Best laptop accessories according to redditors

We found 8,965 Reddit comments discussing the best laptop accessories. We ranked the 3,250 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Laptop chargers & adapters
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Laptop replacement screens
Laptop skins & decals
Laptop screen filters
Laptop screen protectors
Laptop security locks
Laptop mounts
Laptop stands

Top Reddit comments about Laptop Accessories:

u/WorkingISwear · 197 pointsr/battlestations

Full list with links to everything shown here (and some stuff not shown). Please let me know if I've missed anything or if you have any questions.

PC Specs

Item | Make/model | Link | Price
Processor| Intel i7-8700k | Amazon | $355
Graphics Card| MSI GEFORCE GTX1080 TI GAMING X 11G| Amazon | $1,000
RAM | G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3200 MHZ | Amazon | $90
Motherboard | ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming | Amazon | $350
SSD | Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1TB NVMe | Amazon | $300
SSD | Samsung 850 EVO 500GB | Amazon | $130
SSD | Samsung 850 EVO 500GB | Amazon | $130
AIO | Corsair H110i V2 | Amazon | $120
Case | Lian Li PC 011 Dynamic | Amazon | $130
PSU | EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2 | Amazon | $100
Fans | Corsair LL 120 | Amazon | $220
Drawers | Ikea Alex | Ikea | $90

The rest of the stuff

Item | Make/model | Link | Price
Desk | Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk | Jarvis | $752

Chair | Herman Miller Embody | Amazon | $1,400
Monitor | ASUS PG279Q | Amazon | $610
Monitor | ASUS PG279Q | Amazon | $610
Desk Mat | Godspeed Reverse Panda | Novelkeys | $20
Mouse | Glorious Model O Matte White | Glorious | $50
Keyboard | Tofu65 w/ Gateron Browns | KBDFans | $200
Keycaps | MT3 Godspeed | Drop | $150

Dock | Caldigit TS3 | Amazon | $280
Speakers | Audioengine A2+ | Amazon | $300
Speaker Stands | Kanto S6W | Amazon | $60
Webcam | Logitech C922x | Amazon | $83
Monitor Arm | Jarvis Dual Monitor Arm in White | Jarvis | $160
Desk Backlight | Philips Hue Light Strip | Amazon | $90
Main Lights | Nanoleaf Light Panels | Nanoleaf | $550
Headphones | Hyperx Cloud Flight | Amazon | $135
VR | Oculus Quest | Amazon | $500
Headphones | Sony WH1000XM3 | Amazon | $275
Headphones | Master & Dynamic MH40 | Amazon | $250

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Some or all items not pictured here but are part of the setup

u/WookerTBashington · 140 pointsr/buildapc

Those anti stat wrist things are cheap!

If you can afford to build a computer you can definitely afford to buy one. Reusable too, so you can use it during future upgrades.

u/hammy3000 · 127 pointsr/buildapcsales

Typing this on an Omen 17t right now, and I have to say I completely agree. When I got this thing, I was blown away by the price to specs ratio, but it was a stuttery gaming mess. Even with G-Sync on my model I was getting terrible throttling and screen tearing due to the CPU throttling up and down. Honestly I would not consider buying unless you're willing to shell out a bit more in upgrades (anywhere from $8-$75ish depending which suggestions you choose to pick up) and apply a little bit of elbow grease (and literally some thermal grease).

If you're up for it, you can have the best of all worlds (cooling, performance, and price). I regularly idle between 45-50C, and I no longer get thermal throttling while gaming, almost never get past 85-90C while gaming, even lower if I have my fans on (detail below).

If you're curious what I did, here it is in order of (imo) most effective to least effective changes:

  • Repasting the CPU and GPU - Prior to replacing the horrifically bad thermal paste on this thing, my idling CPU temperatures never dipped below 70-75C (yikes), games were almost out of question, they were always pinned at 99C with horrific thermal throttling. JUST repasting the CPU brought it down 10C. Highly recommend using Arctic MX-4 if you're considering this option (the 2019 edition comes with a cute little paste spreader if you don't have one already). A word of warning on doing this: HP uses some kind of fucking insane screws on their internal heatsink mountings. They look like a standard phillips, and for all intents and purposes they are, but the fuckers are mounted INSANELY tightly and are frustratingly between a size 0 and 00 screwdriver (one is slightly too small, one is slightly too large). And they strip damn near instantly. I had to gently file down the side of 3 screws to make one side flat, then tap them loose with a small hammer. Just a word of warning, it's well worth the effort, but you have to be careful.

  • Undervolt your CPU - I've had great luck undervolting my CPU on this Omen and getting way better temperatures from it. It's as easy as downloading Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility and clicking on one slider, that's it. This super easy fix dropped my temperatures another 5-10C. And for anyone wondering, this does not have any performance impact on your machine whatsoever, it's not a "downclock" it's simply giving your CPU slightly less voltage to work with (making it run much cooler). I've had zero issues with -0.155 to -0.16 offsets, but it's a highly YMMV sort of thing. You can drop it even lower on the fly if you're not doing any real crazy intensive tasks.

  • Bring in some more fan power - The two steps above can EASILY net you a 15-25C decrease, and I'd recommend doing those before anything else (given thermal paste is free if you have some extra tubes laying around to under $8). But if you want to beat down those temps even further, I think these OPOLAR laptop fans are a godsend. These are different from normal laptop cooling pads (the big plastic ones with big fans in them you set underneath your laptop) in that they aren't shoving air in the PC but outtaking it. This works particularly well on the Omen line, given their back fans are both outtakes. When I want to really grind down temps, they routinely give me another 5-15C (depending on how sensitive you are to fan noise) in gaming. HP, imo, has bar none the worst fan curves in the game, and they don't let you tinker with them in the bios either (I've had no luck in getting speedfan to work either). You can mount these things permanently with a little plastic mount that can fit PERFECTLY spaced on the bottom of the Omen laptops I have (ie, not blocking fan intakes) for super easy mount/removal. In a surprising feat of good design, HP fan outtakes are removable on most models (meaning, you can expose the heatpipe fins while keeping the rest of the laptop all in once piece), so you can chuck those off and mount these suckers darn near directly on the laptop heatpipes and really draw out heat. I have two mounted on my Omen, but you could probably get away with only one and get very similar performance benefits (particularly by attaching on the heatpipe that is mounted on your CPU, that seems to be the hotter heatsink in my experience, but obviously YMMV).

  • Rip off the stupid webbing air filters on the underside of your laptop - Fair warning, this will obviously require you to dust out your laptop a bit more frequently (you should be doing that regardless, really) and leave you open to crumbs/dust particles getting your machine a bit more easily, but I think it's well worth the tradeoff. HP puts on this silvery tightly knit webbing glued on the bottom of their gaming laptops that is really, truly great at stopping dust and debris from getting into your chassis. With that said, it's also great at stopping AIR getting to the intake fans (seriously, if you have an Omen and haven't done this already, try taking your back panel off your laptop and blowing through it, this webbing drastically cuts airflow on a machine already airflow deprived). This won't give as drastic of a boost as the other recommendations, but it's another completely free way to get better performance.

  • Elevate - Get a laptop stand that allows you to get your laptop off the table, or hell even prop a book under it, anything to give the fans more clearance. Obviously try a free option first to see if you get any benefit from it, but if you're looking for a recommendation on stands, I've tried a good chunk of them from Amazon, and I like this Nulaxy the best. It's super stable and has a really nice heft to it, works great for me at home/office.

    There's some other minor stuff you can do, but those are the big ones. I think it's worth it, but it's all personal preference. If I can clarify something/add pictures or whatever, just ask, or if I missed something big feel free to reply and add it.

    TL;DR In order of effectiveness: Repaste your CPU/GPU (Arctic MX-4 is great), undervolt your CPU, get some laptop fans (I prefer ones that outtake), rip off the air filter webbing on the bottom laptop panel, elevate your laptop off your usage area.
u/Nicocephalosaurus · 53 pointsr/gaming

THIS! I've got young kids and found that wooden blocks (with the ABCs and shapes on the sides) work great. I've got one under each of the 4 corners, one under the center and another that holds up my external exhaust fan. I avg ~12° C lower temps than when it's lying flat with no exhaust fan.

Edit: this is the laptop exhaust fan I use.

u/failedassumption · 47 pointsr/synthesizers

I've wanted a Juno 106 ever since I tried one out a few years ago. It was faulty, but still fun, this one is perfect, so even more fun! After purchasing it I realised that I would no longer have space for my Boog and my Minilogue, so I looked everywhere for stands. I tried the Adam Hall laptop stands and the Pyle PLPTS25, but they didn't fit below the Juno. Then, I found the RockJam laptop stands, and they're just perfect. You can assemble them in so many ways to match your needs: with or without table clamps, with or without width extenders (two increments), supports facing inward or outward (changes width), different heights, etc. And they're really cheap as well, so I can safely recommend them. The only downside is that you need to buy some protectors between the stand and the synth if you really want to avoid scratching (not a huge issue for me).


Edit: added links to the stands mentioned

u/chefsati · 31 pointsr/EDH

If anyone is looking for alternatives, or if this product isn't available where you live, I strongly recommend this backpack from Amazon.

I bought one in November and it has exceeded my expectations. I rearranged the dividers and have 6 EDH decks, a modern deck with sideboard, a fatpack, a box for dice, and sleeves for drafting all in the main compartment. It's worth every penny.

Edit: This is what it looks like all packed up

u/TTRSkidlz · 26 pointsr/synthesizers

I'm not seeing a lot you can do, but taking up the slack on the wires would help. I use twist-ties and velcro straps to bunch up the excess wire.

Putting some of it on stands would let you tuck wires underneath too. I have my keystep on a laptop stand for example.

u/GolgariDethCreap · 22 pointsr/magicTCG

I second this. This is the one I've had for over a year, still going strong. A little more expensive, but probably the best $40 I've spent that wasn't cards. I use this daily, taking about 8 decks, 2-3 playmats, and a binder with me.

u/Qwertybeef · 20 pointsr/photography

If you'd rather not spend as much money, you can grab a [cheap backpack] ( (Almost any backpack that you could normally stick your laptop/notebook inside would work) and a camera bag insert and fit some of your gear in there. It's not the most fashionable, but it's cheap.

u/jordanmunson · 16 pointsr/magicTCG

There’s an Amazon Basics bag for cameras that has worked wonderfully for me. This looks like a newer, cheaper model of it: AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Camera and Accessories - 11 x 6 x 15 Inches, Black

Edit: here is the exact one I have: AmazonBasics DSLR Camera and Laptop Backpack Bag - 13 x 9 x 18 Inches, Black And Orange

u/Rhesonance · 16 pointsr/Surface


2 x 22" 1080p Monitors

1 x Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Charge only)

1 x Logitech USB Keyboard

1 x Microsoft USB Mouse

1 x Amazon Basics USB-Powered Speakers

1 x 2TB External HDD on USB 3.0

1 x DVD Burner

1 x Surface Pen (duh)

1 x USB-Powered Laptop stand w/ dual cooling fans and USB 2.0 hub

1 x Gigabit Ethernet Connection

with 1 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 slots free

Single cable, everything connects and is fully functional in about 10 seconds once the cable goes in. Handles it like a champ, no lag on displays or input.

Using this docking station.

u/ViciousAsparagusFart · 14 pointsr/lifehacks

Or you could just buy one of these for $20 and never have a problem.

u/elijahdprophet · 12 pointsr/magicTCG

I use a D/SLR camera backpack to store and carry a combination of sidewinders and boulders. Its basically the same velcro customizable interior as the Pirate Labs bag but a lot less expensive.

u/[deleted] · 11 pointsr/Minecraft

The advice given isn't 100% accurate. Your GPU may just be overheating, which is common for laptops. Before doing anything drastic like buying a new laptop or shipping it off to get it tested you should just try to clean it out as best as you can (compressed air into any and all air vents should do the trick) and/or get a laptop cooling pad like this.

u/TheAntiPacker · 9 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Had a similar problem with the old gaming laptop I use for work, as the cpu fan had died on it. Bought one of these, and no problems since:

I usually get temps around 50c at the most now. Great little machine. Thought I'd share. Cheers!

u/Heratiki · 9 pointsr/AskTechnology

Sounds like you were hitting the thermal throttle limit of the CPU. That CPU throttles itself back in high temperature situations to prevent damage. The CPU will slow itself down when too hot so that's most likely what you noticed and it's a feature not a problem. You might have shaved some time off the CPU's life but nothing significant (mobile CPU's run hot due to the limited cooling)

First and foremost don't overclock your CPU (that is exceeding the hardware limitations it's designed for), it can really damage the CPU.

Second try and increase the cooling for your laptop. Don't place it on your lap at all (generally ever LOL) and make sure it's a clean hard surface. Also possibly try and get one of those laptop cooling pads as they tend to help a lot.

Good luck and keep on gaming!

u/ahmadzarief98 · 9 pointsr/chromeos

Get a laptop dock like this Plugable USB-C Triple Display Docking Station with Charging Support\Power Delivery for Specific Windows USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 Systems (2x HDMI and 1x DVI Outputs, 5x USB Ports, 60W USB PD)

u/Tyrant-i · 8 pointsr/macsetups
u/Bowinja · 8 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Tell him to get a laptop cooler. IT'll blow air into the underside of the laptop and make it easier to use on his lap at the same time.

u/Kylekub · 8 pointsr/magicTCG

I have the amazonbasics model prior to that one posted, and it has a sleeve that fits binders perfectly fine! I love the bag. Holds up real well.

Edit: this one is what i have. It’s perfect. AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack - Orange interior

u/enemy1g · 8 pointsr/magicTCG

Heh. It would run you all of your gift card, but I use this and it workers amazingly. Laptop slot is for the rare binder, you can fit a tubed playmat in the middle of the main part of the packpack, as well as 4 Ultra Pro Satin Towers, and 4 Ultra Pro Deck Boxes. They can also fit fatpacks if that's how you carry your decks.

That aside, I'd say go for the singles that you're missing, or really need for a deck. Yeah the prices suck, but since you have a gift card, you're also technically not paying for them.

u/MenWhoStareatGoatse_ · 8 pointsr/ableton

All that gear and no monitors?

Pro tip: Since you have your Push sitting past the keyboard, you can use a laptop stand to prop it up so it's easier to see and use. I got this one for 20 bucks and it fits pretty much perfectly

edit - just noticed someone else suggested something similar. Seriously though, it makes a world of difference if the Push isn't gonna be right in front of you on the table

u/NurseNikky · 8 pointsr/blackdesertonline

I have an external fan that sucks the air out of my laptop. It's ran through USB and it was $25. Works really well

u/urbinsanity · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I will never buy HP again because of this. My last laptop was an hp and started to get really hot. I bought a decent cooling pad with 3 usb fans. Something like this only two of the fans were towards the back. It worked for a while but if I was watching a movie I'd have to also have a small desk fan pointing at it and have it propped up to increase the airflow. Further down the road it would overheat and shut down with all of these measures. I later learned that this was a known issue and that hp was not doing anything about it.

tldr: something like this worked for me (for a while). Never buy HP.

u/tiger32kw · 7 pointsr/Diablo


Does your laptop feel hot?

My guess is your laptop is overheating. Blow it out really well with a canned air duster(open the laptop up if you can). Also put it on a cooling pad or elevate it and run a fan under it.

This used to be my issue with 2 gaming laptops I had. With low graphics/resolution your 620m should be doing fine.

