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Old May 16, 2010, 07:47 PM   #1
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cooling pad for macbook pro

Hello,

I want to ask, witch cooling pad for mbp you using ? Or what it's good for mbp with good noise level ?

Can you help me ?

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Old May 16, 2010, 07:49 PM   #2
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Cooling pads are a waste of money.

Take a look at the first few threads on this page if you really feel the need to buy one.

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=0110161...s_qdr=m6&meta=
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Old May 16, 2010, 07:54 PM   #3
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I've been MUCH happier with my Mac-e-poo ever since that old drag of a "fan" died. NEVER noticed it getting hotter than with the fans and it's never an issue, period!

My only advice is, don't block the vents. The vent is below the hinge of the MacBook and MacBook Pro and under the MacBook Air. As long as you keep these wide-open by not placing it on bedding or with it on your lap and your legs together at the vent, it will keep cool.

I swears, at this moment it's as cool as my iBook Clamshell's HIGHEST temps, and the iBook was air-cooled.
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Old May 19, 2010, 03:05 AM   #4
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I use the Zalman and think it works great. It's not the prettiest thing on my desk, but it does the job.

http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-ZM-NC20...4252592&sr=1-7
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Old May 19, 2010, 10:41 AM   #5
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Given how well aluminum conducts heat, air movement across the bottom does help keep the whole thing cooler. At least it does with mine. The worst thing I can say about them is that they're absurdly expensive for what they are.

One of those cheapo little USB-powered gooseneck fans pointed down at the keyboard works great, too.
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Old May 19, 2010, 12:59 PM   #6
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I don't own one, but the heatshift thermapak seems to be a good product. No batteries required. Not noisy. But they claim it's better than a cooling fan, and I'm not too sure.
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Old May 19, 2010, 01:12 PM   #7
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Cooling pads are a waste of money.

Take a look at the first few threads on this page if you really feel the need to buy one.

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=0110161...s_qdr=m6&meta=

i bought This one on newegg and it keeps my mbp some 20c cooler when gaming. how is that a waste of money? my fans hardly turn on when gaming. And when I am not gaming, i dont use it.

Dont listen to this guy OP, get something like this for 20 bucks, its worth it.
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Old May 19, 2010, 01:16 PM   #8
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i bought This one on newegg and it keeps my mbp some 20c cooler when gaming. how is that a waste of money?
Because a reduction of 20 C has no appreciable effect on your computer's lifespan in the short or long term, unless you were planning on using it in approximately 50 years. It's not like your computer wouldn't be able to function if its internals were 20 C warmer, otherwise it would shut down. Learn a bit about electronics and heat tolerance, please (although admittedly $20 isn't much).
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Old May 20, 2010, 12:39 PM   #9
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Because a reduction of 20 C has no appreciable effect on your computer's lifespan in the short or long term, unless you were planning on using it in approximately 50 years. It's not like your computer wouldn't be able to function if its internals were 20 C warmer, otherwise it would shut down. Learn a bit about electronics and heat tolerance, please (although admittedly $20 isn't much).

i disagree. Explain how my fans running at full speed for 4-5 hours straight a few times a week in addition to constant temps above 100c is not any worse than fans silent and temps in the 70-80c range.
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Old May 20, 2010, 01:09 PM   #10
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If heat didn't matter, there wouldn't be fans built into the laptop, right? Extra cooling can only be a good thing IMHO (if you can live with the ugliness and obtrusivness) since you are helping along what the fans are intended to do anyway.

I'm in two minds whether I'm a heavy enough user to justify getting a cooler but ebuyer has some for UK users:

http://www.ebuyer.com/search?page=1&...0&ca630=Cooler
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i disagree. Explain how my fans running at full speed for 4-5 hours straight a few times a week in addition to constant temps above 100c is not any worse than fans silent and temps in the 70-80c range.
Because you aren't going to be using your computer long enough for whatever heat damage to actually affect your machine. Learn about heat tolerance of electronics.
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Old May 20, 2010, 01:14 PM   #12
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I notice ZERO temperature difference according to my monitors, with or without a chill pad.

