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Maccotto

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I returned the surface pro 4, i asked for school discount and i can have it.
I have another doubt first to buy macbooks: TEMPERATURE!

I refund surface pro 4 because the first problem was the very hot "case". My surface, infact, did become very hot easly and with some problem for stay in hands (1 time it was blocked for too high temperature).
The macbooks as the alluminium case as surface so i think they can be hot easly.
I need an answer to this 2 questions because i don't want buy 1 macbook air or pro and find it very hot.

The question: do your macbooks (all type) became hot? When are they hot (Gaming/web surfing/sun/photoshop)?

Thx a lot
 

deany

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2015 rMBP 2.9Ghz i5 13" 8GB 500GB Flash

It gets hot with "amazon prime video" (unwatchable with fan noise) and certain programs in "Parallels 11" & El Capitan.
 
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Samuelsan2001

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Mine only gets hot when gaming, 2013 13 inch rMBP 8gb 512gb SSD, for web surfing, office, streaming video etc it gets no more than warm and stays almost silent.
 

maflynn

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My MBP would get warm when working to CPU/GPU, games come to mind for instance. Doing something intense with PS or Lightroom is another example. I'd not see anything over 75 to 80c when working it hard however.
 

kohlson

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We have MBA and MBPs in our family, doing everything from gmail to Netflix to FCPX. Two things seem to set off the fans: encoding and Adobe Flash. Flash is sometimes used in web page ads and in certain video pages/platforms. For a long encoding I wouldn't hold my MBP in my lap. No one with MBA seems to care about watching movies or anything else on their laps.
 

deany

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I must confess (first mac last year) to be slightly suprised that the fan is ever needed.
I wonder if the i7 would be better for- amazon prime video" (unwatchable with fan noise) and certain programs in "Parallels 11" & El Capitan on the rMBP when fan comes on with the i5.
 

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I must confess (first mac last year) to be slightly suprised that the fan is ever needed.
I wonder if the i7 would be better for- amazon prime video" (unwatchable with fan noise) and certain programs in "Parallels 11" & El Capitan on the rMBP when fan comes on with the i5.

Are you using Safari to watch Prime? Unlike Netflix, who Apple has built in amazing HTML5 support into Safari for, Amazon uses the Microsoft Silverlight plugin in Safari. They only support the HTML5 player in Chrome and Firefox.
 
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mmomega

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I don't game so the only time it ever gets above warm is if I have it on the bed or somewhere that the vents are blocked more than normal.
 
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fierarul

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I must confess (first mac last year) to be slightly suprised that the fan is ever needed.
I wonder if the i7 would be better for- amazon prime video" (unwatchable with fan noise) and certain programs in "Parallels 11" & El Capitan on the rMBP when fan comes on with the i5.

I have the i7 and the fans roar on load. It's much louder than the previous non-retina MacBook Pro I owned and actually every kind of Apple laptop I had starting with the iBook.

I fully expect the fans and/or something about the thermals to be a problem with this generation of MacBook Pros.

I've found that gfxCardStatus helps in some situations as I can force OSX to use the integrated GPU only.

That being said, it is a very spiffy machine.
 

deany

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Are you using Safari to watch Prime? Unlike Netflix, who Apple has built in amazing HTML5 support into Safari for, Amazon uses the Microsoft Silverlight plugin in Safari. They only support the HTML5 player in Chrome and Firefox.

Hi
thanks for the reply, yes, I'm using Safari but have tried Chrome and still over heats.
I did subscribe to netflix just to see if it was amazon (free month) and netflix is Perfect on safari- 40 degrees .
I really wish amazon prime video would fix the 'problem' maybe apple may build HTML5 support.
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I have the i7 and the fans roar on load. It's much louder than the previous non-retina MacBook Pro I owned and actually every kind of Apple laptop I had starting with the iBook.

I fully expect the fans and/or something about the thermals to be a problem with this generation of MacBook Pros.

I've found that gfxCardStatus helps in some situations as I can force OSX to use the integrated GPU only.

That being said, it is a very spiffy machine.

yes I love the rMBP, it's nearly perfect.
Maybe the Skylake processors will help with amazon and parallels, etc.
 
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tjwilliams25

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Hi
thanks for the reply, yes, I'm using Safari but have tried Chrome and still over heats.
I did subscribe to netflix just to see if it was amazon (free month) and netflix is Perfect on safari- 40 degrees .
I really wish amazon prime video would fix the 'problem' maybe apple may build HTML5 support.
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yes I love the rMBP, it's nearly perfect.
Maybe the Skylake processors will help with amazon and parallels, etc.

Yeah, I had a feeling that that might be the case. Chrome is a resource hog, so I'm not surprised that it goes into overdrive whenever you use it. Hopefully Amazon will change it someday. :)
 
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jjhoekstra

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MBP 15": gets warm a bit when compiling movies, the fans start working a bit.
MBA: gets very warm and loud when gaming or looking at internet sites with Flash (so remove Flash)
MB: get mildly warm when working hard. And stays wonderfully quiet!

