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Apple MacBook Special: Too Hot to Handle?

Apple MacBook Special: Too Hot to Handle?



Too Hot to Handle?

Too Hot to Handle?

When pushed to the limits, apart from the CPU operating temperature that we've seen, there are certain areas of the MacBook exterior that get quite 'toasty', so to speak. While the notebook may feel hot on our fingers, are we able to cook those eggs? We don't expect the notebook chassis to be anywhere near as hot as the CPU of course. To find out accurately, we've identified three hot spots on the chassis and have busted out our non-contact infra red thermometer to check out these spots.

The results seem to indicate pretty similar external temperatures on both MBP machines despite having vastly different CPU temperatures. Generally speaking, you won't be too worried if your MacBook Pro is on the table as you won't be in contact with the warmer areas. However if you're using it on your lap, it can get quite uncomfortable as we've found. Then again, we can't quite think of a scenario where you would want to make your computer run at full load while leaving it on your lap, so this point may be moot. Casual usage will probably not leave you with a roasted lap.