Retina MacBook Pro in the Shower?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by renosausage, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. renosausage macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    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

    Dec 8, 2011
    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


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    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


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    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


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    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


    Jan 10, 2012
    /home @
    Given the risks implied, I'd say this is a terrible waste of a great computer.
  7. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
  8. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    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


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    Bad idea, buy Bluetooth speaker or just a cheap radio/CD player
  10. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    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 68020


    Jun 27, 2011
    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


    May 27, 2011
    Lima, Peru
    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


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    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


    Apr 28, 2013
    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

    Sep 22, 2012
    Is there any way to tell if my moisture sensors have been tripped?
  16. kycophpd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2009
    Louisville, Kentucky
    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

    Oct 19, 2011

    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.
  18. prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  19. Pentad macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2003

    MR is an endless source of astonishment on how people treat their hardware.
  20. wonderspark, Apr 28, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 29, 2013

    wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    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


    Mar 18, 2012
    /brag about hot ex gf
  22. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    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

    Apr 21, 2009
    Buy a shower radio best $40 I ever spent
  24. esteamshower macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2013
    i do agree with brilliance :D

    ____________ - stream shower products
  25. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    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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