Stuff for my PowerBook 12"


macrumors regular
Original poster
Dec 18, 2004
I'm a senior in high school right now, getting ready for college. I got my first mac a couple of weeks ago, a PowerBook G4 12" SD, and I love it (I'll probably right a review for it in this forum when I get a chance). Now I'm trying to figure out what else I should get for it. I got a wireless mouse, and MSOffice, and an Incase for it. I'd say I got about $1000-$1100 to spend on accessories right now, and so far I think I'm going to get the AppleCare ($350), 1GB RAM (<$400) and possibly a .Mac account ($100).

What else do you think I should get for my PowerBook? I'm not in the market for an iPod right now, but I do need some very portable and good quality headphones, so suggestions are appreciated.

A friend of mine suggested the Traveler CoolPad to help keep the PowerBook cool, but I'm not sure if its worth it (my PowerBook only gets really warm when I'm playing 3D games and its not even on the underside of it that it gets warm, its at the top strip of aluminum where the power button and the microphone are located).

All advice and suggestions will be very appreciated. My thanks in advance.


macrumors 6502a
Mar 3, 2004
the great OKLAHOMA....
Get one of them dell monitors and a wireless keyboard for the home usage... Or if you can spring for it - get the Apple monitor if you care about looks.
Get a external hard drive to back up stuff - (if it is 7200) it will run MUCH faster, then buy some apps...

sounds good to me



macrumors regular
Sep 10, 2004
I would say to save whatever is left over until it is clear that what else you need. But if you must spend the money now. I think toast is a good investment if you plan on burning many disks, especially if they are more complicated then and audio CD or data CD. An external hard-drive for backing-up, and dealing with large files (i.e. video) that you don't want cluttering up your internal drive. Did you get a package of iKlear yet? It does a great job on the screen and works well on the rest of the 'book. It is nice to have a couple spare cables in your case. I have ethernet cables and firewire cables myself. An external display can be nice but is not needed. One of these days I may get one. I've been eyeing the Apple 20" but can't justify the cost, or even the cost of a Dell.


macrumors regular
Dec 7, 2004
Screen/Keyboard protector if you have greasy paw prints showing up on your screen.

Definitely full ram.

Isight if you like to chat.


macrumors 68020
Jan 21, 2005
If you want some good phones I would suggest some Shures. I have the E3cs and LOVE them... :)

Other than that I would get some more RAM and Apple Care...


Staff member
Sep 6, 2003
congrats on your first mac! i'm sure it will serve you will in college.

on the applecare, i'd just suggest you search for it on ebay or craigslist where it can be purchased for less than the $349 msrp. just be sure it's an unopened/unregistered package, of course. i found applecare for my powerbook for $175 on craigslist. you could save some money there that could be applied to other goodies!

i have a radtech powersleeve for my powerbook and find it quite useful to save it from scratches and whatnot. a spare battery might be useful as well. a bit of a pain to keep swapping and charging 2 batteries to always have both fully charged on hand, but could come in handy for long trips or long days on campus when you can't get near a power outlet. i know i've always hated having to put my powerbook away on long trips even though when i've done my best to conserve power by turning down the screen brightness and other stuff.

oh, and some iklear for cleaning. great stuff to clean up the screen and the rest of the powerbook.

for headphones, i'd recommend the etymotic er-6s. i don't use mine every day since it's too unnerving to not be able to hear things around me, but they're great on the subway and on planes.



macrumors 68000
Jan 16, 2004
for the headphones - get some shures as mentioned above. i have the ec2's and would have liked the ec3's but hey i'm not made of money and for about £60 i have some of the most clear sounding headphones with a really big range of sound. they really are a must. oh and they are really solidly built - not the kind of ones that will break within a few months, so i suppose in the long run they are worth it!


macrumors 68000
Jan 16, 2004
right, on another note - accesories for your PowerBook. i have one and find an external mouse to be useful (particuarly if i'm doing something like editing photos etc) i would say the external keyboard is uneccesary as the keyboard on your powerbook is soooo good that you could type on it all day long!

i second the external hard drive. i have a lacie d2 and it looks really nice, is pretty quiet and looks as solid as any i have ever seen.

if the external mouse that you buy is an apple one i would advise getting the griffin powermate. apartfrom looking really cool, it is so useful for scrolling and loads of other applicaitons.

finally, a case. if you just want a slip case to put it in so you can put it in another bag, i would recomend the tucano second skin, it feels like it adds quite a bit of padding and protection yet isnt bulky and doesnt feel like it will fall apart!

oh another final point - get some decent speakers to put on your desk. i have the jbl creatures in silver- they look nice sound good and dont cost a lot!


Jan 18, 2005
all i can recommend is an external hard drive, FW400, 7200rpm etc. HDs are pretty cheap now too so a 200gb wont cost that much.

im using a Crumpler Wee Bee and its a brilliant bag.


macrumors 6502
Mar 3, 2005
Virginia, U.S.A.
Gamestriker, you mentioned that you are going to college. Remember to use your student discount on the extra items you purchase from the online educational Apple Store. The AppleCare will only be $250 and everything else, in fact, will be cheaper.

