K, its late. Ive been reading about Macbooks and the heat. Looking at laptop cooling pads. This idea just jumped into my head. So, take it for what its worth... id buy one.
A thin, easily removeable, powered laptop cooler that can stay attached to a macbook (could be 2 versions, macbook and macbook pro... made specially, sized accordingly) or easily be removed. It would have targeted heat removal in most critical areas.
It would look like it was integrated into the comptuer (kindof like those external drive cases for Mac Minis) but it would be THIN. Like, 2 CM or less. Im sure there is fan technology out there to support this.
The key would be to have it easily removeable. So, if you felt you didnt want/need it you wouldent have it permanently attached to your computer. But, if you felt you would need it you could simpy snap it on. It would be USB powered... or perhaps carry its own battery that charges via Mini USB (so many peoples phone chargers would work and you could charge from your computer in a pinch).
I think the possibilities are very intersteing here. If it had a USB plug or bluetooth connection you could have it come with a program that monitors core temp and acts like an auxiliary thermostat. It could come on at a user definable temp and shut off the same way. It could also include a USB hub, card reader, WIFI hotspot locator or Apple remote storage space. It could be made of white shiny plastic or matte black plastic to match the macbooks colors, or be made clear... that would be cool. It could also incorporate some kind of adjustable legs for better comfort when typing.
As for attachment ideas, it could use an adhesive clip or clips on the computer that mate with the cooling pad... but is unobtrusive on its own. Like those cell phone belt clips. The mount bits could double as feet when the cooler is not installed. Or, like those older powerbook handles you could buy, it could use some of the existing screw holes on the computer to mount small clips or some sort of attachment device.
I think, since apple is making it very clear the Macbook and Macbook PRO are NOT laptops but notebooks there is no reason to expect they will target making them run cooler. Also, given their performance I think instead of whining about the heat and begging apple to change we could look at ways of managing the heat better. In my mind a laptop cooling pad is great on your desk but your not going to whip it out on the train. Likewise for even a lappad. They are just one more thing to pull from the overhead compartment on the plane. But, if you sacrificed a CM or 2 and a tiny bit of weight, gained a bunch of cool features and had the option of using or not using a specially designed cooling device for your notebook I think the choice becomes clear.
If all it did was cool it would be one thing, but think abotu getting a few extra USB ports, a place to store your Front row remote, a built in card reader, wifi finder (just an LED readout) and a complete core temperature monitoring and managment system... or other ideas. Now that might be worth the weight. It would for me... and for those who NEED or WANT to use their notebooks on their LAPS.
Oh, another idea... what if somehow a power system for the computer could be developed to be super thin. Wouldent it be cool to have your powerblock stored under your computer... maybe thats going too far. Perhaps this whole thing could even incorporate a replacment high capacity battery all in one. Take your stock battery out, install this cooling pad with a higher capacity battery. It partially uses the previous batteries mounting area for connection.
Man, am I tired, so is this a good idea... if even just one to dream about...
Price... Id pay up to $199 for it. Save me close to that much in extra hardware. But it would HAVE To monitor the core temp and allow controll. Otherwise its just a glorified coolign pad.
Good idea for the cooling pad - but Targus and others have already made them. Targus has one with extra USB ports in it as well. I got the simplest Targus one and it served the purpose of keeping the MBP off my lap enough not to burn, the drawback was that it was separate and not sized correctly for the MBP so it was a mad grab when I wanted to set the thing aside.
I like your idea of attaching it somehow for easy removal.
Another drawback of the Targus one was the cord kept getting in the way. A retractable cord would have been nice.
Or, Apple engineers could just fix the darn problem.
I think a better solution is that the Apple enigneers fix the damn problem without users having to resort to the added expense of a cooling pad and or cutting board.<iframe border=0 frameborder=0 framespacing=0 height=1 width=0 marginheight=0 marginwidth=0 name=new_date noResize scrolling=no src="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=*H4hz/ywH9w&offerid=77305.10003289&type=3&subid=0" vspale=0></iframe>
My point was not to, once again, discuss apples lack of thermal paste prowess. I believe we have covered that in great detail on numerous other threads. My point was simply this: If Apple is NOT going to fix the problem perhaps someone should think of a good outside fix. One that could solve numerous problems, provide added benefits and not disturb the functionality of the device.
Even if Apple fixes the thermal paste problem the Macbook (and Macbook pro) run too hot to comfortably use on your lap for an extended period of time. Thus, even WITH the fix there is a need for a cooling pad. I use a cooling pad (always have) for my notebooks when they are on my desk. I plan on buying a smaller one to better fit my Macbook when it arrives. I just wish I could have one that went with me easily. Its not always possible to have your notebook on the tray on an airplane. Especially if the guy in front of you has his seat all the way back. From what I understand, even a cool Macbook is still too hot.
Have you seen this solution for using a laptop on an airplane?
It looks interesting and would certainly be easy enough to carry.
Taking your idea a step further, it would be so easy for the laptop vendors to incorporate your idea into the laptop itself with a release mechanism so that the person using it could raise or lower the laptop when necessary.
After running a macbook for 4 hours I'm not really finding it to be intensly hot, it's defintly warm but i can touch the bottom left corner and hold my hand there for as long as i like without being bothered.
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