Is there anything else I need to order with my MBP?

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  1. powerchord macrumors member

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    I'm moments away from ordering my very first Apple product :)
    I can feel the jitters already.

    I am getting a MBP 17", 2.4, with matte/hi-res display, and 200gb/7200rpm hd.
    So far I have only added a modem and a printer.

    What would you recommend as either necessary or worthy complements and/or components for my setup? (I mean hardware/accessories).
    - extra keyboard?
    - mouse (which one)?
    - ????

    thanks so much for your input.

    in anticipation,
    powerchord
     
  2. pjarvi macrumors 65816

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    mini-DVI cable for an external monitor, keyboard cover/cloth, AppleCare...
     
  3. Parsec macrumors member

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    I'd get:

    - (recommended) a second skin cover to protect it when you are carrying it around
    - (recommended) an iSkin Keyboard cover to prevent stuff from falling in between the keys
    - a Mighty Mouse would be nice (unless you will use it for gaming)
    - external keyboard(s) if you will be typing on it a lot at home and/or at the office
    - airplane power adapter (which I don't have or need btw, just a consideration)
    - (recommended) Axio Hybrid backpack (nice looking and very useful, lot's of storage, I have it)
    - No mini-dvi cable since it comes with a normal DVI port and cable to VGA adaptor
    - DVI-TV-out cable if you're going to play movies on a old TV
    - DVI-HDMI adaptor if you're planning on hooking it up on a Plasma or LCD screen at high resolutions
    - (recommended) Harmann-Kardon soundsticks II, looks and sounds great!

    Other than this, I can't think of.

    Hopefully this was helpful, if you have any more questions, PM me.
     
  4. Fossie macrumors member

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    A laptop bag. No need for anthing else.
    Be wasting your money on a mini-dvi plug, as it has a full sized dvi port on the side...
     
  5. powerchord thread starter macrumors member

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    what about an apple world travel adapter kit? I plan to go to Europe soon. or can I just buy any old adapter?
     
  6. powerchord thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks! yes, you were helpful indeed!
     
  7. chinarider macrumors regular

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    - (recommended) Axio Hybrid backpack (nice looking and very useful, lot's of storage, I have it)

    This looks cook - Where can I find one in the U.S.?
     
  8. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

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    Highly Recomended if you already didn't order this

    4GB of RAM from a manufaturer such as OWC or from Crucial.
     
  9. powerchord thread starter macrumors member

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    ah, yes. I haven't ordered that yet, but will soon!!
    thanks for the reminder!
     
  10. shoppy macrumors 6502a

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    4 gigs ram, iskin case with keyboard cover. A laptop bag and a bluetooth mouse.
     
  11. SELFsponsored macrumors newbie

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    Dont forget!

    Don't forget the Applecare!!! thats a must!
     
  12. jnc macrumors 68020

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    He's covered for a year, regardless. Applecare is not an essential purchase at the time of buying the model unless you think you'll need phone support (which you don't when you can just use sites like this!)

    When you're nearing a year of ownership you'll have a better idea of what you'll do with the machine over the next 2, and have a better idea if it's worth going for Applecare.

    The MacBook Pro's power brick can take Europe's voltage, so you just need a figure-of-8 cable with a plug matching the Euro country of your choice.

    They're incredibly cheap, you can pick one up from any electrical store once you touch down rather than buying an expensive apple solution.
     
  13. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a

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    wouldn't a 7200 add too much unwanted heat and age the laptop faster?

    plus...with it spinning more frequently than a 5400...and a laptop used in mobility = increased chance in hd failure?
     
  14. JNB macrumors 604

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    MBP comes with a DVI to VGA adapter included.
     
  15. powerchord thread starter macrumors member

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    yes, you're right I just saw some at Radioshack and Amazon for a fraction of the price.

    AAAHH! this was my paranoiac fear all day today. I researched all day but mainly got inconclusive evidence/info, only opinions!

    Say it ain't so Joe:eek:

    I was just about to push the button and order!!!

    Thanks a lot;)

    anyone. anyone. last comments. Bueller?
     
  16. jnc macrumors 68020

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    get the 7200. :)
     
  17. powerchord thread starter macrumors member

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    whew! ok. almost ran off the cliffs of insanity there. :eek:
    thanks.

    we're staying course captain, full speed ahead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  18. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a

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    ...and watch your laptop explode from the increased amount of heat...:eek:
     
  19. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

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    Well, the laptop I am going to order is going to be realy hot. Going for the 2.6 AND the 7200. Wow, I am crazy.
     
  20. jnc macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, Apple offers these configurations and doesn't think for a second about whether the machine could handle them or not! Careless bastards!
     
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  22. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a

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    well...your sarcasm is missing the point that apple has been using the same chassis since Powerbook G4...and keeps adding more hardware...a few more vent slots and what not is not going to address heating issues...and there a quite a few severe cases reported already....
     
  23. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    this is included with the macbook pros.

    id recommend a neoprene sleeve. its like a little wetsuit for your notebook and adds that little bit more of protection when its in a bag. its also useful for when you dont have your MBP in a padded laptop bag. also go for a bluetooth wireless mighty mouse. i find its a really great mouse, very fast and accurate. but if you want two "actual" mouse buttons go for a logitech or a microsoft wireless mouse.
     
  24. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    I have found an external monitor to be extremely enjoyable at home when not on the road. A keyboard and mouse would be needed. Other than that, I would get some iKlear to wipe the screen down when it gets all smudgy. Damned people always put their greasy fingers on my screen when they wish to point things out.

    Hold off on the RAM, hard drives (external) and Applecare until later. Use your machine for a month or two then decide if they are needed.

    I noticed you said you traveled to Europe so get one of those universal gizmos that allow you to plug your notebook into the electrical socket.
     
  25. jnc macrumors 68020

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    Full DVI is built into the MacBook Pro, with a DVI - VGA adapter included in the box.

    Mini DVI is for iMacs and MacBooks
     

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