Running rMBP while closed

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by noiseordinance, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. noiseordinance macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    I'm pretty sure I've seen this mentioned on here, but cannot find it for the life of me. Do people run their rMBPs while closed? I'm particularly curious about this in Windows under Bootcamp. I would like to hook up the HDMI to a monitor and close this thing on my desk, but I'm not sure if that's a) possible, and b) taxing on the cooling system...
  2. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yes, they do :) It's called 'clamshell mode' and it's perfectly fine on the cooling system, as MacBooks are designed to be able to be used in clamshell mode. However if you are encountering overheating problems while it's closed, try using a book or some other hard object to raise it off the desk a bit, and therefore improve airflow.
  3. noiseordinance thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    Thanks! Seems like the cooling works just fine with the lid closed.
  4. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    It does. I'll probably take flack for this considering I own a retina machine, but I pretty much carry mine between work and home hooking to a thunderbolt monitor at each end, and never an issue.

    Yeah, I know, a waste of a retina screen :)
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    For me a 27" ATD screen trumps any 15" screen.

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