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macrumors 65816
Original poster
Feb 6, 2009
Melbourne Australia
Hey all

I just got a leather desk mat for my glass desk and would like to know if it is safe to place my retina macbook on it, without it overheating.


macrumors 6502
Jul 29, 2011
Sure you can.

The cooling system has been redesigned on the rMBP. It works really well, so no worries :)


macrumors 6502a
Jan 24, 2011
never have it in your lap when gaming cause it Will get extremely hot trust me you Will feel it

Been gaming for years with macbooks on my lap and it is fine if you have a speck case as it absorbs a fair bit of the heat.

Saying you can't use laptops on your lap is a load of rubbish, the only thing likely to cause problems is if you wear that much baggy clothes that you block all the air escaping from the laptop, the chance of that happening is pretty slim.


macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
I use my MacBook Pro on my bed all the time, I've never had any issues.

I've used those leather desk mats as well and never had problems either.


macrumors 68040
May 15, 2005
proper ventilation

You do need to make sure it gets proper ventilation. What sometimes happens is people put it on the lap, on a blanket or pillow or something and that pretty much plugs up the backside vents. THAT is not going since the hot air has no easy place to go. So, make sure there is SOME space underneath and you are fine.

Also, the foot plugs are pretty good sized, so the metal won't scratch the surface of your desk.


macrumors 65816
Feb 7, 2013
Apple Care will cover any problems that could stem from that assuming you have it. I'm using mine sitting on my bed right now, if it overheats screw it, I'll take it back.

Just enjoy the thing, you certainly paid enough money for it!
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