Dell vs. MacBook Reveals Tepid Warmth, Not Exciting Scalding

Dells spontaneously combust. MacBooks melt scrotums. If reports are to be believed, ether company’s laptop is hot enough to cauterize lopped off limbs. But which one is hotter?

Krische Online took a 1.83GHz MacBook and put it in a gladiatorial ring
with the Dell Latitude D620 to see which was the hottest, sweatiest laptop in town. Both had about the same specs. The test was run by measuring the temperature with some fancy space thermometer while they played the same DVD, The Hills Have Eyes. If they wanted to really test the heat, they should have put in Zombie Lake.

Results? The MacBook is hotter, but both laptops averaged around a toasty 92 degrees. We really got our hopes up when we read that; since this was a scientific test, we hoped they’d be using Celsius. Alas, that temperature is measured in Fahrenheit. In other words, they are uncomfortably hot, but Takeshi Miike is never going to be able to use it to torture a kidnapped American backpacker in a Romanian hostel.

MacBook vs. Dell Latitude


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  1. mark duffy says:

    No, they should have The Hot Spot–nude Jennifer Connelly.

  2. Falconfire says:

    Also should point out that the Latitude has a thicker case than the Macbook.

    I would also be interested in seeing what it looked like to the Macbook Pro since the metal transfers heat better.

  3. Jesse in Japan says:

    It’s Takashi Miike. Takeshi is a much more common name in Japan, but in this case it’s Takashi. And don’t confuse him with Takeshi Kitano.

  4. Lemurs says:

    It’d have been better if they stressed the system in some way. Decoding a DVD is a walk in the park for your average laptop nowadays. Do something that really requires more effort out of the components on the system and see what happens.

  5. ModerateSnark says:

    I agree with Lemurs.

    92 degrees won’t dry roast your nuts.

    (That 111.4 on the MacBook underside in the graphic above might be a tad uncomfortable, however, and that might be sustained if the processor was handling a heavy load.)

  6. olegna says:

    Am I missing something here?

    The top temp for the Macbook is 119.8
    The top temp for the Dell is 105.8

    I’d say the top temp is as significant, if not more for the thigh-roasting effect, as average temp.

    And the Dell has twice the RAM, 20 gigs more HD space, costs less, and you don’t have to go to the Church of the Apple Store to talk to some annoying geek-emo to get a new HD.

  7. AcidReign says:

    …..119 degrees is too much. That’s not good. We have an Acer laptop, and when it gets up in that neighborhood, DDR dimms start failing. Luckily, you can get a pair of 512 MB ones now for about $100. We can never, never set that laptop on an actual lap. It’s got to have space underneath so that it can breathe.

    …..The ugliest temp tech thing I have is a Ximeta 200 gig Netdisk. If left running hard for an hour, the CASE gets up to 135 degrees. I try not to leave it on that long. I can usually clone my Seagate USB drive to it in 45 minutes, then shut it off!

  8. nothere says:

    these companies should issue a protective lap covering to render “laptops” no longer a dirty lie.