My New MBP is So Cool!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mxelre, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. mxelre macrumors member


    Feb 28, 2008
    Well I bought my first mac yesterday, the MBP base model! This thing is rocket fast and it looks SOOOO good! I'm very happy with it so far, got the free ipod touch as well and the printer too. I decided to buy before the revision for 2 simple reasons

    1. I like the current version and the Back to school offer was pretty important for me
    2. I needed a computer since I'm moving for Uni this weekend!(only one computer at home:( )

    I also got iWorks 08 for 49$...I'm not sure why I think it was the student discount or something, they also gave me a free messenger bag...anyways couldn't say no. I'll be getting Office a bit later and do you guys think getting the applecare is worth it? I'm probably gonna go for it considering all the GPU failures happening right now.

    What do you guys suggest I do with the computer before I start doing anything else? I've heard people say calibrating the screen is important, same with battery etc...

    As far as programs are concerned I got Firefox, VLC, Messenger(i dont like the mac version anything better?) and that's pretty much it for now. Any others I should consider?

    Thank You

    P.S. This forum has been very helpful for me in the last few months trying to decide and learn about macs before I switched!
  2. merl1n macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    1. Applecare is a must. You made a big investment, now protect it.
    2. Calibrate the battery
    3. Consider external storage (disk drive) for TM backups. If anything goes wrong, you can easily replace files or the entire system from a TM backup.

    Congratulations on your new Mac purchase! :D
  3. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Memphis, TN
    You can wait a year to buy AppleCare. It's what I'm doing.

    Yeah, either calibrate your screen manually or find a profile for your model screen. Battery, just use it. Calibrate it every few weeks if you can.

    Adium is the best messenger around. Snag it.
    Handbrake is great for DVD Ripping.

    Those are some of my favorites.
  4. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    1. get a nice bag so you can bring you computer to classes without holding it
    2. get an external drive (usb is good enough) so you can take advantage of Time Machine
    3. look into MobileMe (however I recommend a Google Account)
    4. decide to get AppleCare extended warrantee near your MacBook Pro's first birthday
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Congrats on the computer and yes AppleCare would be a good investment.
  6. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    I can't wait to post such a thread :p

    Please can you tell me what does calibrating the screen consist of ?

  7. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    If you buy Applecare, get it off eBay, unless your school has a better deal. In my case,
    eBay was actually the better deal.
    That seller is selling them for $212 each, and will email you the activation number. It's all legit :)

    Here's a list of good apps.

    Congrats on your new computer :)
  8. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    Get AppleCare near the 1 Year Mark
    Get a Time Machine, its just great!
    I Got used to MSN For Mac really quickly, and hated Adium
    Handbrake for Ripping DVD's
    Wait until your trial ends to see if you like MobileMe (Had my account trial, then it was another brand new trial when MM came out, then i got 30 Days extension, then i got the 60 Day Extension too, 5 Months Free :D albeit the limited account.)
  9. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    It involves going into system prefs where their is an assistant that you follow through that looks like this

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    or you can use various calibrating tools that can be found on the net or even pre-made color profiles that you can download and use
  10. mxelre thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 28, 2008
    Wow thank you for that webpage and the ebay guy!
  11. ShaneR macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
    Applecare is a must like everyone has said...however, I purchased a macbook this past weekend and also purchased applecare for only 139.00 with the student discount. I don't know if you can go back and purchase the applecare separately and still receive the discount, but it's worth the try.
  12. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Off the top of my head, HandBrake is great for encoding your DVDs, as mentioned above. Also, if you read a lot of academic journal articles Papers is an amazing program. If you plan to do any virtualization, VirtualBox is a great free alternative to Parallels or VMware. Senuti will allow you to transfer your files from your ipod back to your computer, if you ever need to.

    Thats all I can think of at the moment. Congrats on a nice computer!
  13. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    I got mine for $199, and the guy who sold it to me usually has some for sale almost every day at that price.
  14. jgvl79 macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2008
    Monterrey, Mexico
    go adium instead of msn messenger... much much better...
    congrats for your new toy!

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