mStad as a cooler

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  1. macsig macrumors regular

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    Hello guys,
    I'm thinking to buy a cooling pad for my MBP but at the same time I'd like to have a stand so I'd like to know from who is using the Rain Design mStad if it really cools down the computer.


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  2. eXan macrumors 601

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    Just got it 2 days ago for use with my classic MBP.

    It does cool it down a bit, but nothing major - only 2-4 degrees C.

    However its much nicer working with the MBP now and the stand looks sweet.
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    No it won't cool it much since it has rubber feet that isolates it from the Book.
     
  4. macsig thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your feedback.

    Since temperature is my biggest concern (more than appearance) I will go with a cooling pad, perhaps a Targus Chill Mat for Mac.

    Have a good 1
     
  5. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Just to be clear, these have little effect on cooling at all.
     
  6. macsig thread starter macrumors regular

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    these what? do you mean the Targus Chill Mat for Mac?

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  7. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Bro those Targus mats suck. I bought one from Fry's and the surface where u place the laptop is not designed right, slips all over the place. Not something u want if you dont want the bottom of Book scratched. Ended up returning it.
     
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  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Textbook. None of the cooling pads really work that well. Properly resting your computer on something that doesn't block the vents is just as effective.
     
  10. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    I'm currently using the Griffin Elevator stand and I'm noticing a major difference in temperatures. I haven't tested it (I will soon) but I'd say at least 5 degrees cooler?!?
     
  11. macsig thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can you please verify the temperature with e without thr elevetor and let me know?


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  12. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    Sure. I'll go do it now. Give me approx. 25 mins
     
  13. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    I just did it and observed...

    Laying down w/Macbook on lap watching HD youtube video for 9:32..
    Final temp: 70 celcius
    Fans: 4447rpm

    On a computer desk, watching the same video:
    Final temp: 67 celcius
    Fans: 3836rpm

    On the Griffin Stand:
    Final temp: 64 celcius
    Fans: 3984
     
  14. macsig thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks man, I appreciate it

    I think I will go with the elevator.

    Have a good 1!
     
  15. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    No problem!

    Careful though, I was going to order the Elevator on the apple store (canada) until I noticed the shipping date was 1-2 months away :eek: I recommend picking it up in store.
     
  16. macsig thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have a question about bookarc.

    Perhaps I'm wrong but from my understanding it's not a good idea to keep your mac close while you are using it. Is this correct?

    Otherwise this could be an other good option, since I don't use the mac display so often (I have a 23").


    Thanks guys.
     
  17. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Why don't you like keeping it in "clamshell" mode.
     
  18. macsig thread starter macrumors regular

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    the point is not that I don't like.
    As I said I can be wrong but for the machine itself it is not good (I really don't remember why it shouldn't be good) to keep it close while it is on.

    But I start thinking that it doesn't matter if it is open or close.


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  19. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    I know its not good for white MacBooks to be used in clamshell mode (lid closed) because they're designed to let heat escape from the keyboard aswell as the vents in the back. I used mine in clamshell mode for awhile, watching HD youtube videos and such on a 21" external monitor and noticed some slight warping on the lid.

    But you're using a MBP, so I think you'll be fine.
     
  20. macsig thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your reply.

    So there is a reason earlier on to keep some Macs open.

    Yes I have a 2007 MBP Aluminum 2007.
     
  21. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    I haven't heard of the warping/overheating issue with the MBP, so you'll be fine.

    Not to mention your system is likely more powerful than mine, therefore there will be less heat generated anyways.
     
  22. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    I just wanted to chime in, here. Last week I bought Rain Design's mStand for ergonomic reasons. It's doing a wonderful job. My curiosity was raised by the question of using a laptop stand as a heat dissipator. Right now I've been using the mStand for several hours in a room that's not too warm nor very cold (it's about 20 degrees in here) and the mStand is definitely warm. Not as warm as my unibody MacBook, but it's definitely dissipating the MacBook's heat. Just wanted to let you know. I haven't done any comparisons with and without the mStand, though, so my observation is just that.
     
  23. drossad macrumors regular

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    First of all, OP, it's called "mStand", not "mStad".

    I have the mStand, and as the above poster wrote it does help with heat dissipation. Not as much as maybe you'd like, but it helps.

    I would suggest getting it and downloading smcFanControl to run your internal fans faster.

    That's what I do anyway.
     
  24. Slarti Bartfast macrumors member

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    Hi all, first post :)

    +1 for mStand and smcFanControl, I got smc first and have noticed I need it a lot less with the mStand - my heavy usage tends to be VMWare Fusion / Win XP and engineering number crunching - I reckon the mStand is worth about -5 deg C over a flat wooden desk, (UK climate).
    2007 MBP 2.4GHz
     
  25. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Why is it your biggest concern? Temperature (unless it's actually overheating your processor to the point of melting, which I doubt) has no appreciable effect on your machine's components.
     

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