PowerBook Essentials - things everyone should have

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  1. macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2004
    I've had a powerbook now for a few months now, and have slowly stocked myself up with accessories and necessities.

    I thought it would be cool to make a post about what things your consider essential to your portability and your laptop.


    I have:

    •Commuter bag from Timbuk2
    •Marware keyboard protector
    •MacAlly IcePad
    •Apple BT mouse
    •Retractable hotsync cord for my PDA

    What does everyone else carry around with their laptops?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2001
    Brenthaven 15" Shoulder Case
    Apple Bluetooth Mouse
    Extra Apple Power Adapter
    Retractable Ethernet Cord (i forgot what brand)
    FireWire, USB 2.0, iPod Connection cable
    Traveler CoolPad
    All the cords and whatnot that came in the PowerBook box
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    The first thing you need is something to carry it in--something that fits the way you'll actually use it. A briefcase might work for some while others will need a backpack. Personally, I like this over-the-shoulder thing I've got. It also has a handle on top and can be worn as a backpack. Covers all situations. After that I just carry what you need. For me cables are a big deal. When I get where I'm going I don't always know what I'll be doing or how I'll be doing it so I carry a variety of cables--USB, ethernet, FireWire, telephone, and external monitor adaptor. Most cables are available in retractable form so they don't take up that much room. I try to carry a couple iKlear wipes as well, but I always end up using them on other people's gear. I like to carry my digital camera with me whenever possible, so I've got that plus a small tripod and the proper cable in my bag. There's usually an iPod in there as well--and I got that Dr. Bott FireWire to iPod dock adaptor to carry as well. Good stuff. That's my basic portable setup. It's not unusual to find a book or magazine in there along with some work stuff. I just don't pack any heavier than I need to.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    • Radtech Powersleeve
    • Spire Zoom Backpack
    • a lightweight and padded lapdesk

    I just bought a lapdesk from Bed Bath and Beyond for $10, it has a plastic top but is sturdy and very light - great for using the laptop in bed, or while sitting in a chair. Target is selling one for $10 too (with all the "back to school" stuff)... it has a nice wood top, but is quite a bit heavier.

    I'd add a spare battery to the list, but I don't have one. :p
  5. macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
    on the go:
    Radtech Screensavrz
    Crumpler School hymn (with regular looking backpack or messenger)
    MS Intellimouse Explorer 4.0 (until a decent BT one comes out)
    Extra 512MB ram
    Ethernet & phone cable (just in case no wifi is present)
    Power adapter (duh)

    at home:
    160GB Firewire external HDD
  6. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    Here is what I have.

    Radtech Powerbook Sleeve
    AcmeMade Slim Carry Case
    Power Charger

    I like to keep my computing needs a minimum.

    I guess you can include an Airport Express now. Not sure how handy it will be though.
  7. thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2004
    Cool Stuff

    That Radtech company has some really great stuff. I get paid how soon? ;)

    Is this the lapdesk you got from BB&B

  8. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    kensington pro mouse
    keyboard protector
    external hard drive :)
  9. macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    Canada, GMA
    Some nice **** for the perfect mobile

    iSight, iPod with PodSleevz 4G 40Gb as iPod of course and as a HD,
    BT-500 Mobile Mouse and
    USB combo kit from Macally

    radtech's PowerSleevz, Wildeepz and iSkin

    All this in my Incase Nylon Brief
    Of course, it's a 12" iBook G4 1ghz, not a PB

    A must for Lecture recording and filming with office 2004 it can't get any better.

    No need for pen and paper
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2003
    San Jose, California
    Macally wireless USB mouse (I love it!) and if you're planning on using a laptop often, a mouse is a must.

    Lacie external hard drive

    Marware keyboard protector

    external speakers

    edit: I forgot to add my Waterfield sleevecase that I use to take it everywhere :)
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Los Angeles
    tibook 867 (bought refurb'd recently for os9 legacy capabilities)
    m-audio backpack/shoulder bag
    bose noise canceling 'phones
    oxygen8 usb midi keyboard (weighs nothing)
    blank cd's
    pad of paper, pen and sharpie

    so, maybe it's a bit bulkier than the incase nylon sleeve thingie i had on the ibook i recently passed along to my parents, but it sure is more useful now!
  12. macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    Depends on where I am.

