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You might think your MacBook is overheating if it sounds like a hairdryer and feels like a grill 5 Things You Can Do To Silence A Noisy Laptop Fan 5 Things You Can Do To Silence A Noisy Laptop Fan Read More . When your computer gets so hot that it randomly turns off, you’ve definitely got a heat problem.

There are a few things to remember when troubleshooting an overheating laptop How To Fix An Overheating Laptop How To Fix An Overheating Laptop Read More , and today we’ll pay special attention to the relatively silent MacBook Air Windows XP Refugees: Have You Considered A MacBook Air Yet? Windows XP Refugees: Have You Considered A MacBook Air Yet? Users of Windows XP (and, to a lesser extent, Windows Vista and 7) have an unhappy upgrade path ahead of them. Maybe it's time to ditch Windows entirely and pick up a MacBook Air instead. Read More .

For the purpose of this article, I’m going to define “overheating” as being very hot to touch but still operational.

Know Your Limitations

An overheating laptop can be caused by all sorts of things, from dust buildup to failing fans. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the more obvious signs, like simply using your laptop to its full capacity.

The MacBook Air is a very compact machine and that means heat dispersal isn’t a strongpoint. This particular Mac only has one vent, and it’s located on the hinge. That means your laptop is very likely going to cook under load.

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You can help this problem by ensuring you don’t block the fans. Using your laptop on your lap, soft furnishings or in bed will reduce its ability to cool itself, so a nice sturdy desk is a better place for extended periods of use.

If you’re going to plug your MacBook Air into an external monitor, make sure you provide plenty of room for ventilation — driving an additional screen puts strain on the GPU, generating yet more heat.

Drop The Demanding Software

Have you ever walked into the room to find your laptop loudly cooking itself for no particular reason? You can find out exactly what process is causing your MacBook Air to work overtime by launching Activity Monitor (search using Spotlight Search More Efficiently In Mac OS X With Our Top Spotlight Tips Search More Efficiently In Mac OS X With Our Top Spotlight Tips Spotlight has been a killer Mac feature for years, with Cupertino regularly schooling Redmond in the art of desktop search. Here are a few tips to help you find more on your Mac. Read More or find it in Applications > Utilities) selecting the CPU tab and then clicking the CPU column to sort by descending order.

Processes will be ranked by the percentage of available processing power they are consuming. Anything that’s using excessive amounts of CPU (think 90% and above) for no particular reason has probably crashed and can be killed by clicking the process then forcing it to quit with the X button.

The MacBook Air in my household (still running OS X Lion) would encounter repeated crashes in Google Chrome even when not in use, causing the fans to spin up at random intervals. Dropping Chrome and going back to Safari completely solved this issue, but so does limiting the number of tabs you leave open — in particular Gmail and Facebook.

Disabling web plugins by default will also stop demanding Flash videos and adverts loading automatically, which has the added benefits of speeding up your web browsing experience and saving battery power too How To Increase The Lifetime Of Your Laptop Battery How To Increase The Lifetime Of Your Laptop Battery A laptop with a short battery life is a nuisance, especially when you're on the road and nowhere close to a power socket. To make each individual charge of your battery last longer, learn about... Read More .

Limiting background processes may also help, so stopping any unnecessary programs starting up under Settings > Users & Groups > Login Items will help save your RAM too.

Test Your Fans

If your problems are a little more pronounced and your MacBook Air is regularly cutting out, you may need to test your fans. Not long ago, I encountered a MacBook Air that had developed a problem with the fan after only three years of use, which was obvious due to a grinding noise — but not all fan failures are this obvious.

Fortunately, you can test your machine using Apple’s online hardware testing facilities. If your MacBook Air was made prior to June 2013 you’ll use the Apple Hardware Test, and if it is more recent it will use Apple Diagnostics. Don’t worry though, they’re very similar and are accessed using the same method:

  1. Shut down your Mac and connect the power cable.
  2. Press the power button and then (before the gray startup screen appears) hold the D key.
  3. Select a language if prompted, then follow on-screen instructions.

