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Default Which netbook cooler do you use? (if applicable) - 05-14-2009, 06:05 PM

I recently decided that I am going to use a netbook/laptop cooler and was wondering if anyone here had a suggestion for a cooler that is light, portable, quiet and does a good job of cooling. The cooler also needs to be comfortable in your lap as well.

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Default 05-14-2009, 06:10 PM

I use this one: ThinkGeek :: Lapinator Insulated Laptop Desk

Wish I would have bought the larger of the two though.. Would make for externally mouse usability with the Mini 9, and would probably just be more comfy with my Studio XPS 13.


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Default 06-08-2009, 06:19 PM

I have devised a solution to the heating problems on my mini 9. As many of you have found, using 100% processor more than 20-30 minutes will result in an overheated, sluggish and unresponsive unit.

i made a cooling base using a huge blower fan, encased in an acrylic box, the whole cooling base is just the size (lenght and width) of the mini 9 and like 1/2 inch thicker, but it's well worth the extra space, as the cpu, even when running at 100% non stop, will settle down at 42-54┬░C (varies depending on room temperature).

the fan will suck air from the bottom of the mini 9 and blow it sideways, from the two exhaust ports.
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Default 06-08-2009, 06:22 PM

I gotta admit.. That's pretty slick!


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Default 06-10-2009, 05:27 AM

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I have one of those too. Works great! I bought it directly from the inventor. He only lives a half hour from me. I use it mainly with my E6500 but it does come in handy for the Mini.
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Default 06-10-2009, 10:48 AM

Yeah, I love it, but I really wish I would have bought the larger one. Oh well. It works quite well..


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Default 07-01-2009, 07:25 PM

im hoping that someone with electronics experience can figure out a mod using something this these.
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Default 07-01-2009, 08:35 PM

Convection probably moves more air than that is capable of.
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Default 09-27-2009, 08:05 PM

My desktop mobo came with some spare mini fans for use on the northbridge controller I think. Just under 1inch x 1inch. I was thinking the empty WWAN spot in the hatch would be a good location, maybe with a micro switch?

Where would be a good spot to get power from?
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Default 09-28-2009, 08:56 AM

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I have devised a solution to the heating problems on my mini 9. As many of you have found, using 100% processor more than 20-30 minutes will result in an overheated, sluggish and unresponsive unit.

i made a cooling base using a huge blower fan, encased in an acrylic box, the whole cooling base is just the size (lenght and width) of the mini 9 and like 1/2 inch thicker, but it's well worth the extra space, as the cpu, even when running at 100% non stop, will settle down at 42-54┬░C (varies depending on room temperature).

the fan will suck air from the bottom of the mini 9 and blow it sideways, from the two exhaust ports.


Not bad! I'll try and make a slanted version of your base which would help me ergonomically, but I really do like the idea of having it's own power supply and not straining the Dell's usb ports.

Just one question... wouldn't it be better to relocate your P/S outside the case to prevent heat build-up in the acrylic box?
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