About Laptop Cooling Stands

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Laptop cooling stands allow the computer to sit a couple of inches off the surface, enabling air to circulate underneath and more efficiently cool the processor. Keep a laptop cool by using a cooling stand with IT help from a software developer in this free video on computers.

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Hi, my name's Dave Andrews, today I'm going to show you a little bit about laptop cooling stands. I'm using a laptop here, and it's on a flat, smooth surface, which is allowing air to get under my laptop, and be pulled in by the laptops fan. Now it's that air circulation that's going to allow my fan to cool itself, basically by shooting air over the processor, and just pulling the heat off of the processor. Now heat's a big deal in a processor, because as your processor heats up, it's going to notice that it's getting hot, and then it will actually start throttling itself down, to reduce the amount of heat that it creates. Basically when it throttles itself down, your laptop will start running slowly, and we don't want to do that. So I'm going to show you here on the screen, what's called a laptop cooling stand. Now this is basically a little stand here, that sort of pops out a little bit. It'll lay flat on your desk, just like this is right here, and then it'll have a little stand that pops up, a couple of inches off the surface of the desk. And that allows air, to flow inside the back of the stand, and there's little holes, you can't see it, but there's holes under the laptop that it's sitting on. And that will allow the air to get into the laptop, in order to cool it off. Now these stands will allow you to, but you can set one on your lap when you're laying in a bed, or sitting in a chair, and it's also a little more ergonomic on your hands, because it's a little more comfortable actually, to lay your hand on top of the laptop, and type, as it would be if the laptop was laying absolutely, perfectly flat. This little bit of tilt here, actually makes it a little more comfortable for most people. And it also keeps your laptop from overheating. Which is very, very important. My name's Dave Andrews, and I've just told you a little bit about laptop cooling stands.

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