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Thursday 4 February 2016

HOW TO keep your laptop cool

Does your laptop get so hot that you could fry an egg on it? If so, you might be interested to know that excessive heat doesn't just make your laptop uncomfortable to use, but can also damage it over time.

A quick fix for overheating issues can be to use it on a desk (rather than your knee). But, if that doesn't work, our top tips to reducing your laptop’s temperature should help cool it off and keep it at its peak.

1) Switch the power plan

Laptops tend to run to different power plan settings, and these can be adjusted to help keep your laptop cooler if it’s overheating. Switching from High Performance to Balanced or Power Saver mode will mean that your processor isn't running at full whack, and stays cooler. Tasks and programs will still run just fine, but your processor won’t hit its maximum potential. To change your laptop’s power plan, right click the battery icon in the notification area of the desktop and choose from those available. To see the other plans available to your system, select More power options from the pop-up box, and view the additional plans and their impacts on system performance.

2) Power manage your processor

As your laptop’s processor is a key source of any system heat, you can alter the maximum amount of work it is allowed to do. This in turn will help to reduce the maximum heat produced. To do this, check the power plan you are using. Then go to Start > Control Panel and choose Power Options. In Power Options click Change plan settings next to the plan you are using. On the next window choose Change advanced power settings. Scroll down to, and expand, Processor Power Management, and then expand Maximum processor state. This option allows you to manually choose the maximum amount of workload your processor can take on at various times. Reducing the percentage will reduce the maximum performance available, but also the maximum heat which will be produced.

3) Buy a cooling stand

You don’t have to rely on your laptop’s own cooling and ventilation system; there are plenty of products which offer extra cooling to help draw heat away from your device. Cooling stands are generally designed for use on a flat surface like a desk or table, and help to keep your laptop cool by lifting it off the surface and providing air circulation. A further advantage is that the tray lifts the screen into a position that can be better for your posture. Cooling trays cost from as little as £10, give us a call or send us a message if you'd like one.

4) Have the cooling system serviced

It is possible that an unusually warm laptop has its ventilation obstructed, fans broken or blocked, or needs new thermal paste on the processor. If you think this might be the case, give us a shout and we'll book your laptop in for a repair/service. This costs from £30, making it a lot cheaper than having to replace parts from overheating or buy a new laptop!

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