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g0askalice 04-08-2011 05:25 PM

Chill Mats, Brand New Mac User

I'm getting my first Mac.

It's a 15 inch Macbook Pro.

Waiting for it to arrive but my question is.

Can you use the chill mats with it?

Buzzard2010 04-08-2011 05:33 PM

I certainly can't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to! :)

- Simon

quin 04-08-2011 06:00 PM

Why ruin the look of a beautifully designed notebook with a chill mat. MBP will run on a warmish side occasionally but not a detriment. Enjoy the notebook without the clutter.

BrianLachoreVPI 04-08-2011 06:50 PM

Of course you can, but it's by no means a necessity. :) Mine sits on one next to the couch for when I want to use it on my lap. Keeps it at a better angle for typing and I used to occasionally plug it in for the fan if I was really cranking something - but I haven't done that in some time. Personally - I find that it's a good accessory for couch/lap use.

ptk70 04-08-2011 09:58 PM

This is what I use when I'm lounging with my MBP15 on my lap: Xpad Slim (Non-slip Laptop Cooler and Heatshield): Electronics

brimac 04-09-2011 04:34 AM

fair play that looks a nice pad much better than the ones ive seen on ebay

g0askalice 04-09-2011 10:35 AM

I've always had to use a chill mat with any laptop. I'm not used to not needing this chill mat concept.

I had a Dell laptop about..4 years ago? And it melted even with a chill mat.

I have a toshbia now and it requires a chillmat.

So I'll wait to get one with my macbook pro.

chas_m 04-09-2011 04:05 PM

Unless you're maxing out the processors all day, all the time, there really isn't a reason for a "chill mat." Apple's notebooks run warm under load (which is why they never refer to them as "laptops" -- gotta protect the boys!), but they are exquisitely well-designed to vent heat properly. Metal, it turns out, dissipates heat better than plastic! Who knew? :D

Shikarnov 04-09-2011 06:46 PM

I use one of these: iLap Laptop Stand - intro

FWIW: My Macbook Pro is running at 49C under light load with Twitter, Safari, Skype, iCal, and Outlook 2011 running right now.

chscag 04-09-2011 07:46 PM

A notebook stand makes more sense in that it provides some protection against "spills" in addition to allowing air to flow beneath the machine.

g0askalice 04-09-2011 09:10 PM


Originally Posted by chscag (Post 1216943)
A notebook stand makes more sense in that it provides some protection against "spills" in addition to allowing air to flow beneath the machine.

There will be no eating and drinking around my macbook pro when it comes. Ha ha

chas_m 04-09-2011 09:57 PM

Shikarnov: as you probably know, that is perfectly normal.

chscag: VERY good point! Though of course drinks should be nowhere near a computer EVER.

IvanLasston 04-09-2011 10:07 PM

I do run with a chill mat under my computer if I am sitting at a desk. The problem is any flash on the web can cause the CPU to spike. With no flash going my computer sits at 74F=24C - with flash going it can hit 95F=35C easily. I like Targus' offerings.
Cooling | by Targus

If you intend to use it on your lap I'd recommend something between you and the computer. There are pads that don't use any power - and at least act as a barrier between you and the computer. ThermaPAK Laptop Cooling Heatshift Pad: Electronics
Cooling for Laptops | AWE45US1 | by Targus

Note that you can never really overcool a computer. The cooler you can run it the more performance is available.

Shikarnov 04-10-2011 09:43 AM


Originally Posted by chas_m (Post 1216999)
Shikarnov: as you probably know, that is perfectly normal.

Yeah, I know. That was the point I was making. In the past, when I had the device resting on my table directly, it would run in the neighborhood of 60-65C. So I'm happy with the iLap.

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