Does Speck Case heat up the MacBook Pro?

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  1. kashyap02004, Sep 5, 2011
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    kashyap02004 macrumors member

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    I know that the MBP unibody acts as heat sink. I have the speck case. It covers the entire under-body and screen-back of MBP. Does it resist the cooling process???

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  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No. It's just a case; it has no capacity to generate its own heat to transfer to the Macbook Pro and "heat it up."

    Obviously yes, because plastic is an insulator.
     
  3. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    The good part is is that Speck cases has a vent which can release heat produced by the MBP
     
  4. kashyap02004 thread starter macrumors member

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    So, should I use it or not?
     
  5. riptideMBP macrumors 6502

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    i haven't had any issues... mine only gets up near 80c when gaming (though i have seen slightly lower temps without the case.)
     
  6. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    If you aren't doing intensive applications that will cause the fans to turn on, then yea, I don't see a problem.

    If you don't yet, get smcFanControl and see how the temperature is when you're using the computer; if you never (or rarely) hear the fans on your computer now, chances are you won't have a problem.

    That doesn't help the restriction it puts on the unit as a whole to help dissipate heat. The aluminum conducts heat and helps cool the system. Putting plastic on it keeps that heat in. Kind of like... wrapping your body in plastic but leaving your head open to sweat. Your entire body sweats, not just your head.
     
  7. Yumunum macrumors 65816

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    I had one of those and it turned my computer into a pile of oozing goo. Wouldn't recommend it, mostly because I no longer have legs
     
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Better than not having a vent nor a case.
    Id rather have a hot MBP than a dented or scratched one.
     
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    There's no reason not to use a Speck case if you want to use one.
     
  10. xdbuix macrumors 6502

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    i got the same blue one. It's nice to have. I'm sure it does do produce a bit of heat, because it is an enclosure. One of my peeves about it is when i'm using my macbook in bed laying down, the extra weight of the top cover on top of my macbook screen causes the screen to close. The hinge on my 2011 macbook isnt as strong compared to my 2008 one.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Er... no. The Speck does not produce heat, because it is just a plastic shell. Nothing about latent plastic produces heat.
     
  12. SlickShoes macrumors 6502a

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    I have been gaming with my speck case and it causes the laptop to be a little hotter, however it saves me burning my legs.

    I like the case but it does significantly increase the weight of the laptop. However I am happy to put up with the weight, as a dog owner this case is saving me from a lot of tiny accidents and scrapes that would other wise happen when the laptop is laying around.
     
  13. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    I don't really get the case thing. The machine is already pretty sturdy. If you need to carry it, use a good bag instead rather than have a case on it all the time.
     
  14. dcvii macrumors newbie

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    It's what's inside that counts

    I did the following. I took off my case and then got iStat. iStat told me that my CPU was running at about 195 degrees F. My fan was running at 5700 RPM. I then ran top -o cpu from my terminal and showed me that mds (Spotlight) was my number one CPU hog. I then disabled mds using the command launchctl unload as documented over at osxdaily.com

    Just to be sure, I put my macbook pro up an at angle to increase the flow of air under the machine. Within about 3 minutes the cpu temperature went down 40 degrees and the fan slowed to 2400 RPM. This made the fan inaudible in an office environment.

    I then replaced the case and set the machine back to flat. The temperature continued to drop and the fan speed went all the way to 2000, at which point I began to write this message. Now Chrome is my CPU hog and the temperature is up to 162 degrees with the fan running at about 3000 RPM, which is barely audible.

    I conclude that what's running on your CPU is much more important than your skin, or the angle of your machine. And it might also be that the case dampens the noise from the fan without restricting airflow.
     
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    Speck hard case and I see Enclosure base 38 degree.
     

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