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

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2011
    #1
    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

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2010
    #2
    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

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    #3
    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

    CHSeifert

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    Location:
    Copenhagen, Denmark - Scandinavia
    #4
    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)

    ----
    Vh/Regards
    Claus - TapaTalk on my Ip4
     
  5. macrumors 65816

    iVeBeenDrinkin'

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2008
  6. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2007
    Location:
    Bergen, Germany
    #6
    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

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2008
    Location:
    Part of the old MR guard.
    #7
    ... o.0 Wireless keyboard...? Doesn't the MBA have a full-sized keyboard already?
     
  8. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2007
    Location:
    Bergen, Germany
    #8
    It's for my 27 ACD when I purchase it.
     
  9. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    #9
    You may be waiting a LONG time. Like two years.
     
  10. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2010
    Location:
    NY
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2011
    #11
    Are TimeMachine and TimeCapsule the same thing (i.e. wireless storage solution)?
     
  12. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    #12
    TimeMachine is the software, TimeCapsule is the device (essentially an external hard drive/NAS)
     
  13. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    #13
    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

    Scottsdale

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2008
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    #14
    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

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2011
    #15
    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

    Psilocybin

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

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2011
    #17
    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

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    #18
    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.
     

Share This Page