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UKmacman
Nov 10, 2011, 05:30 PM
After much debating I am finally going to go for the 13" MBA ultimate. I have heard some reports that the 11 can get warm - is this the same for the 13"?

I am using a black macbook now and after an hour my legs feel like they have been cooked!



GGJstudios
Nov 10, 2011, 05:32 PM
All Apple notebooks get hot under heavy workloads. It's quite normal. The aluminum transfers heat quite well, so you feel the heat more than you would with notebooks made from other materials. If it's too uncomfortable on your lap, move it to a table or desk, as Apple recommends.

Xikum
Nov 10, 2011, 05:52 PM
Under heavy load, yes. If your watching a film/playing a game (to the best of the MBAs ability :rolleyes: )/etc, then its going to get hot. Under normal workload (browsing/word processing), the machine is fine.

Its a 'problem' that all Apple laptops suffer from, and always will do if they continue to use aluminium for their chassis.

vaxt
Nov 10, 2011, 07:44 PM
On my 13" MBA 1.8GHz i7, under heavy load, the enclosure sensors don't ever go over 35 degrees C, and it doesn't feel very hot either.

The CPU gets up to 90 degrees C sometimes, and the fan runs at around 6000 RPM; the sound is noticeable, but the temperature on the surface isn't.

convergent
Nov 10, 2011, 10:33 PM
Had mine for a couple of weeks and not noticed it getting hot at all.

BadaBing!!
Nov 11, 2011, 06:52 AM
I don't play games but 720p internet video get my Air to get a little hot but not that hot.. Aside of this, my fan almost never kicks in.

Sjhonny
Nov 11, 2011, 08:11 AM
Its a 'problem' that all Apple laptops suffer from, and always will do if they continue to use aluminium for their chassis.

It has nothing to do with the aluminium, it has everything to do with design choices:
Only one ventinghole
thinness
-> Lack of airflow
-> small heatsinks and ventilators
Noise reduction
-> Spinning the ventilators at lower rpm then factory recommended.

Intel gave the mobile ix's a recommended max temp of about 75C (167F). The MBP easily get all the way up to 90-95.

MacDawg
Nov 11, 2011, 08:13 AM
Had my 13" a few weeks now and have not noticed any heat issues
I have ripped a number of videos and done my normal work

SDColorado
Nov 11, 2011, 08:57 AM
I have never experienced mine getting particularily hot either. I do have one of the Incase perforated shells on it, so that may buffer some of the heat, but heat has never been an issue.

ecib
Nov 11, 2011, 10:10 AM
After much debating I am finally going to go for the 13" MBA ultimate. I have heard some reports that the 11 can get warm - is this the same for the 13"?

I am using a black macbook now and after an hour my legs feel like they have been cooked!

No.

I've had the 13" Ultimate for months now (good choice btw) and have never had a heat issue. I had a HP Netbook before this that was quite nice to set on my lap on really cold nights, but the MBA just does not kick out the heat.

liynus
Nov 11, 2011, 10:22 AM
13" i7 4gb 2011 mba model

Yes for very intense apps - using 100% of your cpu, such as running vmfusion and windows 8, the laptop does get hot near the hinge. i use a pillow when i need to use it as a "laptop" during those times. my very unscientific estimate.

Mostly the i7 is very fast. so for 95% of your usage, even running office 2011, multiple browsers, watching divx, at the same time, heat is not an issue.

its an imperfect answer, it depends on what you do.

gluck

jterp7
Nov 11, 2011, 10:25 AM
No.

I've had the 13" Ultimate for months now (good choice btw) and have never had a heat issue. I had a HP Netbook before this that was quite nice to set on my lap on really cold nights, but the MBA just does not kick out the heat.

if you watch any flash streams online and use it in bed, the fan will blast and it'll get warm (this is with the base 13" 2011). I suppose this is good in the winter but it could be annoying when its warmer.

UKmacman
Nov 11, 2011, 10:33 AM
Many thanks for all your replies. Basically just wanted to see as when I has my black macbook on my lap for about an hour last night just printing docs and the web etc it got very hot. So sounds like the 13" MBA is a winner!

slnko-v-sieti
Nov 11, 2011, 10:37 AM
Anandtech has thoroughly reviewed the 2011 MacBook Air 11" and 13". Below is their report on thermals and power.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4528/the-2011-macbook-air-11-13inch-review/12

They also issued an update.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4554/apples-11inch-macbook-air-core-i7-18ghz-review-update/4

I recommend reading the reviews in their entirety before making a decision/purchase.

ecib
Nov 11, 2011, 10:46 AM
if you watch any flash streams online and use it in bed, the fan will blast and it'll get warm (this is with the base 13" 2011). I suppose this is good in the winter but it could be annoying when its warmer.

Every laptop will generate heat if your are working the processor, but the MBA is comparatively cool compared to every other laptop I've owned. I actually missed the heat that my old HP kicked out when I switched to my MBA. That's Michigan winters for you :)