17" MBP just ordered! Questions....

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tsturbo, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. tsturbo macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2008
    Placed my order this morning with Apple for a 17" Mac Book Pro and LED Matte screen. (standard configuration on operating system). My shipping confirmation is saying I will have it on Thursday - WOW!! Way to go Apple, I also ordered Iworks and Time Capsule 500GB.

    Anything I should know or be aware of when setting everything up? I am a newb to Apple and want to do it all right.

    Also - What if any anti-virus is reccomended? I have heard many Mac users not using an anti-virus at all? Coming from a PC and windows, this just blows my mind.

    TIA for any and all replies - I can't wait to get it!
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I dont use an anti-virus software, everything is pretty self-xplanatory.

    I used to use a Norton based subscription...but I didn't really like it.

    Congrats on your purchase
  3. iMack007 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2006
  4. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Love your choice.

    Newbie here too, and now that I am used to the "chicklet" keyboard on my iMac 24, I'm realising I maybe should have gone with a lappy.

    Oh well, maybe I'll win some money.....some day??

  5. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    you dont need antivirus apps for OS X. some are developed by Norton and Avast but all they do is scan for Windows viruses so you dont infect your PC buddies… but if you ask me they should be scanning for viruses themselves.

    when the first true OS X appears youll here all about it on here and the guru members will tell you how to get rid of it if you become infected and restore from a Time Machine backup. then it would probably be a good idea to get AV software... but not now as its unnecessary and slows down your Mac.

    for setting up you can look here.

    also all new Macs come with an iWork '08 trial so im pretty sure all you have to do is enter the serial from your iWork purchase and you will have the full iWork suite. but there maybe be extra themes and stuff on the iWork CD im not sure, if thats the case install off the CD.
  6. Zeos macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2008
    Just saw the 17" LED for the first time in the Apple store. WOW! The 17" LED screens are incredible. You're going to love your new MBP.
  7. FarSeide macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2008
    Earth Lane
    Congrats... what is the reason for the 17" ? Just curious...

    My wife has a Dell 17" and its too big to carry around...
  8. benc4liberty macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2008
    Anti Virus?

    Virus and Anti Virus free since 1998... Ten years and counting...

  9. tsturbo thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2008
    We kept waffleing between the 15" & 17". We rarely will be traveling with it and wanted the LED screen, so in the end the 17" won out. It really will end up be a desktop replacement, a "portable" desktop replacement!

    Thanks to all on the replies - great information.
  10. yoman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    Are you referring to the High Res screen. Because both the 15" and 17" have LED backlights.
  11. tsturbo thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2008
    This is from the Apple site when ordering the 17" MBP. This info is N/A on the 15" Base MBP.

    "About display resolution
    The standard 1680 x 1050 resolution on the 17-inch MacBook Pro offers as many pixels as the 20-inch Apple Cinema Display.

    By upgrading to the high-resolution 1920x1200 pixel display, you'll enjoy a workspace with 30% more pixels than the standard model, or as many pixels as the 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display. You'll have more space for palettes and windows, and you can watch 1080 HD video content at full resolution.

    The high-resolution display also offers LED backlighting, which delivers instant full-screen brightness and greater power efficiency compared to standard displays — up to an additional 30 minutes of battery life for wireless productivity."
  12. yoman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    From the tech specs sheet --> here it states that the 15 inch also has an LED backlight.
  13. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Confirming that the 15" MBP all have LED screens now.

    I wish they had an option for a 1650x1080 resolution though.
  14. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    I wish they had an option for a 1920x1200 resolution though.

    People think that's too high of a pixel density for a 15" laptop, but I loved it on my old 15" WUXGA Dell laptop. So fresh and so crisp crisp. The Full HD res is really the main thing pushing my decision towards the 17" MBP...
  15. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Memphis, TN
    About the anti-virus thing, I only have one recommendation.

    If you're going to use Bootcamp or any form on Windows on your new Mac, install anti-virus for it.

    The last thing you need is to have a virus get in on your Bootcamp partition and wreck havoc. I'm not sure how much havoc it could wreck, but any havoc is too much.
  16. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    My wife has a HP 17" which is also too big and heavy - the 17"MBP is quite svelte, however, and much less hassle to use on the move =]
  17. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    To clarify, I believe you mean to say that if you're going to use Bootcamp, you should install WINDOWS anti-virus software on the Bootcamp side, and NOT on the OS X side. Bootcamp is like a Window's PC and needs an anti-virus the same as any other Window's PC to protect that partition.
  18. steinlager macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2007
    Does the SR 2.2 MBP have LED backlights as well?
  19. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    I am not finding a demo or trial for Iworks on my new Macbook Pro.
  20. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2006
    Yes, all 15" Santa Rosa laptops have LED backlit screens.
    However, only Penryn 17" Hi-Res screens are LED.
  21. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    15" always had led since last year.
  22. kingfish78 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2008
    Not Installed

    If you ordered from the online Apple Store, and custom ocnfigured anything - your software choices kicked in. You chose no iWork preinstalled, so you got no iWork... not even the demo copy. Typically custom configurations come with nothing installed except what you ask specifically ask for.

    I just purchased a 17" MBP custom configured to the 2.6GHz C2D, 7200 RPM Hard Drive, and Hi-Res display. It came with nothing but Leopard and iLife installed. My wife purchased a 13" MacBook off the shelf at our local Apple Store and hers came with Leopard, iLife, iWord Demo, MS Office Demo, OmniForm (Full Copy), Quicken (Full Copy), Comic Life (Full Copy), and several full FreeVerse Games.

    I may have a better machine, but she definately got the better software package.
  23. MaximusNL macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2005
    Sure she's got the better software package. But do you care about a bunch of trial software? I'd like a faster Mac instead :)
  24. kingfish78 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2008
    Not all trials...

    I agree... faster Mac is definately better. It just sucks that as much as I spent, I had to turn around and pay for copies of ComicLife and OmniForm. These are actually both apps that I use. She got them free with her less expensive MacBook and I had to buy them for my top-o-the-line MacBook Pro.

    The bad part is that she doesn't even use them... BTW - Since she doesn't use her license, I tried to install (and copy) them to my MBP; however, the apps wouldn't run because they knew that my MBP was not the machine they were bundled with.

    Oh well - No big deal. I've still got tons more real estate and a faster Mac. Hers is smaller, more portable, and "cuter" (she says). We've both got the right machine to fit our needs.

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