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As a student in my first year at uni, I bought this as my laptop is known to overheat after a short while, and I would be using my laptop for long periods of time.
It couldn't get any simpler to use. You just put it on a flat surface such as a desk, and put your laptop on top of it, plugging it into a usb slot.
It has to be on a flat surface, as the fans won't spin against your lap.
It is very quiet and doesn't distract you as you're working, as other cooling fans are known to make a distracting whirring noise, which would be very offputting.
My laptop hasn't overheated once while I've been using it, and it doesn't get in the way. All you have to do is get used to your laptop being a little higher than usual, which is stranger than you'd think.
The best thing about it is that it is extremely light, making it mobile. I've taken it into uni on a number of occasions, as it's thin enough to easily fit into my laptop bag.
I'd definitely recommend this fan to anyone who uses their laptop daily, as it seriously prevents your laptop's chances of overheating, which will destroy your laptop's battery in the long run. It will save you a lot of money.
I'd give this product a 5/5, taking into account it's primary purpose, design and other attributes such as noise and size.
If you have a laptop the chances are it will be overheating, and as time goes on it just gets hotter and hotter, apart from the obvious this is also very bad for your laptop, keeping it cool will give you better performance and the components will last for a lot longer, so for the small price of this product the value is very high.
When I first got this my laptop was scorching after about ten minutes of use, about a quarter of the back was almost too hot too touch, but now that I have got my laptop sitting on this product my laptop is nice and cool the only heat detectable is being pumped out of the side vents like its supposed to do, and even this is not that hot so this is very efficient at keeping your internal componants at optimum running temperature.
This product comes at under a fiver so is very cheap and chearful, the dimensions are 310mm x 265mm x 50mm, this makes my laptop hang of the end by about an inch and a half, it has 4 small legs, with the 2 at the back being slightly longer, the gives the laptop a small tilt, there is 3 small fans rotating at 3000rpm , each of these fans has 2 small blue neon lights so quite a cool glow comes from under your laptop, the unit is powered by USB this USB conection to the laptop fits good and is secure, it also has an adapter for another USB device to be used this is not good I gave up trying to use it.
At first I put my laptop on this with the laptop over hanging to the right, this meant one of the fans was blowing into my laptop inlet for the laptop fan, this was wrong and did almost nothing to the overheating, this too me was the obvious place to put it, after a think I thought the air should be blowing across the vents allowing the laptop fan to do its own work, so i put the laptop to the other side this worked perfect there is a bit of science behind this but I wont bore you with this. An instruction manual would have been good or at the very least instructions on the box.
Not just for laptops I use 1 for my PS3 and have heard of people using them on Xboxes
My laptop like most heats up quite quickly and that can make it uncomfortable to use especially if I have it on my lap. This pad can not be used on your lap, well you could but it would be very awkward. This is designed to be used on a desk or any other flat surface. It is a simple to use, cool looking gadget that cools down the laptop by using USB powered fans to cool it from below. And it's on amazon now for only £4.19
The pad is made of strong, transparent plastic. The fact that its see through gives this an ice like look. You can see the three fans and all it's workings. There is a short lead that comes out from the cooling pad and I just simply plug it into the side of my laptop using the USB slot and this gives it the power required to work. I like this because it means no need to change batteries and of course it also means no extra expense. When its running I can of course hear the little fans spinning but it is quite bearable and is more white noise than disturbing and therefore its nothing to be worried about.
Another good thing is you might think I will be loosing a USB port by plugging this in but it is double ended, this means I can still plug in my other devices if I like. When it's hooked up to my laptop the pad lights up a cool blue and when my laptop is placed on top of it the mild glow looks good and is an extra touch. The pad itself stands on little feet that help it grip it and hold it in place when on a smooth slippery surface. It works at cooling my laptop it doesn't make it ice cold but it instead makes it feel warm to the touch rather than hot.
I can't live without my laptop, and I use my laptop anytime and anywhere. Therefore, one big problem I have is that my lap starts to heat up quickly and becomes uncomfortable. To be honest, I don't realise there are cooling pads out there I can buy to solve my problems until my friend kindly point it out to me that I really should get one or otherwise I'll have burn marks on my thighs. I look around for cooling pads and found this product online.
