Laptop Cooler

Laptops are extremely convenient inventions. Not only do they allow us to take our computer projects from work to home, they allow us to take them practically anywhere. Now days, almost everywhere you go you are sure to run into somebody working diligently away on a laptop. People work on trains and buses, in coffee shops, at the doctor’s office, and even on airplanes. One thing people might notice though, especially if they work too long with their laptops in their usual place – in their laps – they might notice that laptops can get awfully hot.

Hot laptops were actually somewhat of a media sensation back in 2006, when reports emerged of laptops growing so overheated that they caught fire and burned unwary users. The problem in that case was that laptop makers like Dell, Sony, and Acer were using faulty batteries. For awhile there, many people had to send their laptop batteries back for a replacement lest they should suddenly end up with a flaming computer in their laps.

That battery issue, though, was separate from the general issue with laptops – they simply get too hot. This is true of all electronic, not just laptops. All electronics get hot when they work for long periods of time, and as laptop owners know, it is tempting to work, play or browse the internet on your laptop for long periods of time. Luckily for those people, there are laptop coolers to keep them from getting burned – literally.

So why do laptops get hot anyway? Well, there is one overall reason. Laptops are smaller than desktops, and their components are closer together. Just as having a crowd of people all together in one room causes the room to get hot, so does having all those electronic components smashed together cause the laptop to get hot. Further, because the laptop’s case is so narrow, all that heat has less room to dissipate.

Laptop manufacturers are, of course, aware that consumers do not want a hot piece of machinery in their laps for extended periods of time, and for that reason many laptop coolers are built in to each laptop. For example, fans, heat sinks and air vents are all probably in your laptop right now, working to cool down any exceedingly hot parts.

But all the built in laptop coolers in the world will not work if the user is using the laptop in a way that encourages heat build up. Preventive maintenance can include keeping your laptop’s vents clear, and not leaving it in hot places such as your car, outside or near a heat vent. One of the major perils of laptop cooling might seem a little counterintuitive – you should never actually use the laptop on your lap. You should also not use it on any other type of soft surface, such as pillow or a on the bed, because those surfaces impeded air flow. No matter how many laptop coolers the manufacturer might have built into your laptop, if you use it improperly, it will overheat. Overheating can lead to catastrophes like system failure. What’s better? To give up your habit of working in bed or to keep your laptop healthy and your data safe?

One useful laptop cooler is a laptop stand. These small stands allow for some room between the laptop and the surface you are using it on, thus allowing the heat under and behind the laptop to dissipate. This keeps you from burning your lap and experiencing system failure all in one go! Laptop stands are generally very inexpensive, so if you find yourself with a laptop overheating problem, they are highly recommended as a solution.

This Laptop Cooler Review is Written/Updated on Sep 18th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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