Retina MacBook Pro in the Shower?

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  1. renosausage macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone,

    Before I purchased my rMBP I had a 17 Macbook Pro.

    I would often set that beast on the bathroom counter and play music or even watch a movie while I tool a bath.

    Now that I have my rMBP, I do exactly the same thing almost everyday.

    During the moments when I play music, I usually take a shower and a lot of steam accumulates in the bathroom.

    I never considered this steam hurting my rMBP until a cousin of mine mentioned it to me.

    So here is my question, will letting my rMBP play music while I take a shower mess anything up? Would the steam hurt my system?

    If using my rMBP in the bathroom is not a good idea, then what bluetooth speaker would you recommend to use as a music player from my rMBP?

    I am looking for a cheap one, not something over $100. Thank you :)
     
  2. shootist macrumors regular

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    You are asking for real trouble doing that. Not only will the system fail sooner than it would anyway but you have probably already voided the warranty.

    Apple places moisture detection devices, strips, inside all Mac notebooks. At the first sign of moisture those strips change color. Once that happens and Apple see it they VOID ALL Warranties. Leaving any and all repairs at the cost of the owner. For the retina model that could be greater than the cost of a new system as there aren't many parts in the retina that can be replaced. They are all either glued into the case parts or soldered onto the main board.

    Good Luck with that.
     
  3. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a

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    Some tips:

    Turn on an extraction fan
    Take cooler showers
    Open a window
    Don't use a $2000+ laptop to play music in the bathroom!
     
  4. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Just buy an iPad or iPod with Bluetooth speakers. The iPad is quite loud but an iPod will be cheaper, like a nano, and get some bathroom speakers. That will cost less than any MacBook repair or the iPad.
     
  5. Shrink macrumors G3

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    There is this invention that some use to listen to music when more sophisticated electronics won't do. It's call RADIO. It might be so new that folks are not aware of it's existence. There are even waterproof ones. And even one's you don'y have to plug in.

    I know I'm just showing off my advanced knowledge of available music playing devices...but it's for your own good!:cool: :p

    And on a somewhat less stupid note...I hope your rMBP is OK!:D
     
  6. DesertEagle macrumors 6502a

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    Given the risks implied, I'd say this is a terrible waste of a great computer.
     
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    You are on the right track. In theory any decent Bluetooth speakers will also work with a Mac, Just have the Mac outside the bathroom but in range and use the speakers in the bathroom. A pair of speakers that are rated for outdoor use would be best in the bathroom.
     
  9. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Bad idea, buy Bluetooth speaker or just a cheap radio/CD player
     
  10. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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    id say your warranty is probably void now. moisture from a pocket sets off the indicators in an iphone, being steamed up in a bathroom will have most definitely done it on a mac
     
  11. nia820 macrumors 68000

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    Bringing a rmbp into the bathroom is just insane. Just have a look a on amazon for bathroom music players. It will be more practical and won't ruin your laptop.

    I don't even take my ipod into the bathroom.
     
  12. WhiteIphone5 macrumors 65816

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    There's this device called an iPod shuffle or Nano. You can buy one and get cheap speakers and play them? I'm sure if you can afford a rMBp you can afford an iPod :)
     
  13. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Logitech UE BomBox, small and works well. I also have a Jambox, too expensive and it moves about at high volumes, which makes it vulnerable to falls. The Logitech has a lower volume, however for the price and increased portability I prefer it. I also like the simplicity of the Logitech speaker, just pair and go :)
     
  14. wMw macrumors newbie

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    I once took an iPad in the shower for music. It end up suddenly instantly shutting down, wasn't responding for some time. But it works right now.
     
  15. renosausage thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there any way to tell if my moisture sensors have been tripped?
     
  16. kycophpd macrumors 6502a

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    Go buy a cheap pair of $19 speakers at Wal-Mart and an extension cable and just run the speakers in from another room. Worst case scenario you go thru a set of speakers every few months.
     
  17. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    @OP

    If you have a place where the laptop is reasonably well protected from splashes, I believe you can continue to use it in the bathroom. If you produce too much steam, leave the bathroom door open or turn on some ventilation.
     
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    :eek:

    MR is an endless source of astonishment on how people treat their hardware.
     
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    I'm not astonished, but only because I had a girlfriend that used her MBP in the steamy bathroom, so I've seen it firsthand. I would never do that, but she was proud of her AppleCare, and 'hot-girl' syndrome seemed to work well for her, as far as getting things fixed for free. Last I saw that laptop, the 'e' key was only working part of the time, haha.
     
  21. dastinger macrumors 6502a

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    /brag about hot ex gf
     
  22. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    Otherwise intelligent people who get great satisfaction from assuming are everywhere in this forum.

    I'd bet they don't assume they're brain surgeons, so why do they think they're electronics experts ? :eek:

    Taking a state of the art computer in a high humidity bathroom while taking a shower? Then asking about it after the fact? Priceless :D
     
  23. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

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    Buy a shower radio best $40 I ever spent
     
  24. esteamshower macrumors newbie

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    i do agree with brilliance :D


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  25. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    At the very least play music videos to make use of the retina screen. ;)

    I've had the iPad in the bathroom with me when showering but

    1. I don't shower very hot or close the door (don't steam up the mirror)
    2. No moving parts
    3. Fewer openings.
    4. much lower replacement cost.
     

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