If that does not work defrag your hard drive, reinstall Diablo, and then reinstall video drivers.

u/Xenowait · 7 pointsr/wiiu

I made this album of my Travel case for another r/wiiuser. Maybe it will help others get ideas before asking. I think this setup works perfectly. Amazon Basics DSLR camera back pack with Tomee GamePad case protects everything. EDITED* it is the "AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack - Orange interior"

u/lasted_GRU · 7 pointsr/Alienware

I use this one. I like and it's sturdy. I have the 15 r3.

u/dapiblue · 7 pointsr/wow

Get yourself one of these Vacuum Fan Coolers, it’ll save your laptop any potential heat damage.

u/Explodicide · 6 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers
u/nnorton00 · 6 pointsr/Multicopter

I want to start by saying I’m not affiliated with Amazon, nor are any of the links affiliate links. I’m just a guy that looks for good bargains and wants to share what I found.


I live in Austria and I’ve been flying micros, the TinyHawk, Mobula7, M80, and a custom 65mm since the beginning of the year in my apartment. Austria has super strict laws regarding UAV’s and you need an expensive license to fly anything larger than 250 grams. Under 250g’s, you’re free to fly as you please as long as you’re not flying around a populated area. I decided to go with micros for the time being to keep myself under the radar and get my flight time in before I eventually move back to the states in a couple years.

I’m generally a price conscious person and I’ll spend a lot of time looking for good deals, usually through Banggood. I’ll stuff something in my wishlist and wait for it to go on sale, the transmitter I got for 85€, goggles for 40€ etc. So, when I started looking for a backpack to become a bit more portable and fly away from my apartment, I got a bit of sticker shock when I saw the prices on “quad bags”. A buddy of mine suggested the bag he has, the Lowepro Quadguard BP X2, but at 110€ it would be the most expensive piece of my FPV equipment, additionally I needed something that would be able to hold my 15.6” laptop that I need for school, which the BP X2 does not have the space for. I looked at the other big budget backpack that is recommended around Reddit, which is the Realacc Backpack, but again, no space for a laptop.

After digging and digging, I decided the best way to go would be to get a camera bag that has a laptop sleeve. Enter the AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack. I want to take a moment to say that there are 3 AmazonBasics bags that have the same description, only their dimensions are different, I’ll link the backpacks at the end. Fortunately, I decided on the backpack a few days before Prime Day and was able to pick it up for 27€. At the time of this writing, it is not on sale and is listed at 34€. I got it in and opened it up and immediately spent the next hour trying to arrange the padded walls to fit everything that I wanted to stuff inside. The timing was perfect because I would be going back to the US for a 3-week trip to visit family in 5 different states and I could run a nice torture test on it.

Items I brought in the bag for the 3 week trip:

15.6" Laptop, 3” Spare Props, QX7 Transmitter, EV800, Diatone R349, Mobula7, TinyHawk, Sunglasses w/ Case, Lipo bag with 16 1s batteries and 2 4s batteries, charger for EV800, 65mm Spare Props, Lipo charger, spare parts, mouse, magazine, school book, 7" tablet, charging wires for tablet and laptop plus adapters, pens, and screwdrivers.



  • Price! 27€
  • The size was just about perfect. I say just about perfect with two caveats that are not enough to make them cons. I would have liked the top of the backpack to not taper in. The base of the bag is deeper than the top of the bag by a few centimeters. Similarly, the top of the bag also curves in on the sides a bit. Not enough to take away points, but enough that it is noticeable.
  • Zipper feel. It’s a funny item to include, but the zippers feel really good, not overly robust, but incredibly smooth.
  • Large laptop sleeve, good for up to a 17” laptop.
  • Straps felt secure, additional straps for across the chest and waist are provided to help distribute weight. I found that I didn’t need the waist strap and there is no way to remove it without cutting them out, I was usually able to fold them over themselves to keep them out of the way, but I would have preferred to not have them. I did use the chest strap, however.
  • Adjustable interior pads. These were really convenient; they gave a lot of options for configurability. I ended up not using the two longest pads though.
  • Front pocket held a surprising number of items.
  • The bag stood upright on its own with it fully loaded.
  • Fit as a carry-on underneath the seat of every plane I was on, including some small regional jets! (some planes were tighter than others)
  • Did I mention the price??


  • Side pockets are fixed with a Velcro cover. This may not be a con to some people, but I would have rather had a mesh pocket with elastic. That would be much more versatile for my usage, that being said, I was able to stuff my laptop charger into the two pouches. (Main cable in one, and the brick in the other. My brick is pretty small, only 80cm or so YMMV).
  • No straps on the outside of the front of the backpack to strap a larger quad. You could buy one of those adapters from ebay.
  • It does have a feeling of being a little cheap, in my travels I didn’t have any fraying, but other reviews I read have reported fraying and seams unraveling after only a few months. I was generally quite mindful of the bag and didn’t throw it around too much.


    You can’t beat it for the price. If you’re a budget conscious flyer like me, and lets face it if you stuck around to read all of this than you are, it’s a no brainer just go and buy it.

    Links: - AmazonBasics DSLR Camera and Laptop Backpack Bag - 13 x 9 x 18 Inches - AmazonBasics DSLR Camera and Laptop Backpack Bag - 13 x 9 x 18 Inches

    Suggested Buckle Mounts for Backpack

u/psychodahick · 6 pointsr/college

I have the Amazon basics book bag, third year still holding up, plenty of room

this one

u/choder · 6 pointsr/Stellaris

Then the best thing you can do is make sure it is cooling as well as it can.

Some suggestions.

  • Turn down the resolution to the lowest setting. Even if only temporarily. See if that makes a difference.

  • Make sure the fan is clean and the heatsink fins are clear of hair and other debris. You can do some of this just by running a vacuum hose over the air intake. The better way to do it would be to take the laptop apart so you can clean all the debris and dust off the fan and heatsink fins. (Don't use compressed air to spin the fan. You could damage it.)

  • Use a [laptop cooling pad]

  • To take this a step further, you could also reapply the thermal paste between your CPU and heatsink. That requires some new Arctic Silver or other thermal paste and the willingness to take your heatsink off.

u/SharkBaitDLS · 6 pointsr/technology

My laptop draws 85W over USB-C (thunderbolt 3) while also gaining a full gigabit Ethernet connection, driving two 1440p 60Hz monitors, a DAC, keyboard, and mouse. For cables like that you’re limited to very short runs but it’s perfect for a docking station setup. I use this dock.

The fact that I can do that over just one cable is amazing, it’s a genuinely brilliant connector. Gone are the days of complex docking mechanisms, now I just sit down and plug in my one cable and I’m good to go.

u/pinacolata_ · 5 pointsr/mac

Does $500 include the monitor, keyboard and mouse?

For mounting your MacBook Pro properly to desk, you have 3 real options depending on if you want to be able to work from it (unlikely) or just have it closed in clamshell mode and use an external keyboard and mouse to mount vertically to save desk space.
Option 1: Rain Design mStand (comes in Silver and Space Grey) $40. I use this personally when I have my MBP set up next to my 5K iMac and 27" Thunderbolt Display.
Option 2: Twelve South BookArc (comes in Silver and Space Grey) $50 - for use in clamshell mode only
Option 3: General vertical laptop stand (I have it in Silver, unsure how well their space grey matches) - $20. Cheap, minimalist, but does the job. Clamshell mode only.

Next is an external keyboard, I'm going to stick with an Apple aesthetic for this recommendation and not any gamery mechanical ones. Depending on if you want a numeric keypad or not, there's either Apple's Magic Keyboard 2 or a Satechi wireless one with a numeric keypad. I don't think Apple's Magic Keyboard 2 with Numeric Keypad is worth an extra $70 over the Satechi.
Option 1: Satechi Wireless Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (comes in all colours) $80.
Option 2: Apple Magic Keyboard 2 (without numeric keypad - White only) $99.

For mice, I'd avoid Apple's Magic Mouse like the plague because words can not describe how bad it is to use.
I'd recommend mouse that you can also use with just your MBP while on the go, not heavy, big mice that only really belong on the desktop at home. No mouse really stands out to me apart from this one, honestly.
Logitech MX Anywhere 2s (unfortunately they stopped making them in white) $50. Can connect via bluetooth so no dongles.

For monitors, at this price range you won't have a neat 1 cable display and power solution like you'd get from a 23.7" 4K LG UltraFine display for example or HDR10, or Retina. 1440p 27" displays are a bit out of this price range, but I'd personally sacrifice pixel density and get a 1080p display anyways so I still have a 27" display.
Option 1: HP 27es 1080p 27" bezel-less IPS display (Silver) $219.
Option 2: ASUS VZ239H-W 1080p 23" bezel-less IPS display (Silver) $139.

Then you need cables to connect your MBP to the display (the keyboards and mice are bluetooth). If you only have 2 TB3 ports, you may want to buy a multiport adaptor or else you will have 0 free ports with my solution (as you need the other port for power).
USB-C to HDMI cable (Black) $12.6. I have it to connect my MBP to my 4K TV and it works flawlessly.
If you need a multiport adaptor, I'd recommend this Satechi one (comes in all colours) - $60

Total price as configured (BookArc + Satechi Wireless Keyboard with Numeric Keypad + MX Anywhere 2s + HP 27es + USB-C to HDMI cable) = $412. If you need a mulitport adaptor and don't have one already, it'll be $472.

u/oneshrimp · 5 pointsr/pcgaming

If you end up wanting to buy something, i purchased link a year ago because the bottom of my laptop would get so hot it would burn my legs and it works perfectly; my laptop is now just slightly warm or room temp. You can position the fans wherever you like and it an adjustable fan speed wheel and it comes with an elastic band to help secure the laptop to the device.

u/djvirgen · 5 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

I use one of these laptop stands:

It's pretty nice, works well to hold up the MS-20 Mini, or can also hold a Novation Circuit, Elektron Analog Heat or Elektron Digitakt. Ironically, it does not work well for holding my laptop, because my laptop has a curved bottom that causes it to slide over the little lip.

u/Crvend4c · 5 pointsr/Battletops

I'd suggest putting the laptop on a stand similar to this so you have more room for the mouse.

u/foxual · 5 pointsr/buildapc

Spend $5 and get one of these:

Hook it to a metal area of your case. It' worth it, especially if your house is dry and there's static everywhere.

u/ITXorBust · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You're gonna need one of these
Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP)

And some of this
Arctic Silver 5 AS5-3.5G Thermal Paste

And some of this
ArctiClean 60ml Kit (includes 30ml ArctiClean 1 and 30ml ArctiClean 2)

And some coffee filters (lint free cleaning cloth!)

u/Triz-24 · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

Same deal on Amazon by the way.

u/iode · 5 pointsr/Warframe

It won't, because the casing of your laptop itself determines its own ambient temp, which will increase as your SoC's will increase as you play Warframe. Getting a laptop cooling pad isn't a huge financial investment, they cost like ~$20 on Amazon.

Edit: Plus, if you're going to college (which it sounds like you are), you can sign up for Amazon's 6 month Prime Student Membership which will give you 6 months of free 2-day shipping on Prime eligible items, which the link I gave you above is.

u/bobbfwed · 5 pointsr/AskPhotography

First things that come to my mind:

  1. This tripod is so absolutely fantastic, and cheap!
  2. A fast lens or two. Either a zoom at f/2.8, or my suggestion would be a prime (50mm or 85mm -- or both) at f/1.4 or f/1.8. These primes will yield incredible results, and are reasonably priced.
  3. A flash. Something that can be used off or on camera. Something you can slave/master would be best.
  4. A polarizer for your best lens(es). Polarizers make a huge difference when taking landscape photos or photos with a lot of reflections.
  5. One of these two backpacks could make being mobile so much easier! This one or this one. I have owned the first for a couple years now -- taken it all around the world, don't have a single complaint.

    Hope some of these ideas help.
u/-MetalMike- · 5 pointsr/magicTCG

Random booster products might be iffy for entrenched players, since they don't usually get them the cards they need (unless they are drafting with them). I would personally say get him some high-quality personalized accessories, such as trade-binders, sleeves, backpacks (such as the highly rated AmazonBasics), or deck boxes. If he likes commander, maybe get him some of the new precons. Maybe even just take him out for a day of MTG at your LGS, buy him lunch/drinks or something - I know I would love that.

u/stinky613 · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

My AmazonBasics bag has held up remarkably well after two years of daily use. When it first arrived I immediately noted that the quality of construction exceeded my expectations. $30

In general, I've been really happy with Amazon's sourcing for their private label products. Their AmazonBasics monitor mounting arm even had its original Ergotron shipping label on the box.

u/aikidosensei · 5 pointsr/PS4Pro

I place mine on a "Laptop cooling pad" one like this from Amazon.

While playing AC odyssey on 4k, I cant hear it at all. its also in a media shelf below the Telly. I cant recommend using one enough if you have the space.

u/ljreyl · 5 pointsr/MSILaptops

No need for a cooling pad, just get a small laptop stand.

Steklo MacBook Pro Stand - X-Stand Aluminum Laptop Stand for 12 13 15 17 inch - Adjustable Laptop Stand for Desk Portable Foldable Compact Universal Computer Cooling MacBook Stand (New Version 2019)

This alone dropped temps 3-5c and I highly recommend it.

u/_kittenslave_ · 5 pointsr/MSILaptops

Most places I've seen people say coolers are just a bunch of bs and don't even work, and can even interfere with the air intake. You're better off getting something like this, so the laptop is some distance off the table with a mesh bottom, so better airflow.

The issue is the fact laptops don't usually have much clearance off the desk, so there is mnimial airflow. Raising it just an inch even, works wonders.

u/nunonow · 5 pointsr/ableton

This one works pretty well and is also height adjustable

AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand

u/ghc86 · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

It looks like it might be the same one I have.

It does seem to work, but I primarily play on the couch with the armrest on my left so it would get in the way. Also IMO it does get very noisy. In my situation it had to run either at full blast or the fan speed would constantly fluctuate which was more annoying than just having it run 100% all the time.

Looks like that might be the same laptop as mine as well.. GL551-JW I think is the model

u/Shakespeare257 · 5 pointsr/gwent

If you have a laptop, invest in a laptop cooling pad or a cooler.

This little devil helped me a lot - I am currently playing Witcher 3 on a 4 year old laptop and I am not seeing my PC melt.

If you are on PC, there are numerous things you can use to get rid of excess heat.

u/gummibear049 · 5 pointsr/lowendgaming

Make sure you dust/clean the air vents.

Also the fan/heatsink that originally game on the laptop may not be able to handle the additional heat produced by the faster CPU.

You may want to try a laptop cooling pad or aftermarket fan attachment.

u/Vegemeister · 4 pointsr/buildapc

To ground yourself, you must be electrically connected with the Earth. That means touching the metal case of an appliance that is plugged in with a grounded plug (the 3-prong kind), or a metal water pipe. The usual PC-building practice, if you can't set up a full ESD-safe workstation, is to put the power supply in the case first, plug it in, turn the power supply switch off, and clip your wrist strap an exposed metal part of the case.

Here's a good wrist strap. Don't bother with the disposable ones. You will want to unhook yourself and go to the bathroom.

u/Pollux10 · 4 pointsr/washingtondc

Nice, should be reasonably straight forward. I saw that you were worried about the CPU--that part is intimidating but also not as bad as it seems. There is plenty of space around the edge to hold on without touching the pins. Just look the chip and the motherboard over carefully before you pick them up to see how to align the chip--there's a notch in the corner to make sure it fits right.