If you’re using Apple Diagnostics on a recent Mac (screenshot, below), you won’t need to do anything as the test will complete automatically. You should make a note of any error codes or other pertinent information, particularly if your machine is out of warranty and you will need to conduct repairs yourself.

If you’re using Apple Hardware Test on an older Mac, you will be prompted to either perform a basic test or a thorough test. The basic test should be enough to detect cooling problems.

Machines that shipped with Lion (OS X 10.7) or later will be able to send this information over the Internet to Apple, handy if you want to make a Genius Bar appointment (particularly if it’s under warranty).

Override Your Fans

If your MacBook Air is consistently cooking and you’re struggling to see why, you may want to install an app that allows you to manually override your fan speed. smcFanControl is a free program that lives in your menu bar and provides a quick readout of your current CPU temperature and fan speed — though modern the program doesn’t work as well with modern Macs.

The app allows you to override Apple’s own rules about cooling your MacBook Air by increasing the minimum fan speed, with the ultimate aim of prolonging the life of your hardware.

Your MacBook Air will always shut down when the temperature gets too high (somewhere around 105ºC), but operating hardware at temperatures near this shut-off point may also be damaging over time. By forcing the fans to work overtime, you will have a louder laptop that cools faster, but also places more strain on the fans.

Some users believe this results in prolonged hardware life, even if it means they have to replace the fans sooner than they would like (a fan will cost you around $15, a logic board is closer to $600). The app allows you to create profiles under which you can specify minimum fan speeds, with rules for automatically switching profile depending on your power source (remember: a plugged-in MacBook Air is a hotter MacBook Air).

If you find that smcFanControl doesn’t show what your Mac is currently doing (either the temperature doesn’t display or the fan speed reads “0 rpm”) then you can install iStat Menus ($16) which provides lots of information about your machine, including fan speed and temperature. This program does not allow you to control your fans, you’ll still need smcFanControl for that.

Finally: Laptop Coolers & Cleaning

It’s a last resort, particularly for such a mobile laptop, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet and buy a cooler. This is an ideal solution if you’re using your MacBook Air as a primary machine, with a second monitor and keyboard setup that your cooler can slot right into.

If your Mac is older and you’re noticing the fans spinning up a lot more than they used to, you may want to go a step further and clean it. This involves opening up your laptop and exposing its delicate inner-workings so, while you’re unlikely to break anything, you really should take care if you decide to do this.

iFixit covered the MacBook Air range, with complete instructions for opening them up and putting them back together again. If you are going to go ahead and clean your laptop, make sure you buy high quality computer duster (canned air) with which to do it.

So — how hot is your MacBook Air?

Image credits: MacBOOK AIR (kun530), MacBook Air (Pierre Lecourt)

  1. druantia
    December 2, 2016 at 5:22 am

    I just want to say THANK YOU! I have been searching for an answer to loud fan and over-heating for about one week now and have tried many things. I came across this article and it has been the most comprehensive and helpful one yet!
    Again, many thanks!

  2. Martha Miller
    October 29, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Hey! You save my life -- at least the life of my MacBook Air, which was heating up frighteningly. A trip to Apple's Genius Bar was useless, so I resorted to an online search, found your post, discovered the culprit on my Activity Monitor and solved my problem.
    My coworker was experiencing similar problems, including a battery that wouldn't stay charged. I walked her through your suggested process and we found the culprit on her machine. What a revelation.
    Thank you thank you!

  3. shounak
    October 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    hello ..mt macbook air gets heated up as soon as i net and battery drains ...im facing this problem after updating to new update....any suggestion

    • Sum
      October 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Would you be so kind to provide more details?
      1.- Which updates? Apple updates?
      2.- Does your Macbook tends to overheat when you're using an specific software?
      3.- Do you have lots of programs or tabs in your browser?
      4.- Is the vent (at the hinge) obstructed?
      5.- Do you use your laptop on a hard surface?
      6.- Which model is your Macbook? (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201862)
      7.- What OS are you running?

  4. sophia
    August 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    THANK YOU! I know this is an old thread, however. My MackBook Pro has been loud fanning sound for so long, and turns out it was literary just a click of a button. I disregarded all the softwares running in the background, which I wasn't aware of until I stumbling upon this thread. So thank you so much!!

