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For laptop: cooling pad or side clamping vacuum fan?


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#1 afrank

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 02:22 PM

Hi 
I just got a new 15.6" laptop recently.
It's a Sager NP8152-S which was custom built in a Clevo P650RP6 chassis.
(i7-6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060)
 
I want to get a cooling device for it. I was thinking a cooling pad, but have also noticed other devices that attach onto the side vent and apparently suck air out. 
Like this for example:
 
They seem to have many positive reviews.
Does anyone have any experience with these?
 
Not sure what to get? A cooling pad or one of these side-attachments...
 
Here's an image I got off the internet that shows what my chassis looks like (bottom and side vents)
 
Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks!


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#2 TheDcoder

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 04:00 PM

The side attachments are expensive and only work for certain types of arrangments... not sure if it will work for you. I can say that a side attachment is better but, I cannot tell you by how much better than a cooling pad.



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Posted 25 October 2016 - 04:38 PM

Hi Dcoder. Prices seem to not vary that much from a good cooling pad. 5-10 bucks maybe. 

How can I know if one of these side vacuum things will be good for my laptop?

I mean, it does have a side exhaust vent. What do I need to check to make sure this thing will work for me... any idea?



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Posted 25 October 2016 - 05:58 PM

You should take measures of your laptop's side vent and check if the side attachment fits. The information should normally be available at the seller's or the manufacturer's website.



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Posted 25 October 2016 - 08:38 PM

Interesting, I have owned several laptops over the years.  None has ever required a cooler or external fan.  Simply a flat, hard surface to rest on.  

 

If a laptop requires external fans to stay within reasonable operational temperatures, I would consider that a design flaw.



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Posted 26 October 2016 - 11:22 AM

Hi Steve,

I do a lot of video editing. Most advised against getting a laptop for video editing in general because of heat issues, but my situation doesn't make a desktop practical (work about half a year in NY and half a year in NC). 

Given I don't have much of a choice but to go with a laptop packed with some serious hardware, most advised me to do my best to keep it cool. Getting a cooling pad was one of their first suggestions.



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Posted 26 October 2016 - 11:58 AM

+1 on external cooling fan assemblies -- I have one for each of my two laptops.


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