Is the Macbook "lapable"?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Mjmar, May 25, 2008.

  1. Mjmar macrumors 65816

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    I currently have a Toshiba laptop that will burn my legs if i try to put it on my lap. Is the Macbook like this, or is it cool enough to put it on your lap for awhile?
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    I'm fine with it, but not when I'm using Handbrake/Photoshop/etc.
     
  3. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    Depends how long you use it, it does heat up a bit on the bottom, but just in one corner (escape corner of the keyboard), but not unbearably so.

    On the positive side, it keeps your legs warm in winter :)

    Edit : I agree with psychofreak, I only use it for surfin' on my lap (lap surfing??) and not heavy duty CPU work.
     
  4. marold280 macrumors 6502

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    it does get slightly hot. not on a desk though. try to keep it off bed covers unless you put your entire arm underneath the hot bit. and yes. my first generation keeps me hot in winter :D
     
  5. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    I use it often on my lap in combination with smc fan control. With a bit higher fan speed no problem at all.
     
  6. Laco macrumors 6502

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    Its not too bad....its certainly bearable but it keeps your legs warm....after an hour or so it may become a bit uncomfortable...at least that's the case for me.
     
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    I've never had a problem with the heat. I use it on my lap every night, sometimes for several hours, and during the winter, I turned on CPU intensive things like Folding and purposely put it on my bare legs/stomach to warm them up.
     
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  11. iTone macrumors member

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    It does get pretty warm but it's not uncomfortable to me.
     
  12. farmerku macrumors regular

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    I got mine on Thursday and I just used it on my lap for the first time and it was absolutely fine. I borrowed my girlfriend's sony vaio for a few weeks while she was out of town and it burned the crap out of me. I couldn't use it on my lap unless I was in bed and then I placed a pillow under it. The macbook does get a little warm but if you're wearing pants I imagine you'll be fine :D
     
  13. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

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    All the laptops I use give me warm lap dances! :D Hahaha.

    But really though, I have not had problems with excessive heat as far as using laptops on my lap.
     
  14. jackc macrumors 65816

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    Although some people might balk at the price, I bought a Lapinator. I use it all the time.
     
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  16. toby jones macrumors member

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    Mine exhibits seasonal variation. In the summer it gets quite hot (with the external temperature not helping). The fans go a lot. A couple of times I've had to take it off my lap because I've been seriously concerned about the amount of heat coming off of it. I saw a photo of someone who had fairly serious burns on her upper legs due to a macbook so I've heeded the warning and moved it since then.

    During cooler months the fans hardly go at all and the temperature is just fine. I work with it mostly on my lap. When it starts to feel hot I balance it on a hardcover book on my lap so it gets more air circulation. It cools down after a bit.

    So... Mostly... It is just fine (for me in Southern inland Australia). If you live in a particularly hot and / or humid climate and / or do a lot of work with it in hot and / or humid places things might be a little more uncomfortable, though... I've heard good things about cooling pads but I haven't forked out for one yet.
     
  17. krye macrumors 68000

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    It gets warm. But not uncomfortable with a pair of Jeans.
     
  18. daneoni macrumors G4

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    I've found the heat on the macbooks (SR) easier to deal with than the MBPs...those tend to get rather uncomfortable i suspect due to the aluminum enclosure acting as a heatsink whereas the macbook has its own dedicated heatsink
     
  19. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Heat from my BlackBook, never touches my lap! I use the "Higher Ground-Laptrap" which allows my BlackBook some breathing room. My BlackBook rests about 1-1/2" above the case with 4 rubber pads to hold the BlackBook above the case, allowing the heat to escape. :cool:
     

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