  5. sravan
    August 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    i just used my mac for about 4 months now i used it for 12 hours after it a small fan noise is heard near the ports it it a big issue?

  6. Sara
    August 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    i had my mac for less than 5 monthes and this was the first time it started overheating and making weird noises ,at first i thought that it was normal and that its going to stop after a while but then it didn't so i started researching but as soon as i read this article i tried the hardware test and deleted some of my softwares it started cooling and the noises stopped , so thanks a lot

  7. Anita Imani
    July 16, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    It worked for me, Thanks a lot!

  8. ALEXIMA
    June 25, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    NO NO NO! if the mac is overheating, there's a 99.99% chance the fans are either failing or the air exit is blocked y dust. one thing you can do, open the back of the mac, REMOVE THE FAN, and spray canned compressed air from outside, into the air exit. you might see balls of dust and lint flying away. then put the fan back, close the back of the computer, and see if it fixed the problem. if not, then your fans might be experiencing failure. take it to an apple store and they'll run a diagnostic on it. if it's the fan, they'll replace the fan for about 60, 70 bucks. or you can buy the fan on ebay for 10 bucks and replace it yourself. DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANYTHING TO OVERRIDE FAN COMMANDS, THOSE PROGRAMS ONLY HACK YOUR COMPUTER.

  9. Cblack
    June 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I know this is an old thread but.....i have a macbook air 13" i7 etc etc that started having this fan issue after 3 months. i am a writer and when the fan comes on i find the mac slows down dramatically which means applications are too slow for me to use. what i found (for me) was my issue was the printer. even after a print job the app stayed open and this is what was causing my fan to stay on. i know this will not fix it for everyone, but i have come across this before in a similar thread and when i shut down the printer app properly, it worked for me. Just another idea to try before you do anything drastic because i know how frustrating it can be.

  10. Amy
    June 16, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Your advice was spot on. Spotify Helper was the culprit with my MacBook Air, as well. I've had my Macbook Air for 1.5 years without a hitch. Today it started overheating, seemingly for no reason, and the fans were going full blast. I checked the Activities Monitor and the CPU: Spotify Helper was using 187%. I quit the process, and within 30 seconds the fans stopped and the computer cooled down. Thanks!

  11. Sarah
    June 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Hello everyone. Thank you for the sound advice. I've had my MacBook Air just a year and suddenly realised it was really hot on the hinge, back and front, and underneath. I have been at my wooden desk for maybe 4 hours, but the laptop was asleep (I rarely shut down), with the cable plugged in so 100% battery.

    I just took the cable out, and have been using the battery for a bit.

    The laptop has cooled down pretty quickly, and the keyboard is noticeably cooler - within 15 minutes.

    The fans were always silent so of course I had no realised it was overheating.

    Just an idea... I am seriously not tecchy!

    • Casey
      September 25, 2016 at 4:57 am

      You should most definitely not keep it plugged in, that actually wears the battery out and you should shut it down after each use also, idk, just my opinion. But look it up ;)

  12. swanson
    May 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Wow, I'd been dealing with this issue for maybe a few weeks before I thought to Google it. It seemed like the fan was coming on more often than it used to and was working harder than it used to. Even when I had it on a flat surface. Opened up the Activity Monitor and low and behold, something called "Spotify Helper" was taking up like 90% of the CPU. Closed it, and closed out Spotify, fan quit buzzing in under a minute. I've been using Spotify more often lately, which is probably why the fan seemed to be going nuts only recently.

    Thanks! I'll be sure to close out my programs instead of leaving them open on the dock. I forget that they're still open even after I X out of them.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 12, 2016 at 4:23 am

      Glad the article was of help to you. I've not used Spotify for a long time (I switched to Rdio, then Apple Music) but if the "Spotify Helper" is anything like the "Evernote Helper" then you can disable it from running at all at startup.

      Head to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items, and it will probably be in the list. I'm not 100% what sort of effect that will have on Spotify's general operation, but if you find it crashing a lot of the time and fancy getting rid of it that might solve your issue.

