switching home to mac, any more recommendations?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nowind, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. nowind macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008
    Maybe I can get some advice.

    Okay... I'm finally going to make the switch to mac. I'm planning on getting
    rid of all of the desktops and laptops I have in my house. I'm fed up
    with all of the problems that I've been dealing with.

    So far my plans include the following: a 15" high-end macbook
    pro, an airport extreme, a few airport express (house is pretty large, so I'm
    planning on hooking up audio all around for parties and such), a 24" iMac for
    the entertainment room, a 20" iMac for my room, and maybe a macbook air.

    so... what else should I get? maybe an external hard drive to network
    that all users could share? what would you recommend?

    I'm just looking for a basic set-up that I could manage easily. I'm planning
    on waiting for the revisions to the macbook pro to be made.

  2. Macjames macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Yorkshire, England
    Thats quite a plan, hope you have the cash :)

    How about a 1TB time capsule for your wirless backups?

    Do you really need an Air and a Macbook Pro?
  3. jaikob macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2008
    Freeland, MI
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    iPhone or 2 =p

    Actually what you are planning to do sounds pretty good.

    You might want to consider getting at least 1 Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
    Perhaps iWork (for keynote).
  5. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2008
    I would seriously consider a 1TB Time Capsule to back up all those computers. Otherwise, I'm just jealous of your master plan:rolleyes:
  6. nowind thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008
    1 TB time capsule? would going with that eliminate the need for an
    airport extreme?

    iphone, I think I'll pass...

    yeah the two iMacs would have bluetooth keyboards and mice.
  7. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Yes it would. The Time Capsule is basically an AirPort Extreme Base Station with an integrated HDD.
  8. DARKJ3DI macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2008
    Dunedin, New Zealand
  9. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    A decent salary .

    Oh and problems you've "been dealing with" sorry to break it to you but Macs are not perfect , different machine , different problems
  10. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    perhaps he meant the OS rather than hardware?
  11. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2006
    I think 1 terabyte might not be enough for 3 or 4 computers to share and to keep the backups. Please correct me guys if I m wrong , I think you can connect an external driver to airport Extreme . I would buy extreme and a huge external hard drive .

    I would pass iphone and macbook air because for me camera function, where iphone is very weak (and no video recording) is more important than the touch screen , but this ME service may change my mind :))

    I would buy one Imac and take my Macbook Pro into my room if i need it. :)
  12. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2006
    Still there are problems.

    Just remember Leopard's launch.
  13. Cudadown macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2007
    I remember leopards launch well. Came out right when I made the switch from pc to mac. leopard was like eating steak after chewing on microsoft's boiled leather sandwich for many years. Weird thing is, the biggest problem I ever had with leopard would have been considered a feature in windoze. Maybe its because some of us never really used tiger enough to notice the "flaws" in leopard?
  14. nowind thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008
    indeed... a decent salary. the problems are mainly OS. I understand your
    concern but I think I'd feel more comfortable with all of the information
    I've been reading over the past week or so on this forum.

    Read up on it. I'd rather not, being that all of the audio/visual that is in
    place is doing just fine. From what I've gathered from this forum, if it isn't
    broken, why change it?

    Being that I'm replacing every computer, the 2 iMacs and macbook pro are
    purely for replacements in the stations that are already in place. The
    MBA is simply just an add-on that I've been considering, but no final decision has been made. The recommendation for a larger external hard drive for
    back-up purposes is probably the route I will take.

    Thanks for all of the feedback.
  15. ktbubster macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2007
    I'd get an airport extreme like you were considering and then plug some external 1 or 2 terabyte drives into that, or some crazy drobo like set up to back up all the computers. A few smaller (1tb or 500gb) drives may make more sense that way if one drive fails you'll have the other drives still ok. Makes good sense if you are backing up a house worth of computers :)

    Perhaps some nice looking drives though to go with the apple feel - but then again im just being picky now.

    I'm so very jealous of your ability to do that set up... ahhh to have my student loans paid off and a job to do that with... Some day :)

    Edit: Although, maybe not now but later, i know you said all our audio/video stuff is good with your tvs, but having a appletv or well, better would be a mac mini hooked up to your main tv... if it's on the network you can watch (not only itunes stuff you might have) whatever you might have downloaded or stuff online etc. Maybe you don't download a bit now, but it's something else to think about.

    Mini's make good little entertainment hubs and networking is so easy, with other computers they are ideal.... maybe something to think about next year if/when they upgrade it.

    Other then that, AWESOME. Enjoy your new set up! We will expect news when it's all in place and some setup photos :D

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