Brother is a "switcher". What should I get him for his birthday?

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  1. Doktag macrumors newbie

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    So my brother's birthday is coming up. He'll be 19 years old. He's been saving up for a MBP, and will be getting one as soon as the updated models are released.

    This will be his first Mac, and first notebook computer. Do you have any suggestions for a present (under AU$80) to go along with his MBP purchase?
     
  2. jjaenagle macrumors member

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    you may be able to get him a nice wireless keyboard or mouse or maybe a cheaper iPod
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    RAM(?) - note: I have no idea of ram prices in Australia.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    get him some speakers because if your sitting at a desk with the MacBook Pro the built-in speakers are not enough. though it would be hard to find some good computer speakers for under 80.

    maybe a bluetooth mighty mouse? or another wireless mouse if you know he wouldnt like the "one button" design.
     
  5. astudentis macrumors regular

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    i would recommend the wireless bluetooth mighty mouse for sure
     
  6. Doktag thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies!

    Wireless keyboard - I'm not sure why he would want one? Won't the MBP keyboard be fine?

    RAM - Bit out of my price range, unfortunately.

    Speakers - good idea, but he already has 5.1 speakers from his old PC setup.

    bluetooth mighty mouse - sounds like a decent idea. I'll have to see how he likes the one-click design, as you said. Otherwise, yeah i'll look at getting a different brand. What other decent bluetooth mice are there?

    Is there any "must have" software in my price-range? Or perhaps a good "beginner's guide to Mac OS X Leopard" book?
     
  7. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Just get him a sleeve. Besides the memory upgrade, that's easily the most useful thing I've done for my Macbook.
     
  8. dcl macrumors regular

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    - Apple wireless bluetooth keyboard

    - Logitech VX Wireless mouse - cheaper and in my opinion better than apples

    - Sanyo Envelop rechargable batteries, he will need them for above items
    (Costco has best deal on them)

    - AppleCare Protection Plan for Macbook Pro
    (I just purchased for myself - $175 - 50% off at closing COMPUSA stores - still had them at Bakersfield, CA. store)
     
  9. BenzDealer macrumors newbie

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    i have a nice stand for my MBP so that the screen is elevated and closer to eye level and i have a wired keyboard attached. It's really nice actually you should check it out.
     
  10. markrivers macrumors 6502a

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    i'd have to agree with the sleeve suggestion, or a travel bag :)
     
  11. tothelimit macrumors regular

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    the wireless might mouse is 'one solid piece' but its not 'one button'... you can left and right click with it. it has a sensor built it that detects which finger you are clicking with (you just have to enable it in the settings). i use it all day long. i think he would love it. a friend of mine tried a 3rd party bt mouse and it LAGGED really bad. i'd stick with :apple:.
     
  12. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I was going to suggest a mouse as well, but not a Mighty.

    Logitech makes some nice mice, buy my all time favorite is Microsoft. Really comfortable, durable, smooth, and overall excellent mice.

    You have $80AUS right OP? I'm sure you can find a nice MS mouse within that range (BT or not, ask your brother what he likes first).
     
  13. magicmoof macrumors newbie

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    The sleeve I got from Waterfield Designs is top notch. How about an airport express to stream his music. It's a pain to plug and unplug things.
     
  14. deniser macrumors 6502

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    I'd go with the sleeve very useful item to have. My mum got me mine for my birthday and I'm so pleased with it

    There is also a crystal case, silicon skin and screen protector you can consider.
     
  15. tominated macrumors 68000

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    must have software? there is quite a bit i can name
    -crossover mac if he wants to play games from valve on it (half life/TF2/portal)
    -Rapidweaver if he wants to make a website/blog
    -.Mac for cool features like iDrive, back to my mac, etc.
    -If he wants winblows without bootcamp, VMWare fusion
    I can't think of anything else right now.
     
  16. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    A nice mouse is perfect. But not a mighty mouse, thats like giving him a lump of coal for christmas. Logitech or Microsoft is the way to go.
     
  17. panda macrumors regular

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    airport express

    i agree here. a sleeve is great but if i had to choose...

    i would not want to be without my airport express. why have a laptop and be limited to one position attached to a wire to access the internet?

    it also plays your music wirelessly as well. a great gift, a real necessity, one that one forgets about and takes for granted, because it just becomes part of one's daily computing experience.

    :)
     
  18. Pees330 macrumors 6502

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    You could get him iWork 08 if he's going to be needing a word processor.
     

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