Clamshell vertical dock restricts airflow?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Epiphron, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Epiphron macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010
    Hi anyone with a dock (bookarc, mtower, etc.) know if it restricts any airflow for the MBPr? I'm thinking of buying one but I noticed that the airflow sounds more suppressed when closed compared to when the lid is open. I tested this with the fans set to max and just hearing the differences.

    Personally, I plan on playing games on an external monitor with the MBPr closed. Anyone with experience with this?
  2. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2013
    The air intakes are on the sides at the bottom, and outlet is in the hinge. Having the display open or closed does not affect the airflow, and docks don't usually block the vents.

    When the lid is open, the hinge directs part of the airflow upwards, and when closed, airflow is directed downwards. This is probably why you hear a difference.

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