Different Things You Can Do to keep Your Laptop Cool

Laptop overheating is an issue computer manufacturers haven't been able to overcome yet. And the reason they have not come up with a solution to the problem is very simple. The reasons why  portable computers overheat are most of the times circumstantial. That is to say, they are going to depend on how the machine is treated and maintained. However, the new ultra thin fanless laptops in the market are attracting a lot of customers. Even though they are not that powerful in terms of CPU we don't have to deal with fans and noise. But for those of us who prefer a more powerful laptop, here I recommend several things you can do to help your portable computer cool down or at least control the heating temperature. Please, see below how to keep your laptop from overheating.

Keep the air vents clean

If your laptop is clogged up with dust and lint, the exhaust fan isn't able to do its job. There are various ways to address this. The simplest way is to purchase a can of compressed air and spray it into the vents in quick, short bursts. Be sure your machine is powered off and unplugged before doing so. You can also use a cotton swab to clean out any visible dust or suck it out using a computer vacuum or any other mini vacuum.

Avoid Charging Battery(if possible) While Using the Laptop

Your laptop battery is going to be hotter when it is charging than when it isn’t. So, try to charge your laptop at a time when you're not using it and unplug it when you're using it. This way you're going to ensure that your laptop will run cooler.

Buy some Laptop Legs or a Portable Computer Stand


There are many different kinds of laptop legs or stands online. Many people don't know that just mounting their laptops on one of these two gadgets would make a big difference in terms of cooling their machine.

Get a Slim Laptop Cooler

Laptop Coolers are very useful when it comes to helping your laptop to breathe. There are many different types with different numbers of fans. A three-to-five fan cooler would be great for a 13", 14" or 15" inch laptop. Besides being a cooling fan it can also work as a stand.

For more help, see the tips below:

1- Find a hard, flat surface to put your laptop. Don't put it on a soft surface like your bed or a pillow.

2- If Possible, set up a standing fan near your laptop to provide it with a cool breeze.

3- Give your laptop a rest. If you have a desktop computer you can alternate so your laptop can have some time to cool down.

4- Make sure your system is completely free of malware. Viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and unwanted toolbars can make even the fastest computer run sluggish and overheat.

5- Make sure all other programs such as web browsers, emails, office suites, Youtube, etc. are closed when you’re not using them.

6- Increase the memory ram of your laptop if it is expandable. 8GB is good, 16GB is very good and 32GB+ is excellent. To find out if your machine can support more memory you can go to crucial.com and run their system scanner.

7- Replace your laptop’s hard drive with a fast solid state Drive(SSD). In addition to making your entire system run a lot faster, an SSD will draw less power and run cooler than a hard drive, both of which will help reduce the amount of heat build-up inside your laptop’s case.

8- Check to make sure your laptop’s fan is working properly. If it isn’t, you need to get it fixed ASAP. You can usually tell if a fan’s gone bad by the noise it’s making. Rattling or grinding is a sure sign of a problem, but a complete lack of noise is just as bad; unless your laptop is fanless. 

You also have to consider the years of use your laptop has. Maybe it is time to buy a new machine.

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