Coolest running laptop?

Qwerty11

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I like to use a laptop in, well, my lap. And, for obvious reasons, I would like to minimize heat transfer. So, what is the coolest running Apple laptop at both at idle and under load?
 

Samuelsan2001

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I like to use a laptop in, well, my lap. And, for obvious reasons, I would like to minimize heat transfer. So, what is the coolest running Apple laptop at both at idle and under load?
The latest 2016 MBPs run cooler than any previous Apple laptops that simple really. It depends what you do but the retina MacBooks are fanless and can heat up a fair bit under load.
 

Pakaku

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If you don't mind fan noise, smcFanControl is convenient. So you could eliminate cooling as a requirement when deciding on what you want to pick up.
 

Samuelsan2001

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So the 2016 MBPs will run cooler than the 2016 MB?
Well they do have active cooling vs the MB which has no fans and relies on the chassis for passive cooling, under load this will be an issue for heat. I have no hard and fast evidence but have heard that the MB heats up under load and that the MBP is the coolest MBP Apple have ever made so I'm extrapolating.
 

maflynn

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So the 2016 MBPs will run cooler than the 2016 MB?
I think the MB will run cooler because its using an ulta low powered CPU (read slow), where as the MBP gives you a more capable laptop. I can't say if the 2016 is the coolest, I know people have complained about the recent generations of MBPs running hot.
 

fierarul

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There is no site presenting the thermal envelope of current MacBooks.

There are some old random pages with measurements, like this one, but nothing complete.

The more powerful a CPU is the hotter it might get and I'm not entirely certain the fans will compensate entirely. The fans are also noisy and will gather dust in time.

Also, the more powerful a CPU is the more it will do under load so it's a bit unfair to compare them.

I would recommend the fanless Retina MacBook.

You might even be able to run Turbo Boost Switcher to disable Turbo Boost, if the Core M CPUs have it.

This 2015 article mentions the Retina MacBook reaches 47 degrees under heavy load.

I suspect this is the coolest laptop. Any cooler and you need an iPad.
 

Zazoh

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My laptop is 'cooler' than yours ... ;-)

I have the 12" rMB, no fan, it runs cooler than my MBP 15" 2011 model.

I haven't felt any warming at all durning normal usage (Xcode, NetBeans, and all normal apps)
 
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