For the frequent traveler
If you often travel for vacation (or those "business meetings") then you will appreciate the MacBook Pro's ~5 hour battery life; however, it is always important to carry another power source with you. I would recommend a spare replacement battery for anyone who travels. After all, you never know when your flight might lay over and you can't find a wall plug at the airport. Apple's replacement batteries are around $130US depending on where you purchase them.
If you find yourself stuck in an airplane with those fancy DC outlets, then you should take a look at Apple's MagSafe Airplane adapter. This adapter is the only official way you can get power to your notebook when in the air, due to Apple's unwillingness to license the MagSafe adapter (although there are some third-party approaches as well).
A backup drive is a great addition to your new machine; since you'll be mobile, your drive probably should be too. Seagate's FreeAgent Go for Mac comes preformatted for Mac OS X in multiple capacities, and offers both USB and FireWire connectivity for maximum flexibility (since your MacBook Pro has a FireWire port, and you paid for it, you might as well use it).
For the Gamer
Some of the best games are available for the Mac platform (no, really!), and the MacBook Pro is a powerful machine to play games on. If you are looking for some great games to run on your MacBook Pro, then start here:
- Call of Duty 4 - This is a first person shooter game that simulates modern warfare. This games carries a "Mature" rating, so it is not suitable for anyone below 17 years of age.
- World of Warcraft - An MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game -- yes, that's a mouthful) that has beautiful graphics. If you like playing other online role playing games (like RuneScape), then you will love it. With WOW you must purchase a subscription, however. If you plan on joining the WOW world, then checkout WOWInsider -- our sister site that covers all things Warcraft.
Cases & Other Accessories
If you wish to keep your precious MacBook Pro intact, then you might want to think about a notebook sleeve for your MacBook Pro. I would recommend the following notebook sleeves:
- RadTech's Sleevz & ScreenSaverz - RadTech's sleeve is a nice way to carry around your MacBook Pro. It keeps it from getting small dings and scratches, but won't do much if you drop it. If you are not too great with balancing $2000 notebooks, then you might want to get a well-padded bag for your MBP.
- Tucano Second Skin - When I upgraded to the MacBook Pro, I took a look at the Tucano sleeve, and it exceeded my expectations. This case has great padding, and zips up for security. Oh yeah, it also has a great feel, and even includes a keyboard cover.
- Mac-Case Sleeve - OK... I must admit: I love notebook sleeves. I had a Mac-Case sleeve for my iBook G4, and I loved it. These sleeves are well padded, and provide a great look for your notebook.
If you travel, then you might want to invest in a good notebook bag to carry your MacBook Pro in. Bags provide more support than sleeves, and also allow you to carry more stuff. I use a Swiss Gear bag for carrying my notebook to and fro. I don't have to worry about my MacBook Pro, because the bag is padded extremely well. Plus there's plenty of room for books, bottle of water, cables, adapters, CDs/DVDs, external hard drive, etc.
As Robert and Megan have pointed out already, AppleCare is worth considering for mobile users; laptops get more wear and tear than desktops. The AppleCare extended coverage may come in handy during the life of your MacBook Pro. You have up to one year from the date of purchase in order to get AppleCare -- I always like to take advantage of this and wait it out for a few months past the original buy date, as the price of AppleCare is $349US. You can learn more about AppleCare by visiting Apple's Support website.
Do you have another MacBook Pro accessory that you like or can't live without? Be sure to tell us in the comments below!