My-link PC cooling pad is one of coolest (no pun intended) looking pad I've seen. I really like the contemporary transparent look. Since I have 13-inch macbook, I thought this is about the right size for me. The recommended size is 15-inch laptops but I have no problems using this cooling pad with my laptop so far.
Another thing that made me buy this product is that reasonable price. I purchased this from amazon.co.uk for £5.00 plus shipping fees, which I think is a reasonable enough price for a product like this. Also, looking at the technical details, this is the product designed to be made easy for users like me, who tend to get confused just looking at wires.
As for how it works, it is very simple as it powers through the USB port on your laptop and no power adaptor is needed. This is sometimes a problem as I only have 2 USB ports on my laptop, but if I really need to use both ports, I just unplug the cooling pad for awhile. The speed of the fans is 3000 rpm, which is very impressive for the low price of this product. The product is design so that it is user friendly and have low background noise. From my experience, the fans aren't the quietest bunch out there but it doesn't really bother me much. Although I tend not to use this cooling pad late at night when everything is quiet and I can hear my own breathing.
However, one complaint regarding the design of this cooling pad is that the fans have no protective cover so I have to make sure that I won't accidentally catch myself when the fans are running. I am prone to accidents afterall. So far, I have been careful with where I place my hands, but this can pose quite a problem with you have young children in the house.
Nevertheless, the product is quite durable from my experience; it is made out of plastic so I don't have to worry about accidentally breaking it. Most importantly, the cooling pad is quite effective at cooling my laptop down when I've been using it for a long time. Sometimes, I can use my laptop for about 3 hours and this cooling pad comes in handy.
Overall, I am pleased with the price and the quality of this product. Especially for hard core laptop users like me, this is a necessity for ease and comfort.
Thank you for reading. :) x
I bought this cooling fan as it was a total necessity if I wanted to use my old laptop at all.
With my old laptop, if I had used it as the name suggests you do, I would have had a sunburn with in minutes of laying it on my lap. It would heat up so fast and so quick it made it almost impossible to use. I have since moved on to another notebook but the one I'm referring to in this review will take some forgetting.
This product is designed to sit directly under a laptop. A standard sized laptop of around fifteen inches (screen size) is best suited to this. You then simply plug this pad using it's USB cable, into one of your laptops USB port's. This then activates the fans to start spinning and in turn this helps cools your device. The pad itself is made of clear see through plastic. The cooling effect is made by the three light blue fans that sit on the underside, these actually light up a bright, cool ionic blue. The light itself serves no purpose whatsoever, but it looks good and will make this appeal to younger PC users than older.
It has four, black, rubber feet one on each corner, theses work well at keeping it grounded and preventing it from slipping and sliding around the table. Theses same feet have a soft covering that grips the under surface of the laptop once it's placed onto the cooler. These like the tabletop feet work to hold the laptop in place and stop IT from slipping and sliding off the cooler fan.
The fan uses very little power, so it didn't slow down the performance of my laptop at all, and I didn't see any dramatic drainage on my battery, any of the times I used it without mains power. The fans do make a bit of noise as they work away, but every laptop / notebook I've owned made more noise than the pad itself so kind of canceled it out.
This pad works good at what it's supposed to do, it wasn't however strong enough to cool my dying laptop. It actually heated this pad up, the total opposite of what was supposed to happen. My laptop has since being laid to rest. And this cooling pad still gets used on occasion and works beautifully with my new better behaved laptop.
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I bought one of these around a year ago for my laptop after it started to get ridiculously hot whilst I was hammering the CPU. I bought this from amazon for £4.99, I thought I'd give it ago even after thinking it seemed a little to cheap for an external fan. As soon as I got the fan out of the box I noticed a number of design flaws.
The first being that the fans aren't protected, I caught my finger a couple of times in one of them and it hurt enough for a couple of profanities to emerge. I have a young son so I make sure that he isn't anywhere near this whilst I'm using it. The other flaw being the fact that the fan has legs. This wouldn't be a problem if I usually use my laptop whilst it is on a flat surface but I don't I usually use it on my lap, you can't do that with this fan it has to be on a flat surface.
