mine every day since it's too unnerving to not be able to hear things around me, but they're great on the subway and on planes.

marianne

virividox
Mar 7, 2005, 01:52 AM
id skip the .mac account, when u go to uni they give u your own webspace and email.

first and foremost a external hard drive bigger than ur laptop hard drive so you can clone the image of the drive onto it a perfect back up :)

get a keyboard protector too

russed
Mar 7, 2005, 03:14 AM
for the headphones - get some shures as mentioned above. i have the ec2's and would have liked the ec3's but hey i'm not made of money and for about 60 i have some of the most clear sounding headphones with a really big range of sound. they really are a must. oh and they are really solidly built - not the kind of ones that will break within a few months, so i suppose in the long run they are worth it!

russed
Mar 7, 2005, 03:20 AM
right, on another note - accesories for your PowerBook. i have one and find an external mouse to be useful (particuarly if i'm doing something like editing photos etc) i would say the external keyboard is uneccesary as the keyboard on your powerbook is soooo good that you could type on it all day long!

i second the external hard drive. i have a lacie d2 and it looks really nice, is pretty quiet and looks as solid as any i have ever seen.

if the external mouse that you buy is an apple one i would advise getting the griffin powermate. apartfrom looking really cool, it is so useful for scrolling and loads of other applicaitons.

finally, a case. if you just want a slip case to put it in so you can put it in another bag, i would recomend the tucano second skin, it feels like it adds quite a bit of padding and protection yet isnt bulky and doesnt feel like it will fall apart!

oh another final point - get some decent speakers to put on your desk. i have the jbl creatures in silver- they look nice sound good and dont cost a lot!

Dagless
Mar 7, 2005, 08:10 AM
all i can recommend is an external hard drive, FW400, 7200rpm etc. HDs are pretty cheap now too so a 200gb wont cost that much.

im using a Crumpler Wee Bee and its a brilliant bag.

MacHarne
Mar 7, 2005, 08:40 AM
Gamestriker, you mentioned that you are going to college. Remember to use your student discount on the extra items you purchase from the online educational Apple Store. The AppleCare will only be $250 and everything else, in fact, will be cheaper.

I use my student discount ALL the time :D

quidire
Mar 7, 2005, 09:44 AM
id skip the .mac account, when u go to uni they give u your own webspace and email.

first and foremost a external hard drive bigger than ur laptop hard drive so you can clone the image of the drive onto it a perfect back up :)

get a keyboard protector too

I just recently (October) switched, and got a Rev C PB12 (it was such a great experience that I'm giving my PB12 to my girlfriend and buying a new Rev D PB12 for myself; it should arrive in the next few days (hopefully!)).

a .Mac account is well worth it; other than easily posting photo albums the web space is hardly the key reason to get it. Get it, pay $50 more and you have a 1GB iDisk. Having the ability to access your work ANYWHERE (and transfer files to whomever that are larger than 10MB (email providers generally won't let you attach >10MB/email)) is very useful, especially in a campus environment. Since you can access your iDisk over the web, you can ensure you never lose work no matter what happens, and can access it even if you leave your laptop in your dorm etc.

You can also use the iDisk to synchronise your bookmarks and system preferences (etc) on multiple Macs. This feature probably won't help you until you have a desktop as well, but is worth mentioning.

iCal publishing - huge! you can have various calendars in iCal (obviously) and w/ .Mac you can publish some of them; others w/ iCal OR Mozilla Sunbird (http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird.html) can subscribe to them. This calendar sharing can dramatically simplify scheduling. My understanding is these calendars can also be accessed over the web. (aside: Mozilla sunbird is a standalone calendar/scheduling app. My understanding is that if one uses Thunderbird or Firefox, there is a calendar plug in that is the functional equivalent. One simply must choose whether one wants the app on its own or combined with their web browser or email client. iCal is a far preferable option on OS X, but for Windows...)

.Mac is the simplest way to put any digital art online, be it audio, image or video. The tight integration with iLife makes it a breeze.


I was a .Mac skeptic, but just got a .Mac account a week ago, and it has been quite an experience.

Other suggestions:
Marware's CEO Milano laptop case (http://www.marware.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Marware.woa/1/wa/selectedCategory?catalogCatID=121&wosid=5n0LckmrpN7ebZIq2RqeK0)
Quicksilver (http://docs.blacktree.com/doku.php?id=quicksilver:what_is_quicksilver) FREE
Adium X (http://www.adiumx.com/) features (http://www.adiumx.com/about.php) FREE
Omniweb (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb/) features (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb/gallery/)[/SIZE] (yeah, paying for a web browser seems odd, but trust me, this is worth it (educational pricing on this and Omnigraffle is available))
OmniGraffle (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/) features (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/features/) (so much better than MS Visio)
NetNewsWire 2.0 (http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/beta.php) What's New (http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/whatsnew/netnewswire20.php) (has a FREE version; NNW Lite)
SubEthaEdit (http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/) Collaboration Features (http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/collaborate.html) (even if you aren't a programmer, its still wonderful; imagine taking notes in class in unison with someone else!) FREE(for non-commercial use)
Conversation (http://homepage.mac.com/philrobin/conversation/) features (http://homepage.mac.com/philrobin/conversation/page1.html) (if you are into IRC) FREE
iStumbler (http://www.istumbler.net/) OS X's airport dialogues will show you available networks, but you get far more information if you use this little app. FREE


