What accessories should I buy with my new 13" MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MortalDays, May 31, 2010.

  1. MortalDays macrumors regular

    May 29, 2010
    Hello everyone,

    I am planning to buy a 13" MBP base model on this Saturday and would like your advices in choosing what accessories or even mac softwares I should buy with it. (I am brand new to mac; I have been a Windows user for the past 10 years.)

    It would be fantastic if you could provide the brands or even links to a list of accessories that I should buy or you bought that you think its a "must buy" to go with the MBP.

    So far the things that came across my mind are:

    1) Carrying Case - I am going to carry my MBP across my university campus a lot; I am still debating whether to carry as an individual case or inside my backpack. Advice? What brand should I get is best?

    2) Screen Cover - Any idea in what brand is best or what store should I buy it from?

    3) Sleeve

    ... etc. (What else should I add to my list?)

  2. Ash9414 macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Instead of telling you what I think you should get, I'm going to tell you what I'm getting so you can see if you too need any of these items.

    1. Magic Mouse - I will be using my MBP on a desk most of the time so this will come in handy.

    2. Incase Neoprene Sleeve Plus - To keep dust off my MBP over night and to protect the laptop when I transport it.

    3. Western Digital My Passport for Mac 500GB (or just any external hard drive) - To back up your files and to store other important information.

    4. Microsoft Office 2011? - This may come in handy since you are coming from a Windows machine, and I've heard rumours of a new, better Office coming out late this year so I would probably wait until then unless you really need it.

    5. iWork 2010/2011 - There may be features on the Apple software that you don't get on the Office software.

    6. A Printer - You are able to get a "free" printer with the purchase of every Mac so even if you don't need it, it may be a good idea to get one.
  3. chuckflip53 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
  4. xxwaznxx macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2010
    I'll go with the first replier and give you a list of what i've bought for my coming MBP

    1. Again the Magic Mouse
    2. Hitachi 500Gb 7200 RPM HD from OWC which also comes with a tool kit and an external enclosure to make my base 320GB HD into a back-up HD
    3. Booq Vyper M3 - seems like a solid case and many people on this forum seem to support this sleeve.

    I am also into audio so i've bought
    1. Apple Logic Studio

    I am going to college soon and am in need of a backpack
    the two that I'm looking at are the Timbuk2 HAL and the BBP Industries
    Both seems to get good comments on this forum
  5. djwobble macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    I would also recommend the Magic Mouse. :) Makes things nice when you are using the computer for long time and don't want to stick to the trackpad.

    I would also get an external HD for backups.
  6. MacBOS macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2009
    New York, New York
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I don't think a screen cover is a good idea. It's not as though you touch your screen. I would get a keyboard guard which doubles as a microfiber cloth to clean said screen.
  8. calsci macrumors 6502


    Nov 27, 2008
    A USB hub always comes in handy when you really need 3 ports.
  9. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    Don't forget fun extras, like decals. I have my "Snow White's Revenge" decal under my red Speck case, which I really like.
  10. MortalDays thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2010
    Magic Mouse seems like a very good idea... Although it does costs $69 and I already have a wireless mouse for my desktop... so I still need to think about that... but it is a very great that you guys brought it up, it gives me something to think about.

    The Incase sleeve does look very appealing and durable. I will definitely look into that as well.

    As for the hard drive, I probably will not need one considering I am planning to store everything on my desktop. I probably won't need 500GB though if I do get one, 250GB maybe?

    Microsoft Office for Mac '08 is definitely on my list since a lot of my classes revolves around Word and Excel. I am still anticipating to get the Microsoft Office '11 for Mac... hopefully it comes out soon since I can get for $20 w/ my University discount. At the same time, I will pass on the iWork if I get Office; since they function basically the same.

    As for the printer, yup. I am taking advantage of the FREE printer offer w/ Apple. Definitely need one. I am going for the Canon MP 560.

    Thanks! I will definitely keep that in mind.

    My backpack is also made for a 17" laptop, it maybe too big for 13" but I will double check on that. If I decide to get a new one, I will go to the website and check it out. :) Thanks again!

    Ya, I was worried about the same thing... 2 USBs seems like not enough for me. I suppose great mind thinks alike. :) I wonder why wouldn't apple make an extra one... Mmmm...

    I probably going to leave the back as is. Since I want the LED Apple logo stand out... haha... Proud to have an Apple logo on the back of the MBP. :apple:
  11. jeremy h macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    The first, and I mean the very first thing, I'd buy is a back up drive as the others have mentioned. It's like buying insurance - a seemingly wasted expense when you pay for it in the shop - but my goodness - what a fantastic buy it will have been when your internal drive starts making horrible clicking noises hours before a deadline or you realise you left you laptop in a coffee shop with a years work on it!

    (Trust me I've been there...)

    EDit: Oh sorry, brands - I've found Western Digital pretty good these days - have had a few problems recently with LaCie
  12. makinao macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
  13. MortalDays thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2010
    After careful consideration of the responses I decided to get the following for sure...

    1) Speck Hardshell Clear Case from Bestbuy

    2) Incase Nylon Sleeve for Macbook from Apple

    since I will be carrying my MBP around a lot.

    Does anybody have any experiences with the Speck Hardshell Clear Case and Incase Nylon Sleeve listed above? Good or bad? :confused:
  14. macsr1 macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2010
    I have the speck clear hardshell case and I like it a lot.
  15. Paul B macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    I own the Incase Nylon Sleeve (with handles) and love it. I say don't bother with the hardcase as it makes the MBP bulky and adds an extra pound, while not providing that much more extra protection.
  16. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    Totally agree, just use your laptop without the special plastic condom. They are absolutely unnecessary.

    As for a case for carrying your laptop, I'd go for a Be.ez case (I have a tucano second skin, an incase sleeve, and a be.ez sleeve, and the Be.ez is definitely the best)
  17. MortalDays thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2010
    Do you have a link to the Be.ez case or where I can take a look at it? :rolleyes:
  18. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    check them out here and here

    They have really excellent memory foam padding that absorbs knocks very well indeed. They also do proper notebook bags.

    Again, i'd advise against a speck hardshell case, they are a massive waste of money imo:)
  19. MortalDays thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2010
    Wow, the Be.ez cases look so colorful! :D

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