Cold bad for my MacBook?

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  1. hwmbrogden
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    I leave my MacBook on a desk right next to a window in my apartment. Since we are cutting down on the gas bill, we rarely turn on the heat and rely on blankets and etc. Is it a bad idea to leave my aluminum MacBook on the desk near the window? It gets quite cold and I don't want to do any harm to the machine if I don't have to. Advice?
     
  2. portent
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    Your manual has the minimum operating and storage temperatures for your computer. They are also on Apple's support page.
     
  3. kastenbrust
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  4. dingguhlbary
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    I'm pretty sure you'll be fine. Don't worry about it so much. Just make sure no one opens that window and steals your comp while you're sleeping.
     
  5. Benguitar
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    As long as you don't live in Alaska you should be fine. ;):p
     
  6. EricNau
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    The recommended operating temperature is 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C). Realistically you can get it quite a few degrees cooler.
     
  7. BlueRevolution
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    And the storage temperature is even lower, -13° to 113° F (-24° to 45° C). If the computer isn't running, you could even leave it outside. I wouldn't recommend it, but you could.
     
  8. GGJstudios
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    Wrap it in a warm blanket and make it wear two pairs of socks. Give it plenty of chicken noodle soup and Vitamin C.
     
  9. Zyniker
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    If it drops too much below the operating temperature...fire up a distributed computing program (such as Folding@HOME) and you'll have a personal space heater in no time. ;)
     
  10. iSimx
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    it will be fine. I'm in the same situation trying to cut down on bills. If anything, it will run better in the cool ;)
     

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