-RS

gangst
Mar 7, 2005, 11:07 AM
imo, i wouldnt waste my money on ram and crap like that, iv made that mistake. instaed spend it on decent stuff that is worth the time like clothes, money towards a car e.t.c

eleveneastgate
Mar 7, 2005, 11:08 AM
When you shop at the Apple store, consider using your Educational Discount. That'll make your 1000+ stretch alittle... Mos Definitley get more RAM. Heck, MAX it out! I purchased one from here (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/2700DDRS1GBA/) :D

adamjay
Mar 7, 2005, 11:14 AM
2nd battery for sure. it will come in handy at university...

with a 12" PB, that gives you well over 9 hours of unplugged notetaking, essay writing, web-browsing, and itunes listening. with the aid of power saving features (lower screen brightness and reduced cpu).

adamjay
Mar 7, 2005, 11:17 AM
and for the 1GB stick of ram, go here:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-155-111&depa=0

$181 after shipping, and tested to work great in Powerbooks

sjshaw
Mar 14, 2005, 10:30 PM
I love this laptop desk (http://laptopdesk.net/laptopdesk2f.php).

brap
Mar 14, 2005, 10:36 PM
i second the external hard drive. i have a lacie d2 and it looks really nice, is pretty quiet and looks as solid as any i have ever seen.

if the external mouse that you buy is an apple one i would advise getting the griffin powermate. apartfrom looking really cool, it is so useful for scrolling and loads of other applicaitons.Full on, a big bad Lacie drive for backups, and a Powermate for scrollin' thru PDFs in the campus library. I'd be lost without either.

$400 for 1GB memory? Christ. I have some on order from Outpost, seriously cheap, in-spec stuff - like $150. Ni-ice.

h0e0h
Mar 14, 2005, 10:57 PM
i got a Griffin iCurve to raise the display up to span it w/ my current 17" LCD. I also got the apple bluetooth keyboard because it isn't recommended to type with the PB on the iCurve on it's keyboard. I also got a ScreensavRz from Radtech.us and a PowerSleeve as well. I also got a pretty cheap digital cam/printer bundle from my local target store and already had my digital vid cam. I also have an iPod and its dock. I would recommend it, because it actually comes to class with me more than my PB. I also got a dell axim x50 Pocket PC to keep up with my contacts and email and iCal dates, because you can sync it via bluetooth with the PB. It, like the iPod, goes to class with me everyday because it slips into my pocket. But as far as recommendations, i would definately recommend the ScreensavRz and PowerSleeve... and i couldn't live with out my vid cam and digital cam. Good luck on your stuff... I would also recommend MANY DVD-Rs and maybe the iMic if you do voice overs in vids like i do...

Melvin Furd
Mar 15, 2005, 01:32 AM
Get a USB Flash Drive at least 128 megs-they come in handy when you can't e-mail files to other people.

_pb_boi
Mar 15, 2005, 02:39 AM
Four words.

20. Inch. Cinema. Display.

Get one if you can, it's a GREAT combination, makes people go 'whoooa' when they see it :)

andy.

wwidgirl
Mar 19, 2005, 02:05 AM
get a good laptop case and protect that investment.
Digital camera is a good supplement as well- to take pictures of your awesome laptop.

bentley
Mar 20, 2005, 04:02 PM
I'd definitely get AppleCare.

I'm nearly out of warranty and I've had a few problems (screen, sleep issues).

I'm gonna pick it up soon.

A pen drive of some sort too. I use a Shuffle, works for me :)

jknight8907
Mar 20, 2005, 04:42 PM
How about a couple of the Dell widescreens? Either one 24" or two 20" LCDs would be great, and a lot cheaper than the Apple ones. And you can use that money you saved to buy more RAM and other goodies.

dotdotdot
Mar 20, 2005, 06:11 PM
How about a couple of the Dell widescreens? Either one 24" or two 20" LCDs would be great, and a lot cheaper than the Apple ones. And you can use that money you saved to buy more RAM and other goodies.


you cant use 2 monitors AND a powerbook, can you?

jknight8907
Mar 20, 2005, 07:06 PM
Yep, you can, but you have to use a PC Card slot video card to run the second one.

So, now that I've realised that, how bout getting a 24" widescreen?

