Things New Mac Owners May Want (Updated)

A Listmania! list by JL "J" (Boise)
The list author says: "Apple computers have exploded in popularity over the last decade. As a long-time user of the platform, I get a lot of questions from friends and family members during their switch from Windows to Mac. I decided to create this list to share my tips for them with a larger audience. Unfortunately I can't predict your specific use for your new Mac so be sure to research my recommendations and determine if they are right for you before purchasing. This list is more of a starting point to help you learn what's out there that can help you get more out of your Mac, or ease the transition to Mac.

If nothing else I've done my best to demystify the available versions of Microsoft Office."
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition (Missing Manuals)
1.  Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition (Missing Manuals) by David Pogue
The list author says:
  "Switching from Windows to Max OS seems daunting at first, but it's ultimately very easy. Nevertheless, if you worry about the transition, this book will help you plan and execute the move with minimal pain."
$22.88   Used & New from: $0.81
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OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual
2.  OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
The list author says:
  "If you are a manual-reader, you may want to pick this up. Apple has a lot of web-based tutorials, but Macs really don't come with a manual. This differs from the link above by being more focused on the use of Mac OS X Mountain Lion (your new Mac's operating system) whereas the upper link is focused on preparing for the transition."
$24.68   Used & New from: $1.44
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Apple Time Capsule 2TB MD032LL/A
3.  Apple Time Capsule 2TB MD032LL/A by Apple
The list author says:
  "I recommend this router for your new Mac. It's expensive, but it works with a program called "Time Machine" on your Mac to keep your files backed up. It also has a guest connection option. There are less expensive routers that you can attach a hard drive to for keeping your Mac backed up, but this is a good, all-in-one solution with fewer cords required."
Used & New from: $150.00
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Apple iPod touch 16GB Black (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
4.  Apple iPod touch 16GB Black (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Apple
The list author says:
  "No media player works quite as well with a Mac. Notes, Tasks, and Reminders you make on your Mac will show up on your iPod. Buy iWork for your Mac and for your iPod and you'll be able to access documents you created on your Mac from your iPod. Oh, then there's the Music, Movies, and Apps!"
$199.00   Used & New from: $92.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (660 customer reviews)

Apple iPad with Retina Display MD511LL/A (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 4th Generation
5.  Apple iPad with Retina Display MD511LL/A (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 4th Generation by Apple
The list author says:
  "For interoperability between your computer and your tablet, there's no better tablet for Mac users than the iPad. As with the iPod touch, make notes, tasks, and reminders on your Mac that automatically show up on your iPad. Photos added to your Mac's photo library automatically show up on your iPad, etc."
$499.88   Used & New from: $289.99
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Apple TV MD199LL/A
6.  Apple TV MD199LL/A by Apple
The list author says:
  "Get the most out of your Mac with the Apple TV. It allows you to stream your Mac's screen to your TV through Airplay, access photos and music stored on your Mac from your TV, and more."
$92.98   Used & New from: $71.94
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,399 customer reviews)

Windows 8 Professional System Builder OEM DVD  64-Bit [Old Packaging]
7.  Windows 8 Professional System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit [Old Packaging] by Microsoft Software
The list author says:
  "Still need Windows? You have 2 options. First, you'll need to buy a full version of Windows 8 like this one (not an upgrade). Then you'll use a feature of Mac OS called Boot Camp to run Windows as needed. The only drawback is you'll have to restart your computer to run windows then again to switch back to Mac."
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Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
8.  Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac by Parallels Software
The list author says:
  "You can also run Windows using Parallels. This differs from Boot Camp (the free feature built into Mac OS) because it allows you to run Windows... in a window. No need to restart your computer when you want to use a Windows application. You still need a copy of Windows like the one above to use Parallels."
$39.98   Used & New from: $21.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)

Elgato EyeTV HD DVR for HD Cable and Satellite TV for Macintosh (10021040)
9.  Elgato EyeTV HD DVR for HD Cable and Satellite TV for Macintosh (10021040) by Elgato
The list author says:
  "Macs don't have a great built-in DVR option like Windows PCs. El Gato makes a great line of devices called EyeTV that allow you to record from Cable or Satellite inputs. This one is for HD inputs, El Gato makes other (less expensive) models if you don't need HD."
$165.26   Used & New from: $145.00
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

Office for Mac Home & Student 2011 - 1 Pack [Old Version]
10.  Office for Mac Home & Student 2011 - 1 Pack [Old Version] by Microsoft Software
The list author says:
  "This version of Microsoft Office is for home users and students. It includes Word, Excel, and Power Point. It doesn't include Outlook. It's not an exact replica of Office for Windows, but it's close. Docs created in Office for Mac are compatible with Office for Windows. This is a single user pack (you can only use it on 1 mac) there's a family pack for use on up to 3 macs."
$149.99   Used & New from: $99.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)

