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Targus PA248U Notebook Chill Pad

by Targus
699 customer reviews

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Tornado Chill Pad
  • Powered by your notebook: Plug into the USB port for power, and turn on the fans with the on/off switch
  • Power: 1.05 W
  • Protect Your Workspace: High-Heat Generating Notebooks Can Damage Furniture Surfaces; Using The Chill Mat¿ Protects Furniture From Heat Damage
  • Prevent Overheating: Two-Fan Cooling System Pulls Heat Away From The Notebook and Prevents The Cpu From Overheating During Use
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  • Operating System: Windows
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Product Description

Style: Tornado Chill Pad

Product Description

The Targus Tornado Notebook Chill Pad Is A Cooling Pad For Notebook Pcs With Two Built-In Fans For Fast Heat Dissipation. The Tornado Weighs Only 15 Oz And Has Non-Skid Rubber Domes To Prevent Any Slippage Of The Notebook. Powered By The Notebook S Usb Port The Pa248U Also Comes With A Convenient On/Off Switch. Includes Chill Pad Usb Power Cord With On/Off Switch. Prevent Overheating: Two-Fan Cooling System Pulls Heat Away From The Notebook And Prevents The Cpu From Overheating During Use. Protect Your Workspace: High-Heat Generating Notebooks Can Damage Furniture Surfaces; Using The Chill Pad Protects Furniture From Heat Damage. Powered By Your Notebook: Plug Into The Usb Port For Power And Turn On The Fans With The On/Off Switch. Specifications: Air Flow - 28 Cfm (Cubic Feet Per Minute)Speed - 1500 Rpmpc Power - Usb: 5V 500Mapower- 1.05Wsize - 11.75 X 9.0 X 0.8 Inches Wt.- 15 Oz. Manufacturer Warranty

From the Manufacturer

The Targus Notebook Chill Mat is a cooling mat for notebook PCs with two built-in fans for fast heat dissipation. The Chill Mat weighs only 15 oz and has non-skid rubber domes to prevent any slippage of the notebook. Powered by the notebook’s USB port, the PA248U also comes with a convenient on/off switch.

Features

  • Prevent overheating: Two-fan cooling system pulls heat away from the notebook and prevents the CPU from overheating during use
  • Protect your workspace: High-heat generating notebooks can damage furniture surfaces; using the Chill Mat protects furniture from heat damage
  • Powered by your notebook: Plug into the USB port for power, and turn on the fans with the on/off switch

Product Details

Style: Tornado Chill Pad
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9 x 0.8 inches ; 15 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0000AKA8Y
  • Item model number: PA248U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (699 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 29, 2004

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Customer Reviews

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161 of 189 people found the following review helpful By Matt Sedik on May 30, 2005
Style Name: Tornado Chill Pad
I picked this model out because of all the good reviews, and for the most part they're true. The unit does a decent job of cooling my 15" powerbook. I grabbed a Chill Pad (why does typing that make me think of a House Party movie?) for my girlfriend's 15" VAIO, but it still runs a bit warm (but then, the Pentum in there runs much hotter than my G4, so maybe the Chill Pad just can't keep up). Either way, I wish the units were a little wider. In a perfect world, I wish the fans weren't placed in the middle of the slab, but more towards the back, where a laptop's CPU & video chips are located. This thing is plastic, so it won't dissapate the heat as well as an aluminum one will.

Originally I rated this puppy 4 stars. I'm taking it down to 3 now, because after some typical use over the past 6 months, both of our Chill Pads are pretty thrashed. The power cord on my girlfriend's unit is falling apart, mostly around the power switch box thingie (to use the technical term). As for mine, the screws holding the back together have cracked their casings, which were rattling around in my pad until I shook them out yesterday. So the back end of the unit no longer has a flush seam. Maybe some Krazy Glue will do the trick.

I didn't drop kick this thing around, pretty standard use: brought it to the office almost daily. Used it at home as well. Took it overseas once. I'll give it 4 stars for cooling, but I'm taking 1 away for workmanship.
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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Mark #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 29, 2007
Style Name: Tornado Chill Pad
I have owned many a laptop and several notebook cooling pads. Cooling can potentially improve a computer's performance and useful life.

