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Old 09-05-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Rothschild, WI
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We just got our first ever laptop. I've noticed cooling stands for laptops and was wondering if they're really necessary? Do these stands really improve laptop performance as stated on the packaging?
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:24 PM
 
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IMO they just make it easier for the computer to cool itself - the fan and cooling system should be able to cool the computer sufficiently on its own.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Rothschild, WI
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IMO they just make it easier for the computer to cool itself - the fan and cooling system should be able to cool the computer sufficiently on its own.
Thanks, Sayantsi!
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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Just be mindful about using the laptop on soft surfaces, like on a blanket on your lap - if the intake and exhaust pors on the laptop body get blocked, the laptop won't be able to cool itself well enough - any hard surface can be used to remedy this.
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Old 09-06-2009, 03:44 PM
 
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I have noticed that as my laptop gets older the fan runs more. I keep it cleaned so I think age can be a factor. I did add an inexpensive cooler and the laptop fan runs a lot less. I agree with sayantsi about not needing a cooler for a new laptop, but pay attention in a few years...

We did put one under our Tivo.
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Old 09-06-2009, 04:36 PM
 
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I have noticed that as my laptop gets older the fan runs more. I keep it cleaned so I think age can be a factor. I did add an inexpensive cooler and the laptop fan runs a lot less. I agree with sayantsi about not needing a cooler for a new laptop, but pay attention in a few years...

We did put one under our Tivo.
Probably time to strip that sucker down and clean the cooling fins, after a year or more they can get pretty clogged up inside.
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Old 09-06-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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We just got our first ever laptop. I've noticed cooling stands for laptops and was wondering if they're really necessary? Do these stands really improve laptop performance as stated on the packaging?
This is the laptop stand that I bought for my wife's laptop. It's 100% metal that acts as a heat sink that has plenty of holes in it to dump the excess heat. Wife uses her lap top for hours (plugged into the wall) everyday and the lap top stays nice and cool , never more that barely warm, all the time. It's also nice that there is no fans or other stuff to break on this stand.

Amazon.com: Rolodex 82444 Laptop Stand, Adjustable, Ventilated, Cord Organizer, Supports 15-Lbs.: Office Products
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Rothschild, WI
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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the input very much!
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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We just got our first ever laptop. I've noticed cooling stands for laptops and was wondering if they're really necessary? Do these stands really improve laptop performance as stated on the packaging?
The problem with laptops is the run hot with all those components crammed ito a small package and heat is a major killer of electronics it shortens their life span and laptops juat have more problems, so anything you can do to keep it cool, do it, heat is a killer.
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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I was running Spinrite to repair a drive with some bad spots. This program works the HD hard for hours and hours. Spinrite monitors drive temp and will suspend if the drive gets too hot. Never had a problem in desktops, but I was repairing a friends laptop and it would stop due to a too hot drive in about 2 hours.

I had a laptop cooler which I hooked up and the drive stayed a good 15 -20 degrees cooler and Spinrite ran to completion, repairing the system. So yes they do work, but for normal operation should not be needed.
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