extra macbook accessories

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jbusc, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. jbusc macrumors member

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    So, I just came into a little more money than I expected, not much though :) That combined with the fact that I'll sell the free ipod to a friend that I get with the back-to-school deal. But enough to make me consider upgrading to the 2.0GHz macbook with superdrive (over the baseline)

    But then I realized I don't really need the superdrive, I'll just use an external DVD writer, and the extra 170Mhz isn't really necessary either. So, without wasting money on stuff I don't need, I'm just trying to brainstorm on what's useful I could get for my new macbook. I'm going to dock it and use it as my primary computer, and carry it to school. I already have a great 17" LCD and upgrade to 2GB ram.

    I would appreciate suggestions, esp. on what I've written below (sorry if these are asked often...)

    - extra magsafe power supply ($80, kinda steep?)
    - extra battery (worth it?)
    - cooling equipment (clamshell mode?)
    - apple usb keyboard (vs. regular PC keyboard)
    - parallels - I need both windows(xp or vista) and linux
    - quicktime pro
    - roxio toast or roxio popcorn
    - any other "need to get" software
    - kensington laptop "lock" (to prevent macbook from walking away)
    - internal HD upgrade, either apple or self (I'm getting 320GB external drive anyway)

    thanks in advance for your help
     
  2. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    Well, I'm going to order my Macbook (2.0 white) this morning, and here are a few of the extras I'm getting:
    -Apple wireless keyboard
    -Mighty Mouse
    -JBL Creature II's (white)
    -2GB RAM
    -Some software (not sure which yet) - iWork 06, Photoshop CS2, Aperature, Quicktime Pro (not sure about this one)
     
  3. fatties macrumors regular

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    well my mac book is cmy only compuiter so i invested in an i curve (amazing! the thing seems to float) and a logitech keyboard/ mouse. the whole set up came to about 80 quid, but i am sure it will work out less than 150 or whatever the exchange rate is at the moment! didn't get the apple bluetooth wireless because i am switching and i like double clicking. but both products are def worth it.

    and a foofbag, 25 pounds.

    planning to get some software, buit a bit skint at the mo as thats already 100 quid of kit!
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

    dmw007

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    I bought a iCurve stand to place my MBP on (not sure if the MacBooks get as hot as the MacBook Pros do- but the stand does help alleviate heat and raises the screen to a higher viewing level) and a wireless mouse. Go with an extra battery if you will be away from a power source for an extended period of time (e.g., 5+ hours).
     
  5. secondplace macrumors member

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    The RAM upgrade was def a good move. Cooling equipment might not be a bad idea considering these things tendency to get scorching hot. I think Parallels is a great program if you have a use for it. I use it and I know a lot of other board memers do as well. check some other threads for tips or ask if you have any specific questions.
     
  6. afornander macrumors 6502

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    to keep people from taking it, i acualy just read this earlear at apple.qj.net

     
  7. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    my most used accessory is a wireless mouse.. so that would be my number one vote. other than that, i'd definitely suggest an extra battery if you know you won't always be near an outlet (5+ hours is probably pushing it).
     
  8. secondplace macrumors member

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    5 hrs is pushing it for sure. i feel like half my battery life gets eaten up by fan usage.
     
  9. regre7 macrumors 6502

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    I'm getting a pretty nice case/bag from Booq, I think it's the Folee XM. It fits my MBP, but they've got other cases for MBs.
     
  10. batman123 macrumors regular

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    Is that how long the Macbook battery life is? 5 hours? Thats not bad!

    What about the Macbook Pro? Battery Life?

    And i vote wireless keyboard and mouse... ;)

    Batman.
     

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