If you read the gadget blogs with any kind of regularity you’ve probably noticed that just about every few week there’s mention of yet another form of laptop stand. And they’re all generally overpriced or (if it’s via some lifehacker do-it-yourself article) a pain-in-the-butt to put together. So, purely as a public service to everybody out there who is as bored of reading about these as I am, let me share the secret solution for the ultimate in laptop cooling happiness:
Yup, buy a hot water bottle, ($6 at Amazon, for instance), fill it up with tap-water (room-temperature is fine) and insert strategically between laptop and lap. It’s comfy, acts as a nice heat-sink, and as a bonus it probably blocks a fair bit of the dangerous ‘electronic rays’ that are shooting out of the bottom of the computer straight at your important bits. Or you can set it on the table and lean the laptop on it that way – the rubber surface is grippy enough to hold it in place. Simple, cheap, elegant – what’s not to like? If you search a bit further you can find them in a variety of shapes and colors even. And yes, you could probably design something that uses the same filled-with-water concept but is more specifically targeted to the task – if someone has access to cheap offshore manufacturing to whip this up then I’ll be happy to do the design work. But it’s probably not worth the effort when this solution works just fine. I’ve been using it for about 2 years and haven’t had any problems with laptop (or with lap – all important bits are apparently functioning properly, thank you). And if it’s a cold night you can tuck it under the covers when you’re heading to bed.