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I'm told this issue should not exist. Why is it I can sit with my MacBook plugged in for 5 hours or more at work and without my machine getting very hot. But at some other random location it gets very hot very soon?

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Is your work office air conditioned? And what other random spots are you referring to? Random as in: Outside? On your bed? On a carpeted floor? On your lap?

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Well, the machine will run warmer when it's running more CPU intensive applications than when it's sitting idle. Also, if you're using the machine on a hard, flat surface where air can circulate beneath it, as opposed to on your lap or a couch cushion that insulates, that could be a cause as well.

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I'm told this issue should not exist. Why is it I can sit with my MacBook plugged in for 5 hours or more at work and without my machine getting very hot. But at some other random location it gets very hot very soon?

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I'm going to take a guess that when you are at work you may only be using programs like MS Word or MS Excel...as well as e-mail.

But when you are somewhere else (presumably not at work)...you may be playing games, watching videos, or messing around on You-Tube.

As soon as you start doing these things...or similar graphics/video intensive things...your computer temps can shoot up real fast. I'm talking temp increases of approximately 20-30 degrees "C"...or 40-50 degrees "F".

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