Does it run hot and noisy in a lap or on a bed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by BeachChair, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. BeachChair macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    How does the Air manage it's noise and heat while sitting in a lap or on a bed?

    The unibody does quite well at this I think.
  2. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    The MBA definitely prefers hard flat surfaces that allow both radiation and convection cooling. Not too bad propped up on the lap as this still allows radiant cooling and does not block much of the main venting at the bottom rear of the machine.

    But put it on a soft flat surface and it will block both radiant heating and all of the main vent on the bottom. You just don't want to do that. If you have to set it down there, sleep it or use a notebook pad or clipboard or something.

    And yes the uMB's have it a little better - more radiant surface and a vent on the rear that takes a bit softer surface to block. But I would still tend to sleep them or use a pad rather than leaving them on a really soft surface for any length of time.
  3. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i use my air on bed all the time without problem. i use incipio orion case for macbook air and put the air on top of that when using it on the bed.
  4. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    MBA fan ports are all on the bottom, not in the hinge like the MBP so no it doesn't do well if your used to laying the MBP on your chest or on some covers while laying in bed to watch video. It will kick the fans to the max, which will drown out the sound and heat up quickly.

    On your lap it's not as bad if your keep your legs apart enough to not cover the air slots but be sure, the MBA design is very different from the fans/cooling on a MBP. I love it (MBA) but can't own one due to the fan noise and some other issues I've had with em. GL.
  5. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    This thread title sounds like something that belongs on another site. ;)
  6. Ping Guo macrumors 6502

    Ping Guo

    Oct 5, 2008
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Indeed it does young lady! Now, about that MBA...


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