What accessories would you recommend for a Macbook Pro 13''?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wordoflife, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    What accessories would you recommend for a 13'' Macbook Pro?
    Cases, keyboard covers, mice, chill pads (I know people say they don't do much especially to Macs, but what is your view?), etc?

    Any advice is welcomed. :)
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    For the mouse you should get a Logitech Performance mouse MX :)
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I would recommend an external hard drive for backups
  4. iCantwait macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
  5. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    Logitech Performance Mouse MX, Logitech DiNovo Mac Edition keyboard (or Apple BT if you don't mind not having a number pad), Some kind of a stand rather than a chill pad (I have a Griffin something or other and it matches in aluminum color and generally looks nice), definitely a Time Machine backup drive (at least 2x the size of the drive in your computer), Airport Extreme (if you have the money), some kind of a sleeve case or a hardshell (I use both).

    For my 13" MBP, I use everything I mentioned above and for cases an Incase sleeve and Incase Hardshell (though you may be able to find a Speck more easily). 1 year of use and it still looks good as new. If you need a router I HIGHLY recommend the Airport Extreme. I have sold at least 3 family/friends on them and have two currently in my house (as well as an Express) and have heard absolutely no complaints about ease of configuration, signal strength, or anything else for that matter aside from some missing wireless printing drivers on a PC.
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Magic Mouse, Apple Wireless Keyboard. Griffin Elevator or mStand for a "chill pad". Moshi ClearGuard for keyboard cover and maybe an Incase sleeve for a case.
  7. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    • no mouse - they have negative effects on your carpal tunnel.
    learn Mac keyboard shortcuts and the niceties of the trackpad and you'll never look back.

    • STM Neoprene Glove for protection - hands down the best made and best value for money.

    • STM Alley 13" Shoulder Bag

    [You can buy from Apple Store in Australia - not sure about Apple US Store]

    • Apple Remote

    • mini-display port to VGA display adaptor

    •*these are pretty cool too - no pun intended
  8. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Cases, keyboard covers, mice, chill pads

    Case? Hardcase? Incase over speck.

    Keyboard covers? Moshii or iSkin, they are both good.

    Mice? Logitech MX Revolution.

    Chill Pads? Don't use them, use a stand or something like the Cool Feet by Blue Lounge. They key with keeping cool is to keep the ports open. Additional fans can be bad because they tend to just blow warm air and other stuff back up the vents and generally don't work.
  9. brucem91 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2009
    Here is what I have for my MacBook Pro:

     Magic Mouse
     BT Keyboard
    MDP -> VGA adapter
    VGA cable (would prefer two of these, but one is sufficient)
    320 GB HD with two partitions, one set to HFS+(mac-formatted), the other FAT formatted
    17" Monitor
    32" TV
    Wacom Tablet

    Sorta over-kill, but I like it. I have 4 different ways of using my laptop:

    Portable - just the laptop, possibly headphones
    Portable Station - laptop with keyboard and mouse, possibly HDD
    Work Station - Laptop with keyboard and mouse with external monitor, speakers, tablet, and HDD
    Media Centre - Laptop + TV and keyboard/mouse . I plug vga cable into TV, as well as 1/8" audio cable

    What I do is possibly overkill, but I am very happy that I can do all this with my MBP. I would recommend at least part of this if you would like to use your MBP with a TV.
  10. wordoflife thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Thanks for all the advice. I'm stoked for my new computer! :)
  11. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    keyboard guard is vital

    In my experience the moshi keyboard cover is the one vital accessory because it keeps food, whiskers, dust, water droplets from getting down in your keyboard. The moshi fits tight too.

    Since you bought a 13" I would skip all the other accessories like a mouse and keyboard UNLESS you are going to buy an external monitor for your desk space. I have the 24 inch LED display a keyboard and magic mouse at home but often miss the feel of that giant glass trackpad when using my desk setup.

    Other than the moshi, you'll want a protective sleeve for your backpack in case you fall down (or off your bike) and to keep sand etc. out. Personally I think those speck cases that snap on are ****. Who cares about a small scratch every now and again. It's better to view your aluminum glory without all that plastic crap.
  12. wordoflife thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I have to agree you. I don't think I will need a mouse at all or an external keyboard for that matter. To be honest, I've never preferred using a mouse on a laptop. I think I'll probably just buy the keyboard cover, but I'm not sure if it's worth dropping $25 on that.

    Any other thoughts on keyboard covers?
  13. Mac7 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
  14. guitargoddsjm macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2008
    I've never tried any of the made-for-mac keyboard covers, but I love the way the apple keyboards feel. I just hate the idea of having something on top of the keyboard. Every couple of days, I use a rocket blower to blow the dust out of my keyboards.

    This is my (probably excessive) setup for my mbp 15:

    At home:
    HP w2207h (not bad considering when I got it and how much I paid)
    Griffin elevator stand (great to keep your computer cool and free up desk space)
    Apple wireless keyboard
    Logitech MX Revolution wireless mouse
    Harman Kardon Soundsticks II (love these)
    Wacom Intuos3

    normal iPhone headphones
    Microsoft Explorer mini (love this mouse, it's very portable)
    North Face Hot Shot SE backpack OR medium Timbuk2 Covert messenger bag
    *Currently on the market for a sleeve

    Bose QC2s (use for travel or sometimes at home)
    Targus for mac 4-port USB hub
    8gb Cruzer Contour (this thing is blazing fast, plus it looks sweet)

    I'm also thinking of getting a Shaggymac screen protector/cleaning cloth, as my blackbook screen got a little messed up from keyboard marks
  15. EzhnoWolf macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Vancouver, Canada
    Would also say get a back-up HDD. Can't go wrong with the WD Elements SE 1TB Portable HDD if you're just looking for a nice, simple, external HDD Amazon Link
  16. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    keep it naked and clean it regularly.
    (damp cloth, buff dry with lint free towel)
    mine's 1 year + old and looks and feels like new :D
  17. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    if you want the plastic feel, buy a MacBook ;)
  18. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    THIS. Your keyboard will be the first place you'll see wear and tear (from the oils on your fingers). Protect them asap with the Moshi clearguard
  19. EzhnoWolf macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Vancouver, Canada
    I agree. The feel of a naked MBP is amazing; no need to add a layer of plastic.
  20. wordoflife thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Yeah. I agree with you.
    Even though I'm going to buy a $3 keyboard cover, I'm probably not going to use it often - just when I'm eating or something. Nothing beats the feel of the real Apple keyboard.
  21. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    I have an InCase nylon case for mine, its great.. Much better than a sleeve in my opinion as it can also carry the power adaptor and other accessories, and also has an excellent handle and optional strap to carry it by! [​IMG]
  22. wordoflife thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Thanks for all the advice!
    I got my Macbook Pro last night and have been using it since.
    It's a very nice computer!
  23. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    Personally, I love my Wacom Intuos 4 :D
    Ever since I got it I have been using it for EVERYTHING!

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