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I spend a lot of time on my laptop and it has a very hard life! Not only do I have a noisy toddler who likes to poke it, I also live in a house which has a solid fuel heating system and is full of animals. My lappy gets dusty regularly and I do have to clean out the fan often. Often when online I will be multi-tasking and it is not uncommon for me to be on several sites at once with videos going, games etc. Needless to say my laptop sometimes struggles.
Recently I noticed that it was getting very hot. Now partly this is my own fault as I sit at the kitchen table with my lappy perched on a very large Djembe drum (and a few scattered bits of paperwork) which is not ideal, but it felt like it was really struggling.
I cannot afford a fried laptop and the fan fitting looked a bit faffy so I went onto Amazon to grab a cooler. Having looked about I decided on the Belkin one.
It arrived quickly and was simple to set up. It is a well made and sturdy base unit with a central fan which measures approx 3" diameter. It has rubber feet (useful for perching on a Djembe! ) and a flip out stand which will angle your laptop from a flat surface.
It connects via USB and the size is just about right for my laptop ( a Thinkpad ). I would imagine larger laptops would struggle though so be aware that this is slightly on the smaller side.
The operation of the fan draws heat away from the laptop instead of blowing air onto it and as a result I found the operation to be unobtrusive and quiet. I like the fact that it is USB powered as I have far too many cables running from an extension lead in my kitchen and did not need another. Of course this would drain the battery so that is something else to be aware of.
The curvy shape of the top means that the air is evenly distributed along the base of the laptop where it is most needed. Since buying this laptop cooler my computing has been more efficient and the laptop has stayed permanently cool no matter what I am doing on it. Therefore the product works very well.
I bought this for £10.49 including delivery from Amazon and consider it to be money well spent to enhance the productivity and life of my laptop.
Despite the name "laptop" I really doubt that modern varieties are ideally suited to be sat on your lap. The heat that some of them generate is high enough to fry an egg on, combined with the risk of your laptop over heating because your blocking the vents - something has to be done. If you are sensible enough to use your laptop at a desk or another similar surface then you can stop reading now as you won't need this item. However if your like me, it's a common event to have your laptop sitting on your knee (I'm fatal for doing this when in bed.) To our rescue is this "Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand" which hopefully will keep our nuts cool.
Powered by any USB port, it's simply a matter of plugging it in to power the fan. The idea is that this fan will not only blow cold area on to the underside of your laptop, but also increase airflow to either side. It's measures just under 30cm in length and in width so it should accommodate most laptops. Larger laptops with a 17" screen or larger may benefit from a larger cooling stand. It is pretty light and streamlined so it's easy to carry around or just to add to your laptop bag.
There are "flip" feet at the rear of the stand. I suppose these have been included for those who want their laptop tiled at an angle towards them. It didn't work for me as the feet are to high meaning my wrists bend upwards to the same degree which isn't the most comfortable typing angle.
It does what it's designed to do and does it reasonable well. There is a noticeable difference in the temperature of my laptops underside, while not a massive reduction (most likely to the smallish fan) it's still better than it was before.
Build quality is pretty good as expected at this price. The length of the USB cable however isn't massive and may pose a problem when attempting to connect to some laptops.
At £12.99 at time of purchase and review is isn't good value for money. This takes into account that there are many, many cheaper models on the market (with some being less than a fiver) that essentially do the same thing.
At the end of the day a simple life style change would mean that you wouldn't need such a item. Nevertheless until that day comes and if you want to continue using your laptop on your lap this item or a similar one is a good idea.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
My dad bought me one of these cooling stands when I was telling him about my laptop being on its last legs and getting very hot each time I use it. The battery is dying and I haven't been able to source one yet, so it has to be plugged in each time I use it. I'm not sure if this is the reason behind it, but I've noticed it overheats to the point that it burns my knees which is uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. I'm not sure how much he paid for it, but they retail for around £10.99 on Amazon at the time of writing.
The Belkin cooling stand is designed to protect your laptop and make it more comfortable to use, by keeping it cool and avoiding overheating. They are designed for laptops which are 17 inches or smaller in size, and the idea is that they have a fan inside which is activated by plugging the lead into your USB drive on your laptop. This activates the fan, which then draws heat out of the laptop and dissipates it out to the sides.
I've noticed online that they come in a few different designs, but mine is black with grey rubber grips. The stand is a similar shape to the base of my laptop, which means they line up together so I hardly notice it's there. The rubber strips prevent the laptop from slipping around on the base, and I would say they do a good job of this as I am often shifting about in my chair when using my laptop and it doesn't move at all when using this stand. It feels comfortable on my knee and is lightweight so it doesn't feel bulky or heavy in use, and would also be portable if you wanted to carry it with your laptop.
