Buying MBP tomorrow...Just one more question!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mxelre, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. mxelre macrumors member

    mxelre

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    Hi guys,
    So finally buying my MBP tomorrow. I couldn't wait for the next update I need a computer now mine is dead and I'm moving for university this weekend. I was wondering if you guys bought any accessories when you purchased your MBP. I was thinking about at least a carrying bag(backpack) and maybe a mouse for now. As for the Programs I'm not sure if I wanna buy Office Mac right away, I will have a look at iWork though. Finally any other advice, things I should think of buying and programs I should definitely install on my MBP?

    Thanks guys!

    Max
     
  2. tecknical macrumors regular

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    i got a laptop sleeve. im holding out on the backpack until college actually starts and i see the books that im supposed to carry around. i have office for mac, photoshop, the basics that i had on my old computer. if you dont want to pay for office, just use google documents, its pretty awesome, free, and you dont need to install anything, it runs in your browser. other than that i would reccommend a mouse if you do gaming or need precision aiming, otherwise you can do just fine with the trackpad
     
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    Another free Office alternative is NeoOffice
     
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  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Mac Office 2008 is good software--nothing free is as robust.
     
  6. mxelre thread starter macrumors member

    mxelre

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    Any other programs, free if possible, you guys can think of?
     
  7. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    Coolosxapps.com has a tonne of stuff. You'll go nuts playing with it all. :p
     
  8. creator2456 macrumors 68000

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    Check with your school if you decide to go with Office. They usually get a huge discount for their students.

    When I got my MBP, I got a sleeve at first but decided to go with just a backpack. I also use a mouse most of the time while traveling and a tablet at home (Graphic Design major).

    I would look into an external drive at least the same size as your internal drive for Time Machine backups and storing large/unused files (partition the drive).

    Of course there are a bunch of freeware/shareware apps like Adium (IM Client), Firefox (or other secondary browser), etc. that are useful but should be tried out by you to see if they are what you need.
     

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