      You'll have to actually remove it from the list using the "-" minus button, rather than just checking/unchecking it :)

  13. Adam
    April 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Fantastic article Tim. Everything I needed to know and sadly if I had read this article 72 hours ago I would've saved my MacBook Pro from overheating. Am now applying your lessons to my other MacBook Air and found some stupid programs in the queue to automatically launch when I turned it on. Deleting those and monitoring CPU usage and the Air is quiet again. Question though, on my MacBook Pro what is a good way to gauge if I am overusing it? The device has burnt out twice in the last year. I use it as my primary computer because I am on the road so much. When it last shut down I was unaware of your overheating tips and I restart did three times and eventually lost the ribbon through overheating and warping. These mistakes get expensive. You seem to know a lot about the Mac hardware. What should / could I do to prevent overheating? Should I only run X number of programs at a time? Should I shut down every night? Should I delete old programs I am not using off the device? Thank you sir.

  14. Magnus
    April 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Besides shutting down the activities in the activity panel, using up too much CPU, is there any other explanation for overheating that can be EASILY detected and fixed?

    I use a OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and I cannot see why my computer is getting too hot for my lap suddenly. I bought it less than a year ago and it used to be really cool the first ten months. All I use it for is really Word, Excel, Safari and Outlook and Mail. Yes, I have many open doc's and many open internet windows, but I have always had so, and the activities are far from overusing CPU (Also, I tend to regard these tasks as basic for a machine that costs trice the price as any other similar). The WndowServer is in lead by using 13-22%, kernel tasks ca 3-7%.

    So, why is it so hot???

    • Tim Brookes
      April 20, 2016 at 12:52 am

      You say you bought it a year ago — you can probably take it to Apple and get them to take a look at it, even if it is just a software issue. But it could also be a fan failure or something like that. I use an app called smcFanControl to keep a readout of my current Mac temperature in the system tray/menubar, which is handy, and depending on your Mac it will give you RPM readings for your fans. If you aren't getting a reading then this may be indicative of a fan failure: https://www.eidac.de/

      You could also try running the in-built OS X diagnostics as described in this article: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/fix-mac-troubleshooting-guide/

      But basically if you bought your Mac new and you're in Europe or Australia or somewhere like that, there's a good chance you have a 2 year manufacturer warranty by law — so use it!

      Good luck.

      • magnus
        April 20, 2016 at 7:07 am

        Thanks, for confirming that this is clearly abnormal.
        The Swedish consumer law says that if you detect a problem within six months then the seller is the one who needs to prove the opposite, so that period is usually called "guarantee period". You can return a product even up to three years after purchase, but you are to prove that the damage was part of the product when you bought it. Some products are sold with a "guarantee" though, normally two years. I will check with Apple.
        But then you know, when you live with the thing (I spend at least 8h every day with it), you want it to be fixed immediately... so you make a cost-benefit-analysis and come up with - 3h (phone calls + bringing back and fourth) + two weeks absence + only maybe 85% success in fixing the problem so that it never occurs again
        vs.
        accepting it as it is...
        The last alternative tends to be the one you chose, until the problem becomes totally unbearable.

      • joseph akle
        April 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm

        i wanted to ask you something...
        i run bootcamp windows on my macbook pro and i game on it. i think because it produces too much heat im getting really bad fps. because ive tried setting the game i play to the lowest and i still get 40-50 fps and im pretty sure an i7 processor with 8gigs of ram should be able to handle that better. so my question is, at what rpm do the fans become prone to failure?

        • Tim Brookes
          April 26, 2016 at 4:28 am

          I can't say for sure, but if you're heavily taxing the fans all of the time then they're obviously going to experience a shortened lifespan. The good news is that in terms of the other heat-related issues your laptop may encounter, fans are a pretty cheap fix. A buildup of heat will shorten the lifespan of your battery, GPU and other components also; and these are often far more expensive (or impossible) to replace.

          If you're using your laptop for gaming all of the time, you should probably invest in a laptop cooler with integrated fans (the more you spend, the better generally) which will improve airflow and hopefully extent the life of your machine.

