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Old Jun 21, 2006, 08:29 AM   #1
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Any of you use your macbook on a bed or soft surface?

Hi,

One of the things that i love to do is to browse the web, type on word, etc. on the bed with my 12" powerbook. I was wondering if any of you do that with your macbook. I've read the posts about the heat issues with the macbook, but is it so bad that you really can't do anything on a soft surface like a bed?

When I do more intensive things on the bed, I do place a tray or my ilap underneath, but for simple browsing I never have to. The powerbook doesn't get hot or even barely warm (I try to check underneath every once in a while) which I love. Is that comparable to a macbook?

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Old Jun 21, 2006, 08:32 AM   #2
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I use my MacBook on the bed. It does say that you shouldn't and I try not to do it, but I'm lazy! It gets pretty hot but no hotter than if it's sitting on a table to be honest. It's carrying a high temperature for most of the time anyway.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 08:50 AM   #3
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its bad idea for any laptop computer if u ask me. just to be on the safe side i would allways put it on a nice flat surface like a table, desk, etc.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 09:50 AM   #4
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I do it all the time with my mbp (I don't have a desk haha )
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 12:17 PM   #5
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i do it all the time with my macbook and i did previously with a powerbook. the powerbook actually got hotter than the macbook.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 12:27 PM   #6
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yeah i use it on my bed but NEVER use it on a pillow lol. i did that and the fans were blazing and it was at 85 degrees C. it does get hot on my lap but i can stand it.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 12:30 PM   #7
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If I'm using my iBook in bed I usually have it on a tray or on a thin hardcover book I have that's the same footprint as the iBook. Sometimes I rest it on my legs but I never use it on a soft surface - it just can't get rid of the heat unless it's on something flat and hard.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 12:40 PM   #8
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I use it on beds/blankets/etc and it does get warmer than usual, but not excessively so. Mine starts mooing softly after a little while, which it normally doesn't do unless it's under heavy load.

But it's not bad.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 12:44 PM   #9
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Shrug, I use my Pro on the bed all the time - although, it's usually never for longer than 30 minutes, and it's definitely not with anything intensive (just chatting with friends or watching the occasional 'Office' episode on iTunes).
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 12:46 PM   #10
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when i am on my bed i always use a binder.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 05:28 PM   #11
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When I get my MacBook (will be October now ) I'll hopefully use it on my bed, but like someone said, with a hardback book or binder or some hard flat surface
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 05:35 PM   #12
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I used my macbook while in bed wihout anything under it for nearly 4 hours last night (I was trying to get the smackbook hack to work) and other than getting a little toasty it was fine.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 05:37 PM   #13
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I always use mine on my bed, right on the sheets/mattress. When it's on a table it usually goes to about 50'C, but when on my bed it gets about 63-65'C so not that much hotter. The bed, on the other hand, does get warm, but not to the point where you can't sleep on it or anything.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 05:47 PM   #14
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I use my MacBook, as I did with my iBook, on my lap and/or on the sofa all the time (seriously, I hardly move away from my corner ). Never been bothered with heat issues because I have one of these between my notebook and any soft (and/or tender) surfaces...
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i do all the time, and i keep it on a pillow. it doesnt get too hot, right now its 160˚ and the fans rarely need to come on, its not too loud when they do anyways.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 06:35 PM   #16
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I have to put a book under it when I am using it on my lap because it gets fairly warm and uncomfortable.
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 07:27 AM   #17
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Slightly related question, how are you guys finding out the exact temp of your MacBooks? I have got a widget that is supposed to tell me everything from it's shoesize to current mood but the temp is always blank. Maybe it's off the scale LOL!
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 07:49 AM   #18
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Use the widget called Mini CPU Heat, It works great.
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CoreDuoTemp also works. I browse while resting on a soft surface like a bed all the time, and it makes almost no difference in the amount of heat produced. The air vent is behind the screen hinge, so it isn't easily obstructed.
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 09:21 PM   #21
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When I place my macbook on my desk the temp goes to 62c and on a pillow in bed it get up to 63c. so its only a 1 degree difference.
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 09:24 PM   #22
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I will either use it with my external display on my desk, closed, flat, or on my lap (mine doesn't get too hot and my old PB made my lap used to heat around 150), or if it ever gets too hot, on some sort of leather or cloth surface (such as chair, couch, or bed.
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 10:33 PM   #23
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I use my MacBook in bed and it's fine. Makes my pillow or sheets toasty though.
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 11:55 PM   #24
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I'm on my bed right now, and it's on my lap. I wouldn't want to have it sit on my bare lap, so i'm wearing shorts. It feels warm through them, the temperature reads 56degrees. All I have open is Camino. I was playing Diablo 2 earlier and the temperature was 72, and I didn't notice much difference in heat. It wasn't very hot on my leg.
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Old Jun 23, 2006, 12:24 AM   #25
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With my PB G4, I've always used a dexia rack, when I used it in bed or sitting on a couch. This has worked quite well.
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