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As far as I know, Belkin produces good cooling stands and after I bought another laptop bag from them, I trusted their brand and bought myself this cooling stand, which I can now say it was a very good idea! I am surely not a specialist when it comes for coolers of any type, but I can simply tell you this is a very good product to keep your laptop off the heat.
My laptop is now pretty old and I've been having various problems because of the excessive heat, but now things are different thanks to my cooling pad. A few months ago, shutting down my laptop for awhile because of overheating was something common and this affected my daily program. I don't have to worry about it anymore. The product does what the sellers say it does, and the adjustable height gives you the chance to put you laptop in different positions. I really like to keep it on my laps when I play chess or I chat with my friends and nothing bad happens.
Thus, I'm very satisfied with this acquisition and I recommend it to people I know.
Due to having strained my back through too many hours of hunching over my computer, I now try to work with my laptop on my lap. This assists my back immeasurably, but I do have to be careful about what kind of surface I rest my laptop on. In the past I have most often resorted to a cushion, but this is perhaps one of the worse choices, as the heat generated by my computer is increased by the thick, soft fabric. I have also tried a specially-designed laptop table, which was moderately useful but not ideal. When I saw the Cooling Lounge advertised I was taken by the innovative nature of it, and keen to give it a go.
The Lounge is white in appearance and measures 44cm x 36cm x 6cm, so is suitable for most modern laptops. I currently own a Sony Vaio, and if anything it is a little on the large side. However the surface is comfortable, and more importantly it reduces the heat that emanates from my computer considerably. It is fairly weighty at one and a half kilograms, but due to the cooling mechanism this is necessary. However, you have the option of adjusting the height of the product and the soft padding on its underside increases comfort.
To activate the cooling mechanism you must plug the USB cable connected to the Cooling Lounge into your computer. Once the two devices are connected the fan starts immediately, and you will detect a difference at once. I was surprised by the effectiveness of the product and the speed with which the cooling mechanism is activated. However, you do have to ensure that your laptop is securely placed over the centre of the Lounge so that it will work at its optimum ability.
Aside from the weight of the product and its tendency to emit a nasty noise if your laptop is not properly positioned over the fan, for £30 this is a very effective product whose effectiveness is immediate. If you worry about your laptop overheating when it is sat on your lap, this is the sure-fire way to eliminate that problem. The Cooling Lounge has saved me a great deal of worry in this respect, and the respite it has offered me in terms of my back pain has been invaluable. I would not hesitate to recommend this.
I often use my laptop for long periods of time, and began to find it unbearable to have sitting on my lap as it was THAT hot! But University work needs to be done! I have quite a large laptop as it's a wide screen, and so I saw this and thought it looked like a good size. Yes it's rather bulky as others have pointed out, however with the size of my laptop, you'd never know it! The ledge as the bottom is great to stop it sliding off, the adjustable height is ever so useful to get your laptop at a comfortable level to use, and the fan is ever so simple to use, you simply plug in the USB into the port and it's on!
I find this very comfortable to have on my lap, and can sit for hours with my laptop out, and when I turn it off and remove the cooling fan to put it away, it's barely warm to the touch! This very much does its job, and I couldn't complain about it in the slightest. For my laptop the size of it is perfect, the only thing they could do is create different sizes so the option is there for other people with smaller laptops/notebooks.
Really really big tip though, ORDER IT ONLINE!!! I really stupidly at the time bought mine from PC World in store, and it cost me £29.99!! Their online price is £21.91, and you can reserve it online and collect in store, for the internet price. Always check and compare their online prices with their store prices.
As some of you may know my first purchase of a cooling fan didn't go too well and it ended up being thrown away due to it being absolutely a waste of time and money, shortly after this bad experience I did start looking into better designed models and ones that were actually getting good ratings and not just a good sales pitch.
As people know having a cooling fan for those older laptops is probably a good idea, without one you are worried that the next time you turn on your laptop, it may be its last time, or your scared that it may even just simply blow up (I have actually thought that before).
In the past whenever I heard about external cooling fans that are built for the laptops I did just think that this is another way to sell something on the market that is just absolute rubbish, and because they are claiming its going to help the performance of your computer people were rushing out to buy them, the theory is, who would want to buy a new laptop that will cost you hundreds when you can just buy this cooling unit for a mere fraction of the price. But boy was I wrong.
The Belkin Cooling Lounge is a very perfect white in colour, measuring at 44cm x 36cm x 6cm, so as you can probably tell its neither big or small but it is a bit bulky and does weigh 1.5kg which does just slightly lean to the heavy factor so when moving this around be careful as not to knock it because lets not forget what is in there, and what it does.
