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how to make your laptop run cooler
How to keep your lap and laptop cooler!
Laptops and Notepads do generate heat, sometimes enough to do damage, it needs a laptop cooler to keep the heat away!
So you have just bought this brand new shiny laptop computer and she is a beauty ain't she?
In his haste to sell you the computer did the salesman mention that they just might happen to get a tad hot. Well trust me they do!
With the advances in technology there is also an increase in the amount of heat generated in a Laptop computer.
Are you aware that heat in your laptop can cause serious damage not necessarily immediately obvious but eventually it can lead to terminal failure in the laptop computer's motherboard and be a very expensive repair.
Cooling Pads for Laptops
Now you will always get some heat generated and the Laptop computer has been designed to handle this to a certain temperature.
During the summer months when the ambient temperature starts to climb and your laptop is getting a fair amount of use. eg downloading movies, playing on-line games etc the inside temperature of your laptop will be climbing as well. Most electronics are only designed to operate around the 120f (50C) mark.
To overcome this problem the advent of the cooling pad has arrived.
There are a number of types of pads
- Cooler stands with fans, some with 2 fans others with 3 fans, some of these blow air onto the computer. Others suck the air away from the computer. The problem with these types of stands are: usually USB powered (duh, no such thing as a free lunch using the computer power produces more heat. Catch 22 ) More noise is generated and the stand is just another thing you need to carry around . Right ?
One other thing to add to the expense is that you may run out of USB ports and will need to purchase a Port Hub.
- Cooler stands with outfans, these are more or less devices to just get some air circulating under you laptop and tilt it to a more user friendly angle. You still have something else to carry around with you!
- Cooler pads solid, just like a cushion filled with crystals and with ribs that absorb some of the heat generated by your laptop.
- Cooler pads roll-up, these pads use a special crystal substance which requires no refrigeration , they do not have fans so that the battery in your laptop or notebook will last longer between charges and there is no Fan noise. One big advantage of these roll up cooler pad for laptops and notepads is that they roll up and can be stowed away in your carry bag.
Opinions seem divided on whether a roll up cooler pad is a viable option to a cooler pad fitted with cooling fans.
This is possibly due to the fact that most users have already done the damage to their motherboards before they start using a cooler pad or a device of any description.
My suggestion then is this: If the ambient temperature where you are going to use your lap top is going to be high, like in a car in the middle of Summer then when you buy your laptop or notepad spend the extra $20-30 and buy yourself a laptop cooler pad of some description!
To repair or to buy a new Laptop
Just to emphasize the point a friend of mine had a laptop computer and was told that the problem with his computer was caused by overheating.
Due to the high cost of repairing his old laptop he finished up buying a new computer and I advised him to buy a cooling pad at the same time as he bought the computer. It is better to be safe than sorry!
After doing some research with my computer Guru's here in Australia the name ASUS came out high on the list. From what I learned they were making the motherboards for a lot of other brand names and decided that they could make the own computer. I would love to get some feed back on anyone that has an ASUS laptop computer.
A product like this Lounge-book may also solve your over-heating and ergo-metric problems!
An Alternative to a Laptop Cooler
I like the look of this unit that is very versatile and would save users having their Laptops sitting on their laps and would also allow good air flow around the laptop.