This pad has decent performance. But, it is made from cheap plastic and has design short-comings. The product pictures, and price, make you think it is made from high grade plastic or metal. I feel for anybody who ever paid the list price of $30 for this product.

Reading the reviews for this product, I realized that several key elements of this product's construction were not being mentioned.

Pros
- The fans do seem to push a decent amount of air, more than other pads
- The rubber risers allow for better air-flow under your laptop

Cons

- This product is made from low grade plastic. It is flimsy under the weight of any standard laptop
- The rubber risers which seperate this product from your laptop will come out; They are not glued in
- The rubber feet on this pad will also come out
- The fans inside can be very loud
- The 2 fan heads are poorly positioned in the center of the pad
- The usb cable is too long

For the price there are simply better alternatives. The Antec notebook cooler has a more durable aluminum top, ergonomic shape, and more quiet design. The USB connector also has an extra port.
Antec USB-Powered Notebook Cooler

As long as you don't mind the defects, this can be a handy unit for a spare or travel needs. This cooler is still worth owning if you can buy it on sale for $11 or less. Don't pay more.

Happy Shopping.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Edward Torpy VINE VOICE on April 11, 2005
Style Name: Tornado Chill Pad
After spending four months trying to get Dell's tech support people to simply acknowledge that the Inspiron 600m has a problem with overheating while playing hi-end 3-D graphics games, I took a gamble and bought the Targus PA248U Tornado Notebook Chill Pad. At first, it only helped to delay the problem -- the computer still overheated while playing games like "Warcraft III" or "Rise of Nations". The cooling fans on the chill pad were doing a good job of cooling the center of the notebook, but the back was still getting hot. I tried lifting the back on the notebook (by setting the backend of the notebook on two hi-lighters to lift it about 1/2 inch above the chill pad to improve the airflow) and that solved my problem.

My notebook is a Dell Inspiron 600m with the following configuration:

Pentium M 725 (1.6GHz, 2MB level 2 cache)

512MB DDR SDRAM (1 Dimm)

ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000 w/ 64MB

When playing 3-D graphics games, the computer (especially the memory chip) would get very hot and the frame rate while playing the games would drop 95% (in one game, dropping from 60fps to 1-3fps). The computer never crashed, but it made game playing impossible. The Inspiron 600m is a thin notebook (1.29" thick), so it probably doesn't allow enough airflow to adequately cool off the components when pushed to their limit by a 3-D graphics game. Thank heavens companies like Targus are making products to address this issue.

Just as a note to Dell users, I talked to about a dozen different Dell tech support people over a four month period and no one would even admit to having heard about this problem. Apparently Dell has a policy of never admitting that a problem exists.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rose on September 8, 2006
Style Name: Podium Coolpad for Apple
Cut to the chase and skip all the rest- A lovely multitasking convience product.
I have a 15 macbook pro and my lap was taking a lot of heat. Not to mention the funny angels you can get yourself into while reclining on your porch can be at best awkward for tying. The Coolpad has these simple lego style pieces that you build onto on another to raise your laptop in 1/2 inch increments up to 1 3/4 inches. (If you build fewer than 4 posts you can build it much higher but have fewer contacts touching you laptop) It seemed a bit silly all these lego pieces floating about, but after using them, I love it. It's so easy to adjust, so when you are at a table vs when you are lying on your belly you can have the height you desire. I hinted at it but let me say it clear- Yes, the Coolpad lets you use your laptop on a bed.
One last bonus for those of you living with children or someone prone to spilling drinks- your $$$$ piece of equipment is raisied off the surface it's on. That in itself is worth it to me!
The turntable feature is aslo a win. I was afraid it would lull about freely, but you have to exert a little (just enough) to turn it. I didn't think I need this ability at first but find everytime I want to show someone my screen I intuitvly use it. Whenever I begin to take this feature for granted I see someone else picking up their laptop to turn it and as they jarringly set their laptop down I cringe and appreciate my Coolpad for the nice piece of hard drive protection it is.
As for the airflow cooling aspect, well, I beat my mac with high processor programs, and yes the fan still kicks on, but I feel better knowing it has an easier time cooling off. There is no worry about the fans being blocked or struggling for air so to speak.
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