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I bought a macbook pro about 18 months ago maybe 12 months i forget.

it is really warm. unusual a times the top of it and next tot he keyboard feels really warm to the touch. the bottom can burn my legs

is this normal?

anyone have any idea?
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It's normal. Your MBP is not a "laptop", it's a portable notebook computer or just a portable computer. Don't use it on your lap; it's not only detrimental to the machine, it can cause burns as you found out.

Buy a notebook computer stand (there are many different kinds varying in price) or at the very least, use it on a hard surface where air can flow around the machine.

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I'd say it's unusual. I've never had that kind of heat from my MacBook Pro, although I do agree with chscag that it should not be used on your lap (this is exactly why most manufacturers have gotten away from the term "laptop").

Now, keep in mind that if you're running games or power-hungry software, the machine will have a tendency to heat up - and since aluminum is conductive, as opposed to plastic which tends to insulate, you're going to notice it.

But under light use (email, web browsing, chat, etc) I've never had either of my MacBook Pros get hot enough to burn my lap.

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Are you using any fan control software?

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Mine definitely gets warm enough to cause you not to want it on your lap, even wearing jeans. Especially if I'm running video, playing WoW, or other intensive tasks. I have a laptop stand I use for those occasions.

I still do use it on my lap without the stand for the most part, but I am very conscious of that rear port at the hinge and allowing it to maintain air flow when I do so. There is no doubt, it definitely can turn your legs red where it's sitting.

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I agree that you should first keep the laptop off your lap. Second, get fan control software. I just bought the newest version of a macbook pro and had the same problem, so I just download smcFanControl and it works great.
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