Just Orderd a 15" MBP any advice for a switcher?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Xander562, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    ok so i just ordered a MBP and am soooo excited that i will be finally getting away from winblows.
    Here are the Specs

    15.4" Display
    2.0Ghz Intel Core Duo
    1GB RAM
    256 VRAM
    100GB HD
    4x Superdrive
    + included software

    all for a grand total of:
    $2,149.99 after rebates.

    wow, my first mac. WOO HOO!
    So, what advice can you give a switcher? Any must-have programs for a mac?
    Tips etc?
  2. catracho macrumors member

    May 27, 2006
  3. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    First and foremost - congratulations. Looks like you picked a nice box. I got the same one through work (though with 2GB of RAM), so I know what you're working with.

    There are a number of good software utilities out there, and here's a link to an MR Guide on where to find software.

    Things you'll probably want to get (either freeware or commercial) include:

    - An FTP application, as there's no good built-in one on OS X

    - CoreDuoTemp, which is a fun utility to show the temperature of your CoreDuo

    - Opera and/or Firefox and/or Camino, just to have some browser options. I use primarily Safari, but occasionally you'll want to try something different.

    What are some of the things you're hoping to do with your Mac? That will also help us to fill in the list for you, since things like Photoshop or such are useful, but expensive if you're not needing anything beyond what iPhoto will help you do.

    The nice thing with these Macs is they come with such great stuff built-in, there's not a tremendous need out of the box to go spend a ton of money.
  4. wxboss macrumors member


    May 13, 2006
    Jax, FL
    Take some time and look through Apple's Intro into OS X. It will be a help so that you're not wondering what to do once you power on your MBP.

    By the way, congratulations and welcome aboard :) .
  5. X5-452 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    Congratulations! Sounds like you got an excellent machine.
  6. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    i got my first mac last august (though i'd used and loved them before that!)

    congrats on the MPB - i'm *very* jealous, hehe... you'll love it, i'm sure!

    also, something some haven't mentioned: if you have programs you still want to be able to run in Windows, look into Parallels (http://www.parallels.com/en/products/desktop/) or Bootcamp (http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/) for your new intel, depending on your needs.

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