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Very nice redesign,
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This review is from: Targus Space Saving Lap Chill Mat for Laptop up to 17-Inch, Gray/Black (AWE80US) (Personal Computers)
I owned the previous model of this item; it lasted a couple of years despite abuse like setting it and the laptop down running and forgetting 'em overnight or longer. Let's hope this one is as durable. I've only had it a few hours, but I'm quite impressed with several improvements so far.
First and most obvious, a lip to prevent the laptop sliding off when you're using it in bed with the mat propped up against your thigh (like I am right now). The rubber pads which create space for airflow between the fans and the bottom of your laptop are permanently attached and won't fall off. They're also larger, and in combination with the lip keep your laptop in place much better. It has an adjustment to make it a bit flatter and more compact for packing as well as angle adjustment when used on a table or desk. The power cord stows and fastens inside to keep it from getting tangled in stuff when you slip it into your backpack or carry-on.
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Initial post: Nov 24, 2012 1:30:36 PM PST
Does a chill pad obtain its power from its own power cord, or can it derive its power from the laptop (usb?)?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 3:47:18 PM PST
It takes its power from a USB port, yes. I was planning on giving you a snarky reply until I checked the description and discovered one has to read down several sections to get the answer. Bad Targus! Bad! Your question gives me the opportunity to note that another nice feature is that there's a retainer clip to hold the USB cable and keep it from flopping about in your briefcase or backpack. It's rather like the clip on a stocking garter.
Posted on Nov 1, 2013 12:06:13 PM PDT
Pieter B: How big is your laptop? I also owned the previous model, but I have a 17'' laptop and I'm concerned this model may be too small. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2013 1:49:47 PM PDT
I'll put my wife's 17-incher on it and see tonight. I imagine it might hang over a bit on the edges, but Targus does say in the link over there at the right that it's "for laptops up to 17-inch."
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2013 2:27:19 PM PDT
Pieter B: Thanks, I appreciate that.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2013 1:07:13 PM PDT
Herself's 17-incher is less than 2" wider than the chill mat. It hangs over about 3/4" each side (or should I say about 2 cm?).
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2013 8:06:28 PM PDT
Pieter B: Thanks for checking on that for me.
Posted on May 2, 2014 8:10:07 PM PDT
Paul Bismarck says:
So I see in the description "mini-USB cable." Does that mean that it is just a short cable? Or does it mean that the "plug" is MICRO-USB size as opposed to standard USB size?
In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014 10:31:35 PM PDT
It's a mini cable, just a few inches long because it's assumed that your laptop will be on top of the thing and not going anywhere. It's a standard USB-A plug that goes into the USB-A power take-off receptacle on the left side of your laptop. USB-B is the "tombstone" shape that is often found on the back of printers. Don't confuse USB-mini and USB-micro. The mini is pretty much a symmetrical trapezoid and the micro looks almost oval in comparison, but is also similar to a symmetrical trapezoid. Only the USB-A plug goes into a power source; all the others deliver power to the device they plug into.
In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2014 12:36:56 AM PDT
Paul Bismarck says:
Pieter thank you for the information it was very helpful regarding the product. However, I should point out that micro-USB looks almost like a standard USB (male) but significantly smaller typically used for tablets. This is the reason that I asked as some laptops to have micro-USB ports as well now.