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I want to give my Macbook Pro (Unibody, 13 inch) a desktop set up. I want to give it an LG monitor, a magic mouse, and a wireless apple keyboard. How ever i want my macbook pro to be under my desk closed (I have a keyboard slot that i don't use) But i heard that i can't use my Macbook Pro closed with this set up because it will fry the LCD screen, but i'm confused because of; Twelve South BookArc Desktop Stand for Notebooks - Apple Store (U.S.)
and it states to work with a desktop set up. I am really confused and could use any help at all. (Also i don't need it to be under the desk if that stand is "the only option")

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Have you read this? Apple Portables: How to use your computer in closed clamshell (display closed) mode with an external display
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Thanks so much! Also will this over heat it?

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I am using my MBP in closed clamshell mode right now and it's fine. I use it like this regularly and I haven't noticed any overheating. Still, keep the option open of having BOTH monitors because you can make the two work as one large monitor, and drag windows between them. I usually like some visuals going while I'm working on my MBP in open mode, so I drag iTunes to the external monitor and dedicate that to the visualizer, while the portable monitor is dedicated to what I'm working on. Or when I'm working with Final Cut Pro, I like to drag the Canvas window over to the external monitor which is bigger and better for previewing, while keeping the other windows on my Macbook's monitor.

But if you're not going to do any of that, it's certainly fine to keep your Macbook closed so you can just use an external monitor.
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My MBP at work has spent most of its life (three months) in clamshell mode without any issue. At home, I run my MB in clamshell with the vents facing up for extra cooling. It runs fine, and the screen is fine.

Also, I've found a $2 napkin holder from Ikea that makes a nice alternative to the BookArc: "Fantastisk" new vertical notebook stand on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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My MBP at work has spent most of its life (three months) in clamshell mode without any issue. At home, I run my MB in clamshell with the vents facing up for extra cooling. It runs fine, and the screen is fine.

Also, I've found a $2 napkin holder from Ikea that makes a nice alternative to the BookArc: "Fantastisk" new vertical notebook stand on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
That is a pretty nice idea!

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