iBook getting hot, hot, hot? Cooling fan??

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  1. sotied macrumors regular

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    Just got an iBook and want to know if it's of any benefit to get a cooling base for it.

    Seen some online that are either just hard plastic with nubs to allow air to pass under or some that have actual USB-powered fans in them.

    Thoughts???

    They retail for between $11 and $999, most hanging at $30-$40. Are they a scam?

    Thanks,

    Jeff
     
  2. sotied thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cooling pad - another question

    The sites I've been to don't list weights. Does anyone know if they're really heavy?

    The last thing I want to do is carry around another 4-6lbs...totally negating a prime reason I went with my iBook.

    Jeff
     
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  4. 18thTomorrow macrumors 6502

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    Meh, I have an iBook and it doesn't heat up very much. I've never felt the need for a cooling pad. I use it for apps such as Photoshop CS and Dreamweaver, so it's not like i'm a light-duty user, either.

    If you want to know exactly how hot your machine is running, there's a nifty app out there called "Temperature Monitor" that runs in your dock and tells you what your machine's current temperature is. My machine tends to hover around 103f for light use and tops out around 135 when I'm doing heavy-use stuff. It also heats up faster if I'm using it on my lap, in bed, etc. where the ventilation around the bottom isn't so good.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. sotied thread starter macrumors regular

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    original post edited - 4PM Thursday

    See Title. I edited this post to be more clear. Please leave your feedback.

    Thanks,

    Jeff
     

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