Any of you use your macbook on a bed or soft surface?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kmarketing, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2004

    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?

  2. macrumors regular

    April Dancer

    Apr 11, 2006
    Surrey, UK
    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.:)
  3. macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2005
    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.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    I do it all the time with my mbp (I don't have a desk haha :))
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2006
    i do it all the time with my macbook and i did previously with a powerbook. the powerbook actually got hotter than the macbook.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2006
    Kennesaw, GA
    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.
  7. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    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.
  8. macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    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.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    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).
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 1, 2005
    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 :)
  12. macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2006
    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.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    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.
  14. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    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... :)
  15. macrumors 6502a

    count chocula

    Apr 7, 2006
    noun. a particular place or position
    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.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    I have to put a book under it when I am using it on my lap because it gets fairly warm and uncomfortable.
  17. macrumors regular

    April Dancer

    Apr 11, 2006
    Surrey, UK
    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!
  18. macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2004
    Use the widget called Mini CPU Heat, It works great.
  19. macrumors regular

    April Dancer

    Apr 11, 2006
    Surrey, UK
  20. macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2006
    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.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2006
    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.:D
  22. macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    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 150º), or if it ever gets too hot, on some sort of leather or cloth surface (such as chair, couch, or bed.
  23. macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2004
    Aberdeen, NJ
    I use my MacBook in bed and it's fine. Makes my pillow or sheets toasty though.
  24. macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2006
    Kingston, Canada
    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.
  25. macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2006

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