The cooling stand is very easy to figure out, with a compartment on the back containing the cable which needs plugging into the USB drive. Once this is done, you know it's working because the fan starts making a noise....in fact it sounds like there's an aircraft in the room because it's so noisy! This is my one criticism of the stand, although it's worth having to turn the TV volume up a notch or two, to have a much more comfortable laptop experience. The stand does work and I find my laptop is much cooler in use. Obviously, even if it was still overheating, the stand would prevent it from burning my knee, but I have been consciously checking my laptop to see if it's making any difference, and it's definitely running at a normal temperature now.
The stand is easily stored, as it's quite thin and is shaped identically to a laptop. I usually store mine together in a cupboard in our living room, with the laptop on top of the stand, but it's probably thin enough to fit alongside a laptop in a laptop bag. The USB cable tucks away neatly in a compartment underneath the stand, so there's no trail of wires flying around.
There isn't really much more to be said about this stand, other than it works to reduce the temperature of your laptop, and prevents overheating and potential crashing or damage to the laptop. The noise is a bit annoying at first, and although I've now got used to it I'm deducting a star for this because it means you can't really use it at times you might not want to disturb other people, for example in the middle of the night if you can't sleep and you want to fire your laptop up without waking anyone.
(Review also on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
My last laptop became a victim of overheating and after replacing the internal fan once already the inner heat ended up damaging other internal parts and I had to replace it. This made me very conscious of the damage which can be done to your laptop if it is not allowed to cool properly, this is only exacerbated if you use it on your lap continuously and prevent air from getting underneath the body of the laptop itself.
So, having acquired a new laptop I was determined to be more mindful of the heat being kicked out and try to ensure that the same thing did not happen again. I did not realise these kinds of external, stand type devices were available until I read a review of one on here but it seemed like a great investment for less than a tenner.
I paid £9.99 on Amazon for mine and use it on a table. It basically holds the laptop above the table and has a curve design which is quite aesthetic and clever, it means that the base of the laptop gets air circulated to it via the inbuilt fan which is powered by USB. The attachment is not too long but just about reaches from USB port to the device on my standard size laptop.
The whirring noise it makes is not too loud at all and actually I do not notice it after the first few minutes, in contrast it is noticeable that the inbuilt fan within my laptop does not kick in anywhere near as often and clearly is not as needed, this gives me peace of mind that using the stand is better for the maintenance of the laptop.
The one downside is that this cannot be used on your laptop and needs a stable hard surface but to be honest, if I am working from home or doing anything which requires concentration for any length of time then I tend to be sat at the table anyway as it is better for my back.
This is a great, simply solution to a common problem and looks pretty good to boot, it does not affect the way you use your laptop but elevates it gracefully and circulates air very well, it is well worth investing in if you work on a laptop for long periods of time.
If there is one thing that seems to be common with all laptops/netbooks is that they can become uncomfortably warm right up to being down right hot. Especially for a man this can be a bit disconcerting when said laptop is placed on your lap.
My laptop tends to run hot so I have taken to using it more and more on my desk as opposed to just lounging around with it on my lap. It might be more comfortable for both my legs and more intimate places but it doesn't get around the fact that after a few hours the laptop gets overly warm which slows the whole thing right down.
I bought this Belkin laptop cooling stand when I was browsing Amazon. The reviews for it were either singing its praises or saying it was a piece of rubbish. I figured it would probably be somewhere in the middle and since it was selling for as little as £7.99 I figured it was probably worth buying and seeing if it would actually help with cooling down my laptop when I was having a mammoth internet or movie watching session.
I was really pleased with this cooling stand when it arrived. It was so much better looking in the flesh and it actually looks like something that a higher end design company might come up with. It is curvy looks really stylish. Obviously for the money it isn't made from high end materials and it does feel a bit cheap but I expected this and it doesn't detract from it being able to do the job.
The curved design means that your laptop doesn't fit flat to the surface of the stand meaning that the air has room to circulate. Because of its curved design my laptop would stay in place without slipping to much anyway but Belkin have also added some rubber grips for extra security.
The stand is designed to fit laptops and netbooks and the maximum size is supposed to be 15.4 inches. My laptop is 11.4 inches and it fits perfectly but due again to the ingenious design I don't imagine that it wouldn't also work with larger laptops but it may not be as effective.