Do you have any tools and a static strap? You'll probably need a small screwdriver, and the static strap gave me peace of mind, though you don't necessarily need it.

I got a tool set like this, and it was super useful to have everything I needed in one place. The best item was the little part grabber for when you inevitably drop a screw somewhere in the case or on another board. I think one of the tools is also to help you hold the cpu while you install it. The $22 version has a static strap plus some other tools, or you can buy the static strap separately.

Edit: Realized something later--straight forward doesn't mean error or mistake free! Take it slow, and if something isn't working, back up a few steps and figure out what went wrong. Worst case, pull it all apart and start over! Don't want you thinking you're bad at this after everyone said how "easy" it is when you realize at the very end you put something in upside down or missed some screw. Everyone does that!

u/methoxeta · 4 pointsr/dogemining

You're gonna kill your laptop. I tried the same thing with my y410p, nVidia 755m graphics card on this cooling stand.

I had to get the motherboard replaced. Just get a couple furies and call it a day.

u/kkjdroid · 4 pointsr/forwardsfromgrandma

Yeah, that's the one. Such a small fan. Here's mine, looks like it's actually $20.

u/xylltch · 4 pointsr/EDH

I bought this and it's been great so far:

I have the main compartment divided into thirds; an 800-card BCW box fits perfectly in the middle and there's room on either side for individual deckboxes or a fat pack/toolkit box. I can post some pictures with examples if you want.

u/nephrael · 4 pointsr/magicTCG

I have 9 boulders (100), and 4 more boulders in an Arkhive in this Amazon bag.

Fits in the pockets perfectly and has felt inside to protect scrapes. It also has a small pocket for a skinny binder as well as plenty of space for chargers, battery packs, etc.

This is what I mean when I say Boulder:

u/bad_german · 4 pointsr/livesound

I thought about a camera bag for easy organization

I think there used to be an amazonbasics one for $40...

edit:found it

u/frappypants · 4 pointsr/SexToys

My favorite is to use DSLR camera bags. You can get them cheaply on Amazon.

  • Shoulder version
  • Larger backpack

    They have movable velcro dividers, so you can rearrange the compartments however you like. It also allows you to keep things separate- i.e. storing the silicone lube away from the silicone toys.
u/SubiStilyn · 4 pointsr/PanasonicG7

I just ordered THIS, and it should be coming in today. I can update you and let you know how all my equipment fits.

Here's what I got:

  • G7
  • 2 Lenses (Stock and 25 mm)
  • Gopro
  • Attachable Light
  • Gorilla Pod
  • 24" Stabilizer
  • Laptop
  • Extra batteries (For Light and camera)
u/Gertex · 4 pointsr/Surface

Bought one of these:

Love it, Love it, Love it. Had problems with it after 4 months and emailed them for help. They sent me a brand new unit at no cost to me. Top notch customer service. Ended up being a Surface driver issue an not the hub. Go figure.

u/evrydayzawrkday · 4 pointsr/Surface

I use this and works like a charm.

Running a surface pro with a cannon AIW, two 28 inch monitors and a big USB 3.0 HDD. Runs very fluid and smooth.

u/snow_michael · 4 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Had this for over four years, used every day, been to all six continents with, and still going strong

u/sudokillallHUMANS · 4 pointsr/techsupport

From what I can tell, you could achieve this in two different ways. You can get adapters for either Mini DisplayPort or USB 3.0 that will output to multiple monitors. My guess is that your current monitor is plugged into the Mini DisplayPort of your laptop? So you could get an adapter that plugs into a USB 3.0 port such as this one. There are a few different options other than the Dell adapter to which I linked, but all are around the same $100 price point. Doesn't look like it can be done for much less than that price.

EDIT: P.S. I wouldn't worry too much about quality being shit; USB 3.0 has plenty of bandwidth to handle two video signals @ 1080p.

u/TherealHendrix · 4 pointsr/GamingLaptops

This is the one I got for my 15in Y740. I really like it, and it improved by CPU temps by 5-10 compared to keeping it on a flat desk.

u/SpicerJones · 4 pointsr/Alienware

Portable stand -

Backpack -

Laptop coolers are junk - just get a solid stand.

Had my 13 for 2 weeks - absolutely love it.

u/DeafPapa · 4 pointsr/oculus

My mobile setup is as follows:

MSI GT73VR- nvidia 1070 – Samsung 960 pro’s – 32 gigabyte memory – processor under volted using Throttle top 850 to reduce heat.

Laptop stand for airflow-

Powered USB-c hub-

Display port to HDMI adapter (saves wear/tear on HDMI port) -

Extension cables 15' headset and 3rd sensor-

Active HDMI repeater for headset-

Facial replacement-

Some items picked up over time. While at times I think a tower system would be great…. This allows me the flexibility to setup at other locations in / outside the home and still have normal laptop while not in VR.

u/jamieblakebeats · 4 pointsr/ableton

Thanks for watching! It’s a stand from Amazon Stand

u/sChlickers · 4 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

check that one out

Here is my setup

u/CarolynDesign · 4 pointsr/secretsanta

I wouldn't feel too bad about it. It's not the most personal gift in the world, but you weren't given a ton of information to work with. In the future, maybe send messages to ask about other interests and likes; you can even tell your giftee that you're good at fashion/costume design, and would he be interested in something like an -insert item you're able and willing to make here-?

For this year, the only other thing you might consider is sending a card or a note on redditgifts his way, suggesting some things he might like to buy with the Amazon giftcard, and that you weren't sure which one he'd find most useful in his life.

Here are some things you might suggest:

A waterproof bluetooth speaker

A laptop stand to prevent overheating when pulling long hours producing music

A cool looking USB hub, because he probably needs a lot of USB ports to do all that.

A sound recording pen, so that if he thinks of a good rap on the fly, he can record it and jot it down at the same time.

Or just a nice fountain pen, great for graphic designers.

Then, you've made some suggestions for what you think he'd like, but if he'd rather use it for something else, the ball is in his court.

u/GeneralAtrox · 4 pointsr/Alienware

I am using, as I type this, the [AmazonBasics Ventilated Laptop Stand] ( Its very simple, very light and I saw a 10 degree difference vs having it on my lap.

I have the 15 R3 with a 1070 & 7820HK.

I don't recommend any stands with fans as the air intake on the bottom of my laptop takes air in. So the fans pushing air away might suffocate your laptop even more.

u/EmiAze · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

clean out ur fan u probly dont need another pc.

pc too loud -> fan spinning too fast - > fan most probably clogged with dust

if it's a laptop I've had good success with this shit gave my shitty overheating laptop 2 more years:

like this (not this brand but something like it)

and a cooling pad like that

if its a desktop u only need a can of air

u/montrayjak · 4 pointsr/nintendo

I do agree the dock is expensive.

FWIW, however, Dell charges about the same (normally priced). Once you include mechanics, durability and quality control it's relatively the same. I'm pretty curious to know if something like this would work for a secondary TV. It's an Nvidia GPU, so I assume so. But it's Nintendo so I assume not.

The Joy-Cons seem to be about the price of buying 2 Wii-remotes and rechargeable batteries. You're just kinda stuck buying 2 because 1 is sort of awkward.

u/-Cheule- · 4 pointsr/macbookpro

The CalDigit TS3+ is an amazing dock. Gives you a ton of ports, and you only attach one cable because it acts as an 85W power supply too. Link to it on Amazon $300

u/llegacy · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Looks to me like the mstand from rain design

u/Sowatee · 3 pointsr/malelivingspace

Use this for the laptop. Try to find a tray to keep your desk organized (and dresser).

None of your posters are framed. They're cheap from walmart or you can find them on Amazon.

I'd go for a different blanket than the one you currently have. A light color like gray to contrast with the bed you have.

Ninja edit: Stick a small plant on your dresser.

u/airjutsu · 3 pointsr/macsetups

Laptop stand

Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand, Silver (Patented)

u/SiI3nt · 3 pointsr/macsetups

I used to use the mStand by Rain Design. It has a spot underneath it, you can store just about anything that will fit underneath.

TwelveSouth makes one too:

u/ntoad118 · 3 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

I have browsed some forums for the dv6t-7000 and have seen this recommended quite often. The 3 fan version is supposed to be great if you arrange the fans under the vents on the bottom of the laptop.

u/tootiefruitie · 3 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

Looks like this one can be retrofitted with 120mm fans.

What you want is directed airflow to the main CPU fan. I'm not sure how you would do that, but a small piece of square cardboard between the laptop's underside and a fan would probably work well. If that doesn't work, you can try to take off the underside of the laptop completely and expose all of the components.

However, if you laptop is that new and overheating, it might be because of other issues. Might be worth a call to tech support and see if they can do anything about it.

u/wojovox · 3 pointsr/Alienware

I imagine an 18 is preferable for those who have longer gaming sessions. Reviews have shown concern for the heat Alienware laptops produce. Consider a cooling pad; forums suggest the Notepal U3.

u/rubenrails · 3 pointsr/synthesizers

Get one of these. Super cheap and they do wonders for this kinda setup.

u/allannon · 3 pointsr/AskBattlestations

Like /u/brimnac says, clean your desk; there's a lot of what looks basically like junk on there. Get that off, and you'd have more room.

Once you do that, put the xbox on it's side, and the laptop should go on top of that just fine; if hot air from the console is a concern, put something like this to hold the laptop away from the xbox a bit.

u/-endjamin- · 3 pointsr/synthesizers

All the top row stands are this one. I cut up some styrofoam and taped it to the stand in order to loft the Boog above the Keystep.

u/SurfaceDockGuy · 3 pointsr/Surface

Would an ESD wrist strap help here? Or would that be uncomfortable and limit an artist's fine movements too much? Certainly not an acceptable workaround but I'm just curious.

u/befriended · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Ideally with a static wristband -


But without one, don't wear loose clothing (t-shirt preferred), make sure the room isn't dry, and touch something metal, like the PSU, before you handle any components.

u/Gorlox111 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Your english is perfectly comprehendible, no need to apologize. :) You could either use an ESD wrist strap if you're really worried about it or you could just plug in your PSU (do NOT turn it on) and periodically touch it to get rid of any charge you have. I think most people would agree ESD is really not as big of a deal as you would think and the PSU method is probably fine. Jayztwocents did a good video on this awhile ago. It definitely won't hurt to get an ESD wrist strap though.

u/so_banned · 3 pointsr/CasualConversation

Of course. Glad to do it. If you follow some basic instructions it can be VERY VERY easy. The big stuff you will need:

  1. a set of precision tools to unscrew small screws. this one is great--and cheap at $14--and has gently magnetized heads so that when you unscrew a tiny screw, it will stick on and you won't drop it inside your computer.

  2. static bracelet. Get one here for $5. you will connect this to a suitable ground and it will prevent you from accidentally discharging static electricity to the inside of your machine.

  3. YOUR specific components. For a laptop, you will likely need a 2.5" sized SSD (solid state drive). Here's a good sized one (480GB) on amazon for $50.00.

  4. A guide for taking parts out of YOUR specific computer. If you tell me the make and model of your machine, I'd be happy to find a tutorial that shows the correct process.

    most of the time HDD replacement is fairly easy. you usually just open a compartment, unplug some wires, unscrew some screws and then do the same steps in reverse order to complete the upgrade.

    The parts AND tools listed above come to about $70 plus tax for a brand new SUPERFAST hard drive. If you wanted to do a RAM upgrade at the same time, I would estimate that to be around a $60 cost, putting your TOTAL ALL IN COST at $130, down from $400 lol.

    You can do it!!

    and feel free to ask any questions you like.

u/weebles7 · 3 pointsr/MSILaptops

I’ve been using this cooler master pad for like 3 years I think? I got it for like $5 after a rebate. I know people don’t like these but this one has worked for many laptops without issue. I’ve seen a few degrees drop, and living in Arizona anything helps with cooling! I recommend this.

Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP)

u/kayleighh · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My laptop is edging slowly toward being a bomb without this. Change Jar ^^Jar ^^Banks

u/coma420 · 3 pointsr/PS4

My solution for helping cool the PS4, and decrease noise: rubber feet.
Combine them with a laptop cooling pad for $20, and baby, you've got silent PS4 going.

u/kevvers80 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Plugged into USB would be good. I use this one (Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP) because I have to take it work. I would get a thicker one with better exhaust if it's only for home/gaming.

u/M4_Professional · 3 pointsr/razer

I have this one. It fits the Blade exactly.

Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP)

u/Bhagswag · 3 pointsr/laptops

I've had this for THREE years

I've had my big 17.3" MSI gaming laptop on it. it's been running for almost three years non-stop.

u/ZuP · 3 pointsr/SRSGaming

For the laptop heat: Yes, blow out all the dust every few months. Also look into a fan, this one looks good.

u/Nessuno_Im · 3 pointsr/buildapc

If you want peace of mind, get a laptop cooling pad.

I got this one for my old laptop that would literally overheat when I played Overwatch on it. It lowered the temps by 10 to 15 degrees F.

When I got a new laptop, I still use it as a base to help with airflow, although I don't always turn on the fans.

u/dsfasdfasdf111223 · 3 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

Cheaper from Amazon

u/Riddle-Tom_Riddle · 3 pointsr/MLPLounge

I use a cooling pad, because otherwise it would overheat like a mofo.

Regarding neck and back, I usually sit on a couch that can recline, and it's amazing.

u/zamardii12 · 3 pointsr/razer

For those of you wondering, the laptop is sitting on a "Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP)."

Super quiet and keeps everything nice and cool.

u/litagliano · 3 pointsr/italy
u/janesmb · 3 pointsr/AskPhotography

Amazon Basics backpack and smaller gadget bag.
I don't normally take a laptop but there's room for one in the backpack. Depending on how full it is, plenty of length for a water bottle, I'd probably just tie one on tho.

u/h2f · 3 pointsr/AskPhotography

I have this Amazon Basics bag. $40. I love it.

u/HybridCamRev · 3 pointsr/PanasonicG7

It would be hard to beat the price and quality of the [$39.95 Amazon Basics laptop/camera backpack] (

I have a similar product and love having the ability to carry my computer and cameras in the same bag.

u/didyoutry · 3 pointsr/msp

Never found a great all in one kit. Seems like they're always full of cheap junk you don't need and not enough of what you do.

We use this $30 photography backpack and fill it with the things we use daily. It has a big cavity that you can customize with dividers and velcro to hold about anything.

Ours usually holds the following:

  • Laptop
  • Power Strip
  • Extra power cables, patch cables, micro usb, usb cables etc.
  • 5 port switch
  • Plenty of tools
  • Basic cable tester
  • Basic outlet tester
  • Usb hard drive
  • Multiple thumb drives
  • Phone charger
  • Notebook and pens/pencils
  • Extra Mouse
  • Flashlight
  • Velcro, cable flags, sharpies
  • Various video adapters (DP/mdp/vga/dvi/hdmi)
  • Hdmi,vga,dvi cables
  • Cisco cable and usb adapter for that mofo
  • Headphones

    Probably some other things I'm forgetting.
u/m201804 · 3 pointsr/backpacks

The AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop backpack is $40 and has an orange interior option; don't know how well it'll adapt to non-camera use though. You could always remove the dividers.

u/rjbradley · 3 pointsr/techsupportmacgyver

Get a Pluggable USB-3 dock, a male DVI to female VGA adapter, a USB 3 sharing switcher, and a female USB 3 to male USB-C OTG cable. I promise absolutely nothing

  • Install the appropriate DisplayLink drivers on each computer

  • Plug the computers into the host USB ports of the USB sharing switch (use the USB OTG cable to connect the Mac)

  • Plug the Pluggable dock's host USB cable into a peripheral port of the sharing switch

  • Plug the DVI to VGA adapter into the DVI port of the Pluggable dock

  • Cable up the monitors

  • Pray

    Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI / VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)

    UGREEN USB 3.0 Sharing Switch Selector 4 Port 2 Computers Peripheral Switcher Adapter Hub for PC, Printer, Scanner, Mouse, Keyboard with One Button Swapping and 2 Pack USB Male Cable
u/psyche77 · 3 pointsr/Surface

Pluggable 3000/3900 (dual or extra display) Features two graphics ports: an HDMI port and a DVI-I port with VGA adapter for mirroring/extending your Windows desktop to external monitors, a Gigabit Ethernet port (10/100/1000 supported, full-duplex required), audio input/output, two USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. ($84/$99).

