Netbooks run hot. there is no getting away from it. I don't know if they even have fans. Hey, what do you want for US$299.99?
And, one of my uses for my netbook goes against all received wisdom. I do crunching for BOINC and WCG. Nothing happens when my netbook is turned off. So, my netbook runs as much as 18 hours a day. Netbooks are supposed to be used in travel and on the run. Turn it on, do your business, and turn it off.
So, here is a low tech solution for heat. The tiny feet on the case only allow for about 3/16" of clearance above the desktop. This means very little airflow around the case. So, I took pairs of felt microdots usually used to protect wood floors from furniture, 1" diamater, stuck them together in pairs, and put them under the netbook's feet. I now have a clearance of about 5/8". Since I rarely actually touch the machine while it is running, the added height off the desk will be of little consequence. And, in fact, just in testing, it made very little difference for my use of the keyboard.
If I am doing my science correctly, warmer air is lighter than cooler air. So, the warm air coming out of and off the netbook should actually set up a current of flow out into the surrounding space.
Before I committed the microdots to this task, I elevated the netbook a bit with an ink stamp pad. Sure enough, the bottom was much cooler than it had been when I started the test.
I am sure that I can find room in my bag for the microdots when I travel.
If anyone has any comments, I would appreciate them.
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