The product plugs in through your laptops USB port and has blue led lights which look pretty good. The three fans are a lot louder than I thought they would be to the extent were you wouldn't want to be doing anything that required your 100% concentration. The product claims that they are low noise, this is not in my experience. The fans rotate at a speed of 3000 rpm which is pretty impressive for a fan of this price.
For the money this product isn't bad, there are a couple of points that could be improved on; but if your looking for something that's cheap, cheerful and gets the job done this would be it. Personally I would proberly pay a little more to get a fan with the flaws I mentioned corrected, but all in all a good external fan.
First up, i might as well not beat around the bush, i think this product is rather useless. I have a few reasons for this, mainly due to the fact that it is not viable to use this on your lap (and I'm pretty sure thats why i have a laptop). Meaning that you are turning your portable computer into a desk bound PC in which case you might as well use a more powerful Desktop PC.
OK, so the product itself:
The plastic material that the cooler is made of is not particularly cheap feeling but i get the sense that it is quite brittle. the little rubber feet do, do a good job of keeping the stand stable and still during even the most infuriating of essays.
The cooling from the device does not actually provide temps that are THAT much lower than not using it at all. There was a difference of maybe only one or two degrees.
So, looking over the product i thinks its time to sell it on as it serves no purpose for me and as of now, i prefer using my desktop PC. If you are looking for a cooling solution on the cheap, i would suggest trying to fins something else as this is not very good for cooling at all. Never nice to give a negative review, but sometimes you have to be harsh.
I bought this cooling pad as my laptop fan died shortly after I got it and it has always overheated. I wanted something with at least 2 fans that would sit perfectly underneath and keep it cool. I found this cooling pad on eBay for just a few pounds and decided to get it.
The pad is made of a clear plastic and has three fans wired underneath it and a blue light. While the light may look rather cool, more so in the dark, it is a pretty useless feature. It doesn't really light up enough to see in the dark or anything like that.
The pad will fit a laptop with a 15" screen perfectly. It will also fit under larger laptops, although perhaps not as well. It fits my normal 15" screen laptop very well, but my widescreen 15" laptop doesn't fit quite so well as the feet of the laptop aren't all quite in the right place for the pads on the cooler pad.
The pad has small round feet underneath so the fans don't catch anything. These have a soft pad underneath too so you don't leave marks on surfaces and it stays in place. There are also soft pads on top to keep the laptop in place. These pads work great. If you do catch the fans it isn't really painful, although it will make a horrible noise. I wouldn't recommend having the laptop on your lap while you are using the cooling pad as the feet do tend to dig into you and the fans can catch.
How it works:
Not only is this useful for your laptop or netbook but you can also use it for the Xbox 360. You simply place the cooling pad under the object and plug in the USB into the USB port. When there is power to the object the fans will spin.
On the USB it has two ends; one to plug in and the other to plug another USB device into so you're not using up a USB port for your fan. This is something I've found really useful. With my laptop I have to use a USB wireless dongle and often use memory sticks too. I have 4 USB ports, but due to the size of the wireless dongle it stops me using them all so being able to plug this in and not have it use up a slot is excellent.
If you plug it in and hold your hand up to it you can see how well it is working. You can feel a lot of cold air and the fans spin very fast.
It doesn't seem to slow my laptop down at all which is good so it seems it doesn't hardly take any power to run it.
One fan has fallen off a few times, although it is quite easy to slot it back into place and it does still work so it is not really a problem. I'd comment on the sound of the fans, but both my laptop and Xbox 360 are much louder than the fans when on so I don't notice it. When not switched on, but still with power the fans aren't very loud, but it is best to unplug it as you'll probably notice it if you are watching TV or something. This isn't something you can throw around much though or it is likely to break, but overall it does the job it is meant to and for a very reasonable price. Recommended.
My MacBook Pro gets incredibly hot when using CPU intensive applications. I needed to find a good cooling system to prevent the Pro go into thermal shutdown. I went on Amazon and out of impulse bought this product (without doing more research).
