Just bought a Macbook...some questions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ProwlingTiger, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816

    ProwlingTiger

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    Well...the switch had been a long time comin' for me. It finally came to a point where I was tired of near-5min load times and Windoze BS. So, I bought a Macbook and I'm not looking back.

    I do have a few questions though.

    1. I need a new router. I'm wondering if it is more recommended to buy an Airport Extreme and plug in an external HD or just buy a Time Capsule. I've heard some complaints with Time Capsules; as if the HD fails, you're screwed. And I've heard its networking is not the greatest. I'd prefer sticking with an Apple device, and Time Capsule attracts me as it has a built-in HD, but if its better to just get a router and external, I'll do that. I have a external for my Windoze comp....but would rather "move-on".

    2. Does anyone use the Incase hardshells with neoprene sleeves? I want to keep my Macbook looking ship-shape and beautiful but I also need something to tote it around in. I've heard the hardshells are awesome, but I'm wondering if they fit in the sleeves.


    Thanks,
    -Dan
     
  2. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    Forget the hard shells. They wind up scratching the computer more than
    if you didn't use one. Had ibooks/mb's for 5 years-the cases do fine
    given reasonable care.

    The time capsule is pretty nice as for just a hundred or so more you've got a 500gb drive.
     
  3. jaikob macrumors 6502

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    I love my Incase hardshell, I don't recommend a sleeve if you are getting a hardshell though, the hardshell really does protect, and fits snug. The guy above must have had some problems.
     
  4. ProwlingTiger thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How about the invisible shields? Do those work well?
     
  5. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    I don't know if you specified this or not, but there is a difference in the Black and White MacBooks when it comes to looks. My BlackBook is almost a year old and the outside looks just as new as the day I bought it, even though it has been at home and in school, jostled around, dropped once (MagSafe isn't always perfect, and yes I did almost have a heart attack), and sometimes transported without a case. I do however have an InCase case with an awesome fabric inside which seems to sort of clean it when it's inside. Was $50 and worth it.

    The inside is a different story: the glossy screen has marks from where it has been touched - it can be cleaned easily but is annoying. The palm rests look alright, the trackpad looks somewhat oily and the keys look very oily. However recently I started using an iSkin Keyboard protector and while it at first impacts writing speed and makes the keys feel a little weird, it protects it.

    The White Macbook is different - I think its scratches and scuffs are a bit more visible.
     
  6. ProwlingTiger thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I was wondering also if there was anything to protect the palm rests.

    Also, I like iChat. But I came from using Trillian on Windoze. I would like to have an all-in-one program for all my IM clients, but it appears iChat doesnt do this. Or am I missing something?
     
  7. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

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    What exactly prevents you from formatting the windows External harddisk and continuing using it.. Post its model number and make..
     
  8. ProwlingTiger thread starter macrumors 65816

    ProwlingTiger

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    The main reason is that I still have lots of data on it. I'm a photographer, so I can't really wipe the drive at the current time. Plus, I'd like to keep a drive on my Windoze computer.
     

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