Macbook in Bed

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  1. Buckles474 macrumors newbie

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    I searched but couldnt seem to find anything on this topic.

    I often want to bring my aluminum macbook into my bed for casual use. I heard that resting the macbook on the bed is a bad idea because it messes with the cooling or venting system. I wanted to know if this was true, and if it would be O.K for me to rest it on the box that it came in, in my bed.


    Thanks!
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it's true (however, I think we've all done it from time to time).

    Yes, resting it on a box (or any other hard, flat surface) would be better.
     
  3. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Same thing goes for any laptop, it's not just exclusive to a Macbook. All you'll get is temps raised a few degrees which won't harm it unless you're trying to render video while its on your bed (which anyone probably won't EVER be doing :p). Don't worry about it.
     
  4. LaJaca macrumors regular

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    Using my new alu Macbook in bed at this very moment!

    Can't say I can see a difference in temps, at least looking at iStat.
     
  5. ref26 macrumors 6502a

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    I use my Macbook in bed every day and never have ay problems.
     
  6. poozer115 macrumors regular

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    Oh blah! It's a notebook, not a baby (though I know it basically is for some of us :D). I jest, I jest... Take it into your bed and enjoy your macbook ;). Don't worry, it's a durable little thing.
     
  7. Ryffie macrumors member

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    I hit 75C when watching movies in bed XD

    Gets better when I put a book under it to get better airflow
     
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    I've used it i bed all the time. So far the highest temp I reached was 90*C when I was encoding a video and playing an iTunes movies at the same time.

    Normal use barely goes above 75*C in bed.

    Have the Al MacBook...
     
  9. HLdan macrumors 603

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    LMAO, sounds personal. :D
     
  10. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    I got it to 88 using an iLap while sitting in a chair while video encoding. It has nothing to do with being in bed. It just gets really hot before the fans kick up to 4000 RPM and cool it down.
     
  11. manhorse macrumors newbie

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    They make a pad which you can put under the laptop that is supposed to absorb the heat. Its like 20 bucks at Best Buy if I remember.
     
  12. bluesTank macrumors regular

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    Well first of all, I don't see why it would mess with the cooling vents in the aluminum macbook, because there are NO cooling vents on the underside of the macbook. The cooling vents blow upwards at the base of the screen. The only reason I could see it raising the temp, is by transferring your body heat to it by resting it on your legs or something.
     
  13. haiggy macrumors 65816

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    AFAIK, some of the heat leaves the computer through the aluminum and the under casings, regardless of vents or fans or whatever. Putting a blanket underneath it is just insulating the case and causing it to get quite hot.
     
  14. macbooker15 macrumors 6502

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    I'm just suprised no one has mentioned a Taking your macbook to bed joke.
     
  15. That70sGAdawg macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on who is in bed with you, but resting it on " a box" might make it quite warm.
     
  16. toxic macrumors 68000

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    resting a laptop on any soft surface isn't the best idea because

    1) it will block the vents, partially or fully, unless the vent is on the top of the computer.
    2) heat is dissipated primarily through the vents and through the bottom of the computer. The surface the laptop sits on (ideally) acts like a sort of heatsink, and sitting on a flat surface also helps airflow under the laptop.

    it's not a big problem with macbooks since you won't be completely blocking any vents, but it's still better to prop it up on something.
     
  17. Knolly macrumors 6502a

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    It won't hurt it... If it somehow manages to block the vents the computer shuts itself off before it can damage itself from heat.
     
  18. eXan macrumors 601

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    Don't worry about it. Using it on a soft surface will raise the temp by not more than 5-7C.

    If your computer somehow overheats (100C+) it will shut itself down to prevent damage.
     
  19. showkati macrumors regular

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    Take it out to dinner first, it should cool down:p
     
  20. MacGeekDC macrumors 6502

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    Haha:D
     

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