And doesn't interfere with touch.

u/motodoto · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

These are cheaper and just work in my experience. Never had issues with these.

The external dell docking stations that are usb-c tend to be absolute garbage. The usb 3.0 ones also are garbage.

I've had better luck with this cheap plugable branded one than anything else.

u/zhenya00 · 3 pointsr/Surface

Although I would recommend Microsoft's own dock with a displayport to hdmi converter instead. Any usb device is going to send video over usb which isn't ideal.

u/hutchero · 3 pointsr/AskUK

Amazon basics range is good, I'm using their laptop bag at the moment and it does the trick for £30 they also do a basic rucksack for about half that

u/sofixa11 · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

Personally i have the Amazon Basics backpack. It doesn't cost a lot (~20eur when i bought it, $32 on currently) but i'm very happy with it. Bought mine ~3 years ago and so far it has survived:

  • daily carrying of laptop, water, etc.

  • multiple travels where i could barely close it (it has a non-insignificant amount of space inside) - it's my go-to short-term travel bag

  • lots of water (under very heavy rain and even a bloody wave that crashed on top of me)

    If it fails tomorrow i'll just buy the same one.
u/cgraham18 · 3 pointsr/totalwarhammer

Using a can of compressed air on the fans, and getting a cooling pad should help! My laptop's hardrive failed on me and I was seeing crazy temperatures, I changed the drive and got a cooling pad for $25-- Saw temperatures drop from 60°C to 40°C (~140°F-110°F) Linked the amazon store page below for ya. Good luck!

u/LoneGhostOne · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I have a razer blade that i use for most of my school work and for some gaming when i get some downtime in the engineering building.

My Razer Blade is a couple years old, but it still runs FO4 on min settings, and can run many other games pretty well. (It's got a GTX 870M, 8 GB ram, and an i7-4702HQ) It definitely cannot keep up with my rig, but my rig is also considerably newer than it. The touch screen is a heck of a lot more useful than i'd expect, since it lets me scroll through, and navigate things quickly without a mouse.

If you do go with a laptop i suggest you get a cooling pad, otherwise you might be burning your legs with the Razer Blade. this is the one i got it works great for its price, and can significantly improve performance. The Blade actually uses the metal casing as a heatsink and as such it can get too hot to touch in some cases.

Personally my freshman year of college i gave up on my desktop, got an Alienware 14, and gamed on that for a year. The next year (last year) i ended up rebuilding my desktop with old parts from my dad's since i had an apartment with enough room to setup my computer. If you're planning on staying at college quite a bit more than coming home (i come home probably around 4 weeks out of a year now due to work/summer classes) it may be worth while to buy a cheaper laptop (light weight, thin, large screen, good battery life) and just play low-spec games for the first year (it may also improve your study habits)

u/Regefade · 3 pointsr/computers

Possibly, you could fry your battery too maybe, I am guessing you should be fine, as long as the bottom is properly ventilated. If you have it on a blanket, for example, its going to fry your pc. If you want to be sure though, they have laptop fan pads such as [this one] ( that should help.

u/transilience-sk · 3 pointsr/PS4

This is the one I have

Keep in mind it’s not about making your pro an ice cube, it’s just about ventilating the air in a direction that’s open enough to keep it from becoming a hot box.

u/15brutus · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Even once you get it repaired a cooling pad is a great investment. Here ya go

u/Meatslinger · 3 pointsr/subnautica

Are we talking about a 13" MacBook Pro, or a 15" version? The 13" version only has a slightly improved version of Intel integrated graphics (no standalone GPU), and so yeah, it doesn't run great.

First off, because you said this is a new behavior, try resetting your System Management Controller (SMC). The SMC can be reset by turning the laptop off (shut down), connecting it to its power adapter, holding Shift+Control+Option, and pressing the power button. Usually you can tell if you did it correctly because the charging LED will briefly go green, and then back to orange again. This effectively turns hardware settings back to their factory defaults, such as the fan controller and any thermal throttling safeguards (which may have gone bad on you). Play like that and see if it's better.

Barring that, you could reduce the draw distance for the game, but that gets a bit hacky. Open the developer console (tilde/"~" key by default) and type "farplane [#]". If the console isn't active you have to press F3, then F8 (to get a cursor), enable the console, and then cancel the bug report. 1000 is the default distance, so something smaller might help. I've heard some people say the game doesn't support this very well, though.

Last, you could invest in a cheap laptop cooling pad. Sometimes, though, these only offer marginally better temperatures, especially during a hot summer.

u/Gunmetalz · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Laptops are so bad for thermals. 82 is probably not going to permanently damage the parts, but couple that with the laptop is now heating your hands, which don't have airflow, and now the fans have to work even harder. Consider purchasing a USB laptop cooling pad if you really want to game on an inferior machine work-oriented device.

u/burnthenbuildbridges · 3 pointsr/civilengineering

I am a current Junior in Civil Engineering, and I recently went and upgraded my senior year of HS/Freshman year of college computer to this:

This was a laptop I chose for a multitude of reasons: high performance, low cost, easy to upgrade (Youtube links on this laptop specifically detailing how to upgrade compliment the manufacturers on how well-thought-out the design was), good battery life (this is on the low/middle gaming laptop spectrum, and because of this has good battery life), and overall nice looking design. For me I needed a laptop that could run the graphic intensive software that Civil Engineering students use in their upper division classes, while also being able to game on it - in college, from my experience, computer gaming is the most popular. All of the links below are upgrades that go with the laptop well. They are not needed but, they are helpful and relatively cheap. If you have any questions feel free to ask by PM.

RAM upgrade:


Cooling fan (optional):

u/Krywulf117 · 3 pointsr/gigabyte

I got mine from Amazon, but I would recommend getting it from an authorized reseller (like HIDevolution). They can do a LM repast for you which won't void the warranty since it is done through them (do not repaste yourself since this voids the warranty and if you use LM you can easily short your device and be out $2300). I was getting temps in the low 90Cs on the CPU so I bought a laptop pad which dropped my temps to the mid 80s (the intake vents on the bottom so this laptop really does need a laptop pad with some fans preferably). You can use Intel XTU to undervolt the core volt offset and Graphic offset by ~.140mv to -.160 mv (mine is set at -.150 with no issues). Here's a guide if you've never done it before.

u/Twix2247 · 3 pointsr/Alienware

I did the same to mine, minus the USB fan. Just lifted it off the desk a little, helps a ton with cooling. I recommend this to help cool it: Steklo Pro Stand -...

u/Shaomoki · 3 pointsr/hometheater

This is what I use to ventilate my ps4. It raises it off the surface, while also pointing the vents up and away from the ground.

Steklo Laptop Stand!

u/AvecRecords · 3 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Computer Holder Desk Stand

Works perfectly!

u/Uk-trucks-trades · 3 pointsr/CasualUK

this laptop stand from amazon.
its got a little stopper on the bottom to stop your laptop from sliding off, but it gets in the way of typing at times.

u/RespondsToCaffeine · 3 pointsr/Mcat

Book stacking is an okay alternative.

Keep in mind that investing to prevent neck issues early will be more cost-effective (my PCP's words, not mine) than taking care of your issues later on. We're going to be studying for a long time through med-school and onward, so it would probably be worthwhile to purchase a laptop stand and take care of yourself now.

I could recommend the following laptop stands, I have them both and they're pretty reasonably priced:

  1. Portable Laptop stand (I like this guy because it's really portable, so it's convenient to take on-the-go to the library/cafes)

  2. AmazonBasics Laptop Stand (this guy is great for home use, can be used for books as well)

    At any rate, whatever you end up doing I hope your neck pain resolves!
u/skurdnee · 3 pointsr/synthesizers

I have a few of these, they work well for the money. AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand

u/Hollowed_Be_Thy_Name · 3 pointsr/wacom

I bought the Amazon Basics stand, which I haven't seen mentioned around here. It works great and was really cheap.

u/millenia3d · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Just this one:

I'd have bought the official Mobilestudio Pro stand from Wacom but the fuckers don't sell any of the official accessories for it yet despite releasing the device back in November. Classic Wacom >__>

u/jhynds79 · 3 pointsr/ableton

I'm currently using this one . works really well and budget friendly. have just ordered a wooden one from for it as well (mostly to try as it will fit my other synths too)

u/ChiefHalore · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Opolar LC05 Laptop Cooler with Vacuum Fan (Rapid Cooling, Auto-Temp Detection, 13 Wind Speed, Unique Clamp Design, Compatible with Cooling Pads)

u/network_noob534 · 3 pointsr/lowendgaming

I usually check here when I’m curious about what CPU will work in a laptop.

Adequate cooling might be a concern for the i7 (though if the TDP is the same... maybe not...).

Either way, cooling is good: I’ve used this Opolar fan before and had good luck. Maybe a cooling mat too.

Not sure if these older generation CPUs will work with Intel Extreme Tuning utility but on an 4th Gen i5 Lenovo I’ve been playing around with I can undervolt the CPU and overclock the iGPU for a few extra FPS.

u/jivedinmypants · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Most laptop major components can't be removed.

As for the cooling fans, I hear good things about vacuum fans for laptops.

u/And_You_Like_It_Too · 3 pointsr/PS4

Well, there are three settings for the cooling fans and I have mine set on high, so I’ve technically added noise (though it’s reasonably quiet, even with all 4 fans at full speed, and I don’t notice it when I’m playing games at a normal volume — also they’re muted a bit as they’re underneath the PS4). I haven’t noticed the PS4 Pro sounding like it’s going into overdrive since I’ve started using it either. You could always set them to a lower speed if you like (you have three speed options and can control the left and right sides individually). I bought it from Amazon, and for this product the manufacturer has a 30 day money back guarantee and a year warrantee, so you could try it if you’re on the fence and ship it back if you don’t care for it.

  • The only gripe I have is that the LED light show resets upon powering off, so if I bring the PS4 up from rest mode with a controller, I would have to walk over to press a button on the fan to cause it to stay solid blue rather than cycling colors (which I prefer and looks nice bouncing off the glass shelves of the entertainment center I have my PS4 on). But I’m lazy and don’t really care.

    There are other models (this is probably designed to be a laptop cooling pad), but I had seen another redditor link this and the price was cheap enough that I figured I’d give it a try. And I do like that it tilts the PS4 up approximately 10 degrees (with foldable arms on the front of it, giving an inch or two of room for air to circulate underneath and blow outwards from the shelf). In games where my Pro sounds like a jet engine (“RDR2” for example), I’m pretty sure the cooling is making a difference but it could just be confirmation bias. Here’s another model with fans that top out at 1200RPM rather than the 1500RPM that mine does, or this one with 5 fans that push 2500RPM — all three are roughly the same price. Those two don’t have the 30 day guarantee from the manufacturer though, and are subject to Amazon return policies.


    Anyhow, hope that helps out. I have my PSVR box sitting on top of my PS4, as well as an 8TB external HD to the left of it, so I’m just happy to be keeping that whole area cool and ventilated.
u/InThisHouse19 · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This could possibly get a little more life out of my laptop and I would cry tears of joy!

/u/girfex could use a gift! He's been an awesome big brother to me (which makes him your bro too!)

I know that you are my sister bc /u/jonesno11 is our mommy and you're the pretty, beautiful, sloth to my piggy!

Did I miss anything? This sucks on mobile lol

u/Cuffss · 3 pointsr/techsupport

Always keep it on a massive laptop cooler something like this

the cooler you keep it the longer it'll last. Laptops usually don't last long because of the heat build up causing the parts to expand overtime.

u/lhankbhl · 3 pointsr/macgaming

If you're really concerned, they make laptop fan things. I can't remember what they are called but they are usually a plastic or metal platform that goes between your laptop and desk or lap and it will have one or more fans meant to draw draw heat away from the computer.

Here is an exceptionally ugly version of what I'm talking about. I've never actually bothered with one myself though.

u/HorrificJuice · 3 pointsr/swtor

Your laptop should be able to run swtor efficiently because it's not a very demanding game at all. Your laptop might get a little hot but that can be easily solved with a laptop cooling pad like this

Please let me know how it works and if you enjoy the game.🙂

u/mastercheif · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

You need an adapter if you'd like it to be secured by the existing bracket. This will do the job just fine. Silverstone makes another bracket that has the mount lean closer to the front of the node which will give you more room. Lots of node owners just skip the bracket all together and velcro the SFX PSU as far towards the front of the case as they can get it.

I'm using the linked bracket, but I still have enough space to get all my SATA heads in. I specifically shopped for the smallest SATA heads I could find. I also like that my SFX PSU (SF450) gives me more room to route cables as well.

u/Slinkwyde · 3 pointsr/Dell

Before the XPS 13, I used 15" laptops by themselves. This time around, I wanted to try something different: something small, lightweight, and with good battery life while I'm on the go, but with a desktop-like experience when I'm at my desk. That's why I chose to buy an XPS 13 9350 and a WD15 (Dell's USB-C Dock). By plugging in a single cable into my laptop's USB-C port (laptop to dock), I connect my laptop to a 25" 1440p monitor, a mechanical keyboard, a mouse, power (USB-C can provide up to 100 watts of power), headphones, a microphone, a backup SSD, and a micro USB cable (for phone, Xbox One controller for emulation, etc). I also have a highly adjustable office chair with great back support. Then when I want to take the laptop somewhere, I unplug that one single cable, put the laptop in a perfectly sized sleeve/bag hybrid, and go. It's a rather nice setup, especially now that Dell addressed my USB-C stability issues in a recent BIOS update (version 1.4.4 that came out a few days ago).

You make a good point about charging all the time being bad for the battery, but the dock /desktop mode is a core part of my setup and there's not a way to use the dock without it charging the laptop. I suppose I could start unplugging the laptop from the dock each night before I go to bed. That won't entirely fix the problem, but it should help some while still giving me the benefits of the dock.

u/edugeek · 3 pointsr/mac
u/icflournoy · 3 pointsr/linuxhardware

While I don't have the Kayby Lake XPS I do have the Skylake XPS 13 (9350) and the WD15 dock ( and am also running Fedora 25.

I've got a keyboard+mouse+monitor hooked up to the dock. While it works, it doesn't work perfectly. The largest issue I have is that I can't use HDMI, I have to use VGA. The only way HDMI works is if I have the dock connected when I boot Fedora 25. VGA works fine.

Before I bought the WD15 dock I was researching the problems others had with it. I found many people who said the dock simply didn't work, and potentially a firmware update would solve it. When I bought the dock I was still uncertain whether it would work with my configuration, but I was pleasantly surprised that it did work to this degree.

