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Tech Review: HeatShift Laptop Cooler

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Squirming a lot to avoid hotspots from your laptop? Feeling the heat on your lap when you’re trying to focus on your work? Laptops, especially when doing intensive processing and models with extended-life batteries can generate excessive heat.

A new solution from ThermaPAK not only protects your thighs and other vital parts, it also cools down your laptop to prevent overheating. Instead of reaching for a book or pillow to create some distance, which smothers the air vents and worsens the heat problem, the HeatShift Laptop Cooler is engineered to cool the laptop by almost ten degrees and promotes air flow through cooling crystals.

The pad works by absorbing heat and passing it, through the grooved design, to cooler areas by melting into gel. Once the laptop cools, the insulation turns back into crystals. This is a very cool (pun intended), inexpensive solution to a burning problem for major laptop usage. HeatShift requires no power, wires, plugs or refrigeration. It’s a completely silent accessory, and a green solution that creates natural airflow to dissipate heat from your computer, making your battery more efficient.

HeatShift is a step up from cushions or bulky lap desks. It weighs less than half a pound, fits up to 17” laptops, and is thin, soft and flexible, to fit in your briefcase, café table, and on airplane trays… anywhere you use your laptop. I received the product to test two weeks ago, and found it so comfortable I forgot I was using it.

Retail prices vary. Manufacturer prices range from $24.99 for 10, 13 and 15 inch pads to $34.99 for the largest size. Photos here.

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