2008
02.19

My chill pad bit the dust… and I’m peeved. I got it when I got my laptop – in August.

Sure it was only around $15 but still when you buy something you expect it to last a wee bit longer than six months right? Or I do. Especially when it wasn’t really being used there for a while.

There I was though plodding through my night, typing away and I realized my lap was getting hot. Wtf?

My almighty chill pad is supposed to stop that from happening, supposed to keep crap cooled down so I can go about my shiznet and not have to worry about walking away burned. I lift the laptop off of it and nope, the fans aren’t running.

I make sure the switch is set to “on” – and it was… and it was plugged in correctly (I even changed usb connections to try to see if it was a port)… Everything was the way it should be except the fact that it wasn’t working.

This was when I said something along the lines of “fuck, my chill pad died” to John (who got to hear the mehness in my voice first-hand as my microphone, at least, was fully operational). I guess I should have checked the reviews on Amazon before buying the thing, as the very first one states that it basically started falling apart after six months. Last time I blindly trust something coming from Compaq, I tell ya.

So now as even the keyboard and touchpad are heating up I’m realizing that I’m gonna have to drop even more money on one since this gets way too hot without one. The real huge rub is that I don’t have the dough to replace it yet – might take a while… but in the meantime I’m going to be looking and comparing and such.

The question I have for all of you is this: Should I get what I had before, since it’s cheaper, and hold out for another six months or should I invest another $10 or so and get one that might work better and last longer?

I know it seems like it should be a straight-forward DUH type of answer but

  1. I was really hoping to get a new headset relatively soon as mine is far too large for my head, and
  2. I really know nothing about cooling pads and am afraid that another would be just as bad =(
  1. I’d get the one that costs a couple bucks more. Unless you like the feeling that you can cook eggs on your legs.

  2. Makes me leary of mine now, I only use it when I DJ and its overly warm in the room. So far mine has not failed me….. yet

  3. [quote comment=”20571″]Makes me leary of mine now, I only use it when I DJ and its overly warm in the room. So far mine has not failed me….. yet[/quote]
    Yarp. My initial response is to say to use it more… but then my laptop runs insanely hot. Like when using it in my room I was having to use a fan to cool the room down because the laptop was acting like a heater… touching the touch pad would burn my finger after a while. So yours must not run as hot as mine (or you’d use your cooler more! hah) but still I believe laptop coolers are a good idea all the time to be safe =p

  4. [quote comment=”20579″][quote comment=”20571″]Makes me leary of mine now, I only use it when I DJ and its overly warm in the room. So far mine has not failed me….. yet[/quote]
    Yarp. My initial response is to say to use it more… but then my laptop runs insanely hot. Like when using it in my room I was having to use a fan to cool the room down because the laptop was acting like a heater… touching the touch pad would burn my finger after a while. So yours must not run as hot as mine (or you’d use your cooler more! hah) but still I believe laptop coolers are a good idea all the time to be safe =p[/quote]
    I totally agree.

    I don’t have any “urge” to computer myself out when I’m not home, and any internet fix I need, I get from my phone. When I’m home, I don’t want to be on my computer in the living room, or the kitchen, or the backyard, or the toilet. I have a central place for the computer, and that’s when I’m on the computer.