That's nice. And cheap. But does it keep the MBP noticeably cooler? Can you plug it into AC instead of USB? Right now iStat says CPU A is 151 degress even though yesterday I did the "Cooler Apple" modifications of Applefan and Appleblower. I'd just like to cool it down a little.
I love it.That's nice. And cheap. But does it keep the MBP noticeably cooler? Can you plug it into AC instead of USB? Right now iStat says CPU A is 151 degress even though yesterday I did the "Cooler Apple" modifications of Applefan and Appleblower. I'd just like to cool it down a little.
In my case, I guess it's necessary coz all the 3D modeling and graphic stuff.I don't believe the external fans are really necessary. When my MBP sits flat on a desk, its entire top case becomes very warm to the touch in less than an hour. But when my MBP sits on an mStand, its top case remains completely cool even after several hours of use. All it takes is some passive circulation around the bottom of these beasts to keep them from thermonuclear meltdown.
Me netiher, they should have included rubber grips. The thing ended up scratching my PowerBook.I never was a fan of iLap even with my powerbook. I found the fan ended up running internally more often than when I would just put it on one leg. Not to mention how quickly it got hot, but that could be because of vent location I suppose, in any case iLap I don't recommend.
you have to try it. temperature drops around 20 C.I don't see the need for having a stand with external fans, at all. My MBP spends hours gaming, rendering FCP/Motion stuff, and more intensive activities. It can sit there all day with processor, and even GPU usage nearing 100%, and my iCurve is perfect. The ventilation is more than adequate without needing more noise.
It's now been replaced with the Elevator, which looks just as good.
Too bad Griffin no longer makes the iCurve.The iLap does work, but I find that alternating between lap and table, it is a massive fiddle to attach / detach the cushion.
Perhaps they thought it out as much as they could, but I don't think it's a very good solution. The Apple is the only laptop in my possession (At the moment I have pre-SR MBPs) that actually mandates I use one of these whenever I want to use it off a desk. The initial elegance of the MBP is therefore destroyed by the kludges I have to use in order not to burn myself.
The Elevator is fine for using on a desk - in fact, it's mandatory if you don't want the wood being blistered However it's only functional improvement over the iCurve seems to be the takedown ability. I have both and in terms of a 'plonk down and leave' solution I prefer the iCurve.
I just replaced my old stand with the ilap and absolutely love it. They do send out rubber grips with it now and I put them on immediately. My mbp does run cooler than before. My old stand was really great and I now use it with my little g3 ibook, but with the larger mbp I wanted something it would fit on better and it fits perfectly. As for the pad, I leave it on whether working on my lap or on a table. It makes a very comfortable wrist pad. I would definitely suggest it..... and, it does look really niceMe netiher, they should have included rubber grips. The thing ended up scratching my PowerBook.
EDIT: I also have the Elevator and its pretty amazing.