MBP in bed a good idea?

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  1. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

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    Would it be wise using the a MBP in bed? I'm worried the vents will be clogged from the materials.
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Using MBP in bed...vents clogged with stuff...

    Nope...not going there!:eek:

    ;) :D


    If you use a lap tray of some kind...that would be good....
     
  3. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816

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    Silly story:

    The power went out in my house during a freakish ice storm a few weeks ago. Not knowing how long it would last, I put 3 blankets and 2 comforters on my bed, climbed in, pulled the covers over my head, and used my MBP for about 3 hours. It gave me something to do (without any power in the house) and actually made the bed warm and cozy because of the heat coming from it! I went to sleep, woke up 6 hours later, still comfy. Pulled the covers off my head, and it was 40F (4C) degrees in my house!
     
  4. DiCaprioAngel macrumors 6502

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    I use my rMBP in bed all the time and I've noticed no problem with heating and such. The reason why I bought a laptop to begin with is so I could use it in bed and in other places apart from a desk. It's very convenient and it's not called a laptop for no reason ;) And I haven't noticed the vents and any other ports being clogged with materials either. Unless you have a messy bed, which in that case, then like the other person mentioned above, use a lap desk or something.
     
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Once in a while I will use my MBP in bed, but I use a laptop try with it so that the vents aren't blocked and it's not insulated by blankets.
     
  6. kathyricks macrumors 6502

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    Will AppleCare cover the cost to unplug lint clogged vents?
     
  7. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    I've used both of my MBPs in bed with no issues related to that. I've had more problems with my 09 being left in the car during summer.
     
  8. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    My main concern would be falling asleep and dropping it off the side. I find an iPad much more convenient.
     
  9. Badrottie Suspended

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    MBP or any laptop/notebook cannot be used on the bed that is why Steve Jobs invented an iPad for bed use. :apple:
     
  10. davidg4781 macrumors 68010

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    I use mine in bed all the time. Usually to watch a movie/YouTube video before falling asleep or listen to a podcast. It's just something I got used to a few years back when I was living with a roommate and didn't have a proper place to set my MB.

    No issues at all. Just make sure you have enough room that you don't slide it off the side.
     
  11. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    I do the exact same thing, actually, I sleep next to my macbook pro every night, sits right on my sheet, it doesn't get hot since I only browse or watch netflix or youtube.
     
  12. esskay macrumors 6502

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    I use an old laptop cooler. It's not plugged in, I just use it as a platform for the same reason.
     
  13. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I regularly use my rMBP in bed. It's on a tray and a Kensington stand. No issues with vent clogging or overheating at all, but I clean the vents with a super soft brush once every couple of weeks.

    I also use my IPad on the same tray in its case.
     
  14. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    The only reason I bought an Ipad is because i found using the Mcbook pro in bed did not really work very well. It was uncomfortable, heavy and also got too hot. My main use was for catching up with news and the Ipad does that function very well.
     
  15. maflynn Moderator

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    I have an iPad for such things. I've seen/read too many stories where people put their laptop down by the bed when they're done, and the next mooring when they get up step on it or damage it.

    Additionally as stated, the cooling vents are easily blocked and cause over-heating.
     
  16. Meister Suspended

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    Breaking it by stepping on it is a good point. Ipads are best for bed.
    The rmbp have venting docks below the screen.
    They cant get clogged by anything unless you have a very very strange bed.
     
  17. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    On the rare occasion that I do bring the iPad to bed, when I am done with it, I put it in the cubby hole in the bottom of my nightstand where it fits perfectly. That way, I don't run the risk of stepping on it later. The iPad is always right there anyway, which is what I normally use.
     
  18. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    What kind of processor do you have? I've heard Haswell is terrible at heating bedrooms.
     
  19. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816

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    Ivy Bridge. And to be clear, the computer was under the covers, just had to heat the cavity under the blankets, not the room. Believe it or not, more heat came from the screen than the exhaust vents.
     
  20. zwodubber macrumors 6502a

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    Picture watching a movie on the bed with cover blocking rear

    Boxes are left to right, 3 - 1 - 2

    [​IMG]


    Taken a while after clearing covers from rear

    These boxes are in order

    [​IMG]


    This will not kill your MBP, don't worry


    Yes it's a snow day so I'm bored...

    And I used different palettes just to keep it interesting
     
  21. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    What did you take them pictures with? My iPhone doesn't do that lol

    Barney
     
  22. zwodubber macrumors 6502a

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    It will be able to soon, The FLIR ONE will be a novelty item

    [​IMG]
     
  23. esskay macrumors 6502

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    Awesome!! :D
     
  24. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I always use my MBP in bed. Runs warmer than it usually would, but still safe and within Apple's specification.

    No problems after 3 years.
     
  25. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    MY PB slide off the sofa once. It was warm enough to cause a small dent on the side. It was a short distance. no damage to the performance.
     

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