The iBreeze / other Powerbook cooling stands.

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by FasterSoonerNow, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2004
    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?

  2. macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    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 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
  3. macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2003
    CoolPads are great!

    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.
  4. macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Another vote for the CoolPad. The perfect low-tech solution. Cheap!
  5. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
  6. macrumors newbie


    Nov 26, 2002
    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!
  7. macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2004
    IcePad from MacAlly

    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.


  8. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2003
    Houston, TX
    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.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2001
    another vote for the Traveler CoolPad. i've had it for a couple weeks right now and i love it.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    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
  11. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    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)?
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    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.
  13. macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    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.
  14. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    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.
  15. macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    i curve

    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
  16. macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2004
    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.

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