First time mac owner as of today. MBP 13 i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rossmadden, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. rossmadden macrumors member

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    Hi all.

    I bought my first Mac today, the i5 13" Pro.

    I love it so far, the battery life is amazing compared to the windows notebook that i've upgraded from.
    It's whisper quiet, even though i've been multi tasking quite a lot today whilst trying out my new toy.
    The back lit keyboard is brilliant. Being able to type as fast as normal in very low light is something I don't think I will ever go back to not having.

    Though I haven't done anything really intensive, the laptop has remained stone cold and I have barely heard it.

    Anyway, I'm very pleased with it, but I'm still finding my way around with an OS that I have never used before. I was wondering about any useful apps. I've seen on these forums things like istat and a program that controls the fan?

    Anyway, like I said, I'm very happy.

    Cheers, Ross.

    (p.s. i bought it from an apple reseller under a buy now pay 6 months later option. They gave me a normal education discount [I'm a student] and sadly not the HE discount. However the salesman made a typo and entered £393 instead of £939, if I didnt show my confusing to it, he wouldnt have noticed and I would have had a brand new macbook pro for £393/$675. shame i opened my mouth).
     
  2. trent0n macrumors newbie

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    if you want to hear it...play a couple HD videos at the same time....it gets loud! ive got the same computer.
     
  3. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    There are tons of threads like this. Mroogle it, it'll probably give you a variety of apps to use :}

    This is what I have when I started

    iStat Pro
    BetterTouchTool
    smcFanControl
    LittleSnitch
    Parallels
    Senuti
    CleanMyMac
    Apptivate
    BashFlash

    Hope these were useful :D
     
  4. rossmadden thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah i know i should have mroogle thing, but I wanted to tell my story aswell :p, sorry.

    but yeah, this is very helpful, thank you very much :D.
     
  5. ^^BIGMac macrumors 6502a

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  6. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    Congrats on hopping over to OSX. Seems like a lot of people are converting. Is it b/c Apple has the only SB laptops shipping also? It pays to be ahead of the curve!
     
  7. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    I wanted to get to it before someone else who is less than nice came in :D
     
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Congratulations and enjoy your MBP and welcome to the world of Mac. I doubt you'll (ever want to) change back. I "switched" in 2008, and while I have had to use Windows in work situations since then, when given a choice about what to use, there is no argument.

    Re apps, the very first one I bought was Office for Mac; my entire work universe uses Word, and doing without it was simply not possible. FWIW, I also invested in Applecare for both of my Apple computers (MBP and MBA), and consider it money well-spent.

    Cheers and good luck
     
  9. rossmadden thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I will invest in Office, always thought it was a plus of using Windows.

    I'll probably buy the Apple care in 10/11 months time when the first year is near enough up.

    I, like you have to use windows in university still, I have no qualms with that, it is what it is and I'm not a windows hater, but I'm sure when I stick my teeth in to OSX (especially lion) i'll never want to go back.

    thanks
     
  10. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

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    Congrats!

    One thing you might want to do is make sure you download firefox i love and use safari for all my browsing but sometimes university programs or sites wont format correctly so i use firefox for homework.

    office for mac is so much better than iwork apple software in media rules but microsoft still does office applications the best.
     

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