Only the MBA gets warm during normal low level work, the MB and the MBP stay cool.
 
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Tech198

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I returned the surface pro 4, i asked for school discount and i can have it.
I have another doubt first to buy macbooks: TEMPERATURE!

I refund surface pro 4 because the first problem was the very hot "case". My surface, infact, did become very hot easly and with some problem for stay in hands (1 time it was blocked for too high temperature).
The macbooks as the alluminium case as surface so i think they can be hot easly.
I need an answer to this 2 questions because i don't want buy 1 macbook air or pro and find it very hot.

The question: do your macbooks (all type) became hot? When are they hot (Gaming/web surfing/sun/photoshop)?

Thx a lot

I choose my own one that is never included :)

Handbrake

The underside gets very warm when encoding allot of 1080p video as the fans go full bast (i need to volume up on my TV just so it knocks out the sound from the fans.. Second that would be several virtual machines running at once and multitasking. A Mac that would get 'hot' that is to the point it would burn your finger is very wrong somewhere.
 

Maccotto

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I choose my own one that is never included :)

Handbrake

The underside gets very warm when encoding allot of 1080p video as the fans go full bast (i need to volume up on my TV just so it knocks out the sound from the fans.. Second that would be several virtual machines running at once and multitasking. A Mac that would get 'hot' that is to the point it would burn your finger is very wrong somewhere.

Your mac book spin up the fan but it avoids to became hot?
What is your macbook?
 

Tech198

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Ya, it gets "warm". while fans spin up...

When i meant "hot" i meant if u couldn't even touch it underneath.... I use Macbook Pro Retina.

Are u saying my mac Should get hot ?
 
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deany

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As a matter of interest is there a mac portable computer that doesn't get warm, trouble the fan, even with Handbrake, Gaming, Parallels etc?
 
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Maccotto

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Ya, it gets "warm". while fans spin up...

When i meant "hot" i meant if u couldn't even touch it underneath.... I use Macbook Pro Retina.

Are u saying my mac Should get hot ?
Thx a lo
The mac shouldn't get hot if fan work great. I am happy that mac isn't hot with fan spin up

As a matter of interest is there a mac portable computer that doesn't get warm, trouble the fan, even with Handbrake, Gaming, Parallels etc?

No Deany i want mean that every machine gets warm when He does high performance software. I wish to have a machine warmed but i can touch with my fingers.
Alluminium is a great system for get out hot, but it is the first part to go warm . In surface pro 4's fans works bad and the machine warm fast and it stay hot for sometimes.
In macbooks retina, thx to "tech198", fans works very good and they make macbook warm but not hot.
 

deany

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One day hopefully apple will make a portable computer that stays at around 40 degrees +-, and the fan doesn't click on what ever the task, maybe Skylake and 16GB RAM is the answer?
 

deany

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The 9.7" iPad Pro with a smart keyboard is good but you need to use it for at least a few days to see if it's suitable for requirements.
 
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Maccotto

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The 9.7" iPad Pro with a smart keyboard is good but you need to use it for at least a few days to see if it's suitable for requirements.
It's a good buying tips.
The problem are the apps because I have iPad mini retina, a 10"android tablet and bt keyboard.
First to go for notebook I tried a lot tablet way, but the apps are limited.
Ad example lightroom mobile is great but
1 I doesn't import raw but jpeg files
2 it has few fixing option
3 the way to share a photo is too long.

About point n.. 3
While computer import Sd, fix and export.. IPad need switch Wifi for connect camera (often iPad have problem to find it or while connect return back to Internet wifi), import photo, import again to lightroom, wait and fixing, export to share.
 
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phrehdd

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rMBP 15" user here. Yes, my laptop gets warm and hot when engaging certain activities. Typical situations include web surfing to pages without using an ad blocker (thus I use one now) and especially one's with Flash. I rather have my fan revving up than fry out my laptop so that is what I accepted when I went for the rMBP and Apple's vision that "thin" is good for everything (including our wallets and purses when we have to do repairs or replacements).
 

deany

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rMBP 15" user here. Yes, my laptop gets warm and hot when engaging certain activities. Typical situations include web surfing to pages without using an ad blocker (thus I use one now) and especially one's with Flash. I rather have my fan revving up than fry out my laptop so that is what I accepted when I went for the rMBP and Apple's vision that "thin" is good for everything (including our wallets and purses when we have to do repairs or replacements).

I tried to install adblock master on my 13" rMBP from app store, but get 'failed to download' 'an error has occurrd', can I ask which one you recommend? thanks
 

phrehdd

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Only upon another reader's recommendation I opted for simply using Adguard. It seems to work well enough. I'm sure others have their choices but that is the one I went with and it does what I wanted. Nothing worse than going to some website and having your system either get stuck, rev up the fan and watch the temps fly. I don't have this problem much anymore.

I may add that I still get high temps when doing certain non-website activities that are intensive and don't expect a fix for that as it is simply the nature of "thin" that Apple is fixated upon.
 
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