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Summer is here and so is laptop heat !!!

Summer is here and so is laptop heat !!!

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I finally found something that might make my Dell Latitude D820 or Apple MackBook Pro tolerable to use on the couch.  You see, both of those machines generate a pretty significant amount of heat, and if you are already hot natured, you aren’t going to use them very long on your lap without a NASA class heat shield. Especially in the summer of Texas.

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Enter from stage left the Logitech Comfort Lapdesk for Notebooks.  I am using it at the moment with my Lenovo Thinkpad T61p.  I like it a lot already.  It is the perfect size and weight.  It’s super light weight and has a really nice firm cushion below the plastic surfaces.  The T61p is a 15.4” widescreen machine.  This leaves about 1.5 inches on each side of the laptop when it is sitting on the top plastic surface.  A 17” laptop would be edge to edge.  In other words, there is no room for a mouse, which is fine with me.

So if you like to use a laptop but want some relief from the heat generated by today's powerful laptops, then you should checkout this new product.  I have a sneaky suspicion that my wife is going to steal this from me tonight.  That’s ok because I am going back to Fry’s tomorrow anyway to return a firewall.  I’ll probably pick up another one of these laptop firewalls for her/me while I am there.

Time will tell how well it holds up to abuse.  At $39 I’m not expecting years and years, but I am hopeful it will last a year or two.

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  • Try the HeatShift by Thermapak.  It's a self-cooling pad that works really well!  I have one and I use it for my macbook which gets really hot!  I can feel the difference when I use the HeatShift pad.  You can visit their website if you want to find out how it works.  www.thermapak.com

  • run45,

    Any idea if the Targus version at http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=AWE45US is the same?  I tried the Targus product and wasn't impressed.