          I'm not sure that heat should have a massively adverse effect in terms of performance unless things are actually overheating (and you get crashes, visual distortion etc). Unless you notice a degradation in performance as you use your laptop — e.g. it runs well to begin with, then as the fans kick up things get a lot choppier — it's more likely just limitations of the hardware.

          Graphical performance depends largely on your GPU than the processor or RAM. If your MacBook has both integrated (Intel) and dedicated (AMD or nVidia) graphics chips, you'll want to check that Windows is using the more powerful dedicated chip. In OS X this is handled automatically, and I'm assuming Windows does the same, but you might want to check.

  15. Rich
    April 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

    great article - activity monitor solved my issues -- thanks!

  16. Anne
    February 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I had the problem of my new MacBook Pro fan suddently running constantly. The problem turned out to be a third party app called EEventManager, which started up after I uploaded an image I had scanned on an Epson printer/scanner. EEventManager was using about 38% of my CPU activity. I opened the Activity Monitor, quit EEventManager, the computer cooled off and the fan slowed down and finally quit running. This app was the problem.

  17. Josh Adams
    January 18, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Or you can buy or build your own PC (for cheaper) and fix it yourself (for less).

    • Jmmm
      February 12, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Josh Adams
      18 January, 2016
      Or you can buy or build your own PC (for cheaper) and fix it yourself (for less).

      So your just here to be an ass????

      • Shinnosuke
        April 18, 2016 at 12:40 am

        He's not being an ass by stating the obvious. I bought a MacBook Air recently thinking of gaming on it. (More on that later.) The idea was to wipe the SSD clean, install Windows on it, and use it purely as a lightweight gaming ultrabook. Before this I've compared the prices of HP, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, etc. The MacBook Air is of course a tiny bit more expensive and doesn't come with graphics card, but its form factor, backlit keyboard, good contrast ratio display (gorgeous despite not being Retina), and the fact that you don't have to depend on Microsoft if you don't want to, seals the deal for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad Windows 10 came out to patch up all the mistakes of Windows 8 and 8.1. But come on, Microsoft, it's the 21st century, and you guys are using Cleartype, a font smoothing technique from the 80s? Sure, Cleartype has its fanboys, but why does your Windows phone line uses a new Mac OS style font smoothing, yet your Windows 10 still rely on something that came down from the Apple // era? And still Windows users put up with it. That boggles the mind. Luckily there are people who see this problem and came up with a remedy, namely, GDIPP. This font smoothing add-on has stopped development, so some guy from China had to step in to further the effort. What did the guy call it? MacType. [shakes head] Microsoft should be the one to address their poor font smoothing, but no. The majority of Windows users seem to be blissfully ignorant of the poor font smoothing. Anyway, coming back to OS X... So yes, I like to boot up to the Mac OS for far superior web browser text. Lucky for us, Google Chrome now come with Mac type font smoothing by default. On Firefox you can use an add-on called Anti-Aliasing Tuner. [Set Anti-aliasing mode to default, rendering mode to outline.] So thankfully, Windows users aren't as left out as they used to be 5 years ago. They can see the same font smoothing on Windows as they do on Android devices, which uses the same Mac font smoothing from day 1. [Microsoft? You listening?] Besides building a PC that runs Windows, you can also build one that runs OS X. My MacBook Air 2015 comes with Broadwell chipset that won't run Mountain Lion. I have a few programs that won't launch on any OS X newer than 10.8. So it makes total sense to build a cheap Mac clone. With this hack Mac, I quite easily installed 10.8.5 (which is supported on Broadwell chipset), and the system was rock solid, running without a hitch 24/7. So the MacBook is, as strange as it sounds to average PC users, being used as my Windows gaming laptop, and the hack Mac/desktop PC is my main workstation.

        • Tim Brookes
          April 18, 2016 at 1:29 am

          So how does the MBA work out as a gaming PC? When did you buy it? Integrated graphics?

          What kind of games are you playing on it?

  18. James Attard
    January 9, 2016 at 8:31 am

    This is how I fixed it: http://www.jamesattard.com/2016/01/how-to-fix-overheating-macbook-running.html - most of the times it is a hardware issue..but there is a simple fix.