The price was cheap and the product came in a few days. However, it became noticeable what the major flaw was with the item (for me). The product has legs on each corner which means that you have to set the product on a flat surface such as a coffee table or desk and not on a lap. To be honest this is not a significant issue its just for me a laptop should be used on the lap in comfort, not bent over a desk.
Having said that, the product has LED's in it that light up when you plug it in via USB which looks good. The fans are quite loud when used and I found this distracting when I was watching films or the such. Word of caution I accidentally touched the blades as they were spinning around and it hurt somewhat. If you have children who use your laptop do not let them use this product.
Finally, having said all this, the product did work, it kept my laptop from reaching 92degrees to a stable 58degrees which was impressive considering the price of the product. I would recommend it, however, if you can afford to spend £10-15 more I would ask people to consider a rival brand such as Targus which do great coolers which can be used on a lap.
My previous laptop wasn't great - it was slow, cumbersome and had overheating issues. One day I was using it when the fan suddenly emitted a horrible noise and stopped working, I took it back to PC world (it was still under warranty) who just pressed the fan button and said 'Yeah we'll have to send that off to get it fixed...' As I needed to use it for university and it was otherwise working, I said I'd bring it back in after my term ended and in the mean time I purchased a cooling pad in an attempt to keep the temperatures low.
I wasn't really sure of what I exactly needed in terms of a cooling pad so I went on amazon to look for a decently priced one (didn't want to spend too much as it wouldn't have prolonged use) that seemed like it would give good air flow. I went for this particular model because it had 3 fans spaced across the pad and was priced at £12.99. Another thing which attracted me to this model was that it is powered via a USB port rather than a plug, furthermore you don't lose the use of said USB port as the cable on the pad is double ended, which allows you to attach additional hardware to your laptop.
When it arrived on the post first impressions were split - build quality was not amazing however it seemed adequately sturdy for the cost and the fans glowed when in use which was quite attractive. The first potential problem that I noticed was that this cooling pad has 'feet' (taller at the back so the laptop leans forward at a slight angle), obviously this has been done so that sufficient airflow is retained to the fans, however the pad is intended for laptops and laptops are often used on your lap, which this design is clearly unsuitable for. I didn't have a desk to use this on, so I got around the problem by placing the cooling pad ontop of a large book to create a flat surface and then resting this on my lap - more complicated than should have been necessary, but it worked. Furthermore the double ended USB wasn't well finished and the end was very rough, easily scratcing skin.
Despite these initial issues I was happy with the temperature the cooling pad managed to keep my laptop at - it still felt slightly warmer than when able to use the built in laptop fan, however it was far from overheating so this was sufficient for me.
Unfortunately after a couple of weeks a new problem surfaced - these feet that I mentioned earlier had little rubber caps on the base (presumably to create friction and stop slipping) which were glued on, there were also corresponding ones ontop of the cooling pad where it contacts the laptop. The problem was that the warmth from the laptop seemed to melt the glue slightly and resulted in the rubber caps sliding around and leaving a sticky residue all over the place. With these gone the whole thing was alot less stable as there was no real friction keeping the laptop in position ontop of the pad.
By this point it was a real pain and not really practical to use, however I didn't have much choice as I still had an essay I needed to finish, so I persevered until I had finished it and then returned the laptop to another PC World (Great West Road, London) to solve the internal fan issue. It turned out that some stupid manufacturer sticker inside the laptop had unglued itself and become wrapped around the fan blades, thus preventing the fan from running - luckily the man at the tech desk had the sense to unscrew the laptop base and inspect the fan before sending it off for repair, thus discovering the cause of the problem. When the offending sticker was removed, the fan resumed working so I didn't have to send it off afterall. If only the man at the first PC World (Chichester) had done the same I wouldn't have had to waste money on a laptop cooling pad!
In conclusion I wouldn't recommend the my-link laptop cooler - it seems a fair price and looks nice but it's not practical from the stand point that it hasn't been designed to be used on anything but a solid surface, and after a short space of time other design faults become apparent (using glue that melts at low temperatures). I'm sure there are far better laptop cooling pads out there to spend your money on.