New MBA arrived...have some funds left..accessories time!!!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ufgatorbait, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2011
    First off, thank you to the MBA forum residents. With your help, I decided to finally order my family's first real Mac (other than iPhone, iPad, iTouch).

    I'll admit, for months I over analyzed the decision switching from iMac 27, to "oh look, the MBPs refreshed", to "well, MBAs may refresh in June, should I wait?".

    So when I finally figured out that I didn't want to take the leap to the MBP 15' base model pricing point of 1799, I did what I thought was best and took Apples best 13inch lappy available, the MBA!! :)

    So, fast forward to today....MBA (1.86, 128SSD, 4GB Ram) arrives in beautiful condition. Coconut Battery tells me I'm very lucky with only 1 cycle ;), battery at 87% full. Fired up quickly like my smile. I feel very fortunate and am a fan of the refurb site going forward.

    But, the savings allow me some fun with accessories so I turn to the community once again. For the MBA, what are your essential or even most fun accessories that you would recommend for a new MBA owner?
  2. macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    congrats! I have the 13: 1.86ghz 4gb and I love it. I use it as my main. The only accessories I have purchased was a sleeve to pack into my briefcase, and a leather skin, which I have since removed because I like the aluminum casing much better.
  3. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2009
    Backup drive.

    External monitor (optional, but really nice to be able to use a big screen when at home).

    Extra chargers for home, work, other room at home, etc.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark - Scandinavia
    I will get this for mine :

    TimeCapsule 2 TB
    Airport express w. Monster cable
    A nice case/sleeve (I will order a Vaja custom made case)

    Claus - TapaTalk on my Ip4
  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
  6. macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Bergen, Germany
    My Air Ultimate is on the road to be delivered today :D

    I have bought:

    Book Book case
    BookArc for Air (new version)
    Time Machine
    Wireless Keyboard

    Will wait until the ACD 27 is refreshed before i purchase that as well.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    ... o.0 Wireless keyboard...? Doesn't the MBA have a full-sized keyboard already?
  8. macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Bergen, Germany
    It's for my 27 ACD when I purchase it.
  9. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2009
    You may be waiting a LONG time. Like two years.
  10. macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2010
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2011
    Are TimeMachine and TimeCapsule the same thing (i.e. wireless storage solution)?
  12. macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
    TimeMachine is the software, TimeCapsule is the device (essentially an external hard drive/NAS)
  13. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2009
    But you can also use Time Machine to backup to a local hard drive connected directly via USB. It doesn't require Time Capsule.
  14. macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    The essentials:
    27" LED ACD
    Apple Wireless Keyboard
    Magic Mouse
    Magic Trackpad
    AirPort Extreme Base Station w/attached BU Drive and Printer
    Mobile Me account

    Add any MBA and you're set.
  15. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2011
    Not seeing much mention of Apple's SuperDrive. Did you all pass it up? I'm thinking it is necessary for Windows 7.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    You can purchase a cheaper alternative
  17. macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2011
    Virtual machines are always an option. Parallels, VMWare Fusion, Virtualbox (Free).

    I'd be hesitant to dual-boot an already small hard-drive.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
    Yup, should have mentioned that. I built a NAS from spare parts that runs Ubuntu that I use for my TimeMachine backups. Works great, and it's super fast over a Gigabit network (much faster than USB2).

    Exactly. I also don't really find myself needing more space. I don't use my MBA as my primary computer, so I just keep on it what I need. I find 256GB to be plenty. If I had the 128GB drive, I'd probably need more space, but I feel that carrying an external drive sort of negates the concept of the MBA. Might as well get an MBP then.

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