When I connect the dock to my already-running laptop, with a screen connected via HDMI, I can see the display in xrandr, but after enabling output to it, the screen doesn't come alive. I haven't pinned down if this is a hardware or driver issue.

Side note: I don't have a 4k monitor attached, but I do have the touchscreen/HiDPI display. This presents an issue because X doesn't handle multiple DPIs well. If you have both HiDPI displays you could probably get away with a single DPI that would work for both the internal display and external monitor. (I've gotten around this by using xrandr's scale flag

xrandr --output DP-1-3 --right-of eDP-1 --auto --scale 2x2

u/alkaholik7 · 3 pointsr/mac

We use the Dell USB-C docks at my work. They're a little pricey and less portable than I'd like, but they work well.

u/CptnObservant · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Your laptop supports thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt 3 can carry DisplayPort. This means you can run multiple 4K displays through one port.

A 144hz monitor will work just fine, you just need to find one with DisplayPort, and purchase a Thunderbolt 3 to DisplayPort adapter.

Alternatively, you could buy a Thunderbolt 3 dock. These can run ethernet, audio, video, power (physically charge the laptop), USB, and more through one cable. I have this dock, and use every one of the above capabilities on a daily basis. Definitely worth the purchase.

u/ThisGuy_IsAwesome · 3 pointsr/macbook

I've purchased this USB-C hub for folks in my office and have not had complaints. I personally use this USB-C docking station at work with my 2017 MBP.

u/Taiyoryu · 3 pointsr/videos

If I had to guess, his current monitors do not have USB-C connectors, so not only would the company issue a new laptop, but also 3 new monitors.

EDIT: Of course, USB-C docks that support multiple monitors are available. But then I read fine print like this: "If both DisplayLink HDMI and DVI outputs are in use, both outputs will be limited to 1080P"

u/thatsricci · 3 pointsr/Ubiquiti

I stuck a side mount laptop cooler on mine at my office installs...
something like this works...

u/evil-scientist · 3 pointsr/osx
u/FreshViking · 3 pointsr/razer

Hello there,

I'm personally using this one for traveling for my Blade 15:

I have a pretty expensive one for home, but I also have a Core x and a lot of other stuff connected to it.

I sadly couldn't find any Docks which could output 144hz for the monitors.

Hope I could help.

u/_510Dan · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

The TB16 docks were nothing but headaches for us. We've since moved to this dock and things have been flawless so far.

u/spaghettin · 2 pointsr/webdev
u/flappiest_flapjacks · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Thanks! I'm planning on getting some sleeved cables soon. The stand is the Rain Design mStand.

u/soundman1024 · 2 pointsr/battlestations

That's why you put it on one of these jokers.

u/ctilsie242 · 2 pointsr/mac

My bad. This is what I meant to have linked.

u/anexxus · 2 pointsr/macsetups

Looks like a Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand. I've had one for a few years, no complaints.

To answer u/shotgunpulse's question, I use it for when I want to use my MacBook as a second monitor. I don't type on it.

u/eqwoody · 2 pointsr/Alienware

Have you had a reason to need a cooling pad? Mine with the 970m has been just fine in any gaming I've done. I do use this stand though to prop it up for gaming.

u/tech-ninja · 2 pointsr/cscareerquestions

Recently I saw a related thread in /r/battlestations.

For me is all about comfort, nevertheless to say that invest in your equipment you will use 8 hours a day, 5 days a week pays off.

The basics are:

  • A comfortable chair. Herman Miller are the most famous. Tip: go to some place where you can actually try them and see which fit for you. I did, and the aeron is the fit for me, but I've heard the embody is good too.
  • An adjustable height desktop.
  • A good sound system. I have a Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth that sounds good and a headset when I need more focus. Somehow having the headset makes me distract less.
  • A good keyboad. I like the apple wireless keyboard, but the mechanicals one are famous too. /r/MechanicalKeyboards/
  • A comfortable mouse. I've heard Logitech Performance Mouse MX is a good one. Personally I use the magic trackpad.
  • An external monitor. If you are an apple guy, you can use the Apple Thunderbolt Display or if you want the most classic approach, buy two good monitors and mount them in an adjustable base. Get your monitors in a good height is a headache without this bases.
  • Put your lap in a stand.

    Go for the wireless stuff. Wireless keyboard, mouse, speakers, headset and printer.
    You should get something like this :)
u/AngelusRC · 2 pointsr/macsetups

its the Rain Laptop stand. Works great!

u/sergeydgr8 · 2 pointsr/macsetups

It's the Rain Design mStand. I recommend it, it's really solid.

u/wanderingbilby · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I suggest a stand to deal with heat management and positioning - if she's going to use the main display the Rain Design stand looks very nice; if she's going to close the display and use only an external one a vertical dock like this is pretty nice.

Whatever you do, make sure cable management takes the tension off of those small connectors - especially mini displayport and power. Also, a powered USB hub may be useful if she's going to plug in anything besides keyboard and mouse.

u/alf3311 · 2 pointsr/mac

An extra charger or two is always my first accessory purchase. I like to leave one at my desk, one in my backpack, etc.

If you work at a desk frequently you might look into an external mouse/keyboard and/or a stand to lift the screen up. That makes the whole setup much more comfortable in my opinion.

u/post_break · 2 pointsr/mac

I picked up one of these over the weekend and while I thought it was a gimmick found it to be pretty badass. I can put my external drives underneath it and use my Macbook Pro as a second monitor without it looking dumb.

$50 for a piece of bent aluminum may seem outlandish but for a fanboy it's just right.

u/therealdookie · 2 pointsr/LaptopOnDesk

I live by this stand

u/josephrooks · 2 pointsr/zelda

No problem! I got this one - the 240GB variant. Any smaller and it would've been too much work to keep junk off of it in the long run, and I didn't want to pay more than that at the time, or I would've gone bigger. The 240 was the right price for me at the time.

I also got this hard drive caddy that goes into the optical bay so I could move my stock hard drive to where my DVD drive was.

Then I symlinked some of the larger folders in my User folder to folders on that second drive. This article from Matt Gemmell helped me figure that part out.

Then for good measure I put it on a Rain Design mStand and got a detached keyboard, mouse, and a powered USB hub to make it easy to disconnect it and run out the door.

u/heroinb0b · 2 pointsr/macsetups
u/Vizkos · 2 pointsr/mac

Cooling pads do work, if you have the correct one for the laptop. Most cooling pads have a generic design where it pushes cold air up the center. This does not work for Macbooks, because the intake fans are on the very sides (assuming your macbook has the same intake design as mine).

For instance, I have an Alienware laptop with a cooling bad in which I can adjust the position of the fans. I position them near the top center, it cools my CPU by ~15c under load.

Sometimes just elevating the laptop helps. Heat rises, so if you buy a stand that slopes the backbook upward, you not only gain the benefit of elevating it, but the heat will rise out of the laptop through the exhaust areas more naturally.

If I was in your shoes, again assuming your intakes are similar to mine, I would try to buy a cooling pad like mine that you can adjust the position of the fans. Probably one designed for a 17 inch laptop, so you can get the fans right under the intake slits. For reference, this is what I have: (they must have stopped producing it, hence the 1 insane used price)

u/tuxubuntu · 2 pointsr/hardware

cooler master U series is pretty good:

EDIT: forgot to mention, you can move the fans on this one. So any hot areas can be covered.

u/lurker_bee · 2 pointsr/GamingLaptops

I use the Cooler Master NotePal U3 I bought from Fry's Electronics a while back. It has 3 aux fans underneath for added air-flow. It's also lightweight and sleek. It can effectively lower your temps by ~10 degrees. I used it for several 17" laptops that I had in the past with no issues.

u/Ze3ks · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Not sure what size laptop you have but I personally have this.

It has adjustable fans so you can have it feed directly into your vents.

u/GreenSage45 · 2 pointsr/Guildwars2

That's really nice! Kinda wondering if maybe I should have gotten that one hehe.

I've got this one and it's working real nice though. Same company.

u/construktz · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

The Cooler Master U3 is good. But it needs to be on a desk really. You could get one of each if that would be affordable. Have the higher powered U3 on your desk and the LapAir when you're lounging on the couch,.

u/jdmdc2 · 2 pointsr/Alienware

UPDATE so I found this beauty while doing more research. With the ability to adjust the fan positions I think it will be a great addition. I will update with any relevant data ie; temp changes, noise, aesthetics.

u/Hainbach · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

I use cheap laptop stands for my SH02 and the Ciat-Lonbarde rig. Works well, though that is all played by touch, softly or sequenced externally, so I don't hammer the keys. Might be too much sway then. These are the ones:

u/onlytwosubscriptions · 2 pointsr/DJSetups

It's just a simple Pyle laptop stand . It only cost like $22. It's really sturdy but a bit of a pain to take a part and reassemble if you're a mobile DJ like me.

u/PostmatesMalone · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

I use this laptop stand when I need a second row.

It fits a Digitakt perfectly. Anything smaller and you’ll need a book or board to bridge the gap. It also makes my SH-101 look like it’s floating.

u/RodmanSan · 2 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

It is a laptop stand which i modified with clamps underneath so i can remove them when sitting behind the desk to make music :

u/zodd06 · 2 pointsr/Alienware

maybe look for something like this. this one only holds 8 lbs. though.

u/BananafestDestiny · 2 pointsr/DJSetups

Nice setup! I can’t tell how tall that table is, but you should look into getting a riser/stand for your laptop. They are cheap and will help your back and neck during long sessions vs. craning over your laptop. This one on Amazon is solid and only $24:

u/simianstyle · 2 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

The mixcube is great 2nd opinion when working on mixdowns. It's not necessarily the best sounding speaker, but gives a pretty clear picture how things sound in mono (and whether you need to adjust certain track levels based on that). The riser stand is a cheap laptop stand I got off of amazon:
Pyle Pro DJ Laptop stand

u/Zoombini09 · 2 pointsr/synthesizers

Looking for a stand to put my Minilogue on with my 49-key MIDI controller underneath. Just for home use on my desktop, so my first thought was one of those cheapo steel laptop stands. Concern there is that I'll have 8 inches of Minilogue hanging off the sides, which worries me with my dumbass cat jumping around near it. I guess I could buy two and put em side by side?

Any other ideas?

u/mr_william · 2 pointsr/modular

Back before I moved and had to shove most of my gear in storage, I had a couple of these on my desk for laptops and other synths when space was at a premium

u/Intellz · 2 pointsr/DJs

I bought this to help raise the controller on the table so I can stand and not have to stretch my arms down.

Depends on the controller but you may have to use something else. I have a baby DDJ-SB3

u/moistpeanut123 · 2 pointsr/synthesizers
u/zb0t1 · 2 pointsr/battlestations

This one, good for the price:

u/catroaring · 2 pointsr/SanJose
u/ijohno · 2 pointsr/SanJose

Dont worry about the carpet. If you're really scared about static fucking up your board and system - get a Anti-Static Wrist Strap.

That would do wonders.

Use cardboard or boxes laying around the house and place your system upon opening it up on there.

While wearing the wrist strap it will eliminate any static if properly attached to a piece of grounded metal.

u/sulfameth · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I used a static wristband and grounded myself to a wall socket for my last build.
You can also just touch something grounded periodically. Mostly just avoid carpet and don't wear any static prone clothing like thick wool sweaters or baggy basketball shorts.

u/Sin_of_the_Dark · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Can't you just use an anti-static wrist strap?

u/Kylelicous2020 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Welcome to the master race brother! I've built a plethora of computers in my day here are some tips I have. Sorry for formatting I'm on mobile.

  1. Ground yourself. Get one of these bad boys and connect it to your case when you build.

  2. Build on a table with your shoes on.

  3. Get a bios post speaker. It will beep out an error code if anything goes wrong so you know what to fix.

  4. For the tools all you need is a Phillips screwdriver and a pair of needlenose plyers.

  5. When you are all built and ready make sure you keep a bootable USB (Linux preferred but windows will do) as a failsafe in case you brick the OS. Make sure it's labeled accordingly.

  6. If you buy your storage brand new (SSD, hard drive, etc) it might not have a partitioning table setup so the OS installer might not detect it. If you need help setting this up just reply and I'll help you.

  7. Have fun!
u/imdandman · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Three quick questions. I have all the parts ordered for my newest build except the GPU. I read new Super cards were releasing tomorrow and decided to wait since that could drive the prices down. I know it's not tomorrow yet, but....

  1. Any ideas on the best GPU I can get for $400-$500. Preferably on the lesser side cost wise?

  2. For the new Ryzen 3900x I'm getting, I'm using the stock cooler. Would you recommend using the factory thermal paste square on the cooler, or scraping it off and using something else (I have some Arctic Silver on order, just in case).

  3. I have built PCs before, but wondering if I should get an anti static mat or wrist strap this time around. I don't really have any tiled/ hard surface spaces in by building area as it's all carpeted. I've built all my rigs on carpet before, but maybe that was just dumb luck or it's not a big deal.

    I do have some old ply wood sheets I could pull into the office and build on them. I just wouldn't be able to sit on them, if that matters.

u/rolfcm106 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Don’t wear socks, sit still and ground yourself before touching components either by touching any metal part of the case or wear an antistatic bracelet.

Rosewill Anti Static Wrist Strap Band with Grounding Wire, ESD Strap with Alligator Clip. Rosewill RTK-002 ESD Wrist Band with Detachable Extra Long Coiled Cord

u/brogata · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I know it isn't a MUST BUY, but with the price of some of your components grabbing an ESD band for $6 is probably a worthwhile investment to save yourself from the headaches of zapped components. All you have to do is clip it onto your case or PSU when it's grounded.

u/montydrei · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

If you have some other metal object at your desk, maybe you could try an electrostatic discharge bracelet?

Also, just for my curiosity, are your mouse, desk, phone, or anything you touch before you touch your Pok3r actually metallic in any way?

u/l337hackzor · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Issue with the mats is you might have to be bare foot on it/depends on foot wear. I wouldnt count on it, often just your chair would be in contact with it depending on how you sit and use your chair. You could also consider wearing an anti static wrist strap, pain in the ass I guess but would save your gear.

The wrist strap like the mat would be grounded to a plug (or other mat). The straps unplug or unsnap so you can take it off and on fairly easy. Something like this

u/KMazor · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Got the mat and wristband on Amazon, both made by Rosewill:

Rosewill Anti-Static Mat Components Other RTK-ASM Black, Ivory

Rosewill ESD Anti-Static Wrist Strap Components RTK-002, Black/Yellow

u/stayhightilidie · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/tranquilhavox · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You can buy an anti static wrist strap to be on the safe side. Connect the other end to the metal side of your case. Do not build on carpet or anything that could build up static. Or you could stay grounded by touching the case to discharge any built up static.

Rosewill Anti Static Wrist Strap Band, ESD Strap Anti Shock Wristband Bracelet with Grounding Wire Alligator Clip, Detachable Extra Long Cord (Packaging May Vary) - RTK-002

You can go on YouTube and search for how to update drivers and install the various parts you need to install.

Bitwit and Paul’s Hardware are good channels because they offer full build tutorials.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

u/BananaPicklePie · 2 pointsr/techsupport

Mid 2011? If you don't have a warranty, I'd go ahead and open it up, take some cotton swabs and compressed air to the internal fans/heatsinks. You won't break anything, so long as you do not force anything but don't be afraid to use SOME force though, some of those plastics will need a little bit of leverage. Follow this guide as far as you need to, to remove the covers.