Capt Underpants
Mar 20, 2005, 09:26 PM
id skip the .mac account, when u go to uni they give u your own webspace and email.

first and foremost a external hard drive bigger than ur laptop hard drive so you can clone the image of the drive onto it a perfect back up :)

get a keyboard protector too

You can clone the HD? How might I go about doing this?

superbovine
Mar 21, 2005, 12:28 AM
I'm a senior in high school right now, getting ready for college. I got my first mac a couple of weeks ago, a PowerBook G4 12" SD, and I love it (I'll probably right a review for it in this forum when I get a chance). Now I'm trying to figure out what else I should get for it. I got a wireless mouse, and MSOffice, and an Incase for it. I'd say I got about $1000-$1100 to spend on accessories right now, and so far I think I'm going to get the AppleCare ($350), 1GB RAM (<$400) and possibly a .Mac account ($100).

What else do you think I should get for my PowerBook? I'm not in the market for an iPod right now, but I do need some very portable and good quality headphones, so suggestions are appreciated.

A friend of mine suggested the Traveler CoolPad to help keep the PowerBook cool, but I'm not sure if its worth it (my PowerBook only gets really warm when I'm playing 3D games and its not even on the underside of it that it gets warm, its at the top strip of aluminum where the power button and the microphone are located).

All advice and suggestions will be very appreciated. My thanks in advance.

a bag, timbuk2 is my favorite. there is serveral threads about this.

skip .mac like the poster above said you have space at your university.

coolpad is a good idea, and it travels nicely in the timbuk2.

battery recharger and rechargable batteries for your mouse.

Sony MDR-NC11 Fontopia Noise Canceling Headphones. although someone suggested the ec3 which are nice as well.

external usb 2.0 or firewire hard drive. especially with laptops you need to have a backup of important data. I would recommend 100-200 gb. that enough to store a large amounts of music. i.e. backuping up your itunes, documents, pictures, etc.

panphage
Mar 21, 2005, 01:28 AM
For headphones, I have to back up the Etymotic er-6 suggestion. I got the er-6i's that are white, apple whore that I am. Absolutely amazing sound. It *is* a bit unnerving to be completely unable to hear what's going on around you though.

gamestriker
Mar 22, 2005, 04:50 PM
I would rather not pay more than 50 dollars for some good headphones.

Does anyone know any of any great, protable, sub-$50 headphones?

My friend have told me that the Sony h.ear Sports Headphones MDR-J11G sound fine and are very portable. Can anyone confirm that?

Thanks in advance.

superbovine
Mar 22, 2005, 04:57 PM
I would rather not pay more than 50 dollars for some good headphones.

Does anyone know any of any great, protable, sub-$50 headphones?

My friend have told me that the Sony h.ear Sports Headphones MDR-J11G sound fine and are very portable. Can anyone confirm that?

Thanks in advance.

not sure about sub-$50, but if you ride a train, bus, or airplane a lot the extra $50 for ~$100 headphones are worth it imho.

MacAficionado
Mar 22, 2005, 06:06 PM
These guys have some pretty cool stuff.

Radtech (http://www.radtech.us/)

ghostee
Mar 26, 2005, 07:02 PM
This is how I would spend the money in your situation:

Dell 20" widescreen LCD - appx. $500 w/ coupons

Apple bluetooth KB - $53 student price

Logitech MX1000 mouse - $79 at Apple Store, maybe cheaper elsewhere online

iCurve stand - $40

ScreensavRz - $20

Good laptop bag or backpack - no more than $80

Security cable to lock PB down while sitting in dorm - appx $40

That leaves about $200 to spend on either RAM or an external HD. You may consider getting a cheaper enclosure ($30 maybe?) and a regular internal HD, as this can be significantly cheaper than a Lacie.

Joeytpg
Mar 27, 2005, 08:56 PM
well my friend this is one of the coolest things about buying a laptop (Accessories) and it's even cooler when you have enough money (like you) to spend.

I'll list you a few things i think are TOP A. on my list, but i'll only write things that you can USE not "COOL" things that you won't use that much.

i have a Powerbook 15" and i'm also in college and i can really tell you what works and what not. So here i go.....

1- Get a GOOD Sleeve to put your powerbook in. (Protection 1rst right?)

2- A GOOD laptop bag (can be a backpack or a Messenger bag, you taste) just don't spend more than $50 or $60 MOST on a laptop bag PLEASE, it's a mistake, with the Sleeve and the "semi-cheap" bag will do.

3- you already got an external mouse, good choice. I can deal with the trackpad but not ALL the time.

4- i don't know about you, but i REALLY like SPACE, so i'd buy an external Display, and of course i'd love an Apple one, but hey if you can't afford it then simply get a nice cheaper one. People seem to be having good impressions out of the DELL's displays.

5- RAM, BUT don't get APPLE ram, it's just TOO expensive....go to Crucial.com and but it from them......i'd suggest you to get a cheap 512 stick, you'll have 768 and wait maybe a year or so and buy a 1gb stick when the prices go down.

6- Extra battery could REALLY be a great option, BUT first try using the pbook with only one bat. maybe it's more than what you need.

7- External Hard Drive. i've only had my pbook for 9 months and i only have 10 gb left. but maybe you ain't like me, so like i said, wait and test you storage capablities......don't buy ANYTHING that you don't need right away.


well this is it pretty much.... good luck and let us know what you get