Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Problems With The MacBook

If you look around the internet, you'll find a lot of people pointing out defects with these machines. Mine experiences two of them: it runs really hot, and the speaker volume is too quiet. The speaker volume issue is mildly annoying and is only a problem when the original source was recorded at too low of a level.

The heat, though, that could be a problem.

I have to balance it carefully when I hold it on my lap to avoid being burned by the back left corner.

It has already warped my desk blotter.

I dare not leave it on any uprotected furniture. Almost all my furniture is "good" (and vintage) and has ruinable finishes.

So far I've added slightly taller feet to allow more air to circulate under the MacBook.

In the next few days I'm going to go to the hardware store and buy some pieces of thin but stiff materials* to put between the MacBook and my furniture. This will be less of an issue at work: the furniture in my office is made entirely of particleboard, plastic, and stickers; it could hardly look worse.

*I'll have to look and see what they have. Maybe a scrap of plexiglass. Or a piece of aluminum that is large enough to dissipate some of the heat. Possibly some of that wood-like stuff that the backs of clipboards are made out of. Maybe a tile or some cork flooring?