Hey everyone, I’m having issues with the monitor getting increasingly hot during normal -less then 30 minutes- of usage. Is this normal? Will the monitor warn me when the system gets too hot to use? I want to make sure this is normal and I’m not damaging the monitor.
When i first gotten the monitor it was quite warm to the touch. It is safe to run it for longer use. If you dont want it so warm. Do firmware update, turn off hdr and decrease the brightness to help reduce the temperature.
I’m running firmware 105. Which one are you on?
Firmware 106. Brightness set to 20 with hdr turned off. My monitor isnt as warm as it was when i first gotten it.
How warm is the Spectrum getting? It’s quite normal for it to be running relatively warm, because it doesn’t have a fan to push hot air out of the system.
If you can comfortably hold your hand against the Spectrum for 10+ seconds at a time, the temperature inside shouldn’t be hot enough to do any damage to the components. If it’s so warm that the Spectrum is uncomfortable to touch, that might be a problem.
For comparison, my Spectrum is connected to a MacBook Pro and is both charging the MBP and displaying a 4K@60 HDR signal. The back gets to “hot bath” territory - very warm, but I can still hold my hand against it without discomfort.
Hey Andrew, do you happen to own one of those surface thermometers or something that can tell us exactly how hot its getting? Its perfectly fine for the monitor to get hot/warm but if it gets to a point where feels like it’s burning your hand when you touch it (think overheating intel MacBook if you’ve ever owned one) I’d say it isn’t normal.
Let us know so we can check the monitor specs and help you out.
Hello @NZgeek @LoneWolf and @sr20 ,
Thank you for your responses. I recently adjusted my setup and noticed that I had the spectrum plugged into a surge protector rather than directly into the outlet. I have plugged the spectrum directly in the outlet, with a little temperature difference. The monitor temperature is what you described as “bath warm”. It isn’t painful to touch I don’t believe. Regardless, I will get a surface thermometer this week, and post the results to see if it is within normal operating temperature.
My Spectrum has been running for a few hours now with HDR turned on and USB power delivery in use.
I’ve got a food thermometer with a long skinny probe that I was able to stick into the vent holes on the back of the Spectrum. I couldn’t go that far to the left because there are a bunch of components there, and shoving a metal spike into them isn’t a good idea.
I registered temperatures between 42C and 48C at various locations across the Spectrum, with room’s ambient temperature being around 24C. Strangely, the coolest area was right next to the big components (inline with the left side of the stand). I would have thought that the components would be generating more heat. The warmest area was on the far right side, where there’s not much visible through the vent holes.
While this is relatively warm, the temperatures aren’t so high that we should have to worry about components failing due to heat stress.
Yup those temps seem to be well within the spec of a monitor like spectrum.