Macbook Pro Must Haves

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  1. mikethemovie macrumors member

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    Hey fellas!

    Im a student in Holland and my friend in Canada just bought me a brand new Macbook Pro 17" Glossy High-Resolution, 2.5Ghz, 250GB, 2GB.. Planning on upgrading the RAM myself.. We love the Dollar.. Saves me a fortune.. About 500euros lol..

    So im thinking of what to buy else.. What are real musthaves? These are the things i came along:

    - Speck Seethru Red/Green
    - Do i still need an extra sleeve or something?
    - MS Office
    - What mouse should i get?
    - Apple BT Keyboard

    What would you recommend else?
    Also software.. I had this article with very usefull software, but cant find it..

    Thank You!
     
  2. rolex54 macrumors 6502

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    I would recommend a good case
    incase makes nice ones
    also you should get a mouse, prolly bluetooth
    the trackpad is a limiting factor with certain tasks
     
  3. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    logitech bluetooth mouse
    i would say wired aluminum apple keyboard. (BT has batteries. and they only last about less than 4 months)

    incase for the carring case. they are the best.
    onyx for cleaning up the MBPs clutter.
    Windows if you want...
    handbreak...ripping movies..
    Coconutbatter or istat for battery heath monitoring..


    thats about it.
     
  4. brand macrumors 601

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    A Booq laptop sleeve and backpack are a must. I have the Booq Boa 2M System which includes the Boa backpack and Vyper sleeve. They do cost a little more but I can say they are of the highest quality. When it protects my $2500 laptop and other accessories it is a small price to pay.

    If you can get 3-4 months from 3 AA batteries on the BT keyboard I consider that acceptable.
     
  5. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Incase hard case and booq bag would be the most protection...we are all waiting for that new case. I would say that having something like the iSkin Pro Skin to protect the keyboard will keep nasty dirt, hair, crumbs and others off your keyboard.
     
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    This is a good list
     
  7. pazreal macrumors regular

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    Sleeve, as an alternative to the hard care depending on where you are going and what you are doing.
     
  8. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    nice list, found a couple of cool apps.
     
  9. danvan21 macrumors regular

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    i would definitely not get the speck case. Lots of people are having major problems with them. Incase is coming out with a mbp case and they make the best. wait till then to get one of those. logitech makes the best mouse and apple has the best keyboards. Nice of your friend to get you a mac, wish mine would.
     
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  11. mikethemovie thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Neil.. That was the page i was looking for.. :D Thank you for all your replies..
    Why is the speck hard case not good? Explain me.. Searching for review and comments, but they are all good..
    I cant find any MBP hard cases from Incase (yet)?

    Im going to Fashion School.. So i will be carrying it a lot.. But i really enjoy the extra screensize for designwork..
    Im also an olympic athlete so i will be carrying it.. I just sold my laptop and desktop so i had to be replaced.. :)..
    Im gonna watch tons of movies and will use Ilustrator/Photoshop.. What about invisible shield?
     
  12. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    Corrections: Vaja makes the best cases.

    Absolutely awesome. Good luck this year.
     
  13. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Thats Ok,good luck with the olympic stuff,you need to be fit lugging a 17'' pro around,so that will help towards the training :D
     
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    A replacement keyboard for your newly purchased MacBook Pro?

    Because it features an American layout keyboard as it is now...
     
  17. kmarketing macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    What are the issues with the speck case?

    It may not be the same for the 17", but for my 15" mbp it has been great and really served its purpose - protecting it from scratches and little dings or dents. I remember how worried I would be about the aluminum casing when I had a 12" powerbook that was pristine. I put it in my bag which was secure and clean, only to find a ding on the casing when I took it out. It made me a little nervous taking the laptop out.

    Now with the speck case, I don't worry at all. It won't protect it during falls (when it is just the speck case and mbp), I'm not sure what would. But with the speck case and a good bag, you will have great protection. I actually think it helps with the heat on my lap also. Some have said they have scratches underneath the shell, but I don't have any.

    I would recommend the speck, or another hard case any day.
     
  18. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Scratching things up,when either putting them on or taking them off
     
  19. mikethemovie thread starter macrumors member

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    Cant seem to find any differences on the keyboard..
    Its QWERTY, the same as here in Holland..

    Does somebody american have a picture of his keyboard layout?
    Would be much appreciated..!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout#US-International_-_Reversed_Dead_Key_Layout

    This even says we use the same keyboard as the US!
     
  20. twitter macrumors member

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    thats how you mbp will look like in the dark with us keys
     

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  21. mikethemovie thread starter macrumors member

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    Looks the same to me..
    I dont think that will be a problem..
    If you work a lot in the sun/bright light dont you think the red speck will discolor the macbook?
    I had that with colorred cd cases.. eventually my cds turned yellow or green etc..

    Any idea when the incase hard shells come out?

    I think im gonna go for this:

    Speck/Incase hard shell..
    Incase sleeve..
    4GB RAM Crucial
    MX/VX Revolution Logitech Mouse
    Apple Wireless BT Keyboard..

    Im also considering the following.. I have to find a company first whos willing to do this:
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  22. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Have you considered purchasing Aperture? If you do design work it is great for your photos.
     
  23. mikethemovie thread starter macrumors member

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    Is it necessary when you using Photoshop and Illustrator?
    Prob will use Premiere Pro as well, but not often..
    Can anyone help me with the laser etching? (some dutchies perhaps) :D
     
  24. mikethemovie thread starter macrumors member

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    I just bought the following for now:

    Apple BT Keyboard.. I love it..
    Brenthaven Shoulderbag..
    Incase sleeve.. (its not much different then any other brand :S)


    Any other recommendations?
     

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