External Accessories / Peripherals Discuss any accessories used to enhance your Dell Inspiron Mini experience.

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halu2047 halu2047 is offline
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Default Cool balls (a cheap way to reduce heat) - 03-14-2009, 07:57 PM

I've been using my Mini for three weeks. Absolutely in love!

The only two (minor) complaints is the moderate heat generated over an extended period (say an hour) and the relatively small keyboard. I cannot do anything but adapt to using the small keyboard. As for the heat issue, I reckon there are several ways to make the Mini cooler, like this:

coolguard-from-viewguard-t3953.html

Instead of using a cool pad, which is a bit too big for me, I opt for the cool balls. They cost less than five bucks:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.2609

You can also find some on eBay. They come with black, white, and gray as far as I can tell.

The advantages:
- Cheap!
- Super portable
- Reasonably effective
- Removable and re-attachable
- Ergonomic

Some minor issues:
- Since the Mini is so small, the cool balls look just a bit big in comparison.
- The screen may flip over if you install the balls close to the center of the back. You really have to stick them close to the edge.
- They elevate the Mini quite a bit, which requires you to flip the screen to the limit in order to maintain the optimal viewing angle.

In sum, I reckon the five bucks are well spent! :lol:
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whistler162 whistler162 is offline
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Default Re: Cool balls (a cheap way to reduce heat) - 03-19-2009, 12:04 PM

Or just buy a large pot holder and put it under the mini.
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