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 Post subject: Laptop Lapdesks/mats
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:15 am 
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Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:05

Hi Scott,

I've been considering whether or not to get some type of venting
system for the laptop. Somewhere in this corner of the forum, I
saw something about these laptop pads/mats with a couple of fans in
them in order to cool down the laptop computer you place on them
(Chill Mat - http://www.targus.com/us/accessories_workspace.asp).
I don't think I'd go for this though, as I wonder how much battery
power they'd draw, given that they use the laptop computer's power
to run them. However, Targus has a passive venting tray that is
light and foldable, but the question is how well does it work?
(Portable Lapdesk - http://www.targus.com/us/accessories_wo ... geNumber=2)
However, what I'm really curious about is something by ThermalTake
called iXoft. I don't remember ever seeing an ad for this. I came
across it quite by accident, and I'm wondering about it. (Black
iXoft - http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.a ... 35&ID=1599).
Can you pass along your thoughts on these things?

Thanks,
Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Lapdesks/mats
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:23 pm 
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Those devices are generally unnecessary for most modern laptops, unless you work in bed or on a blanket. The main thing to consider is that you don't cover the vents built-in to the laptop. If the laptop is used on a flat surface, the vents will be completely open, as that is how the system is designed to run. One of the biggest problems with laptop cooling occurs when people use a laptop on a blanket or other soft cloth (especially in bed), where the system sinks into the cloth, covering the vents. In that case I'd recommend using some sort of flat tray (like a serving tray) or something like the Targus LapDesk, which I have used myself on rare occasions when working in bed. However when working in a sitting position where the laptop is on my knees, I find such devices both unwieldly and unnecessary, since with the system perched on my knees the vents are completely uncovered.

On the other hand, there were some older fire-breathing Pentium 4 laptops (and maybe some newer "gaming" laptops) that get so hot they would burn your legs if you actually used them on your lap. In that case something like the LapDesk could be considered more for *your* protection instead of that of the system. <g>


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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:30 pm 
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If I recall correctly, I believe Nick has one of those laptops. I had the same one a while back and yes, it ran HOT! Had to retire that system for fear of hurting myself.


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Lapdesks/mats
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:05 am 
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The laptop protector I use is Xbrand's LapDesk. I sit for hours with my laptop in my lap in my nice comfortable chair. It does get a might warm. This helps. Would I improve on it's design. Sure. But this makes the nugget warming beast tolerable. Perhaps I can still have children.

Seriously, don't waste your money. If you find in using your laptop you have a need for support or thermal protection, then look around for something that will meet your needs. In my case I wanted insulation, something that would fit in my laptop backpack or briefcase, would not drain my battery or need be plugged in and a place to rest my trackball. This seemed the best.


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