  19. TechJD
    December 5, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    To get this out of the way, my background in PC/Mac Repair/Maintenance/Troubleshooting /Advanced Troubleshooting/Data Recovery/Blah blah ( a lot ) has been professionally active for about 6 years now at the university I attend. I am saving hundreds of students/faculty or staff members/and the public loads of money at a service center on campus. By bending over backwards to any challenging situation they throw at me has really taught me quite a bit! The best part is seeing the wow on their face when they get to take home their device absolutely free :D

    So to my point, August 23'rd 2015, is they day that a great PC fanboy (me) decided to throw $3200 to buy his first MacBook Pro. My opinion so far, Apple builds the laptops, and PC builds the desktops (end of story).

    Yes SMC + PRAM reset helps. Actually it is required to appropriately perform the diagnostics before Apple will look into the warrantee process. ( I am an Apple Certified Technician )

    I have gone through HUNDREDS of customers with this issue. Litereally, word spreads pretty quick when some guy is getting everybody fixed up (THE RIGHT WAY) and cheaper than anywhere around town ( Simply Mac suprizes me, ignorance, laziness, little ambition ).

    The CULPRIT to the over heating issue is Apple SUCKS at applying thermal compound between the heat sinks and fans!! The design of their cooling is supposed to be state of the art but how can I see a better way than that? All i have against Apple in that engineering is a some at home overclocking to my PC's.

    Anyway, Apple applies more than triple the amount of paste, its embarrassing. I found this out when I FRIED my logicboard. MY MACBOOK PRO 15" i7 2015 Retina Display.

    I couldn't process my own warrantee and my fellow mate did so, he grabbed me and said, "Well theres yer problem" and we just starred at the gobs of thermo compound.

    Not only that, they give the Apple Technicians the Thermo paste to use (IT SUCKS)

    Between this thread and myself, I left Apple out on what I chose to put between my heat sink and fan (Arctic Silver Thermo Compound - for bad ass over clocking). Wow, now that make a difference.

    Anyway, my machine still gets hot due poor design to the cooling. So why don't I stop using demanding software??????????

    Apple decided to put the BEAST in my MacBook Pro that I get to unleash for the price of $3200.. but I am governed to slow down how I use it to the measly performance of a cheaper MacBook Air? That doesn't sound right. What sounds right is to keep my warrantee updated for more years to come, and see how many logic boards I can fry up for Apple. That is truely what everybody should be doing. I'd love to swap about logic boards all day long if that was the case.

    There you go guys. I'll shut up now

    Need help? Email me at this Apple Service Center: doyle@dixie.edu

    I fix mobile devices and build raspberry Pi's too

    • Sultan
      April 3, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Hi, I have a MBA Early 2014 and as soon as it heats up it shuts down.
      I think it shuts down at 70°C and I read you article please help.

  20. Johannes Bols
    November 1, 2015 at 6:33 am

    When I shell out $1300.00 for this mind-and-lifeforce-sucking digital deatheater, I expect the MANUFACTURER to iron out these very annoying stabs in the old eye ball. Little did I know that for that $ I was going to learn to fix Mac's bugs to the point that I seriously consider add Mac laptop repair to my CV. Thanks for helping us, the endusers. This is by no means a criticism of you; it is an indictment of a company that, the day it files Chapter 11, I'll wear vintage Ossie Clark!

  21. Anna Szczepaniak
    October 24, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Amazing! This just solved my heat problem. One app in Activity Monitor was over 90%. I closed it and my Mac became silent and cool again just in 30 seconds. Thanks a lot! :)

  22. Karembeu
    April 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Hardly had any problems in macbook air 11 (Late 2009) especially when running VMWare. The new ones macbook air 13 (Early 2015) does get warm even if I wasn't running VMWare.

  23. Bucky
    April 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    An effective low-tech means to keep your laptop cooler is simple - place two plastic bottle caps under the hinge. Prop up the laptop just a tad so that air can flow under. It's simple, works well, and even gives a slight typing angle.

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