I use my student discount ALL the time :D


macrumors 6502
virividox said:
id skip the .mac account, when u go to uni they give u your own webspace and email.

first and foremost a external hard drive bigger than ur laptop hard drive so you can clone the image of the drive onto it a perfect back up :)

get a keyboard protector too
I just recently (October) switched, and got a Rev C PB12 (it was such a great experience that I'm giving my PB12 to my girlfriend and buying a new Rev D PB12 for myself; it should arrive in the next few days (hopefully!)).
  1. a .Mac account is well worth it; other than easily posting photo albums the web space is hardly the key reason to get it. Get it, pay $50 more and you have a 1GB iDisk. Having the ability to access your work ANYWHERE (and transfer files to whomever that are larger than 10MB (email providers generally won't let you attach >10MB/email)) is very useful, especially in a campus environment. Since you can access your iDisk over the web, you can ensure you never lose work no matter what happens, and can access it even if you leave your laptop in your dorm etc.

    You can also use the iDisk to synchronise your bookmarks and system preferences (etc) on multiple Macs. This feature probably won't help you until you have a desktop as well, but is worth mentioning.
  2. iCal publishing - huge! you can have various calendars in iCal (obviously) and w/ .Mac you can publish some of them; others w/ iCal OR Mozilla Sunbird can subscribe to them. This calendar sharing can dramatically simplify scheduling. My understanding is these calendars can also be accessed over the web. (aside: Mozilla sunbird is a standalone calendar/scheduling app. My understanding is that if one uses Thunderbird or Firefox, there is a calendar plug in that is the functional equivalent. One simply must choose whether one wants the app on its own or combined with their web browser or email client. iCal is a far preferable option on OS X, but for Windows...)
  3. .Mac is the simplest way to put any digital art online, be it audio, image or video. The tight integration with iLife makes it a breeze.

I was a .Mac skeptic, but just got a .Mac account a week ago, and it has been quite an experience.

Other suggestions:


macrumors 6502a
Dec 27, 2004
imo, i wouldnt waste my money on ram and crap like that, iv made that mistake. instaed spend it on decent stuff that is worth the time like clothes, money towards a car e.t.c


macrumors 6502
Jan 23, 2005
When you shop at the Apple store, consider using your Educational Discount. That'll make your 1000+ stretch alittle... Mos Definitley get more RAM. Heck, MAX it out! I purchased one from here :D


macrumors 6502a
Feb 3, 2004
2nd battery for sure. it will come in handy at university...

with a 12" PB, that gives you well over 9 hours of unplugged notetaking, essay writing, web-browsing, and itunes listening. with the aid of power saving features (lower screen brightness and reduced cpu).


macrumors 68000
May 10, 2004
russed said:
i second the external hard drive. i have a lacie d2 and it looks really nice, is pretty quiet and looks as solid as any i have ever seen.

if the external mouse that you buy is an apple one i would advise getting the griffin powermate. apartfrom looking really cool, it is so useful for scrolling and loads of other applicaitons.
Full on, a big bad Lacie drive for backups, and a Powermate for scrollin' thru PDFs in the campus library. I'd be lost without either.

$400 for 1GB memory? Christ. I have some on order from Outpost, seriously cheap, in-spec stuff - like $150. Ni-ice.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 30, 2004
West Monroe, Louisiana
i got a Griffin iCurve to raise the display up to span it w/ my current 17" LCD. I also got the apple bluetooth keyboard because it isn't recommended to type with the PB on the iCurve on it's keyboard. I also got a ScreensavRz from and a PowerSleeve as well. I also got a pretty cheap digital cam/printer bundle from my local target store and already had my digital vid cam. I also have an iPod and its dock. I would recommend it, because it actually comes to class with me more than my PB. I also got a dell axim x50 Pocket PC to keep up with my contacts and email and iCal dates, because you can sync it via bluetooth with the PB. It, like the iPod, goes to class with me everyday because it slips into my pocket. But as far as recommendations, i would definately recommend the ScreensavRz and PowerSleeve... and i couldn't live with out my vid cam and digital cam. Good luck on your stuff... I would also recommend MANY DVD-Rs and maybe the iMic if you do voice overs in vids like i do...


macrumors 6502
Feb 25, 2004
Four words.

20. Inch. Cinema. Display.

Get one if you can, it's a GREAT combination, makes people go 'whoooa' when they see it :)



macrumors member
Feb 23, 2004

get a good laptop case and protect that investment.
Digital camera is a good supplement as well- to take pictures of your awesome laptop.


macrumors 6502
Mar 20, 2005
I'd definitely get AppleCare.

I'm nearly out of warranty and I've had a few problems (screen, sleep issues).

I'm gonna pick it up soon.

A pen drive of some sort too. I use a Shuffle, works for me :)


macrumors 6502a
Jun 14, 2004
Hudson Valley NY
How about a couple of the Dell widescreens? Either one 24" or two 20" LCDs would be great, and a lot cheaper than the Apple ones. And you can use that money you saved to buy more RAM and other goodies.


macrumors 68020
Jan 23, 2005
jknight8907 said:
How about a couple of the Dell widescreens? Either one 24" or two 20" LCDs would be great, and a lot cheaper than the Apple ones. And you can use that money you saved to buy more RAM and other goodies.

you cant use 2 monitors AND a powerbook, can you?