Targus AWE45US HeatDefense for Laptops (Gray/Black)
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- Product Type: Cooling Pad
- Weight: 1.24 lb
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This pad does what it is supposed to do very well. Now I can use my laptop for 5 hours straight. And it's light, easy to fold and carry, just like a small size towel.
Having said that, after 5 hours, the crystals become fully liquid. Then the pad is just slightly better than a normal pad. It takes sometime for the liquid to go back to crystal state - I use my refrigerator to speed up the process.
Pros: Light, portable, no external power.
Cons: Cannot use for long hours unless your laptop is not too hot. Otherwise, get something with powered fans.
Takes time for the pad to recover.
Soft, so you still need some flat hard surface when put on your lap.
And even though I often use my laptop (a macbook air) for 6-8 hours a day, I've had much better luck with it truly helping with cooling than the other reviewers seem to have experienced. When you first start using it, you can feel the crystals in the pad being all stiff and crunchy. As the heat dissipates from the laptop into the pad, the crystals melt, and it starts to feel more like that goo inside ice packs. But, like just about any laptop, mine doesn't leak heat evenly across the surface -- so when one part of the mat has liquefied, others are still crunchy. So after every hour or two of use, I flip the mat around, so that the parts of the mat that are still crunchy crystals are underneath the hottest part of my laptop. Yes, it takes a little doing -- but for me, that is well worth the benefits this pad has for me over the other cooling options I've tried.
The biggest drawback for me -- and the main reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 -- is that the surface of the pad is relatively slick, and when I sometimes have problems with my laptop slipping around on it. I tried sticking the mat inside a pillowcase and using it that way, and it seems to solve the slippage issue without affecting how well it works by much.
Altogether, this was well worth the money for me -- but I could see how that might not be the case for someone using a heavier, hotter running laptop.
First, I used it by itself on my lap beneath my laptop. Not a good idea. The pad isn't completely stiff, so it buckles some between my legs. Also, while it does absorb heat, some of that heat does slowly seep through the bottom side to your legs.
The solution for me is to use a rigid plastic box about the size of the Targus pad as my foundation, layering on the pad and then the laptop. This has two benefits: one, it allows the pad to do its thing with no worry about seepage; two, the plastic box is thick enough that it raises the laptop keyboard to a much more comfortable level/angle for typing.
2 Years Later...
The temperatures outside are in triple digits, and it never goes below 80F, even at night. Tossing and turning in bed, with pillow drenched in sweat, it hit me. Why not use the HeatDefense Pad for cooling ME off? I quickly dug it out of my closet, and slid it into my pillowcase on top of my pillow. On contact, I could feel it cooling my head, easily feeling like 75F instantly, while the room temp was over 85F. It took a couple of seconds to adjust to the crunchy surface, but once I was settled, it felt like heaven. I dozed off for at least 3 hours before I woke up again, when the mat turned to gel. I pulled it out and went back to sleep. And here I am now, writing this review on the chill mat while sitting on it (still very, very hot at 6 am).
4 stars for unintended use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1) too small for a 16-inch (across) laptop
2) uneven surface made use of the keyboard impossible
3) unable to return item without a special number which was not... Read more
I bought this in 2012 and it still works great! I got a fantastic deal on it at the time and my only complaint is I didn't buy more than one!Published 7 months ago by sproutingsherbet
Works great keeps laptop cool and heat off you legs. Everyone in the family has one now and we all love them much more comfortablet than hard plastic on your lap and keeps your... Read morePublished 8 months ago by huckjam
about what u'd expect and that's a good thing, remember u can turn it over when it starts warming upPublished 8 months ago by Funkacious
It didnt work like i thought it would, laptop still overheated, sorry for this review but i was disappointed, thought it would do the jobPublished 9 months ago by june
Before I bought my current laptop (and this product), I had a monster of a laptop that was getting too hot to do much of anything without a $60 dual fan cooling pad. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wes
Works for a little while (can only get rid of so much heat), but it's kinda slippery as well.Published 15 months ago by Paul Mclachlan