Then once you've uncovered the fans, just get all that dust and stuff out, and you're good! I would recommend you do this on an open table/working area without synthetic fiber clothing on, preferably in a non-carpeted area. If you have an anti-static wristband, yay for you. Do it on a garage workbench if you've got one, or something of that nature. Just don't build up static electricity. If you can see or hear the arc from built up static electricity, it's far beyond enough to fry things. No pressure!

You'll definitely need a small screwdriver, but these I'd also recommend on principle:

If you're feeling up to the task and want to reseat your CPU heatsink:

Good luck and have fun! :)

u/deviantelf · 2 pointsr/techsupport

FYI: if you do need to reapply the thermal paste, the last time I checked Intel's site (less than 6 months ago when I did a deep clean and installed a new cooler), they recommended the pea shape size but to not spread it so you may want to check that.

Also the best thing you can do if you open up your pc and touch anything is keep one hand on the metal part of the case or have a wrist static strap like this Worst case if you're worried you'll let go of the metal and don't want to buy one any metal wire will do just twist a bit around the case edge (there's usually holes somewhere) and around your wrist, as long as it constantly touches the case and your skin you're good.

My first step would definitely be open it up and let it run, and make sure the water is moving and the fans are all running, including the video card fans. Are your video card temps normal or have you checked. MSI Afterburner is good even if you don't have an MSI card, it's got some fun skins too, if you don't have a program to check them already.

I can guarantee it isn't "heat's just built up so much over the duration my PC's been on", it's not how it works. Especially if it's water cooled, it seems like your temp should be half of what they are. I don't water cool but my husband does. I had an ancient case when I built mine (I've since upgraded it and got a better than stock CPU cooler) and gaming I'd hit near 80C right away but it would never go higher even after hours of game play. And that's pretty much it, it gets to whatever temp the cooler and airflow can cool to and stays there. Since this is a new issue I'm pretty sure it's not airflow (at least as in how it's set up assuming all fans are running properly), unless your intakes/out vents are clogged so check those too for an easy thing to rule out.

I hope you get it figured out and it's an easy fix, it's so stressful when there's pc issues and no money :(.

u/4LTRU15T1CD3M1G0D · 2 pointsr/tf2

No problem!

I'm in the same boat man. I've been fucked by the DMV for 2 years now so I still don't have a license, and I'm 20. I'm pretty jealous of people that have the coordination to play instruments!

I understand the money struggle as well. I live on a dead-end island where all jobs are seasonal, so during winter jobs are scarce.

If you are scared about frying parts, you may want to look into getting an ESD mat, an ESD wrist strap, and a proper PC repair toolkit. Just some things every PC builder/user should have in their arsenal. Just follow proper procedure and ground/discharge yourself before working on parts and you'll be fine.

u/AGentlemanWalrus · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

ALRIGHT! Sorry for just getting back to you I've been trying to reply and mobile and kept accidentally deleting what i typed while trying to format my response. So had to move to the Laptop.

Anyways when I say you should repaste I'm referring to the action of removing the heatsink from the CPU and GPU clearing the provided "thermal paste/grease" (thermal paste or grease depending to who you talk to is a thermally conductive paste that is meant to be between the CPU/GPU and the heatsink to fill the airgap and conduct heat to the sink better.) from both and applying new paste. Here is also a video guide on how to apply thermal paste it doesn't pertain specifically to your laptop but gives you a good idea on how its done.

Now when it comes to your device I took the liberty of looking up the service manual and found a video guide on how to disassemble down the the motherboard here. If you've never done anything like this before it can be a little daunting, but if you have a friend with some experience it shouldn't be more than a few hours project and the outcome should be considerably better than before.

If you are going to go this route there are a few thermal pastes that everyone recommends and everyone has their own opinions but as I stated before any of these will be better than what you originally had so buy whatever fits your budget.

Artic Silver 5


Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut

Prolimatech PK-3

There are plenty of others but any of these will do you good, with a major recommendation to the Silver 5 due to bang for the buck.

After all that and you decide that maybe you don't want to do a repaste (and even if you did repaste I'm still recommending this) you are going to want to get a laptop cooling pad. The reason is due to the nature of laptops and how compact they are sometimes depending on the surface they are laid on they do not get enough air to cool properly, dropping your performance into the shitter. I have a similarly spec'd laptop to yours (Lenovo Y50 4700hq and 860m) and I use the Notepal XSlim its not the best but it does the job and for $18 I can't complain. There are others but buy what feels right to you.

Sorry for the long winded post I hope this helps you some, and I hope you can get your laptop performance back as you have a more than capable laptop. Let me know if you need anything else!

u/msupplies · 2 pointsr/techsupport

I'd guess heat buildup. Maybe get a cooling pad for when watching movies. Like this.

Your fan/heatsink might be clogged too so perhaps blow some air backwards through it or disassemble until you can clean. That's a pretty old laptop so there is a good chance this is happening too.

u/neums08 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

As long as you've got the bench and some space between you and the laptop, there shouldn't be any risk of injury from the heat.

You can get laptop cooling pads with built in fans that draw heat away from the bottom of the laptop and out the sides. Something like this

u/waldojim42 · 2 pointsr/Alienware

I wouldn't go that route. $100 for a cooling pad? No. Something in a simple, open mesh or something that just allows an extra space between the machine and surface is all you actually need. The fans don't really do anything. SO in this case, it looks like you are buying lights, and a loud fan that doesn't help any more than $16 with CoolerMaster...

u/diab64 · 2 pointsr/elderscrollsonline

Cooling pads are more or less a requirement for gaming laptops for gaming. I know the laptop itself is built specially to cool itself, but a lot of the time, it's just not enough. =/

It can't hurt to get one though. If nothing else, you are prolonging the life of your investment.

I can personally recommend this one, as it's what I use:

u/SaneBRZ · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

As long as you keep the air flowing it shouldn't be a problem to game on a laptop, even your room temperature is close to 100F.

Your budget is quite tight, so you could take a look at refurbished laptop if you want something with a dedicated GPU. Something like these two:

HP Pavilion dv4t-5200:

  • 14 inch, 720p screen
  • Intel i3-3120M
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Nvidia GT630M
  • 90 days warranty
  • Price: $440

    Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E535:

  • 15.6 inch, 720p display
  • AMD A8-4500M
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 7640G
  • 1 year warranty
  • Price: $435

    On both laptops you could run WoW on high settings, but only with about 30-40 fps.

    What I would recommend as a utility is a laptop cooler. You can get one for 20 bucks off Amazon.
u/-Albertone- · 2 pointsr/razer

Picked this up last week for my Stealth. Used it once when I was playing league just to make sure it wouldnt over heat.

u/bottyliscious · 2 pointsr/PS4

I don't live in a hot environment but I am always concerned about heating. I found a close out on a MasterCooler Cool Master, basically like this one:

My PS4 sits on top of this and the fan can hit the side vents to make sure hot air isn't collecting around the unit or underneath of course.

It may be worth a try, you can use any recent USB-AC adapter to power it off an outlet or off the PS4 directly.

u/Wh0ischamp · 2 pointsr/AlienwareAlpha

Link to Fan - personally I've been using this one because I have room for it. I overclock my GPU and the temperatures have never exceeded 73 degrees Celsius. Today was 95 degrees outside and peak was 70 degrees celcius with no A/C on in the room. I'm sure there are more out there! Good Luck

u/baolin21 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Get a laptop cooling pad, I got one and it's beautiful. This is the one I bought, at the time it was only $2 because I had a discount from Amazon, and it was marked down to $17.

u/Nova202 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I heard great things about this one

u/_kemot · 2 pointsr/techsupport

Have a look at this:

I would try to return it as it is unusable for you. Its bad design. If not maybe something like this can help:

Take out the battery also, it produces more heat and hinders air flow, install a heatsink and you MAY be able to run things. But looking at your video the temp. is just flying so fast to the top, i do not think you can do anything about this.

u/VictoriousRaptor · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I had a 2011 17" and jumped to the 2014 rMBP with 512GB and 2.5 i7.

  1. It really is that much faster and smoother. Part CPU/GPU, largely the blazing fast SSD and just how snappy everything feels.

  2. I only run one 1080p display, a PA238Q, but there really isn't any slowdown at all from my experience.

  3. can't comment on

  4. This is my latest one, works very well
u/Orangematz · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

What are the temps of your laptop? You can find this by downloading Speedfan and running it.

It will not damage itself. If it runs too hot to the point of cooking itself, it will shut off.

If you are considering a cooling pad, this isn't a bad choice.

u/KidGodzirra · 2 pointsr/razer

Posted about this a bit ago to inform the holiday rush.

TL:DR A commenter stated Cooler Master has a kick ass and affordable pad. I can attest to their cases. Also there are few other tricks to the trade. Regardless you system will get hot.

Just note that intake is in the bottom and output is in the hinge which makes it easy to over heat the keyboard surface.

u/Frozen5147 · 2 pointsr/computers

To be fair, 80 degrees Celsius isn't technically dangerous... but if you've fried two motherboards, then I guess you should take action.

You could try buying a laptop cooler (kinda like these things).

u/ClumpOfCheese · 2 pointsr/apple

I just got the 15" rMBP for video editing and while it doesn't get too hot for that, I did get a cooling pad and I really like it. The fan is huge and pretty quiet. I've noticed that it does a great job of keeping temps down as I can feel it keep my lap nice and cool while editing. It's a very light and portable cooler and I pretty much use it 100% of the time, either just as something to set it on when I'm watching Netflix in bed without the fan, or to cool my system while editing.

It's pretty damn cheap compared to everything else too.

Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP)

u/aking14 · 2 pointsr/mac

This one is great and on sale right now!

u/FumbleBrothers · 2 pointsr/techsupport

When it's plugged in and the battery is charging, it produces more heat. You could simply be having an overheating issue. Because you said it's more stable when the battery is removed and it's plugged in, it's more stable, makes me think that even more.

My suggestion would be to purchase a cooling pad for your laptop and use that while it's plugged in. I think that might resolve your issue.

u/carissakayb · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I think you would enjoy this giant bag of various dice. That way when you have game night it wont be a big deal if your friend lose your dice and steal them and shit. Or like when the cat thinks a D20 is a new toy. No big deal. You've got a whole pound of dice.

This computer cooling pad would be lovely :)

u/MistaCheez · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

This is one that I just ordered. It says it supports 17" laptops, and I own just that.

u/jason217 · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

I was going to buy this one for my laptop but instead I cleaned the Fan.

  • Saved money
  • No extra weight to carry around
  • System runs quiet and cool
u/-AC- · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

Newer laptops are designed with specially designed processors that require less power, which in return help with over heating. If on a flat hard surface you should not have an issue with most laptops sold today...

That being said, you said you might be using software that requires heavy processing. I would suggest you get a cooling pad, I currently use one because I like to rest my laptop on the sofa and bed.

I use this one and like it for the no LED lights. However, this one may match the size laptop you are looking for

u/loofmodnar · 2 pointsr/Dell

I use this while gaming. It's basica and only makes a ~3 degree difference but I like the extra height.

u/aphotic · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

I bought this one a couple of years ago. I love it, works great, super light, very quiet, and the USB plug it is powered by has an extension so it's not taking up a USB port.

u/_JO3Y · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

I've got a GS60 with 970m. Heat isn't really an issue. I bought a cheap cooling pad that I set it on. I usually don't even power the cooling pad, just have it between my lap and the laptop because the bottom does get warm during usage. Even without it on I've never run into any throttling or problems due to heat, but I use it when playing more demanding games just to help a little. Overall I'm quite happy with it. The cooling is likely a little different with the GS70 but I'd imagine if anything it would cool better.

u/hamletmachine72 · 2 pointsr/AskPhotography

I've had this one for about a year, and it has served me very well:
It's not the sexiest looking camera bag, but it's dirt cheap, well built, and holds a lot. They have a slightly smaller version that's only about 27 bucks. I actually like that it's pretty anonymous and doesn't scream "expensive camera inside." In fact, I recently switched to an even more low profile setup, an old school Jansport backpack that I added some foam inserts to. If you stick with this hobby/profession, you will end up amassing an unreasonable number of bags fairly quickly ; )

u/Sartredes · 2 pointsr/magicTCG

Right. I think I'm going with the Amazon Basic Camera and laptop bag.

AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack - Orange interior

I'm thinking the laptop section is good for a trade binder and the main section can hold most everything else.

u/FivePtFiveSix · 2 pointsr/Multicopter

Build your own. Get the amazon basics dslr bag and remove the dividing inserts. AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack - Orange interior

Then, add a nice big block of pick and pluck foam.

u/tcdejong · 2 pointsr/AskPhotography

I'm 6'1" and the Amazon Basics DSLR and Laptop backpack works pretty well for me. The hip strap isn't ideal but in general it sits well.

u/iHeartMalware · 2 pointsr/Multicopter

For many of the bags that folks have linked, they are 70+, and I'm cheap. This is the bag I'm currently using:

With the dividers, I have my Taranis, Quanum V2's, and all the batteries and parts I would ever need. Plus it has a laptop slot and two clips on the side. You could probably carry two quads, but I only ever carry my hex on it.

u/NinjaGuy206 · 2 pointsr/magicTCG

I'd actually recommend the larger one. It's the one I've been using and it's been great. I've heard the the other one is a little on the smallish side and the larger one works for binders as well. Orange interior is currently just $33, $40 for the grey interior.

u/antoni908 · 2 pointsr/streetwear

Amazon DSLR backpack, haha. I've gotta cut the little logo tag on the back, it's got a little rubber "amazon" tag and it looks nasty.

Edit: cut the tag off just now, here's the link. It's pretty sturdy and holds all my camera gear plus more for a pretty good price so I'd recommend it.

u/WhiskeyRider69 · 2 pointsr/chromeos

Do you actually want a docking station, or do you just want an ethernet port and HDMI port?

I have a Pluggable USB 3.0 docking station that I use at the office. It works well, but it isn't USB-C so I have to use an adapter along with it. I believe they have a USB-C version, but I use my docking station for a Windows laptop that only has USB 3.0 on it also.

I have a USB-C Adapter that I carry around with me that offers USB 3.0, HDMI, and pass through USB-C on it. If you look around, you can probably find one that has ethernet in it also.

For ethernet use on the go, I have a USB to Ethernet adapter.

There are lots of options out there below $100. It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish with them.

u/djazpurua711 · 2 pointsr/Battletops

Laptop can be seen (docked) in the bottom right. The dock has two monitors connected to it, as the i5-5200U supports a max of two external monitors. The dock, through USB, connects to a universal dock, which has the other two monitors connected to it. Therefore when I dock the laptop I go straight to quad screens.

tl;dr One laptop drives them all, but a couple docks connect them all.

u/blackjesus · 2 pointsr/Surface

This is what I have been using for 6 months or so. I don't have a Surface pro 2 but I see that it has USB 3.0 so this should kick ass. It also has GB Ethernet, Audio too. Recommend the hell out of it. Is 100$ cheap? It seems cheap to me when I look at the other options.

u/iB83gbRo · 2 pointsr/techsupport
u/ncilswdk2 · 2 pointsr/Dell

Since thunderbolt 3 is relatively new there are very few docks that have been released and the ones that have don't have any reviews stating if they work with certain computers. One option:
Another option is to buy a USB 3.0 docking station. I have Dell's D3100 which work pretty well but there are also a lot of other options but most only support 2 monitors:
These of course won't charge the laptop like a thunderbolt 3 dock may be able to.
Since the xps 15 does not have displayport you would not be able to daisy chain directly but would instead have to buy thunderbolt 3 to displayport cable that supports daisy chaining but I am not sure if one is out yet.

u/TheAlmightyBigDaddy · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I use this with my laptop to extend my display over to two monitors:

Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI and DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)

Only requires one USB 3.0 port to run the dock off of and in my case I only run one monitor off the dock and the other monitor off my laptop's hdmi port in order to take advantage of my graphics card for games (using the dock does not allow for use of your graphics card; an explanation can be found on the company's website). If I chose to, in the future I could always add a third monitor to the mix off the dock since I still have an open port.

u/The_American_Stig · 2 pointsr/24hoursupport

You can't daisy chain HDMI monitors.

