Best Laptop Cooler?

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  1. GuiltySparc

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    Any advice on these? I was poking around newegg for them. My laptop gets pretty hot running WoW (like the top of the keyboard even) so i figured it wouldnt hurt to pick up some sort of cooler fan.
     
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    Antec has some that work all right
     
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    Buy some Laptop Legs instead, and stick them on the underside of the laptop. Use them to prop it up so it can breathe properly.
     
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    Think thats a better solution than one of the stands with fans and what not?

    I have it propped up on two dvd cases now (ghetto, i know :rofl:) and it still gets pretty hot.
     
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    Also, not all laptops have vents on the bottom... in fact, I personally have not owned one that had vents on the bottom.
     
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    Mine has a vent on the rear left side (near the escape key). That seems to be the only vent.
     
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    I haven't seen one in years that didn't have vents on the bottom. Hell, the bottom of my brother's tablet PC is practically a wire mesh it has so many vents.
     
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    Well, all 3 of the Apple laptops I have had used rear vents, my 3 Thinkpads used side vents, the Toshiba I used at work was the sides as well...
     
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    That's not what I mean. All of the laptops I see on a regular basis have exhaust vents on the sides and/or back, but they also all have intake vents on the bottom.
     
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    my laptop also only has side/rear-vents.

    personally i think if you have to get a third party cooler for your laptop, that = laptop fail.
     
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    Sorry, none of mine had intake vents on the bottom.
     
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    I agree... the stock cooling system should be sufficient... the only time where I've seen that it's not enough is when the vents are clogged with dirt and dust.
     
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    Weird.

    Anyway, lifting the bottom off the table will let the laptop cool itself more effectively by radiation, so it's still a good idea.
     
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    Are you guys buying your laptops on the black market in korea?

    I have never seen one without air intakes on the bottom... the exhaust usually comes out the side or back, with a heat pipe leading from the processor to a heatsink at the exhaust.

    Anywho... overheating does not necessarily mean it is a bad laptop, unless its on a hard surface like a table or desk it will probably not cool sufficiently. My girlfriend likes to leave hers on an ottoman which causes it to overheat. She bought a nice little cooler on ebay for 10 bucks, powered by a USB port, clear plastic with 4 fans on it and each fan glows with a blue LED (which I removed because they were too damn bright)
     
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    My ThinkPad t61p get's pretty hot when I play TF2 for a couple hours and especially when I used to play Crysis. All I do is get a fan that I have and angle it down at my computer. It increases the airflow underneath it and over the keyboard and cools it very well.
    I'm on my girlfriends HP which has vent's on the bottom and it overheats alllll the time when she puts it on her bed. It get's really hot.
     
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    Well, I guess my Thinkpad, PowerBooks, MacBook and girlfriend's iBook are from the black market in Korea :hsugh:
     
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    Have they ever had trouble with overheating? If so, I think I know why. :hsugh:

    I've seen a couple of ThinkPads that pulled air in through holes in the keyboard tray. I suppose it's possible some laptops use that approach exclusively, without any vents on the bottom at all.
     
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    Either way intake or not on the bottom, getting a bit more airflow underneath can't hurt. :dunno:
     
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    Indeed. I still prefer the Laptop Legs over a cooling pad, though, because the Laptop Legs can be used anywhere.
     
  20. GuiltySparc

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    Where i might i find these laptop legs? It has a good couple inches of clearence right now on thte dvd cases and they are blocking any vents. It still gets pretty hot so thats why i was thinking the standard cooling wasnt enough to deal with the upgraded video card.
     
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    Actually, never... I've never had to use any sort of aftermarket coolers or had overheating issues, thanks for your concern though.

    Also, I think if anything you are going to have greater portability with a laptop cooler over legs... the Antec (and several other brands) I saw was something that just sat like a tray under the entire laptop and plugged into a USB port - it could be used pretty much anywhere.
     
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    i use one of these and i would say you can score one for <$20

    Antec Notebook Cooler

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    same one I've used before... they work very well
     

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