You simply rest your laptop on the surface of the lounge and plug in the little usb cable from the unit to your laptop, and as soon as the laptop turns on the fan starts up, in a previous review of another cooling fan that required you to plug it into the laptop showed no results in the computer heat diminishing, in fact it did seem hotter, but with this unit its different. With this unit that's pretty much all you have to do, as long as your sitting the laptop on the surface properly your laptop should be fine, if it is sitting at a funny angle it will make a (very unpleasant) noise, but a quick reshuffling of the laptop will fix this problem.
As your computer is resting on the surface there is a inward cave with the fan in the middle blowing up from the underneath, a little feature with this is you can adjust the height of the cooler lounge, on the reverse side of the unit you will see a section that is like a soft pad material that can be adjusted to how you would like your Lounge to be, the more you raise it (depending on how long you use it for) the more it will cool it.
So with the laptop allowing for an adjustable height it lets you browse the web in complete comfort whether it is on a table or on your lap (keeping the heat of your legs).
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Yes this product is a little on the large side but it gets the job done, it keeps your computers temperature down while providing a comfortable surf of the web (if it's on your lap), or just as comfortable on table.
The price is not too much for this item, especially if its job is something as important as this.
Just think £100's for a laptop or 20.64 for a cooling unit
The choice is yours.
I am sure there are many of you out there with exactly the same problem as me. A computer prone to overheating, crashing, and ultimately losing the work you have just spent the last 3 hours doing! Okay, so I spent 30 minutes writing and 2 and a half hours on football manager, nevertheless my progress on both is lost in cyber space for eternity! But before you start ripping your hair out, thinking there really isn't much you can do apart from save your work every 2 minutes, I am here to tell you otherwise. There IS light at the end of the tunnel.
So after despairing with the loss of hours of my life that I'd spent on lost work, having tried the laptop on many different surfaces, I knew my only option was to try buying a laptop cooler. I was a bit sceptical as to whether this would work, and as to it's comfort and adaptability to different surfaces. (The average day for my laptop consists of changing surface, from knee to wooden desk to glass table).
Choosing a make and model was the next issue, and a complex one at that. Many options from many suppliers with little to say what was different about each product. Did I risk a cheap £10 outfit if it wasn't going to do the job. Did I buy a more expensive model with the possibility of paying more than necessary (after all, for all I knew different prices could carry the same quality). In the end I decided I would buy a product that was around 20-25 of the queen's British pounds, and see what I got for my money. I browsed many websites and decided upon this belkin product from pc world (priced at £22 approximate 6 months ago).
The product itself was much bulkier than I expected, and the first time friends see it they always say 'God what is THAT attached to your laptop!'. After a bit of explanation however, they generally admit to having the same overheating problem and say they could do with one themselves. That should give you a little insight as to how highly I rate this product. Once I got over the inital shock at the size of this thing, I thought I may aswell get it out the box (basic plastic packaging, nice and secure though).
No instructions needed for setup, this has a usb lead from the back that just plugs into one of your computers USB ports, and once the laptop's power is on you have lift off! You may think the term 'lift off' is a reference to the product working, well actually it's a little more than that. The cooler works by having a powerful little fan that sits underneath your laptop, and on occassion you can hear an almighty noise (seriously it's like a rocket taking off). A slight bit of adjusment at how the laptop is sitting (if it's on your knee it may be at a funny angle) and the noise usually quietens pretty quickly! Don't let that put you off, once the adjustment is done correctly you won't notice a thing!!
The main draw to me choosing this product was the ability to adjust the height of the cooler. A small cushion-like shape at the back of the coooler can be raised or lowered to your want/need, and makes this incredibly comfortable on your knee. Note that if your computer has been on a table and plugged in for hours upon end, it may start to warm up a bit even with the cooling stand, so raising the cushion a little at the back will cool it down even more.
I've had the product for approximately six months now and have had no problems with it, and can't see it packing up any time soon *touched lots of wood*.
So you know it's comfortable, though a litttle bulky, and seems to be fairly reliable, but the question you're all screaming at me right now is of course: DOES IT WORK?! Well, yes, in fact it works fantastically. From what I've experienced, this was a great investment at little over £20. To give you an idea of how well this works I'll explain my situation. My laptop is 3 years old and was a £300 buy. This is a low budget for a full sized laptop I'm sure you'll all agree, and products just are not built to last these days. So after 3 years I was considering that with a full hard drive and a laptop that crashed 3 times a day, I was seriously considering a replacement as soon as I could afford one. Now, I'm buying an external hard drive, defragmenting this one, and making do with my reliable acer until it dies. Not once, since I have used this 'cooling lounge' has my laptop overheated and frozen/crashed. That's a pehnomenal improvement from 3 times a day!!
I am delighted at my choice to invest in this and I feel it really offers value for money.