View Full Version : Cooling pad recommendations?
Jun 26, 2012, 11:51 AM
Hey! I was wondering if anyone could recommend a laptop cooler that works well with the build and position of vents etc of the MBA 13". I've never used one before so I'm not really sure what to look for! Portability is not a huge concern since I won't be dragging it around with me.
Jun 26, 2012, 12:29 PM
If you are concerned elevation of the rear of the machine helps, as sitting flat on the desk only reflects the head back to the base of teh Mac. You can buy passive aluminium coolers like Rain Designs Mstand or iLap. Most powered coolers are designed for PC notebooks and dont work overly well with Mac`s one cooler that does work relatively efficiently is the Moshi Zefyr 2, as it`s principle of cooling is specifically designed for Apple portables
Link: Moshi Zefyr 2 (http://www.moshimonde.com/productDetail.aspx?group=48)
As also stated you can use software to manually override Apple`s own cooling algorithm by manually taking control of fan RPM and setting up power profile presets with SMC Fan Control, or you can look at UltraFan which allows you stipulate a preset temperature and the software will automatically raise and lower fan RPM`s to keep the system at the predefined temp.
Why, well if you want this level of performance in such a small chassis this is one of the trade offs, just wait until you try video transcoding with Handbrake ;)
Jun 26, 2012, 02:11 PM
Cooling pad for MBA?! Seriously? Just forget about it... If you really want to use a cooling pad, then please don't get a MBA because it's plain blasphemy!