MacBook + External Monitor + Plugged In

Should I run in clamshell mode with power plugged in all the time.

  • No, this will not be fine to run in clamshell plugged in all the time

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Jony Mac

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I tried doing some searching for this and wanted to get some other thoughts. Currently I have my MacBook extend its desktop to another monitor. I'm thinking of purchasing a larger monitor and just using it as a single display.

My question is, if I run in clamshell should I be worried about leaving the MacBook plugged in and running all the time. If its in clamshell mode and I turn it off the only way to power it on is lifting the lid and pressing the power button correct?

Is anyone else out there running with a laptop all the time in clamshell mode and leaving power plugged in?
 

GGJstudios

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If its in clamshell mode and I turn it off the only way to power it on is lifting the lid and pressing the power button correct?
Correct. An alternative is to let it sleep, then wake it with the keyboard or mouse.
My question is, if I run in clamshell should I be worried about leaving the MacBook plugged in and running all the time.
It's not good for a battery to run on AC power all the time. Unplug and run on battery for a while a few times a week to keep your battery healthy. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
 

Jony Mac

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Okay, that sounds good. I have an iCurve stand I'd probably leave it on. Is that a good solution for clamshell mode to assist with cooling. Will clamshell mode cause any over heating
 

mgartner0622

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I do this when I am at home, but I also take my laptop out for mobile work about five times a week. This helps ensure the battery gets a cycle here and there.