Macboo air 13 fan question

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by the caveman, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. the caveman macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    So i purchased a surface pro 3 with i7 8gb ram and 512gb ssd at Frys for a killer deal. Been using it for two weeks now and while i really like the machine, one thing that is very annoying is that the fan is on pretty much at all times while doing light tasks like web browsing or watching youtube or watching flash video. If i do anything remotely intensive then it gets very hot and fan is even louder. So, the constatnt fan on and reports of battery deterioration after one year, got me really regretting the purchase and back to Frys it goes.

    So here is the question, does macbook air 13 2016 model have the fan on at all times? Does it get hot while just web browsing? Im thinking about picking up the 2016 13 inch model. Thanks.
  2. tubeexperience, Jul 6, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2016

    tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    The Surface Pro 4 has hybrid liquid cooling and that's why it runs cooler and quieter than the Surface Pro 3.
  3. the caveman thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007

    not sure if this is a serious reply. Liquid cooling? ok. wasnt asking about surface pro 4 anyhow.
  4. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    Surface Pro 4 really does have hybrid liquid cooling because people were complaining about fan noise from the Surface Pro 3.

    Anyway, the MacBook Air is quiet if it's not under load.
  5. DesignerOnMac, Jul 8, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2016

    DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    I own the same MacBook Air 2013. I also live on the equator. It is hot here, year round. I have only experienced any fan noise twice since I bought my MBA. Runs quiet all the time.

    Suggestion, dump flash for viewing video.
  6. Pugly macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2016
    I've been happy with the fan noise on my 2015 11 inch Air. I use it primarily to run Logic Pro X and I do notice the fan go on sometimes, but it isn't very loud. The noise from it is also very mild, not high pitched or anything.

    I was used to the wind turbine noise of older Mac laptops when I watched youtube, and the Air is not even close.

    I even use a music website that uses flash (which is highly annoying that it still does...) and Logic at the same time and it's still not a problem.

    For lighter stuff like running notes and quick web searches it doesn't get hot at all.
  7. evec macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2016
    MBA 2015 will run the fan from 1200rpm, for normal web browser without "Flash", the fan will not run higher that 2000rpm and you hard to listen the fan running.

    If you running Flash or 3D game , the fan will become very noisy as it run at 6500rpm.

    if you want completely silent, thing about Macbook 12.
  8. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    Well, the thread is a bit stale but anyways here is my tip: it's 2016, stop using Flash. And my MacBook Air is quiet while doing most of the "standard" tasks: browsing, watching movies etc.
  9. heyyitssusan macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2014
    What is a macboo? Did Apple come out with a new computer and I wasn't aware?

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