I have a Windows Laptop and a MacBook and I like to keep them both in the same place. Is it bad to stack them on top of each other?

This has been asked a couple different times (as in What computer components are currently vulnerable to magnets?), but with nothing explicitly addressing the close proximity of a non-magnetically placed power source right next to a mac.



Unless the laptop comes from the mid-1980s and has the floppy drive directly below the magnet, no.

The components most affected my magnetic fields are the hard disk drive and the CRT display. Laptops haven't had CRT displays for quite a while now, and are largely losing their magnetic storage. If you do have a spinning drive instead of a SSD, the current ones are far less sensitive to external magnetic fields than they used to be: increased capacity -> less sensitivity.

So unless you have a massively-powerful rare-earth or electromagnet on the shelf, don't worry about it. The tiny magnet in the power connector won't even be noticed.


Stacking them on top of each other does not seem to be a good idea - [see https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/84616]. I recently placed 2 Dell laptops on top of each other (hinge-to-hinge) and that put my laptop to sleep.

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