Decent cooling solutions for a laptop

CrackedButter

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Jan 15, 2003
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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?
 

somewhatstunned

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Aug 12, 2006
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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.
 

xparaparafreakx

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Jul 29, 2005
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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".
 

sierra oscar

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Apr 23, 2006
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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.
 

Ryan5505

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Apr 12, 2006
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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. :)
 

sierra oscar

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Apr 23, 2006
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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.
 

ZoomZoomZoom

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May 2, 2005
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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.
 

Sesshi

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Jun 3, 2006
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sierra oscar said:
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.
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 ;)
 

MiberHouse

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Aug 24, 2006
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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.
 

xparaparafreakx

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Jul 29, 2005
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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.