View Full Version : The iBreeze / other Powerbook cooling stands.

Jul 4, 2004, 02:50 PM
Anyone have any experience?

Would it be worth picking up the iBreeze when I get my Powerbook?

If you use one of these cooling fan stands, is the Powerbook always going to run at a nice temperature and NEVER become overheated?


Jul 6, 2004, 09:16 AM
I think that the majority of laptop stands then require you to have an external keyboard and mouse as it becomes very awkward to type at such a height. However, a smaller stand, that provides adequate ventilation is the Traveler CoolPad (http://www.roadtools.com/) which is only $20, pivots 360 degrees, and allows you to still use the internal keyboard. I have heard some good reviews and I will most likely choose this stand for its simplicity, size, cost, and functionality.

Good luck

Jul 6, 2004, 10:45 PM
I use and highly recommend the CoolPad (I have found the standard-sized version is still portable enough to travel with). My fan still comes on ocassionally, but I use the swivel more than I thought and the keyboard is now at a more natural slant for me.

IJ Reilly
Jul 7, 2004, 11:17 AM
Another vote for the CoolPad. The perfect low-tech solution. Cheap!

Jul 7, 2004, 11:41 AM
i tooo vote for the coolpad...great product

Jul 10, 2004, 07:57 PM
I've been using the Traveler Coolpad for my 12" Powerbook ever since I first got my Powerbook and it's so small and convenient it pretty much never leaves the bottom of my Powerbook. It's small enough so I can actually zip it in attached to my Powerbook into my notebook sleeve. My fan does come on now and then but you have to keep in mind this is the hot season in Singapore.

Another good thing is... no scratches on the bottom of my PB!

Jul 21, 2004, 02:12 PM
I use the IcePad from MacAlly. The main reason I bought it was because it can be used two different ways.

I can fold it in half and get an adjustable angle pad, or I can open it up and have a full "tray" to put my mouse on too.



Jul 21, 2004, 02:36 PM
um.... I just prop up my pb on a few cd's. Or if you really want to do somthing, you can get some old procesor heat sinks and put them under your pb, sure it looks ghetto, but my fan has never ever come on when I put the heatsinks, and rarely with just somthing small under it. Also it is free.

Jul 21, 2004, 03:49 PM
another vote for the Traveler CoolPad. i've had it for a couple weeks right now and i love it.

Aug 8, 2004, 05:00 PM
i have an ibreeze, prety good, fans r quiet. jsut the fans wont work if ur using the ibreeze on ur lap w/ ur ipod becuase the fans r low and will hit your legs, but its a good product, one of the best stands for the laptops

Aug 8, 2004, 05:09 PM
A couple of questions...

How good are the ones with fans of lowering the PB temperature?

Has anybody thought to create a non portable one with its own seperate power for the fans and cool stuff like a 4 port USB 2.0 hub built in (and powered)?

Aug 8, 2004, 05:23 PM
A couple of questions...

How good are the ones with fans of lowering the PB temperature?

Has anybody thought to create a non portable one with its own seperate power for the fans and cool stuff like a 4 port USB 2.0 hub built in (and powered)?

The ones with fans seem pointless - the fans on your stand make the noise instead of the ones on the PowerBook. Yeah, it's cooler, but where's the benefit.

Aug 8, 2004, 05:36 PM
These things seem to me to be a bit overkill. I mean I understand that the additional cooling can MAYBE prolong the life of your Powerbook a bit, but I don't think Apple would release it if there were overheating issues with it in normal conditions.

Plus even the shorter ones that put the powerbook at a "better" angle, like from the CNN video from the roadtools website; from what I know keeping your wrists straight is more ergonomic than having them angled to type.

I agree with what titaniumducky said about the fans.

Aug 8, 2004, 05:50 PM
I agree with what titaniumducky said about the fans.

My guess is that if the fans on my PB aren't spinning because I have fans in the stand, then it will save on wear and tear... but I can't say I am taken by any of the designs I can find...

Shame Apple dont do one specifically (in aluminium of course) for the PB that serves as a USB and Firewire Hub just like the new screens do so that it acts as a form of dock.

Aug 11, 2004, 04:49 PM
Instead of doing a new thread i thought i'll just post my question here...
i was uisng my powerbook last night and it got really hot, ( i was playing around with garage band) and it started to burn so i placed it on my bed and continuted to work. I dont' plan on useing it that much on my on my lap but more on my desk and was thinking about the Icurve because it props it up to use an external mouse and keyboard so the screen is at a nice angle. Any use it? Does it help keep the pb cool? Or should I just get the coolpad or something like that? Right now i'm using a couple of old cd's to prop it up to get some air underneeth but its still freakin' hot and my fan is on most of the time i'm using it.
Thanks for your help

Aug 21, 2004, 06:18 AM
Does anyone know where to get a cheap apple keyboard in australia? I intend to put my laptop up on three deodorant can lids and then use an external.