The way it cools your laptop is by a fan right in the middle of the stand. The fan is powered by a USB connection which you connect to your laptop which I really liked as it meant I didn't need to worry about batteries or adaptor packs and all the other things that you need to think about when buying anything electrical.
When the fan is on it is surprisingly powerful and does a fantastic job of cooling down my laptop. Within about 5 minutes of turning it on the bottom of my laptop is cool to the touch again and everything runs on it like it should.
Because of the rubberised grips I can also use my laptop fine on my lap again at an angle and not worry about it falling off. Also as it is so lightweight it doesn't add any extra bulk to my laptop so it is comfortable to use on my lap for long periods of time.
If I want to use it at my desk then there is a fold out part underneath the stand at the back which sits it up nicely and really does make it more comfortable to type for long periods of time. This folds away again neatly when not in use.
I read a few reviews with people complaining that the fan on their stands broke after a few days. I have had mine for a couple of months now and I haven't noticed any problems with the fan arms snapping or the fan itself losing power. It still wizzes round and cools my laptop down just as well as when I first bought it so fingers crossed they just got faulty models.
There is only one flaw with the stand as far as I am concerned and that is the noise the fan makes when in use. It wasn't something I really considered when buying this and of course a fan is going to make a little noise but this is just a ridiculous amount of noise coming from such a little fan. Honestly it sounds like I have an industrial strength fan going off in the corner it is so loud. It is incredibly irritating and not something which I can just get used to but I have got around it slightly by only using the fan when I know I am going to be on my laptop for extended periods of time and because the fan does such a good job at cooling I only need to use it for a few minutes every hour or so to ensure that my laptop is kept cool.
Other than the noise I would heartily recommend this cooling stand to people. It is a fantastic price and does an amazing job at cooling down my laptop. It looks great and I have had no problems with its build quality. The compromise is the noise it makes when in use but in general the positives far outweigh that one negative.
Due to a badly placed fan my laptop quickly becomes very hot and loud. I decided that lifting the laptop off the table slightly would help the airflow considerably, so looked into laptop stands. Eventually I settled on this one due to it's wave design and fan to assist in keeping the laptop cool.
Though this stand is slightly smaller than my laptop it sits stably on the table, lifting the laptop a few centimeters off the surface. The rubberised edges ensure that the computer stays in place. I have the black version of the stand, with dark grey rubber pieces.
The fan is powered by a short USB cable attached to the bottom of the stand. The length is fine for small to medium size laptops, but I think you might have issues with the cable reaching with larger laptops.
The fan itself is reasonably loud, but bearable. It draws air underneath the laptop - made possible by the curvature of the stand - creating noticably cooler air on the underside of the laptop. The fan is not that powerful though, and I have doubts to how much it helps the laptop keep cool. I think it is the fact the laptop is lifted off a flat surface that makes the most difference.
For the £10 I paid for this stand (on Amazon), it certainly does it's job, though I question the effectiveness of the fan and it's suitability for large laptops.. It is the curved design that makes it a worthwhile purchase for me.
I saw this in Tesco's on special offer and thought that my partner would really appreciate it as her laptop had a habbit of over heating whilst playing games.
It made a massive difference at first. It cooled the laptop and provided a stable bed to sit on her lap. Great, we thought. No more laptop over heating.
The stand is made from a wave shaped plastic with rubber edges on the top and bottom to provide grip and the fan sits in the dip of the wave. It plugs in to the laptops USB. On the bottom is a retractable stand at the back and a shorter permenant stand at the front.
Belkin a well known company, producing many computer realated items. I thought thier name stood for quality, so had no qulams in buying one of their products.
How wrong I was. Within a week the fan started to make a really loud screething noise and eventually stopped alltogether. Upon inspection it was clear one of the fan blades had dislodged and got stuck in the grill of the fan, preventing the fan from turning.
I managed to push the small blade piece back in place and the fan restarted and the loose blade came flying out.
A few days later the same happened again, another blade lost. 2 down, 9 to go.
After loosing 2 blades, the fan obviously wasnt as efficient, but was still doing the job. Another week later and another blade came flying out.
So 3 blades missing in an item just over 3 weeks old. The fan now doesnt really do much, and as such the item is waste of time.
It wasn't abused, only used as it was intended, so I am very disapointed in the quality of the item. Considering its brand name and the price paid (usually around £25, I got it on offer for £19.99) I feel severlely let down with the product.
I certainly would not reccomend this item to anyone.