Decent cooling solutions for a laptop

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  1. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    My iBook gets quite warm now with a 7200 rpm drive in it and I'm wondering if anybody out there has had any experiences with laptop cooling solutions.

    I've seen some online which are in effect a raised platform designed to sit under the machine and keep the bottom cool via a pair of fans drawing power from the USB port.

    Anyway does anybody else recommend anything which they have had personal experience with?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I have this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834996501

    I like it because it does a decent job for it's small size, and is much more portable than the big pads that you sit your whole laptop on. This one just props it up a little. It also makes typing a little more comfortable, but that might be just me.
     
  3. aricher macrumors 68020

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    I use an iCurve at my desk and a Podium CoolPad on the road. Both are excellent products.
     
  4. somewhatstunned macrumors member

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    I use a speaker grille. I sit crosslegged with it in my lap so the rounded bottom fits comfortably and firmly in my lap and the laptop rests on the edges perfectly over a bowl of net.
     
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  6. debrey macrumors member

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    I really like my lapinator. Now fans, no power, no problems with heat.

    http://www.lapinator.com/

    Last I checked, the cheapest way to buy was from them on ebay.

    -- David
     
  7. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    iCurve with a 9" fan running in the back of the iCurve. The 9" fan is more quite then the fan of the TiBook/MBP 17".
     
  8. sierra oscar macrumors 6502

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    A work-in case like the MacTruck from Radtech may suit - if your budget allows. They are expensive, but the product claims to be an effective way of insulating and spreading the heat. I'm going to be purchasing one - so right now I've not got any first hand experience how effective this will be.
     
  9. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Move further north and open a window.

    Or just buy an iCurve. :)
     
  12. Ryan5505 macrumors regular

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    Sometimes when my bag of ice melts, I just pure the water into the slot on the side of my powerbook. It works great. :)
     
  13. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    iCurve with a great big fan going behind it. You stay cool, laptop stays cool. You do need a keyboard and mouse though.
     
  14. sierra oscar macrumors 6502

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    I know the iCurve looks great - and is effective - but I had an iCurve with my former 17" PB and the thing would slip off after awhile (heat + weight + plastic). I recall this was a semi-common problem at the time with other users - but perhaps things have changed now with the iCurve design.
     
  15. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    Some other people on MR seem to have had some good things to say about the iLap.

    I'm still looking for a really hardcore laptop cooling solution, since I fully intend to software overclock my GPU once i get a MBP, but I don't intend to roast nuts.
     
  16. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I've certainly not had any problems and the MBP17" has reached some distinctly worrying temps even while sitting on the iCurve. I thought about getting it looked at, but what I think I'll do is wait until Spring to get it fixed. During autumn/winter I could do with another space heater in my home office ;)
     
  17. MiberHouse macrumors newbie

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    A value for money option?!?!

    Go to local DIY shop and buy a couple of those 3/4inch, stick on rubber feet like on the bottom of a VCR, etc. Stick one on bottom casing at each rear corner of laptop. Raises it up off desk/table and really helps to improve circulation. They do the biz!
    Do they stay put? I've had same pair on bottom of 15" PBook for about 2+ years. However, not much help when Pbook is on our lap.
     
  18. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    I have a MBP 17" on the iCurve and it doesnt slip off and I typr on the iCurve too. The 9" fan is so quite but really strong, never heard the fan turn on and temps max out at 55C when playing games.
     

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