ventilation through spaces in keyboard ?

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  1. Trance macrumors 6502

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    the spaces in the keys is a ventilation to take in air?
    wondering about this because a keyboard protector might block ventilation.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    It may offer some ventilation. I know on my Blackbook, I can feel air being pulled into the keyboard when the fan is running mid to high speeds.
     
  3. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    It won't. The vent is in the hinge for the screen
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There is no venting through the keyboard in Mac notebooks. The vent is located at the rear, near the hinge. There is a solid sheet under the keyboard, preventing any meaningful airflow. That is why you can safely use a notebook in clamshell mode, with the lid closed.
     
  5. xdbuix macrumors 6502

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    I was worried about suffocating my macbook pro with my keyboard protector. I was at the genius bar on another issue and I brought this up, the ventilation through spaces in the keyboard is very minimal if any. But yes the vents near the hinge.
     
  6. zombrman macrumors newbie

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    Silly question, but... has anyone had an issue with the hinge on their MBP liquifying or otherwise changing states due to heat? I'm still trying to get used to the warmness of my MBP when it's booking and that is my present imagined horror-show. Also that my cats will want to sleep on it because it's warm.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, the hinge won't be harmed by the heat. Mac notebooks normally run very warm, so get used to it. The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat (around 100C/212F - 105C/221F, depending on your processor). iStat Pro will give you accurate readings of your temps, among other things.

    Unless there is a rare defect in your Mac, your temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload you're putting on it. Websites with Flash content, games and other multimedia apps will put higher demand on the CPU/GPU, generating more heat. This is normal. If you're constantly putting high demands on your system, such as gaming or other multimedia tasks, expect temps to rise and fans to spin up accordingly. It's just your Mac doing its job to maintain temps within the normal range.

    Your fans are always on when your Mac is on, spinning at a minimum of 2000 rpm (for MBPs) or 1800 rpm (for MBAs, MBs and minis). They will spin faster as needed to keep temps at a safe level. If they're spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC. PRAM/NVRAM has nothing to do with these issues, so resetting it will not help. Also, make sure you don't block the vents, which are located at the rear, near the hinge.

    Learn about the fans in your Mac
    Apple Portables: Operating temperature

    There is not an overheating problem with Mac portables. There is only a perceived overheating problem. That's partly due to the fact that the aluminum casing transfers heat better than some other notebook materials, so they may feel hotter to the touch than notebooks made of other materials. It may even become hot enough to be uncomfortable to rest on your lap. This, too, is normal. Because a user is unfamiliar with the heat normally generated by a Mac portable doesn't mean there's a problem with the Mac. Only on rare occasions is there a defect that causes true overheating.

    And yes, many users have reported that their MacBook Pro is a favorite sleeping pad for their cat!
     
  8. zombrman macrumors newbie

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    Not to creep you out or anything but I could kiss you for this. It's exactly what I needed to hear. It's my first notebook computer, so I have a pile of various anxieties about it.

    Hooray Catbook Pro!
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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