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Macbook - Safe to use on Lap?


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I'm wondering if its safe to use a macbook just resting it on your lap. I like to sit down on my couch and sit the macbook on my lap and use it like that. Is it safe to do this? Does anyone else use it on their laps or should I only use it on a flat surface so it doesnt tilt at all.
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I use my macbook pro on my lap all the time, when it gets too hot i put it on the ground and let it cool off.
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Yep, mines on my lap now. It does get hot and it can hurt your leg a bit.
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Me to, I use it on my lap all the time, it does get warm but no problem I find
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As with others, I use mine on my lap. It gets warm, but not unpleasant.

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It really should not be used in direct contact with your lap. It isn't a 'laptop' computer, and contrary to popular belief (and use) it is not intended to be used on your lap. Many manufacturers have seen issues with people burning themselves using portable computers in such a manner, hence the the shift of name to 'notebook' computer.
Apple advises against this as well
Get a lapdesk or something similar if you choose to use the computer away from a table or desk.

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While I agree with DB, I too use mine on my laptop most of the time - but then, it's usually when I'm doing light surfing, reading email, etc. When you start to strain the machine and it gets warm, I highly recommend a lap desk or moving it to a smooth, flat surface to allow the air to circulate beneath the machine - particularly with the MBP where the case is used at least partially as a heatsink.

As far as whether it will harm the machine - I would say that excessive heat is not good for components like the hard drive and could certainly effect longevity. So, if you feel the machine warm up to where it's even remotely uncomfortable, move it to a flat surface.

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I find that when I use my PB on my lap it gets way too hot.. and as DB pointed out its not good for the computer.. There has been times I have used it on my lap and acually burned my legs.. I use a lapdesk now and it seems to work great..

http://www.lapdesk.com/

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I used mine on my lap and it does not bother me. THe heat is only about 98 degrees max. I only put it on a desk or level surface when using the disk drive. otherwise it makes a real nasty sound when if I move.
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I am on a table now like I normally am, but once in a while I will use it on my lap, but not for long periods of time.

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I use it on my lap sometimes, when there's no place to charge and I use it on battery. But sometimes it gets hot and it warms my thighs, and makes it sweat. I don't think sweat is good for the MacBook. :flower:

Sometimes I leave it on its case (Crumpler "The School Hymn") and place it on my lap, but when it takes long I sweat and the bottom of the case gets slippery. There's a line of sweat that develops. Yuck.

Bottomline: You can use it on your lap if you prefer, but make sure it's not that long. If you plan on using it for a long period of time on your lap, get a lap desk. It's better than burning your lap. Or making sweat cling to your notebook.


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I only use mine on my lap. If you aren't smart enough to remove it if it's melting the flesh on your legs, you shouldn't be swimming in the deep end of the gene pool. :biohazard

I usually situate my legs at the corners of the MacBook. The whole center section is open to the air underneath. It actually gets more airflow than it would if it was sitting on a desk. I've never even felt uncomfortable with the warmth.
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It seems that most of us do use it on our laps, its just a case of being sensible and if you are going to use it for a long time then a table is best but I find up to 1 hour is no prob

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You jerks with your nice laptops.

I use mine on my lap, but I find I have to pick it up every now and then and let it cool down.
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