If you are at all like me, you use a laptop much of the time while it’s sitting — well — in your lap. Problem is, they get hotter and hotter the longer we work, and eventually it’s downright uncomfortable, not to mention bad for the computer. If I put the laptop on a pillow, my usual solution, it still gets hot and so does the pillow, which can’t be good.
For Christmas, in a package that claimed to be from Steve Jobs <grin>, I received a Targus Lap Chill Mat Notebook fan, and it has solved the heat problem. When I work, the flat plastic fan sits on my lap underneath my laptop and connects, via USB, to my Macbook. As soon as it’s connected, the fan comes on, circulating air underneath the laptop and no heat accumulates. It’s a miracle!
Families with multiple laptops might want to have several of these around the house.
I’ve also discovered that the fan is great then my laptop sits in one place for several hours streaming a movie to the television. Usually, 20 minutes into a movie, the laptop fan would come on and chug away for there rest of the time. Now my Macbook sits right on the Targus device, and at least for the three movies that I’ve watched since Christmas, heat doesn’t accumulate and the laptop fan doesn’t come on.
A win for me and an even bigger win for my laptop.