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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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Can the Macbook be used on the human lap for extended periods of time? For the MBP, I've heard you can't use it because it gets unbearably hot. This might be a problem if I'm in a waiting area or somewhere without desks and need to use the computer
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Really depends on how extended. I have had my BlackBook on my lap for about 2-3 hours and haven't had any problems. It gets hot, but I think it's bearable. But that's just me.

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Depends what you're doing and what you're wearing really - I've not had problems, but I'm sure you can work out what is too hot.
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You will notice that Apple have not referred to their portable computers as laptops for a while, they are notebooks!

Just spend a little cash on a notebook cooler, I got a really cheap one for about 12 with two fans that just fits the macbook pro 17". Keeps it very cool.

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I think macbooks on laps would be ok if they run cooler, I use my blackbook on my lap but before I do so I usually turn up the fan speed using and app called fan control.

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Originally Posted by drlau9 View Post
I think macbooks on laps would be ok if they run cooler, I use my blackbook on my lap but before I do so I usually turn up the fan speed using and app called fan control.

I do the same with my Blackbook except I use SMC fan control cools my Macbook by 15-20 degrees ,No need to buy a cooler.
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