Question about placing it on mattress

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by PQTrojan, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. PQTrojan macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2008
    Hi everyone!

    I wanna get my wife a MBA and I know she loves to place her laptop on the bed while using it. I also notice the vent on the MBA is on the bottom of the laptop. Am I right to assume that placing it on a mattress will cause overheating? Does anyone else use their MBA on the bed or sofa?
  2. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    I use mine in my bed all of the time - I just keep an eye on temps etc. but have not really noticed a problem
  3. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    You won't want to lay it flat on a bed so the vent holes are blocked or you'll hear the fans roar and you'll feel the heat.

    When I have mine on a sofa or bed I'm always trying to position it or prop it up so that the vents aren't completely covered.
  4. gooddeal macrumors regular


    Aug 3, 2008
    Why does she need to play w/ her laptop on the bed?...she has nothing to play with?:rolleyes:

    Anyways, I used mine all the time but I put one of my old plastic folder on the bottom. So, I can leave the Air on the bed for hours.
  5. roslee7 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2006
    The reason why she like to put on the bed coz she can surf internet while on the bed and at the same time watching tv or anything. Coz if the laptop on the table, then she have to sit for few hours there . Sometimes i do that that too when i feel tired and going to sleep
  6. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    The fan will run at max speed (6200rpm) and video will get a little choppy, but other things will work fine. If she could prop it up a bit by slipping something like a dvd case under the back edge of the Air it will help somewhat.
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    just don't tell Apple that. Officially, you're using it in an "Unsupported configuration", and if you ever have any problems with it and mention that you used on a non-solid-flat surface, they'll give you hell about fixing it.
  8. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I use it with blankets, as long as you don't use it there indefinitely it shouldn't cause a problem.
  9. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I keep a magazine or book under it while it's on my bed. Sometimes I use a laptop cooling fan that connects to the USB port. I also have a special padded bottom hardtop surface that's like a desk for the bed. I have power running directly to that. I use it for reading, MBA, and on a rare occasion breakfast in bed.
  10. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    bad idea.

    never block vents on ANY machine.

    Ok for very short periods and with this model you probably won't ruin it, but it's not advisable (for obvious reasons).

    At best you put strain on fan (which is a hard working little guy as it is).

    Put a hardbcark book under it
  11. Little HZ macrumors regular

    Little HZ

    Nov 15, 2008
    New Mexico
    Are you happy with how that fan works? (I have been thinking about getting one, for the reason being discussed in this thread ... )
  12. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Yes, it works well. It's a belkin with one fan right on bottom which is perfect for the MBA. It cost me $20 at Costco. I rarely use it to be honest. If I know I am planning to watch a few movies, I will hook it up. I don't really need it for normal work. I write/type a lot, so most of my time the MBA never revs up or heats up at all.
  13. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I use everywhere. I definitely will check some emails and MR before I sleep. Never had any overheating issues so far.
  14. PQTrojan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2008
    Thanks for the input everyone. I do have an old cooling pad when we were PC laptop users so I'll ask her to use it to prop it up. My MBA comes in tomorrow so I'm excited.

    Now if Hypermac would let me exchange my macbook magsafe cable for a MBA one I'll be set lol.

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