MBA 13" Clamshell vs Open

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by enigma2k, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. enigma2k macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010

    I am considering using the 13" MBA together with the new Thunderbolt Display. But I am wondering how good is ventilation when the MBA is in clamshell mode, as I don't want the fan to run up all the time and make blow noises.

    Is ventilation maybe better when using it in vertical position like the Bookarc offers?
  2. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    The Air (nor MBP for that matter) wasn't designed to run in clamshell mode. So, no matter what, you will experience more heat build up than you would while open. As to how much obviously depends on what exactly you're doing with it.
  3. DaveOZ macrumors regular

    May 13, 2008
    Use it open, then you get two desktops to work with.
  4. enigma2k thread starter macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
  5. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    It will work fine in clamshell mode but the chances of throttling due to heat do increase slightly. Simply because ambient heat does escape through the keyboard and the air in your room will move across your keys and dissipate it into the room. A minor cooling affect. WIth the lid down the air movement is restricted so if can run a little warmer.

    However, as the other guy said, run it with it open and you have 2 visible desktops which is always nice.

    I will use a stand and hook up a wireless keyboard and mouse so both monitors are at eye level but the laptop itself is redundant from input.

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