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« on: May 31, 2010, 07:42 PM »

So I bought an ASUS gaming laptop from Best Buy the other week to play WOW (I know, shut up) and I noticed that it runs pretty hot.  In fact it's hard to leave my left hand next to the vent while playing, and the damn hot air keeps melting the ice in my cocktails when I play in the living room.

Now accrording to buyer reviews the ASUS does run hot, what are the opinions on those cooling pads?  Get one, or are they a waste of time/energy?
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2010, 08:43 PM »

My laptop runs pretty hot (under the CPU) I picked up a couple when they were on sale ($10.00 for 2) and they seem to help. They are a pain to travel with, but heat is the #2 enemy of a computer (liquid is #1)

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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2010, 10:57 PM »

Any solid surface, like a lap desk will help. Sitting on your legs you have a high probability of obstructing the vent openings, you'd have to look at yours but some of ours have vents on the bottom to let the air in and they are mobile processors. Something like a desktop replacement or gaming system probably has them with the high power video chips, drives and processors and they are definitely going to generate enough heat to be uncomfortable on your lap. It might be a good if unreliable form of birth control for us males but you probably should consider a cooling pad or lap desk for use with it when sitting it on your lap.

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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2010, 04:06 AM »

I have used cooling pads for years.  A good one makes a big difference you can feel just by touching the case of the laptop on and off the pad.

My favorite for use on a table or desk is an Antec made for a 17".  It has dual fans and an aluminum top.

My wife uses her laptop on her lap while sitting in her chair.  This typically covers the laptop's cooling vents and really builds up the heat.  I just bought her a new one designed for your lap.  It cools great and is comfortable sitting on your lap.  Great design, it is the common wedge lap style but the dual fans are in the top and vent through the hollow middle.  Got it from OfficeMax for about $40.  Visit their website and you can see pics of the design.

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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2010, 09:46 AM »

I love my Xpad. No fans and it travels easily.


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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2010, 10:00 AM »

not sure but it sounds like you're already on a desk with it if your drink is next to the side vent. If that's so, the X-pad won't do much good, it might help some, but you'll need something with a fan to really show some benefit. They all help by increasing the airflow into the laptop vents, which due to the laptops design, is the only way to boost cooling. (No way to change the heatsinks) As you've probably seen, having the laptop sit on a blanket or lap blocks flow to the vents...try it, you'll see what I mean. But if it's getting hot on a solid surface, a pad with fans will help keep you cool...
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2010, 07:43 PM »

I am using a flat surface when I'm loungin', i.e. a plastic filing box top, and yet it's still watering down my Vodka + (Whatever I'm in the mood for).  Cool

The lampstand is directly to the left of of the the sofa's armrest and provides an excellent spot for the aformentioned drink.

Anyone developing a liquid cooling system for laptops yet?
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2010, 04:43 AM »

Anyone developing a liquid cooling system for laptops yet?

I have seen several attempts at this by others.  I didn't grasp the idea of hot coffee, but iced Kool Aid across the keyboard does provide a substantial reduction in heat, however, the overall effect is somewhat disappointing.  I believe iced vodka would provide a similar result.
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