Office Mac Home and Business 2011 - 1MAC/1User (Disc Version)
11.  Office Mac Home and Business 2011 - 1MAC/1User (Disc Version) by Microsoft
The list author says:
  "This version is aimed at business users. It has the same features as the version above, plus Outlook for users who will be connecting to an Exchange server for e-mail. There's one more version of Office for Mac for University students so look that up if you fit that bill."
$186.98   Used & New from: $153.99
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

Toast 11 Titanium Mac
12.  Toast 11 Titanium Mac by Roxio
The list author says:
  "Toast is your typical media burning and sharing software. Akin to Roxio's popular Nero or Creator software for PCs. It lets you copy home movies you might have on DVD or Blu-Ray and lets you burn video files from a camcorder onto a disc adding things like menus and transitions. It also has more modern sharing options like Vimeo and YouTube."
$74.61   Used & New from: $40.00
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Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station for the 13-inch MacBook Unibody
13.  Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station for the 13-inch MacBook Unibody by Henge Docks
The list author says:
  "There aren't a lot of functional laptop docks out there for Mac. If you want to quickly connect/disconnect your Mac from a monitor and accessories, this is a great option."
$69.99   Used & New from: $60.47
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Adobe Master Collection CS6 Software for Mac
14.  Adobe Master Collection CS6 Software for Mac by Adobe
The list author says:
  "The standard for many computer-based design and editing arts. This is the master suite, there are several less expensive versions suited to specific needs like web design, or layout."
Used & New from: $1,599.00
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Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Black)
15.  Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Black) by Kindle
The list author says:
  "Kindle has to Mac apps. An online reader app that works in Safari, and Kindle for Mac, a software app that lets you read your Kindle books on your Mac. You'll probably end up sticking to Kindle even if you have an iPad since it Kindle has a larger, generally less expensive content library and you can be read on more devices."
Used & New from: $119.67
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Canon PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer (5291B019)
16.  Canon PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer (5291B019) by Canon
The list author says:
  "This printer is Airprint enabled. This means you can print from your Mac and also from iOS devices like iPhone, iPod, and iPad. I like Canon because the picture quality is amazing but there are other Airprint enabled printers. Check 'em out."
$326.00   Used & New from: $29.75
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Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphone (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
17.  Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphone (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Beats
The list author says:
  "Core Audio and other audio-clarity emphasis in Mac OS makes for some awesome sound quality. You may want to consider investing in a great headset for your Mac. This one can also be used for Facetime or Skype calls from your Mac or as a replacement headset for iOS devices like iPhone."
$199.99   Used & New from: $96.00
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Motorola S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headset w/ Microphone (Black) - Retail Packaging
18.  Motorola S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headset w/ Microphone (Black) - Retail Packaging by Motorola
The list author says:
  "It's nice to be able to break away from your computer and listen to your music while you are working around the house. Apple computers have great Bluetooth chips that can stream music to headsets like this one."
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iHome iW2 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System
19.  iHome iW2 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System by iHome
The list author says:
  "Your Mac has a feature called Airplay. It lets you stream your iTunes music to Airplay-enabled speakers (like this one) even if they are in other rooms or on other floors."
$69.59   Used & New from: $27.49
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

M-Audio Keystudio 49-key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
20.  M-Audio Keystudio 49-key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard by M-Audio
The list author says:
  "Did you buy your Mac to make music? There are several great Midi controllers like this one that work with Apple's Garageband and Logic applications right out of the box."
Used & New from: $80.00
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JAM Studio Quality Guitar input for iPad, iPhone and Mac
21.  JAM Studio Quality Guitar input for iPad, iPhone and Mac by Apogee
The list author says:
  "There are also great guitar to Mac interfaces like this one. A plug & play way to start recording guitar tracks on your Mac."
$99.00   Used & New from: $79.95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

Apple USB Superdrive
22.  Apple USB Superdrive by Apple
The list author says:
  "If you got a sleek new Mac without an optical drive, but you find that you'd still like to have an optical drive (just in case), you can pick one up fairly cheap."
$74.99   Used & New from: $51.00
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Samsung SE-506AB/TSBD 6X USB2.0 External Slim Blu-ray Writer Drive (Black)
23.  Samsung SE-506AB/TSBD 6X USB2.0 External Slim Blu-ray Writer Drive (Black) by Samsung
The list author says:
  "Frustrated that Apple still hasn't adopted the Blu-Ray format? Need a way to watch Blu-Ray discs on your Mac? Easy. You can buy an external Blu-Ray disc player. Just make sure it's compatible with Mac (like this one)."
Used & New from: $69.95
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Apple Magic Trackpad
24.  Apple Magic Trackpad by Apple
The list author says:
  "Apple has brought several of it's iOS touch gestures to the Mac with Lion & Mountain Lion. Having a large track pad like this one one will help you take full advantage of them."
$65.94   Used & New from: $43.94
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