Your options are to see if your laptop manufacturer has a first party docking station that has 3 outputs, or you could get a third party dock like this one:

The last option would be to get a couple of USB Video cards like these:

Good luck.

u/whatusernameisntalre · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

I agree that the OEM docks are always the best, hands down - but I recently had a surprisingly good experience with an aftermarket USB dock. Plugable makes one that's compatible with just about anything, tablets included (using an OTG cable). This wasn't on an important system else I would have gotten the OEM dock for a little bit more.

I was having trouble getting it to work, and while suggesting a BIOS update first would have been helpful, they were happy to 2-day a tested and working dock to isolate the fault, and provide free return shipping on the test unit.

Of course, you don't get the built in charging ability, which for most users is a dealbreaker because an extra cord is too much to remember and "my laptop keeps dying ever since I started using this new dock you put in."

u/1998Monday · 2 pointsr/taxpros

If you have limited outputs, this might help:

We use these plugables at our firm and at home. I have having to buy a new docking station every time I buy a new laptop. These things have saved us bucks over the last four years.

u/Hothabanero6 · 2 pointsr/Surface

This is nearly identical to the Pluggable docking station for $35 less.

They both use the same DisplayLink chipset.

It will work fine unless you intend to Game with it.

u/neow_neow · 2 pointsr/razer

What I do to have two monitors to work with my Razer Blade (not 2016) is plugging one directly through the laptop and plugging the other one with a docking station.

u/Aewosme · 2 pointsr/computers

Not sure if possible, but look for usb 3.0 displaylink docks.

I use similar docks in the office for all the people that have ultra thin laptops. I have a similar one for my surface pro. not sure if you can use more than 1 at the same time though.

u/Silverhawk1991 · 2 pointsr/Surface

It's the UD 3900 from Pluggable.

u/crashumbc · 2 pointsr/computers

Have you talked to your boss? The company it self may provide a setup.

It really depends on the laptop and OS your issued. But there are a lot of options.

if the laptop has a DP (display port) and a HDMI connector you could just connect a monitor to each.

if it has USB-3 you could use something like the below

u/BillyONeal · 2 pointsr/hardware

> No usb video adapter is going to be going above that due to the tech needed to run that display.

And yet, they exist. They have to be doing something other than just running an uncompressed video signal over the USB data line, but I don't know the details.

> A standardized extremal facing PCI-e x8 or even x16 port would be much better due to the ease of passive adapters vs active converters.

That's pretty much what Thunderbolt is (though it only delivers 4 lanes)

u/AsusFarstrider · 2 pointsr/Surface

It is probably overkill for what you need and a bit pricey but this is what I use.

u/choskin · 2 pointsr/Surface
u/FfityShadesOfDone · 2 pointsr/Surface

It's made by a company called pluggable. Amazon link is here

They make another one that does 4k as well, but none of my displays run that high res so I figured I'd save $40

u/blondeintucson · 2 pointsr/mac

You will need a docking station

u/CrisisJake · 2 pointsr/WGU

I use this for work (plus an additional HDMI to DVI cable since both my work monitors are DVI):

This model is slightly cheaper but is still good quality. I highly recommend using a dock as well.

u/flamec4 · 2 pointsr/college

Very good backpack, I bought this before school started and a ton of people I've met on campus have the same backpackm

u/binshuffla · 2 pointsr/UKFrugal

Honestly the Amazon basics laptop backpack has been great for me. It’s sturdy and comfy as hell, has huge spaces inside and can be pulled smaller and side clipped if needs be. The netted pouches on the side did me a good turn for my coffee mug but did break after about a year and a bit.

I think it is very reasonable price wise too. Mine has lasted about 3 years for a variety of uses

u/zempter · 2 pointsr/ABDL

I just use this, it has 3 large pockets and a few small ones as well. The back largest has a laptop area. I use the center pocket for diapers, and the far large pocket for cables.

u/Redditagain2 · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I was impressed with this for the price when I saw it IRL.

AmazonBasics Backpack for Laptops up to 17-inches

Very clean and functional.

I thought this design was interesting.

Anti-theft Travel Backpack Business Laptop Book School Bag with USB Charging Port and Fits Most 15.6Inch Lapton and Notebook(Grey Purple Black) (Black)

u/dylan_the_wizard · 2 pointsr/Surface

Those temperatures sound fine. The computer will automatically throttle itself (you'll notice performance getting bad) to cool itself off if it gets too hot.

If you just want to avoid lava lap you can get one of those cooling pads like this

u/AtomKanister · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Nope. Just don't. Laptop hardware is proprietary and tailored specifically for all the parts to play together. Taking it apart is generally no good idea.

> DIY case

If you want something better than a shoe box, it's quite some work to pull it off. Not worth for something that follows no standards and will still be replaced in 1-2 years.

> big passive coolers

> waterloop

Doesn't fit. Cooler mounting is proprietary. You would have to make them yourself, for which the point i already made for the case applies too.

Buy a laptop cooler. That should help with the temps a bit, and if you want to change something hardware wise, get a PC.

u/zp42 · 2 pointsr/PS4

I was having issues with my PS4 so I popped off the cover and cleaned it out, but it didn't help improve the issue. Later I found some videos and discussions of modifying the case. I ended up taking off the bottom of the case and drilled holes and installed a PC 80mm grill/filter and then put it on a Laptop cooler. I haven't had any problems with it since them.

u/Skalapalooo · 2 pointsr/sonos
u/debacol · 2 pointsr/GamingLaptops

This one has been reviewed well, and has 4.5 stars on Amazon with thousands of votes:

Its the one I'm likely to purchase when Lenovo decides it wants to actually ship my Y740.

u/hansenell · 2 pointsr/Dell

I believe some of them just raise the laptop off of the desk a bit while others also have built in fans. Obviously the ones with fans will be better at cooling the laptop.

You can search for laptop cooling pad on amazon and there are quite a few options (here's one that looks pretty good).

u/mythrilguy · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Get something hard to put under your lap could work, or even a laptop cooler stand that goes under it that has some fans to help cool it off some.

Something like this:

u/boojit · 2 pointsr/eGPU

Sorry, I thought in mobile they only had the max-q version. Here's the right link. You can see that the desktop version of the card performs much better. Truthfully, it would be bonkers if this wasn't the case. Look at the size of a desktop graphics card, look at the size of your laptop. Look at the power requirements. Look at the amount of heat generated. If the notebook version had the same performance, where are all those extra watts going in the desktop version?

Couple of caveats though:

  • This isn't an exact apples-to-apples test. Actually I'm not sure exactly how that benchmark score is produced; but I assume it's an average of all the user-ran benchmarks that have been submitted to the site. (Anyone have a definitive answer to this? Can't seem to dig up an answer online after a cursory search...)
  • Keep in mind that running an eGPU will not perform as well as the same card running in a mobo socket. The perf drop can be as much as a 20% drop vs in a mobo. This is due to the TB3 bandwidth, while still ridiculously high for an external connection, isn't the same amount of bandwidth that you get from a socket connection to the motherboard.
  • That said, OTOH, running an external eGPU will offload all that graphics processing (and associated heat) from your laptop to the eGPU. This will mean your CPU will have more room to flex before it needs to thermal throttle -- and your external GPU, given its roomier enclosure with associated larger fans, will also be able to crank up its performance before throttling.

    So, in summary: it's a mixed bag. You're gonna get at least a 20% perf boost from the card (and that's if you just get a desktop rtx 2060--gonna be more if you get a beefier card), but your gonna give some of that back to the TB3 connection to the eGPU. But then you're gonna get some back from reduced thermal load on the laptop.

    My advice? Man, I'd be tempted just stick with what you got. Nothing against eGPUs--I've used them to some success--but they can be finicky and just generally a PITA sometimes. If you're running games mostly well with your laptop the way it is, I'd just stick with that. You might try to find some way to force more air into the laptop to get rid of some of that heat though -- you'd be surprised what a difference that can make. Much cheaper than an eGPU solution!
u/YourFriendFlicka · 2 pointsr/Alienware

I bought this one and it has been working great. I like that it has the vents on the side and it has a usb pass through so I don't loose a slot. The top is also metal so it stays very cool even after long uses. You can't turn off the lights but they really aren't bad.
here's the link

u/legos45 · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

Yes, a cooling pad definitely helps. I recommended my friend this specific one and it works well.

u/Trey5169 · 2 pointsr/computers

I would advise against buying a new fan. Chances are some compressed air to the cooling system (to get the dust out of there) will be all it needs in order to cool off effectively. Just hold the fan still when blowing it, you don't want to spin it up really fast.

If you're going in that deep anyhow, you may as well pull the heatsync off the CPU and apply new thermal paste. That would be much more effective than replacing the fan. (You should still clean the dust out of the vents though.)

Everything else seems readily replaceable. Just make sure your hands aren't oily, and don't accidentally break any of the connectors or plastic.

Edit: Also I would personally leave the ram at 8 GB. Even if the motherboard supports it, the cost of RAM right now really nullifies the gains you'd get, especially since you are only browsing netflix / youtube / etc. and already have 8 gigs.

Also, if you want the laptop to feel cooler on your lap, consider a cooling pad of some kind. Even if the pad fans are off, the space cushion alone helps the laptop keep itself cool.

u/ElQuesoDelDiablo · 2 pointsr/Alienware

I got this one for my 17 r4, works just fine.

Havit HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop...

u/Kroms · 2 pointsr/Dell

I bought this for my XPS 15 and its working quite well. I have to use a USB to USB-C adapter, but seems to help with the laptop on surfaces with bad airflow.

u/El_Hoxo · 2 pointsr/nvidia

If you're going to overclock, I highly recommend that you get a laptop cooler of some kind, since laptops already run a bit hot before overclocking.

u/Kasendou · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

It's a little plastic insert/tray that you put under your laptop which typically hooked into USB to power some underside fans to push more cool air into your laptop. Also raises your laptop off of surfaces that could cause heat to get trapped (like a blanket or a flat table).

Something like this:

u/TDStarks · 2 pointsr/razer

Got this chill mat from Amazon works like a charm with my Razer Blade had some warm session while gaming playing GOW 4. This has cooled it down quite a bit.

HAVIT HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Ultra Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans)

u/doug_peck · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I ran GTA V on the higher spectrum of medium settings with a 7850 for ages. If you turn down some settings an 840M will do fine. Also look at investing in one of these if you plan on doing anything even slightly intensive with your laptop.

u/DankiusMemeusIII · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Not sure if you know this already, if so just ignore me but you may want to get a solid laptop pad thing (some have fans to help with cooling) so your laptop doesn't overheat when gaming on your lap. Kinda like this [One ](HAVIT HV-F2056 15-17 Inch Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans)(Black+Blue)

u/fritocloud · 2 pointsr/GamingLaptops

Ok, so I've been playing Fallout 4 (modded) for about an hour now and the temps have been in the high 60's, low 70's (celcius.) Fan speeds are in the 3000's RPM. Once in a while, the CPU goes up over 80°C.

Under no load, it seeme to vary between 30-50°C and fan speeds are around 2000-3000 RPM. This is for both the CPU and GPU, though sometimes the CPU dips below 2000. The CPU seems to be consistently about 5° hotter. The fan speeds on the GPU are usually around 500 RPM higher.

I haven't really messed around with any settings yet, besides turning the Turbo mode on just to see how loud the fans are (loud but not quite as loud as I was expecting them to be. With a headset on, it would be fine. No headset necessary with Turbo turned off) so all of those numbers are with settings on "Auto" and "Normal". I bought a cooling pad but have not felt the need to use it yet.

If you have any more questions or want some more numbers, let me know and I'll help you if I can.

edit to add:

I plugged my laptop cooling pad in and have been using it for about an hour or so and it has reduced CPU and GPU temps by about 5-10°C.

u/z4yyy · 2 pointsr/Dell

My 7577 was throttling too in summers reaching 85-90C then I looked for the solutions & found undervolt fixes it, so now I’m using this method since year never had any throttle or overheating issue

  1. Download Throttlestop

  2. Undervolt
    CPU: -0.100V to -0.145V (Find your stable frequency by running stress test for 5 minutes)
    Cache: Same frequency as cpu undervolt
    iGpu: -50 to -55

  3. Download Msi afterburn undervolt+overclock nvidia gpu using graph curve

  4. Buy 20-30$ Cooling pad I’m using this one since one year

  5. Make sure fans/vents are clean because i cleaned mine recently & found alot of dust in there behind the vents
u/Ethom11 · 2 pointsr/MSILaptops

Here it is. There are more expensive options but this one is very quiet and does the trick.

u/maschine2014 · 2 pointsr/techsupport

Make sure you are on a flat surface as well that will make a difference. Also a laptop stand with fans underneath would help:

u/DeliciousGorilla · 2 pointsr/battlestations
u/ckopoct · 2 pointsr/MSILaptops

No reason it won't last a few more years . The most likely culprit is dust. If you are comfortable opening it up, give it a real good cleaning and definitely consider a repaste. I suspect your temperatures will drop at least 10c. I use this cooling pad and it makes a big difference. It's nearly silent.

u/eliteprotorush · 2 pointsr/nintendo
u/Gsbuild · 2 pointsr/buildmeapc

So I looked at a bit of stuff and made sure you could get the most expensive desk on that site when I was looking at it. The monitor I have add is that isn't on the PC part picker list is for productivity. The one on the PC part picker list is Moe of a gaming monitor. I choice to got for ergonomics rather then style, but you might like how it looks too. Also added windows 10 pro to the parts list. All in all, this is what I came up with.

Mouse:  $100

Keyboard: $66

Chair: $250

Desk: $2000 max

$2416 left for pc



Universal dock:

u/shopineer · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

What about this [Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK] (

Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core, 15.6", 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5, Windows 10, 5.67 lbs.

It also has a good cooling system, an IPS screen for wider viewing angles and a long battery life. You can quite easily upgrade RAM later on if required.

I think you can get a [docking station] ( for it if you want to connect more monitors.

For more options you can check this [list of gaming laptops] ( There are several good options within budget there, depending on what you are looking for.

u/dlstarr7 · 2 pointsr/mac

Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100)

u/alliancen7 · 2 pointsr/razer

I'm using this and it works really well: the used deals go for about $60-70, but any 3.0 Displaylink capable dock should do the trick!

u/rifrafs · 2 pointsr/techsupport

try a displaylink USB dock,
I use these with Dell, HP & toshiba laptops

u/TechieBastard · 2 pointsr/techsupport

I got 3 of these for my Asus laptops and they all work great. Supports 2x HDMI monitors each on risers plus have laptop open to form visual triangle, all 3 screens work perfectly.

