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Hey,

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

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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.
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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.
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This is what I use when I'm lounging with my MBP15 on my lap:

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fair play that looks a nice pad much better than the ones ive seen on ebay
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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.
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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.
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A notebook stand makes more sense in that it provides some protection against "spills" in addition to allowing air to flow beneath the machine.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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