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Does Your Laptop Get Too Hot?

It's time to stop cuddling up with your laptop and comforter on your bed. A recent study proved the heat generated from laptops can cause fertility problems in men, not to mention the potential to burn your legs and cause damage to your computer. So why does your laptop heat up so fast? Its small size means a small cooling system, and when you place it on fibrous material, it gets harder and harder for it to breathe and cool.

Geek tip: If you must work in bed, get an inexpensive portable laptop desk, $29, or a simple bed tray. It will promote better posture and the laptop’s vents will remain unblocked. If your laptop heats up a little too much, get it checked out.

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WillLik WillLik 6 years
As a computer tech I am glad to finally see articles on this issue coming out. I try to have all my customers use some form of hard surface under laptops because when that fan wears out it can be expensive to replace. A TV tray works wonders. I would also add that blowing compressed air into the air exhaust every few months can lower the temperature considerably.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Thanks! Physics will be the end of me I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
Tech Tech 10 years
Good luck JessNess!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Im done studying. Im all studied out. So now Im just going to relax and eat before taking the worst final of my life. I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Oh ok, my pc is an 04 model I think. (even though I just got it) so Ill do that an see what they say. I know the battery life is crap lol How is the studying coming along?
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I had to go onto the Dells website. I then had to type in the serial number off of battery. Then they told me if I needed a new one. The recall was awhile ago so if just got your computer you are probably fine I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Jess which battery/ lappy was the recall for? I recently got a lattitude d600 I know its an older pc and used but its working great so far. But I dont know if there was a recall or anything lol
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
I use my sons little lap desk lol just a few bucks at walmart and its winnie the pooh ;)
bjornwinner bjornwinner 10 years
mine gets hot too.. this is a great post geek!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
I set mine on top of a book if I'm covered in a blanky. :)
shmoo15 shmoo15 10 years
Thanks queen geek! Now my legs can finally stop burning!
shmoo15 shmoo15 10 years
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shmoo15 shmoo15 10 years
Thanks queen geek! My legs totally need a break from the lava-hot laptop I perch on my thighs when I'm in bed.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I have a Dell and it overheats all the time. It sounds like it's "gasping for air" :oy:
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I never heard of this before.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i noticed my comp gets hot too.... i always thought it wasnt good but never really knew why. thanks GEEK!
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
Also, if you use your computer on your bet a lot, and prevent air flow to your hard drive, you can say bye bye to your hard drive. I am so much more careful about my airflow to my computer. I can't have that again! ~M~
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I have a Dell and I had to get a new battery from them after their recall. My computer would get really hot that if it was on my skin I it felt like it was burning sometimes. I have a new battery so it doesnt get as hot as it use to plus the added bonus of my computer wont possibly catch on fire anymore I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
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