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Default Laptop cooler bases - 08-15-2010, 06:43 PM

I was browsing at a 5 Below store ( everything $5 or less ) and happened across an iEssentials laptop cooler base for $5 (USD). I had been thinking about getting one online but really didn't want to spend $15-40 for a cooling base so I thought I would try this inexpensive deal out.

Sure, it's just black plastic but it actually works really well. It is about an inch wider and 2 inches deeper than the Mini is, but that's ok. It has two fans and I can easily position the Mini in the right spot. The base plugs into a USB port to get power so very little in the way of cables.

I can't hear it at all over the quiet whir of the fans in my main desktop. This isn't something I plan to take on the road with me but for at home it works great since I tend to have the Mini on all of the time gathering software updates and doing nightly backups of itself.

So far I have seen the CPU temps dropping while the Mini is idle and they just fell below 39C and are still going down. Big difference compared to the 50C+ sometimes 60C+ it was running at before.

It's reassuring to be able to tilt the Mini back and feel the underside actually be COLD for a change.

These usually are $15 online. Here is one for reference:
Mizco International USB Laptop Cooling Station for $14.95 at Academic Superstore
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Default 08-15-2010, 07:27 PM

Thanks for sharing! I also have some kind of usb fan for my computer, but in a lighter version and very cheap, it looks like it's made of crappy materials (and it is) but they are tough, I'm running @ 36~39 all the time, and they are only 1$.

Folding USB 2 Fans Laptop Notebook Cooler Cooling Mini - eBay (item 270620585653 end time Aug-15-10 19:13:17 PDT)


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Default 08-15-2010, 07:46 PM

I use this one..works great..both fit in my Targus cases too..

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Targus - Netbook Chill Mat - Black - AWE39US1

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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Targus+-...0mat&cp=1&lp=2

NO...I dont work for Targus


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Default 08-15-2010, 11:44 PM

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I use this one..works great..both fit in my Targus cases too..

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Targus - Netbook Chill Mat - Black - AWE39US1
I have that one as well. The only thing I don't like about it is that the plastic is a bit thin so if you put it down on a pen you'll know it The reviews aren't all 5-star but it's one of the few that looks right under a mini.

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Default Targus ones are nice. Just couldn't pass up $5 :-) - 08-16-2010, 02:27 AM

I have plenty of fans lying in the parts bin from old computers I have gutted and I was going to get around to making a cooling base, but when I saw this for $5 I figured "why bother spending the time?".
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Default 08-16-2010, 03:21 AM

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I have plenty of fans lying in the parts bin from old computers I have gutted and I was going to get around to making a cooling base, but when I saw this for $5 I figured "why bother spending the time?".
For $5 you can't go wrong.

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