Newly Purchased MBA, Must Haves?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mowbr4, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. mowbr4 macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Hey Everyone,

    I appreciate all the help that everyone provided me with. I just returned home from the Apple store with a new 13" MBA 120GB 4GB. I now wanted to know the must have "essentials" that I should put on my computer? Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Also, I declined the Apple I am doubting if I made the correct decision. Should I go with Apple Care, or possibly Square Trade?

    Thanks! :D
  2. abuleban macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Saudi Arabia
    don't worry

    about apple care, you've got a year to get that, no worries.

    As for other must haves, radtech makes an excellent cloth for protecting the screen from the keyboard, and there are a variety of shells and cases you can choose from. At a minimum, get a sleeve or case of some kind for when you are transporting it here and there. I use the Macvelope case and a speck shell, but the speck thing is kind of falling apart ;-( . neoprene sleeves are also available.

    Also, I use a mini usb hub & a WD portable 1 TB HD for my storage needs, very handy & stores a bunch. Of course, a thumb drive is good, and I have the external DVD drive, as well as three mini connectors for VGA, DVI, and the USB to ethernet adapter.

  3. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    hyper dock if your coming from windows 7. Try to get it directly from the developer, as the one in the mac app store has some missing features because of apple's requirements for app store programs.
  4. PaulWog Suspended

    Jun 28, 2011
    Yep, what post #2 said. You have a year to wait on AppleCare. Just make sure you get it before the year is up if you intend to purchase it. I don't plan to extend my AppleCare: I'd rather save the $$$ and take the risk. And besides, I intend to sell my 2011 Macbook Air within 1-2 years anyway so I can purchase the next one.

    As for essentials for your computer:

    - If you're a student, look at iStudiez or iHomeWork (I think I ended up preferring iStudiez).
    - Byword is a great app. Great for focussing and doing word processing.
    - SuperCal is more useful than you'd think.
    - Angry Birds is fun :D
    - FrostWire is a useful app though I can't figure out how to get it to work with computer-to-computer filesharing as opposed to just bittorrent filesharing (it seems to only do torrents)

    Get a case for that Macbook Air!
  5. elyrly macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    1+ tb external drive
    thumb drive
    usb dvd-drive
    mini display port to hdmi
  6. mowbr4 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Thanks everyone!

    As for the case, does anyone have any specific suggestions? I want to make sure my screen and keyboard are protected at all times. But still enough that it doesn't bother me when using it.
  7. PaulWog Suspended

    Jun 28, 2011
    Don't bother getting a skin case. Get a case you can carry the Air around in, but keep the Air naked (it was meant to be the way it is! don't make it uglier with skins! :D).

    Your keyboard will be fine unless if you have some kind of skin oil disorder :p

    Cases really depend on your preference.

    This is what I got for my 11-inch Macbook Air:
  8. blevins321, Aug 15, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011

    blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    If you plan on having a regular keyboard or mouse or heavy desk use, consider one of THESE. I use it to prop up my 11" when I'm using it with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The MBA screen serves as a Mail and iTunes screen in this case, and I do my main work on the external.
  9. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    A free empty shoebox makes a great riser. Skins are good for when you use your Air in areas other than your nice desk. Such as outdoors on steel or concrete tables, or in shop environments among sawdust or fine metal shavings. Then you can concentrate on the task at hand and not be all worried about keeping stuff off of the Air.
  10. Nioxic macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2011
    I've just bought a sleeve..

    This one... Incase the table i'm using is slightly dusty etc (or its outside where there could be sand on the table etc) i'll just simply place my mac on top of the sleeve after i've taken it out..

    i dont like cases.. My iphone 4 is naked too :) (and its a year old and has no scratches! ) i take care of my stuff :)
  11. mowbr4 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    I like this. I have been looking through Amazon all morning. I found this:

    I think it looks rather professional and nice.

    Sadly, my iPhone 3GS has a crack through the screen. I am patiently waiting to hear word on the new iPhone.
  12. RobT macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2007
    Ohio, USA
    Regarding AppleCare, someone gave me good advice about this years ago. Keep track of your one year warranty and if you decie to buy it, do so in month 11 (of 12). That way, if you lose the computer, it's stolen, or you dump a cup of coffee on it you don't end up wasting the cost of the AppleCare purchase. If, at month 11, you still feel like you want it (and IMO it's very worthwhile), take a look on eBay for AppleCare at a reduced cost.

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