Apple's MacBooks hot enough to fry eggs
Call it iFry: The undersides of Apple's new MacBook laptops is apparently hot enough to fry an egg on. While you're at it, the Unofficial Apple Weblog notes, you can "keep your coffee warm by placing it on top of your MacBook power adapter." The brouhaha was launched by a joke video of someone frying an egg, but the MacBook's 159-degree temperature is no laughing matter for users. Why is Apple taking the heat for having laptops that run hot? For one thing, its momentous switch to Intel chips was prompted largely by the promise that Intel could deliver processors that ran cooler than IBM's.
Apple's hardly alone in its heat problems -- we're eagerly awaiting the first reports of someone grilling hamburgers above a flaming Dell. Now, though, reports of hot MacBooks are spreading. Apple's standard response in these cases is to instruct users to call its AppleCare support line. But shouldn't Apple be fixing the problems back at the assembly line?
Easy enough to solve by using a heat sink base for the laptops - ANY kind - purchased at Staples, etc. for $40.
I just bought one, and I can say I'm very concerned about the heat given off by the computer. It almost burned ot the touch, so I'm wondering when It's just going to overheat.
I called AppleCare on my MacBook and was told when Apple ships their product from their factories there are absolutely no problems with it. It was so hot I couldn't sit it on my lap, and I think the excessive heat was the cause of my LCD "crack". Needless to say I bought a PC laptop and am quite happy with it.
I just got mine 24 hours ago and I already have a nice red spot on the front of my thigh that looks like a sunburn! This is insane! Looks like i'll be contacting Apple Care here shortly.
What about the discoloration issues with the White MacBooks... That's a serious problem too--mine began to show stains after just 5 days of use... Apple is only now JUST beginning to acknowledge the issue, after being swamped with complaints about it online and on their own Support discussion boards.
That's why the rest of the world switched to AMD. Apple is the dumping ground for Intel's flamethrowers. Suckers.
The press really likes to talk this story up, but the notebooks only get uncomfortably warm when running off AC power and then held against bare skin.
Speed equals heat and people always want the fastest processor in the smallest package, but then are suprised when the computer gives off any amount of heat.
The idea that the notebooks will 'overheat' and break are also just a misunderstanding as to just how hot a modern processor can run at. Long before it 'overheats' it will start to miscalculate and cause software to crash -- and it will not get to that point.
If any of you knew anything about modern CPU's you would know that 159F is not a hot temperature for the Intel Duo. I have not had a single problem with my White Macbook 2GHz outside of getting a little toasty. This is how most laptops will be in the near future. This is also the price we pay for wanting our laptops designed paper thin. Get over it and get used to it.
I purchased a macbook in October 2006. February 3rd, the Display cracked. Apple refused to repair it saying that it was "accidental" damage. Nonsense. It is defective. I have found at least 5 others with this same complaint. Would like to know of others.
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