New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Using a macbook pro closed for extended time unadvised ?

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Jan 02, 2010
Location: Paris, France
Posts: 3
Arthur75 is on a distinguished road

Arthur75 is offline
Hello everybody, a noob here

I'm thinking about switching to a MBP (15" or 17", from a dell note book under vista), and it would be used most of the times as an "office computer", that is closed with seperate display and keyboard.

I've been told on another forum that doing so is not advised as a lot of the cooling goes through the keyboard, and so that this would impair the cooling, is that true ?

Also the noise level (that is having no noise) is very important for me, how would you rate the MBPs in this regard ?

Another little question, is it possible to plug two external DVI displays on the MBP (in fact one display and a flat screen tv) ?

Thanks for any info and best wishes to you all !
QUOTE Thanks

Slydude's Avatar
Member Since: Nov 15, 2009
Location: North Louisiana, USA
Posts: 8,393
Slydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant futureSlydude has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: 2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.10.2, 8 GB mem, 2.66 GHz Mac Pro - Dead, iPhone 6+

Slydude is online now
Some cooling does occur through the keyboard. Although I have not found anything from Apple specifically about this issue, I did find an Apple article describing how to do it. I suspect that if this were a problem that article would be very specific about the amoount if time spent in clamshell mode. Apple Portables: How to use your computer in closed clamshell (display closed) mode with an external display

You can connect two external screens to the MacBook Pro though you will need some additional hardware. I reviewed one such device recently. For part of the time I had two external screens attached. I used VGA for the one of the two extra screens but that's due to the monitors I had available for testing. Here's my review of one such device ATPM 15.08 - Review: OWC USB 2.0 Display Adapter.

There are several similar devices on the market that I have not tried. If the OpenGL issue mentioned in the review is going to be a big issue for you this might be a deal breaker. I am not sure but I suspect the other devices have similar issues with OpenGL.

BTW My 2008 Unibody MacBook Pro is dead silent most of the time. About the only time I notice any noise is when I am playing some games. I am not a hardcore gamer but even Zuma will raise the fan rpms to the point that I can hear them.

Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

"Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling
QUOTE Thanks

OhDannyBoy's Avatar
Member Since: Jan 02, 2010
Location: Manchester/Staffordshire(UNI)
Posts: 4
OhDannyBoy is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Macbook Pro 15" 2.66ghz 4gb Memory and 23" Apple Display

OhDannyBoy is offline
Hey there, iv recently bought a bookarc (its a stand that allows your laptop to sit upright and be used just like a desktop)

I read on their website (The makers of it) that it actually improves your mac as it cools better? (dont know if this is true but thats what they say)

Bookarc - Bookarc - Twelve South
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Jan 02, 2010
Location: Paris, France
Posts: 3
Arthur75 is on a distinguished road

Arthur75 is offline
Thanks for the info, the USB display adaptater looks really interesting (I thought the throughput required for a screen was more USB could handle !).

The apple "double DVI" adaptater is made just for using the 30" screen ? Cannot be used for two ?

Also looked at the apple page for using a MBP closed, and on the Bookarc, it makes sense that the mac would get better cooling in that position, especially from the bottom, OhDannyBoy, do you use it most of the time as a desktop this way ?
QUOTE Thanks

613's Avatar
Member Since: Nov 11, 2009
Location: London, UK
Posts: 115
613 is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: G4 Cube 450MHz, MacBook Air 11" 2013, iMac 21.5" i3, iPad 1,1 32GB

613 is offline
I used my MacBook for weeks at a time as a desktop computer in clamshell mode and it still works absolutely fine. I would not worry about that.

I was thinking about buying one of those Bookarcs. It does seem a lot of money for a bent piece of metal, even if it does look good! I imagine it would help with cooling, but I'm sure it would take some hugely intensive programs to trouble the MBP!
QUOTE Thanks
Collin Bl

Collin Bl's Avatar
Member Since: Apr 07, 2009
Location: Napier NZ
Posts: 3,291
Collin Bl is a jewel in the roughCollin Bl is a jewel in the roughCollin Bl is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 27 iMac i5, MBP 13 & iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S

Collin Bl is offline
Stands - you could make your own - compressed board and a half dozen screws;

Click for full size
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« can i hook my macbook upto my plasma tv | Can I use an older battery in a newer laptop? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
time machine error - never stops to prepare or stopping back-up alonewithmymac OS X - Apps and Games 3 12-26-2008 07:56 PM
Macbook pro taking a long time to connect to wifi maxsugerman Internet, Networking, and Wireless 1 07-01-2008 04:54 PM
Black MacBook or MacBook Pro supaflyz Apple Notebooks 6 06-12-2008 03:06 PM
How do you use an external HD with the MacBook Pro lid closed? Ambien Apple Notebooks 3 08-09-2007 04:28 PM
Macbook vs. Macbook Pro carsncars Apple Notebooks 7 08-09-2007 03:01 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?