Macbook... on your lap?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Pluckie, Jun 24, 2006.


Are you comfortable using your Macbook on your lap?

  1. Yes, the heat doesn't bother me.

    35 vote(s)
  2. No, I cannot use my Macbook on my lap because it gets too hot.

    11 vote(s)
  1. Pluckie macrumors member

    May 7, 2005
    Just thought it'd be interesting to see how many people are comfortable using their Macbook (any version) on their laps due to the heat.
  2. count chocula macrumors 6502a

    count chocula

    Apr 7, 2006
    noun. a particular place or position
    i dont do it often or for very long. i think i could if i had to, i just prefer not to. it gets pretty hot.
  3. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I don't use it directly on my lap (or sofa or bed or whatever soft and/or tender surface) for extended periods. Didn't have my iBook G4 or PoweBook G3 (Pismo) directly on my lap either. Of course just to check mail or whatever on the go I can open the laptop and balance it on my knees while checking, but if you want to work with it for a while and/or with heavy applications it just gets too hot for comfort.

    That's why I, as mentioned many times before, use one of these... ;)
  5. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    I always thought that you were never supposed to put your laptop on your lap (I know how stupid that sounds) or any other soft surface (i.e. mattress, carpet, etc). In 3 years of owning a Sony laptop, I never dared put it on my lap for fear of something inside overheating and dying. :confused:
  6. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    It's not a laptop. Its a notebook:p

    I use my 2Ghz MB on my lap for long periods of time, and it doesn't bother me. I would say its only slightly hotter than my iBook G4:)
  7. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

    AJ Muni

    Aug 4, 2005
  8. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    Nope. This is a notebook:


  9. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    I do it all the time. I don't have much choice unless I want to do it at the dinner table, which just isn't convienent for my mom sometimes
  10. alec macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2005
    Washington DC
    How serious are the actual heat issues though associated with the current line of MacBook & MacBook Pro's? I have a MacBook purchased a week ago and have not experienced any significant heat issues, but can they be aggrevated by putting them on soft surfaces for extended periods of time? And what is the risk of having a MacBook being too hot?
  11. X5-452 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    I do it just on the go when I want to quickly check my email or something. It's not the heat that bothers me because it doesn't get hot, but it's just not healthy for males to have a portable that close to their essentials.
  12. maxi macrumors regular

    May 23, 2006
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    I use it on my lap all the time (Ok, i've had it for only two days)
    it's not hotter than my titanium powerbook.
  13. Deimo macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2005
    I picked up a lap desk for the MBP to use most of the time (i'm a guy and although the built in birth-control of the heat isn't a bad thing right now, i'm afraid of causing any long-term effects). However, for short-term use, I have no problem with putting it on the lap.
  14. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    I have a MacBook Pro...but I voted anyway :eek:

    No, the heat doesn't bug me - if anything, my palm rests and keyboard are annoying...but definitely not the bottom of the computer.
  15. powerbuddy macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2006
    Well its pretty much like the New laptop syndrome. You start rebelling against things which are out of the ordinarary. At first i got my macbook , two days ago i was like wt... even the kb felt so hot that i felt like i was putting my hands into boiling water. :rolleyes: But in due time i realized that these minor inconviences was temporary. Yes, using the macbook for couple of hours and my thighs start to sweat, but thats only when i am in my boxers. You dont feel anything if you are wearing shorts or jeans. :D
  16. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    yes, I use it on my lap, but after a while it starts to make me sweat unless the room is very cool!

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