Getting the old MBP from Macmall.com

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chrisronline, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. chrisronline macrumors newbie

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    So my mom agreed to finance my computer for me at macmall.com and I'm trying to decide which accessories I should get, if any at all? Any recommendations? I know I'd want some sort of case, probably the sleeve, and I'm also partial to the Mighty Mouse. How about video cables?
     
  2. p.luik macrumors regular

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    Do you have an external display? Also, I would wait on the case. Im sure you will find a case that you will really like from a different site. Do you have to buy from macmall.com? I have a refurbished Apple MBP that I bought from Apple and it was the best deal I could find at the time. Take a look if you can.
     
  3. chrisronline thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My mom got turned down for the Juniper card but accepted for the Macmall one which is the only reason why :p
     
  4. SWLinPHX macrumors regular

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    Hey Chris, I have ordered from MacMall for many years (no tax & free shipping) and even bought a 61" HDTV from them in 2006. They offer the most rebates and "freebies" when purchasing a whole new system too. IF this helps, this is what I bought from MacMall, and mostly all of the add-ons are free after rebate:

    • Bought the MPB 2.53/320, 5400-rpm/4GB/512MB V-RAM/6 MB L2 cache, etc. (would've cost an extra $450 to get the extra .27 GHz processor and 7200-rpm which were the only remaining upgrades -- aside for $600 more for a SSD drive -- forget it!) -- $2360 after $100 rebate too!

    • AppleCare for MacBook Pro (discounted down $100 to same price for MacBook AppleCare)

    • APC large sleeve, which is more like a slim, briefcase I can use for quick, local transport around town (free after rebate)

    • APC full deluxe case (very nice), which I can fit all my accessories in when traveling away on vacation (free after rebate)

    • Another Espon Photo Stylus R280 printer because I already have the same one I bought which I love for printing direct to CD/DVD (only because it was free after rebate and I can use the ink)

    • Apple USB modem (for sending & receving faxes when away)

    • Apple mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (also, figured a workaround for std video out, although video adapter not offered anymore)

    • Apple mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter

    • Single-link, M to M, DVI-D 10ft cable

    • Apple Airport Extreme, for great reviews, gigabit ethernet, USB hard disk & printer hosting and both 2.4 & 5GHz frequencies, to get the "N" speed and host my 1TB external USB/FW drive.

    I should mention they gave me the preferred credit card as well, so no payment or interest for 6 months.

    As far as accessories go, here's what I ordered:

    I am going to apply the military-grade InvisibleShield which is thin but very strong and gives a slight gloss and grippy feel. It can be removed and leaves no residue. It is the most expensive (but best) film out there. The military uses it on helicopter blades to prevent damage. I have it on my GPS touchscreen and can use both fingers and stylus with ease.

    http://www.zagg.com/invisibleshield/...ns-shields.php

    If you want to change the outer design or color temporarily, try the new snap-on shells by Speck or Incase. I may use the Incase black shell when they come out for the new MBP when I do DJ/VJ/KJ gigs with all my black audio equipment and also providing an armor against impact out on the job, where moving & packing lots of equipment quickly can be hazardous:

    http://www.goincase.com/products/det...l-case-cl57120

    Otherwise, I will have that completely scratch resistant InvisibleSheld top, bottom, sides and hand surface w/trackpad, the iSkin ProTouch for the keyboard to prevent oily wear, discoloration and hair and dust getting lodged around keys (clear/frost color)

    http://www.iskin.com/product_kbrd_macbook.html

    ...and even an exact custom-fit sleeve like this one, that still slips nicely into both of the free cases I got from MacMall:

    http://www.pivotgear.com/products/sleeves/booq/vyper-m3

    I also ordered the new version of the LaptopLaidback. I have the original solid maple version, but this black acrylic one is lighter for transport and matches better. It also fits in a full-sized computer case.

    http://www.laptop-laidback.com/index.php

    http://www.macopinion.com/index.php/...omputing_re_e/

    and finally, the "Air Mount" to mount my new AirPort Extreme Base Station up high on a wall, horizontally or vertically + horizontal wall adapter

    http://www.h-sq.com/store/cgi-bin/c...ct=&aff=&pg=prod&ref=airmount_ha&cat=&catstr=

    There, I think I'm totally covered! :D
     
  5. chrisronline thread starter macrumors newbie

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