Also, my iBook has no fans, and when playing Star Wars Episode I Racer, it stays cooler than my MacBook when idle :P
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Because you aren't going to be using your computer long enough for whatever heat damage to actually affect your machine. Learn about heat tolerance of electronics.

ok bud. Ill go "learn about heat tolerances of electronics". I forgot I was talking to the smartest person alive.
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I forgot I was talking to the smartest person alive.
Apparently.

I don't really care whether or not you learn that you're wasting your money. It's your money after all. Clearly some people believe that buying a cooling pad actually makes a difference, which is fine (and in limited cases it does) too.
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Old May 20, 2010, 01:25 PM   #15
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I think the only time a chill pad makes a difference is when we have these cheap off-the-shelf Dells and Gateways where the intake is on the BOTTOM of the notebook. The most asinine of designers, they are.

Using one of these notebooks on a table top with only 2mm of clearance or on your lap with zero clearance is going to starve it of fresh air, however, placing it on a chill pad will either directly move air into the intake via the pad's fans, or create a large enough gap that the intake can actually catch a breath.

What is it with other laptops, though? I mean, any time I work on ANY notebook that isn't an Apple, it feels and sounds like a hairdryer is blowing out on your hand! With all of my Apple experience, the fans are SILENT when idle and the air moves like a whisper. And yet the Apple notebooks remain cooler, in more ways than one
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I use a small, no-fan, no power raised laptop pad made by Targus. All it really is is a thin swivel base of two pieces of plastic with rubber feet on the top back part to raise the back of the laptop just a little for airflow. Makes me feel a little better when I plop my MBP on the couch.

I have SMC fan control, I need to test with and without to see if I'm just deluding myself (or at least trying to keep the bottom of my MBP good-looking)

Maybe I'll give it a shot tonight and post results. I would theorize that I'm only dropping it maybe 2-3 degrees which makes it pretty much useless except for making my base scratch-free, but we'll see.
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Apparently.

I don't really care whether or not you learn that you're wasting your money. It's your money after all. Clearly some people believe that buying a cooling pad actually makes a difference, which is fine (and in limited cases it does) too.

I totally believe in a non technical sense that keeping your macbook 20-30 cooler and reducing the stress on the fans for 20 bucks is worth it. I guess I am wrong.
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If it's sitting idle on the couch, I notice zero difference. If I'm watching Youtube in bed and it's directly on the bed spread, the fans start crying.

Keeping it on my lap with knees parted just so to allow free air-flow from the vent, however, is quite fine.

I added small rubber feet to the bottom of my hard shell to raise the back of the MacBook Pro by about 4mm. I'm not sure if it makes any difference, but my fans kick on less.
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talking about heating/cooling/fans etc. How would you be able to tell that your fan has died?
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I would assume if you're running SMC Fan control (free app, btw), and the RPM's are at 0? Mine usually run avg 1999 RPM.
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wow i feel like an idiot, i totally forgot i installed istat pro the other day and it shows fan rpms. LOL
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If your fan dies, there's honestly no telling via fan monitor software. As far as I know, fan monitor software reads the VOLTAGE that is being supplied to the fan in order to extrapolate its RPM's. Having a dead fan would cause for erratic readings, so there's no sure answer.

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Old May 20, 2010, 05:59 PM   #23
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i bought this one
http://www.amazon.com/ThermaPAK-Memo...392685&sr=8-11
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i bought these, mainly for lazing on the couch with the MBP,

fits the 15" perfectly. the 2 fans are ultra quiet ..

http://reviews.cnet.com/cooling/targ....html?tag=also
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i bought these, mainly for lazing on the couch with the MBP,

fits the 15" perfectly. the 2 fans are ultra quiet ..

http://reviews.cnet.com/cooling/targ....html?tag=also
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