We are definitely not strangers to the upper end of the thermometer here in Mississippi. Heat, humidity, sunshine, and sweat are just a part of life here at home. While we can cool off by sitting in the shade sipping on a cold glass of sweet tea...what about that laptop you are holding reading this blog? Well...ya know sweet tea is NOT good for it, so what should we do?
As technology strives to be thinner and lighter (I wouldn't mind being thinner and lighter myself!), cooling, and the fans that help make that possible, seem to shrink or even become non-existant. It just simply isn't "cool" to hear the whirling of a fan...BUT...are we actually damaging our investments by foregoing this needed feature? (how many of our southern homes have a ceiling fan in AT LEAST one room?)
To solve this problem we have ye olde trusty laptop cooling fans available! Unfortunately, these are probably located a couple aisles away from the newest speed demon on the shelf, so you may have missed it! Different models may have one or more fans and are designed to be powered by the USB port on your laptop, providing extra support to the often struggling internal fan trying to keep up with the rising mercury in the air, and inside the laptop.
While there are many options out there (and by that I mean prices!), you can honestly get away with the "simple" models, unless you need the often-added features such as additional USB ports or adjustable fan speed dials. I personally prefer to keep it simple with a dual fan model to keep my laptop happy through long hours on the web. (mine was priced somewhere in the $20-ish range...a lot cheaper than a new laptop!)
OH...want another "cool" idea for the trusty laptop cooling pad? I also use one under my gaming system to protect it from those long hours online getting beat by kids younger than me with much better hand/eye coordination. It can also come in handy in entertainment systems where a receiver, cable box, DVR, etc. may tend to get quite hot. Remember, electronics ALL generate heat...and heat is one of the biggest risks to longevity.
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