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Targus AWE45US HeatDefense for Laptops (Gray/Black)

3.8 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

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Product Description

pThe Targus HeatDefense for Notebook serves as a barrier that shields your office furniture and lap from high heat generated by notebook. A crystalline compound absorbs heat by turning into a soft gel, keeping the notebook running cool to help prolong battery life. Once the heat is removed, the gel turns back into crystals and is ready for use again. No fans or power are required to operate which provides a highly portable, quiet notebook cooling solution./p

Product Information

Product Dimensions 13.8 x 1.8 x 11.8 inches
Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00193PR9Q
Item model number AWE45US
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3.8 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #367 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Laptop Accessories > Cooling Pads & External Fans
Date first available at Amazon.com July 7, 2004

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By D. Ha on July 10, 2009
My Sony laptop's fan broke, so it shuts down after 45 mins. At that point, the bottom is VERY hot, almost untouchable. Bought this pad as a part of an HP deal without reading the negative comments here first.

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.

In summary:

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.
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I've gone through a wide range of laptop cooling devices over the years. My biggest beef dwith most of them is that they just weren't adaptable enough to all the environments I use my laptop in. Many were too bulky to travel with, or drained my laptop power on airplane flights, or just weren't comfortable for lap use. This pad definitely gets around all of that -- it is easy to shove in my bag with the laptop, doesn't use any power, and because it's cloth and flexible, is much more comfy on my lap than something rigid and plastic.

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.
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I got one of these cheap on clearance.

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.
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Like many people, I bought this with the expectation that this product would magically cure our scorched laps and keep our computers from boiling the atmosphere. Likewise, I quickly came to realize that this would not be the case, being mediocre at best, and annoying to use at worse. It really would have helped to have a grippy surface to keep from sliding everywhere. I honestly couldn't use it on my lap for any period of time without worrying about it sliding off. The only plus it had was that it drew no power, and was semi-flexible. So I give it 2 stars for laptop/lap cooling and proceeded to throw it into a dark corner in my closet.

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.
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I got this thinking I could avoid having to buy a bulky laptop fan or something that would require taking up a USB port. I got the product and was pleased with the performance and it did what it claimed to do. However within maybe 2 weeks of use, where the pad had been folded for shipment, the pad developed a small hole or tear on the edge and I noticed the gel leaking out of the pad after I had been using it. Luckily the gel did not get on my laptop but I am very disappointed in the quality of the product. Maybe the shipper should re-think how it's packed before being sent out??
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