bobert1985 said:1. Besides the external keyboard and mouse, iSkin (lots of dust in my house), screensavRz, and iCurve, are there any other accessories or alternatives I should consider as must haves for my laptop? Is an extra battery necessary? Are the Mac Case Binders any good, especially in a backpack? Is a travel coolpad worth it? The iSkin--how well does it fit and work for a 12in. PowerBook? Remember some things can wait till Christmas. lol
bobert1985 said:2. I really need a laser printer, since most of everything I print is text anyways. Actually I need a printer, period. Relying on the Windows (*shudder*) computer labs at school to not be full is pushing it. Is there one in particular I should consider using, especially one that works particularly well with Macs? The Brother laser printers look nice (although the 2040 and 2070N sound very buggy from most reviews). I know this isn't a printer forum, but how much better is automatic duplex printing compared to manual duplex printing? Remember, I will be printing a lot.
bobert1985 said:3. How are the PowerBook speakers? Should I invest in external ones eventually, though I do not listen to too much music?
bobert1985 said:4. How prone are PowerBooks to bumps? I plan to have mine in a sleeve inside my booksack (less hassle). Then again, I have literally tons of books, and I'm afraid that just sticking it inside my booksack could be bad for a laptop. Should I get a sleeve with plastic inserts, like the Marware sleeves? Am I overreacting? It is a roller booksack, btw, if that helps.
bobert1985 said:5. Is there any software that a student like me should seriously consider buying or downloading? (Microsoft Office is necessary because I do need the compatibility with a few of my old files. Plus, it would be nice for that to be the last Microsoft product I hope to ever buy. )
bobert1985 said:6. How is Apple's service when problems arise? My biggest fear is that my computer will arrive with half the LCD pixels black and a mechanical burning smell eminating from the keyboard, and nobody will do what I really need done. Should I even worry at all with the extended warranty, even if I accidentally drop it (God forbid)? I would have to deal with the headquarters directly, since Apple can't seem to build an Apple Store anywhere near Louisiana.
bobert1985 said:7. Could the 12in. PowerBook be considered a desktop replacement that just so happens to be very portable? Should I consider a port replicator (BookEndz) or just have the wires taped to my desk for easy access at home?
bobert1985 said:8. I have many of my old documents backed up on CD's, and I was wondering if they should be openable on the Mac. I think a couple might be Joliet. Is that a problem? If so, oh boy....
bobert1985 said:9. Should my old 17in. CRT monitor be capable of hooking up and working properly with the PowerBook, especially for dual display? If not, any super cheap recommended monitors? In time I should get an LCD, but probably when affordable.
bobert1985 said:10. (Ten already!!) Is the built-in microphone good enough for basic voice recordings, or should I go ahead with an external mic?