    On the go(if I am away for a longer period of time):

    - Samsonite ITC Backpack
    - Bluetooth mouse
    - iSight
    - Ethernet Cable/ modem cable/ other cables
    - iPod
    - Canon digital Elph
    - Sennheiser HD595 headphones
    - 2 DVD-RWs/ 2 CD-Rs

    At home(or when I am gone for over 4 months):

    - 250GB LaCie Drive
    - Bose Companion Speakers
    - Airport
  13. macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2004
    What's Your Favorite Posish

    incase sleeve from the apple store...
    apple bt mouse
    iclean (never travel without it)
    2 dvd-rs
    microfiber cloth

    thats it...

    at home hp deskjet
    saitek 3000 cordless gamepad..
  14. macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    samsonite case, lacie hard drive, apple bt mouse, plus all the cables you can imagine. that is enough for most of the time. oh, and i have an extra power adapter from a previous powerbook i had. that has been handy.

    of course, i will soon also carry an ipod with me all the time. and i already have a 5MP canon camera, but those are not laptop essentials ;)
  15. macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    I have to disagree. :D The iPod you need for having less powerdrain when you want to listen to music and when you're without a poweroutlet.
    And the digicam is for taking pictures of all the cool places you were able to take your powerbook and of course to take pictures of the pb itself. :D
  16. macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    come to think of it, i have had this 1.25GB albook for five months and not a single picture has been taken - i took pictures when i opened the belly of my old crt imac (changed a hard drive) but haven't photographed this beauty ;)
  17. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    Yep, that's the one. :) I use the pouch on the back to hold a pen and calculator.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003
    When just going out and I know where I'm going:

    Tucano second skin - will be replaced by foofbag
    iPod or iPod mini
    Digital camera - minolta dimage XT - there is always a good photo when you don't take it.

    If I'm going a little longer ie a few days:

    Modem and ethernet cables
    Apple wireless mouse
    Griffin powermate
    iPod possibly mini aswell

    At home:

    20" cinema display
    Apple wireless keyboard and mouse
    Griffin powermate
    Lacie 160Gb Porsche external firewire drive
    Griffin iCurve
    Airport express - when it finally arrives :rolleyes:
  19. macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2004
    Brenthaven 12" Professional Bag
    MS Intellimouse 4.0
    Ethernet Cable
    Power Adapter
    Silver iPod Mini
    Though, all I really need is my Powerbook. :)
  20. macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2004
    Tulsa, OK
    In order of personal importance:

    Availability of wireless internet
    Extra battery
    Brenthaven 15" bag
    Noise cancelling headphones
    BT mouse
    BT keyboard
    Cinema Display
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2003
    On the go:

    17" pb
    Monolith & Mitre Tom Bihn Bags
    Power charger and extention cable
    3' Ethernet cord
    Logitech MouseMan
    Headphone spliter
    Mini Jack to RCA converter
    Svideo to Video cable
    DVI to VGA adapter
    Firewire cable
  22. macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    Apparently I travel light!

    -Tucano Second Skin Sleeve (inside IKEA Messenger Bag)
    -PB Power Adapter
    -Mini-DVI->VGA converter (and little plastic caps)
    -MacAlly BT Mouse Jr (this fall)
  23. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2004
    12" Brenthaven bag. (Not sure what the different types are.) My only complaint with it is it has no spot for CD's!
    Mini DVI- VGA adapter
    iPod USB 2/FW cable
    6 foot? cat5 ethernet cable
    The small little AC adapter head.

    When I want to take my PB, I close it, pull out power, 1 USB, and the mini-DVI. I then remove the thick power cable from the white box, and wrap up the white box, sticking it in my bag. That is a great thing, because otherwise it would be a pain to unplug from my wall every time. I just leave the box out of plain view, but easy to grab.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2002
    Los Angeles
    if im traveling somewhere:

    Everything goes in my Gravis Digi Bag, best under-the-radar bag EVER. :)
    1ghz TiPowerbook
    Waterfield SleeveCase (for extra padding on long trips. got it before the digi bag though)
    30gb 3g iPod (Soon to be 40gb 4g, yipee!)
    VX Pocket PC Card Audio Interface
    Audio adapters and necessary cables up the arse
    1/8" stereo to L/R RCA cord
    Sony MDR-V600 headphones
    Canon EOS 300D and Tamron 70-300mm lens (on vacations or other outings requiring photographing)

    All this fits in the bag quite comfortably together, although i usually dont have all this in the bag at the same given time. ofcourse, it gets a bit heavy also. :cool:

    (picture of the bag taken with my old Nikon Coolpix 4300) [MORE]

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  25. macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    If you have a 12" PB or iBook I would suggest one of the leather portfolios that handles legal sized paper. Get the Radtech sleeve or make your own to prevent scratches.

    Other than that I would suggest:

    - BT mouse and keyboard
    - an external HDD for backup
    - the Kingston shoulder bag

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