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    I just saw a thread posted about laptop coolers http://www.indiabroadband.net/laptop...o-you-use.html and thought I should first know about laptop cooling pad.
    Ive seen alot on online sites and on tv gadget shows, from being cheap as Rs400 to being expensive as Rs4000. From what I know (I may be wrong) laptop cooling pads are something newish, so you can say that laptop cooling pads are just an extra which are not really neccessary and a laptop can do without.

    Would a cooling pad actually increase the life of a laptop?
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    Depends on the type of Laptop you're using. I've seen couple of Laptops getting hot very soon. In that case, it may be wise to go for the cooling pad.

    My Acer laptop is working without cooling pad since last 5 years. And it's turned ON almost 10-12 hours everyday! The vents are strategically located and Laptop's fan is good enough.

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    Thanks itsmemad, glad to be back!

    Do you think it has anything to do with certain brands of laptops or the price of them, as in would a cheap laptop require a cooling pad and a costlier one not need one?

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    Brands Yes.. I had seen HP laptops getting hot soon. But that was few years back.. maybe they still require cooling pads..

    It is not related to price for sure... I guess you'll need a cooling pad for a higher end laptop more than a reasonable priced one. You see... more the sophisticated components installed in a laptop, better should be the care!

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    Better check before buying ! I bought one for my Acer laptop which proved to be quite useless !
    So, if any of your friends or colleagues has one of those cooling pads, borrow one and check if it works, then decide.
    laptops are hotter under Linux than Windows.
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    Ok so brand of a laptop has got quite a bit to do with the cooling, but does this reply to the type of cooling pad too.

    @pshrinivasan - you said you have brought one and its useless, did you try other cooling pads?

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    Some laptops have a design flaw. The CPU is placed near at the LH Bottom. I used to have a company provided laptop with such a case some years ago. The left hand side next to the scroll-pad used to get very warm - one could even call it hot. It used to become very unconfortable. Since there was no solution, I purchased a keyboard at my own expense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    Ok so brand of a laptop has got quite a bit to do with the cooling, but does this reply to the type of cooling pad too.

    @pshrinivasan - you said you have brought one and its useless, did you try other cooling pads?
    I didn't try any other, maybe I have to give the laptop for servicing to remove all the dust it must have accumulated during these past 3 years !
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    pshrinivasan - Its so important to make sure your laptop stays clean, cause the dust which gets inside can cause problems!

    Back to the subject. Cooling pads are important, I mean especially if your going to keep up laptop on for a long number of hours like I do. I have a cooling pad myself, but I did not invest in an expensive one, a reasonable one which does the work.

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    They are definitely worth buying especially if you do resource intensive tasks like gaming, 3D rendering, etc or your laptop cooling sucks in general. External cooling can keep the temperature in control and keep the hardware safe. It will also keep you safe as continuous use of an overheating laptop can cause burns. Trust me, I've used laptops which can keep your coffee warm. Might make one too. Though I never tried.

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    Laptops are not for gaming or resource intensive work. Use a laptop for what it is meant for and it would never get hot provided you keep it clean.

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    Sometimes when you have a laptop and dont have a desktop computer you do want to play a game, even if your not going to play game just once in a while I think even then you will need a cooling pad.

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    Who says laptops are not meant for gaming purposes? Alienware, Dell, Asus all have a special range of laptops for gaming. Currently laptops are being made for resource intensive tasks because for checking mails and watching movies you don't need Core i5/i7 processors.

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    Im not saying that laptops are not made for gaming purposes, what I was saying was that for those who may have the basic laptop laptop and want to play a game now and then. For exmaple if someone has brought a basic laptop (non gaming laptop) for simple uses like browsing the net, checking emails and wants to play a game then the cooling pad will be mush more useful!

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    The requirement of cooling pads depends on how do you position your laptop! On the table, or on the bed? As J4k suggested, cooling is required for the CPU heat sink, and all manufactures provide arrangements for that. HP laptops have the air sucked in from down, and then blow outwards sideways! When these ports are blocked there is insufficient air flow causing over heating! This is where cooling pad help. If you keep the laptop on the desk, the ports are not blocked and there is NO NEED OF COOLING PADS! Apparently, we are so obsessed of having laptops on the bed which blocks its vents! Instead of a cooling pad, keep it on a book and see that the suction port is not blocked! Simple science

    The other alternate is when you buy a laptop, look for the one which has both the suction and discharge vent sideways! As the vent is sideways (both), there is a lesser chance that these are blocked by the bed sheet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by therkb View Post
    Who says laptops are not meant for gaming purposes? Alienware, Dell, Asus all have a special range of laptops for gaming. Currently laptops are being made for resource intensive tasks because for checking mails and watching movies you don't need Core i5/i7 processors.
    And what are desktop computers meant for?

