New PB12" is HOT - in more ways than one!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by iAndy, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. iAndy macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2003
    Hong Kong
    According to Walt Mossberg: '12-inch PowerBook is one sweet little laptop'

    Evidentally he really liked the notebook, with one exception - Like many others before him, the only problem Mossberg had with the computer was that it "gets pretty hot because of its metal skin."

    As I mainly use my laptop in the true sense of the term, my question to you folks who were lucky enough to get your hands on the new PB12's at MWSF is - How hot is hot ?!?

    hot - useful leg warmer during the winter months
    Hot - OK for short sessions and then keeping coffee warm
    HOT ! - burns possible if fall asleep using this sucker
    HOT !!! - likely need of skin graft

    If either of the last two, then I think I am better off waiting for the expected 15" Al version upgrade, as this will _hopefully_ dissipate heater better.

  2. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    [little rant]Wow...I get no respect here. No one realizes that I posted the WSJ article for discussion...bah[/little rant]

    *calms down*

    Well, it depends on where he reviewed the powerbook...if it was sitting on the lighted table, it will get hot! The table probably was a bad heat dissipater, and the light didn't help cool the powerbook down!

    By comparison, it seems that the 17" model didn't get hot as some that went to MWSF have might be an isolated case.

    Oh yeah, here is my original thread: ;)
  3. RBMaraman macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2002
    Prospect, KY
    I don't think anyone's going to get second degree burns from using the 12" or 17" Powerbooks. Apple has done extensive research on heat distribution, and I think they've finally gotten things figured out. Remember, they wouldn't be allowed to sell the thing if it was a danger to the public.
  4. alset macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2002
    East Bay, CA
    Once again, I mention that the AI casing is more likely to warp as a result of heat. I would expect Apple has compensated for this.

  5. Glossybear macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2002
    Hollywood CA
    While I may not be INJURED by the heat off a PB I imagine it could be pretty uncomfortable! I mean I have a iBook 600 and I can be writing a .doc with it on my lap and I'll start SWEATING. the sucker gets WARM! It can't be good for my spem-count...
  6. iAndy thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2003
    Hong Kong
    Sorry OverAchiever ! If I had spotted your earlier posting I would not have started this thread :eek: Perhaps it was due to the time difference, or just that I am a dozey newbie poster...

    Thanks that is reassuring. But on your last point there was a recent case of someone falling asleep and burning there private parts with a Dell laptop... Man Burns P#nis With Laptop !

    WOW - warping! And do you mean that they have strengthened the casing, or somehow reduced the operating temperature of the PB12 ?

    Exactly what my wife is most worried about ! ;)

    Well having just heard from my Apple dealer that they are unlikely to even have demo PB12's out here in Hong Kong until the END of MARCH :( , I am sure that many folks will be posting feedback on the machines operating temperature well before then.

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