Jan 22, 2010
The beauty of the laptop computer is how portable they’ve become over the years. As they continue to get smaller and lighter, it’s easier to than ever to surf the web from the couch, the bed, and even outdoors! While it’s great that we’ve been freed from the constraints of our desks, we face a whole new set of challenges with laptops. One of the most serious is overheating.
A hot laptop won’t work as well, and over time it may cause permanent damage to the machine. Even worse, if you’re resting the laptop on your legs, you could even burn yourself! So what can you do to prevent this problem? Here’s a few tips to keep your laptop running cool:
Don’t put your laptop on a soft surface. This includes beds, couches, and probably your lap! Softer surfaces will end up blocking airflow and cause overheating quickly. If you don’t have a firm surface, consider a laptop desk.
Don’t put the laptop in a bag with no ventilation while it’s running. If the computer is actively running, it will again get no ventilation and overheat. The confined space can cause a lot of damage!
Look for cooling units to assist the internal fans. Some laptops are built better than others and can cool themselves properly if on a flat surface. Other laptops will run hot even in the best conditions. A desktop stand with a fan is a great way to keep things running cool!