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    nevinjohn,

    Ditto.

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    Cooling pads area total waste of money. I mean let the air pass through on your laptop properly, let the air pass, keep it on a flat surface and then who needs a cooling pad.

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    Passive cooling is good if you are doing normal work but you need an extra hand while playing games.

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    For those who want to use their laptop on the bed, there is a simple solution. Simply use your laptop on a flat surface, this will allow the air to pass through the vents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therkb View Post
    Passive cooling is good if you are doing normal work but you need an extra hand while playing games.
    Passive cooling is said to happen when no fans are used. So what you are saying is incorrect. All laptops have active cooling. It dies only when the CPU fan dies. Almost all motherboards has built in temp sensors at the cores so as to instuct the BIOS to increase the fan speed. You can actually listen to the hymm of fans getting louder when playing games that require CPU utilization to its most. Designers have devolped the product to work as its intended to be! Forget the cooling pads, and use the device properly!

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    If you are someone who uses a laptop all day long and the surface is not really flat and clean or even if it is not then it is still worth while getting a cooling pad. It will only do good to your laptop. Although when getting a new cooling pad you need to make sure it is good enough, some are useless.

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    If you are someone who doesnt use a desk when using a laptop then I think a cooling pad is a must. It is not necessary that you need to get an expensive one, you can do with a reasonable priced one as well.

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    Yes it is important especially if you are going to use your laptop on the bed, and I know a lot of people who do that and this actually harms the laptop big time.

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    I use my laptop on the desk all the time so I personally feel that there is no need for a cooling pad. If you are someone who uses a laptop on your lap or bed then by all means you need a cooling pad.

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    Well, in opinion buying laptop cooling pad is really good thing to buy for your laptop, however it's really depends on the laptop, like if you use your laptop for gaming or the hardware is really high performance and you do multimedia work on it in that case cooling pad can really help laptop to work fast with minimal temperature. Most of the people think that using cooling pad is just because can't use the laptop on your lap, which is totally different thing, cooling pad is just to keep your laptop components cool so they could perform much better in gaming or graphical's work since we have the latest laptop with high ended hardware for gaming and all multi-media, save the hardware life by using cooling pad is really a good idea and wroth of money. I think for people who use their laptop for gaming or graphical work or spend more than 7 to 9 hrs on their laptop can use cooling pad.

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    mine is a dell laptop which i use on a table but still heats; which laptop cooling pad would you recommend. it will also be great if you gave the price range, i would like to buy ASAP.

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    I think a cooling pad is advisable under following conditions :

    - if we cannot place the laptop on a flat surface
    - When laptop is subjected to extreme work like gaming
    - when you use it continuously for long hours

    In any case a cooling pad will never boost performance of your laptop. However, it may increase the longevity

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    I don't think a laptop's cooling pad has anything to do with laptop's life or laptop's battery life. However, if you have overheating problem in your laptop, laptop cooling pad really works. Laptop cooling pad minimizes heat produced by your laptop when it is in use or is in charging mode. If your laptop is old and heats up very soon, I suggest you to use laptop cooling pad. If you are using your laptop for a long time, it is advisable to use a cooling pad.

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    Yes, there is no need of a cooling pad for a laptop if you use it judiciously. If you place your laptop on a hard flat surface with enough ventilation to let the hot air out, there is nothing to worry. But in case you use your laptops on uneven surfaces like your bed it may get hot as there is no space for air circulation. In those cases a cooling pad is really advisable.

    I think it has built in fans which give some extra cooling effect and you can easily connect it to your USB port. So, in normal conditions cooling pad is nothing but a waste of money. Also it would be uncomfortable to carry it while traveling.

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    Personally I wouldn't consider a cooling pad necessary for a laptop, I'd just make sure it's well ventilated and not used for longer than necessary.

    Having said that though, they aren't going to do any harm either so if you think your laptop might need extra cooling, in my experience they do work.

    While I don't have one for my laptop, I do have one for my PlayStation 4. That's got 3 cooling fans and is powered by the usb port, and it does help the system to remain at an ideal temperature.

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    I've never used cooling pads, my laptops function fine, where ever I use it. But if your laptop seems to get very hot, it's recommendable to get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I've never used cooling pads, my laptops function fine, where ever I use it. But if your laptop seems to get very hot, it's recommendable to get one.
    I think the laptop cooling pad is useful in exceptional circumstances when your laptop is getting too hot very often. It is an added advantage. I think it also depends on where you reside. If you are living in a country where usual climate use to be cold, I think there is no need of a cooling pad. But in a hot country it is possible that your system get extremely hot at short intervals. A good cooling pad can also enhance your battery life indirectly.

    So, in short depending on the situation it is better to take a call on a case to case basis I think.

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