*forgot to add, just grab some HDMI to VGA or DVI cables or adapters as necessary.

u/DataBar · 2 pointsr/GamingLaptops


It's cheap, can't get more airflow than that unless you want fans built into your prop, which you have to plug in. This thing folds up.

u/WellsMck · 2 pointsr/Alienware

AW stuff is cool, but I prefer Logitech over anything else. Their products are backed by great warranties, and their products have a pretty good lifespan. Every logitech product I've ever owned is still alive and kicking. The G810 is pretty sweet, and with Aurora software can do some pretty cool stuff. My friend has one of their wireless mice and it's really nice. He can always add the powerplay powermat so he never has to charge it.

When I used my AW 13r3 as my primary desktop setup (before I built another PC) I always used one of those portable metal laptop stands so that it would have as much room to breath as possible.

u/BananaRambamba1276 · 2 pointsr/MSILaptops

This is exactly what I got:

Gives you the perfect amount of clearance for the fans to breath and it travels really well.

Edit: I actually saw that someone else here picked this up for their laptop and said it was great

u/sayswai · 2 pointsr/razer

Awesome, I also use a laptop stand ( specifically) with the Blade!

Intelxtu, which is what I use for undervolting, also tracks temps so you can utlize that. Speedfan would also work too.

u/aquaphire · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Steklo - X-Stand for MacBook and PC Laptop, Aluminium Adjustable/Portable, Cooling Universal Stand for size 12"-17" Screen

u/jnrandall · 2 pointsr/Alienware

Hey. I just purchased the exact config from the Dell outlet as a certified and refurbished last week. I don’t have the thermal issues like your device but my temps did cross 84C and I was concerned. The avg temps are in the mid 70s during Tom Clancys The Division gameplay. This is the most resource intensive game I have at this point. Someone here recommended that I raise the laptop in the air. Well I purchased the Steklo - X-Stand Now gameplay temps are peaking in the mid to upper 70s and averages around 68-72C. After you blow out the dust, try raising the back up and see if that helps. Good luck.

u/fuelhandler · 2 pointsr/Alienware

Yup. The stand is an aluminum “X” with 4 points of contact (2 at the bottom edge, and 2 at the back corners. Basically “floating” an inch and a half off the desk at the back.

u/FrostyTheAce · 2 pointsr/ableton

Alright, so I just got my laptop (GS65-RTX 2060), and I've already unboxed it.


Before I begin, I want to recommend these 2 peripherals: A laptop sleeve; and A laptop stand .Both of them are perfect for this beast.


I had a lot of doubts about this laptop, before getting it, and I was still over the fence. But now that I have it in my hands, and am an owner, I know that this is the one for me. I am absolutely blown away by it. I saw it and used it in a store a few times, but having your own personal device, and really gelling with it, is something else!


Right off the bat, the build quality is really solid. I know people complain about creaking and fragility, but my model is extremely solid. The screen is so buttery smooth, and the colors are extremely vibrant. The keyboard feels a little awkward at first, but once you get used to it, it's extremely satisfying. The touchpad, is extremely silky, and it's large area is very useful.


I know the speakers have gotten a lot of flak, but I like them a lot. They are loud and very clear. They won't bring the house down, but I don't need them to anyways.


If you want me to run any tests let me know :)

u/Adelfuntz · 2 pointsr/razer

It's not the most beautiful, but I have been using this when traveling and have zero complaints! I have a larger ones as well that are permanent fixtures at my home and office desks.

In terms of ones to keep at your desks, I concur with the aluminum Satechi or Rain stand suggestions. At home, I use the Razer Chroma stand mainly as it has a built-in USB hub for my keyboard and mouse.

u/99K9s · 2 pointsr/Lenovo

Doesn't get too much hotter than that, it just throttles more often.

Use Throttlestop. Xtu is not as reliable. It is known to not apply settings from time to time. I caught it doing this a number of times.

Lenovo has the fans locked up for now.

Lifting up the laptop for better airflow helps some. Anything lifting the back will help.

Some temp spiking here and there shouldn't adversely effect the performance or the lifespan of the laptop.

u/scobility · 2 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

This is the one in the pic, but the angle is a bit low for my liking, and that monitor riser has 6.25" in clearance, so I just got this and like it much more.

u/arashinoko · 2 pointsr/maschine

The (computer) monitor in the center is definitely better than having it off to one side. If you don’t use the (computer) keyboard much, it shouldn’t be a problem.

As for Maschine, you want it to be as comfortable to use as possible. I recommend putting it on this Amazon Basics laptop stand:

It’s cheap, but doesn’t feel cheap. It’s all metal and has decent rubber feet, and it doesn’t wobble or slide around at all when I’m banging on the pads or pushing buttons. The viewing angle is adjustable. One of the settings near the max angle (between about 30–35°) is pretty much perfect. The screens are very easy to read and I can use all the controls without arm fatigue. It makes a big difference not having to hunch over it to see what you’re doing, and if you’re mostly focused on the Maschine displays, you don’t have to look over at your monitor that much.

I think if you add that stand and get some speaker stands for your monitors, this setup should work pretty well.

u/archie_dota · 2 pointsr/Battletops

Thanks! It's an AmazonBasics one:

Been pretty happy with it!

u/sijomaGer · 2 pointsr/Alienware

i use this, very cool and basic. also sturdy.

u/hodlhodl33 · 2 pointsr/AskBattlestations

Laptops get warm that is fine and even if the fans turn on don't get too worried over it. That's what they are there for. If it is getting hot and the fans are on more often than not, try raising your laptop so there is more ventilation under it.

u/anjuna127 · 2 pointsr/MusicBattlestations

this, for your Push, which is sitting so nice & so central. thank me later.

u/TrapWolf · 2 pointsr/Workspaces

Omfg I completely forgot about raising the laptop. It's literally a g a m e c h a n g e r. I got the AmazonBasics Metal Monitor Stand and then a wireless keyboard. However, I saw that OP was on a budget so I can recommend an adjustable laptop stand like this or this.

u/FiveWoodWilson · 2 pointsr/ableton

I have a Push 2, 88 key wighted piano midi keyboard, Moog Grandmother, 2i2, Cheap Mic and some instruments. Also a mouse and (qwerty) keyboard. A gaming mouse helps a lot for mixing and fine tuning. Id say get a cheap second hdmi monitor and have your studio monitors positioned so you can look at the monitor and hear perfect, then use the laptop as a second monitor to keep plugins/files open. Id recommend this stand for your push. (linked below) I had some other gear and got rid of it, really I just need the push, mouse, and (qwerty) keyboard.

u/helloxhello · 2 pointsr/vipkid

AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Computer Holder Desk Stand

u/spasticsquirrel · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

Get a good chair and make sure your computer is at eye level. If you use a laptop on a desk you need one of [these] (

Also your mouse and keyboard should be below the desk.
Look into ergonomics.

u/ACCGirl · 2 pointsr/Accounting

I use this adjustable stand from Amazon, as well as an external keyboard and wireless mouse. If I don't use it, my neck really starts to hurt after a few days from looking down so much. I don't know how everyone else stands it (no pun intended).

When the client has crappy chairs, I bring a lumbar support cushion or a small pillow to help.

u/hellothisisbs123 · 2 pointsr/razer

so under neath my desktop on the left is just a keyboard box i have left over so dust doesnt get sucked in from the carpet so i have it raised above it. the stand is off of amazon basics i believe its this one

u/PerpetualNoobie · 2 pointsr/cycling

I just built one out of 1.5" and 2" PVC pipe for about $60. The majority of it is 1.5" but I wanted the height to be adjustable so the lower sections of the legs are 2" that the 1.5" legs of the top portion slide into.

I mounted an AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand to the two top crossbars which added another $20 to the cost, but you could definitely come up with a less expensive home-brew solution to this part. (I used a $5 cookie baking sheet while I was waiting for delivery of the laptop stand).

This is not glued together permanently yet as I am going to add some pieces to mount a small (~32") TV and Blu-ray player, but it is solid as it is. Been using it for a couple of weeks now.

u/video_descriptionbot · 2 pointsr/collegeinfogeek

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u/cuckoosnestflybyteam · 2 pointsr/ableton
u/frosty374 · 2 pointsr/Battletops

I like where you are heading. Could really take it to the next level with alaptop stand a dual monitor mount

u/iBlasian3GS · 2 pointsr/Battletops

No dock, just a laptop stand from Amazon. Used a standard thunderbolt to vga adapter to run the first and a usb to vga to run the second.

u/Werespider · 2 pointsr/MSILaptops

I use a standard laptop cooler stand with a pair of these. I have the GS60 with one on each exhaust fan (my model only has two). They can get a bit noisy at full blast, but I almost never see temps over 70c with a +125mHz OC on the GPU.

60-70c is normal for laptops under load, and even 80c shouldn't be damaging. Better safe than sorry though.

Here's a picture of my fans.

u/Arcturus075 · 2 pointsr/Alienware

Yeah they have lost their edge a bit, but not too blinded by fandom to ignore it. I have no problem going against its constitutes, even if it falls at times. All in all it is your choice, whatever you choice; various heat temps by others reported has a lot of factors the temp of the room, what it is on, the dust built up over time. No matter what you end up choosing to go with, I would say get a extra laptop cooler on your machine, every little bit helps overtime.

Personally I have two coolers on my laptop machine, (Coolmaster massive 200mm fan I believe, and havoc vacuum on the vent [CPU focus] on the side./vacuum is an example they don't make my model anymore they cost 15-30 usually on amazon.) and it helps it run much cooler. I will now always keep the combo, because it's just overall healthier for the machine. I have 10 year old machine so it actually needs it now. Thermal past has worn away.

If you are bit paranoid about cooling (for laptops you should always be) a 3rd party seller that can help out is they offer stronger cooling that's above any manufacturers default; cost more obviously. ( $35ish.) Can customize them too, an they have more than just Alienware (seems the 17x 980m is sold out for the moment sadly.) there too pretty much every gaming laptop brand.

An AW fanboy so I want to bully towards them(pretty colors!), but you have to get what is right for you. If there is another brand that's cheaper that seems to be the better performer go for it! AW is about gaming and doing whatever you want with the power that machine gives, and it's not the only one that can do it. Just don't get a macbook pro...I will not support that at all, and they actually run as hot gaming laptops without the power! But in all I just want to help a fellow gamer out. Giving you the most tools that can use to make a judgement.

u/nhremna · 2 pointsr/Overwatch

I bought this and both gpu and cpu temp's were lowered by 10C each (without any cleaning or thermal paste)

Changing the battery plan from balanced to high performance may have had some effect, but it is hard to quantify. It does feel like i am getting better performance, but it might be placebo.

I have i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz + GTX950M + 12GB RAM and I run 1680x1050 (75% rendering, low preset except for 4x anisotropic filtering, FXAA, high texture, medium model) at 70FPS basically stable. Sometimes when Mei freezes me it might be going down (perhaps 50?) due to some effect BS

I really thing the opolar fan is much much much better than laptop stand style coolers. You put it on, and temperatures fall by 10C right off the bat.

u/VitaHemp · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Take a look at this extra cooler. Someone else linked the same type of design as this one, but from what I can tell this one seems to get better ratings and reviews. Granted, I didn't look too much into it.

You should also take a look at this cooling pad. I have a similar version and it worked absolute wonders for me until I finally got my desktop. It's a very open cooler so air flow shouldn't be too much of a problem as you stated you experience with your current cooler.
You can also adjust exactly where you want the fans so that they blow right into the vents on your laptop.

Of course, there's the obvious possibility that your laptop outputs far more heat than mine did, so take my recommendation of this cooling pad with a grain of salt.

u/digitallama · 2 pointsr/thesims

I wonder if something like this might work better for you? I haven't personally tried it, but it looks like it would make sense for a laptop with air vents on the side.

u/maslowk · 2 pointsr/techsupport

You may or may not have the ability to overclock your processor, depending on the specific model of your cpu and motherboard. That aside though, it also depends on the efficiency of your laptops cooling system; if its too low overheating could be a serious issue, like physically damaged parts.

If you do decide to go this route I would recommend getting a good cooling pad if you don't already have one, particularly one with a fan blowing directly on whatever hotspots you have. I would also recommend getting a forced air cooler like this one

u/2jokesWalkInto · 2 pointsr/techsupport

You didn't follow directions hardly at all, yet darned if you didn't get it working. Good going.

50°/60° is pretty normal for a laptop (and even plenty of desktops). While designed to run at this temperature, electronics of course last longer when cooler. Cooling pads typically lower temps 5° or so (though this one looks tempting). I don't have any longevity studies to prove this, so feel free to adapt your equipment to however you like rather than vice versa.

u/terracide99 · 2 pointsr/blackdesertonline

Sorry for the late reply

A 1080m should be able to handle gaming workload of current games if gaming on 1080p resolution, but can't compare to 20xx series if more games adopt DLSS and/or ray tracing in the future. The only thing you need for eGPU is a USB-c with Thunderbolt 3 support, which should be stated clearly on spec sheet. However, don't get laptop with Intel ultra portable CPUs (there's a 'u' @ the CPU model name), cause the T3 has only half the maximum bandwidth compare to other laptop CPUs

I have had couple different laptops through out the year, and they all get toasty while gaming except for large ones that's more like a portable desktop. There are heat extractor you can buy to help keep things cool, they work pretty good from my experience

u/TheEmoEmu · 2 pointsr/techsupport

There's this available from Amazon that should ship to Belgium

u/BlackenedPies · 2 pointsr/intelnuc

A post I considered regarding temps:

With turbo disabled (2.6 GHz) and the Cool fan profile, my SC NUC is 50C at idle, 65 watching movies, 83 under full CPU load, and 92 playing 3D games. 80C is the recommended long term temp (Tcontrol)

90+ is concerning and I wonder about the health of other components at that temp. Below is a couple tips for reducing temp and I welcome any others

Undervolt the CPU and GPU. This reduces voltage and heat. To do this, go to BIOS (press F2), Advanced, and slide the voltage down on core and uncore (slice and unslice for GPU). Do one at a time, either CPU or GPU. Then run a benchmark like Cinebench for CPU or Heaven for GPU. If it passes, reduce voltage. If it crashes, increase and run again. There's more tuning you can do, but I'm not an expert

Buy a laptop cooler. I've had luck with Opolar. It stays on without adhesive, albeit must be attached upside down, but is loud and the auto-temp makes it overly noisy at low work loads. At the minimum fan speed it's not too bad. Temps while gaming have been reduced by 9C

How else can users reduce temps and what's the effect of 80+ on lifespan?

u/impoverished_techie · 2 pointsr/laptops

Yes, an air vent. Sometimes it doesn't fit on certain laptops because of the way their vents are designed. This particular fan has a guide showing what it can fit on:

Have you had this laptop for a while or is it brand new?

u/TheWetBooger · 2 pointsr/macbook

Was considering this a few months back and in all the youtube videos I saw it only helped by a few degrees. I believe the only real solution that works is a vacuum but is only available to Windows users.

u/sadistic_angel · 2 pointsr/MSILaptops

this style seems to be popular right now. There's a bunch of different models that you can find on Amazon.

u/TRUMP2016BUILDWALL · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I have the y510p which is the precursor to the y50, this oppo cooler does wonders

u/speedinfusion · 2 pointsr/Dell

I bought a DA200. I love it. $50 today on Amazon.

The only issue I had is the power to the USB type C would cut out after a few min when on Wifi. For some reason the Wifi power effects the USB type C port. I set the power to %50 to be safe (I've heard %75 works but I don't need it) and now 0 issues. I spent too much time trying to figure it out.

u/talones · 2 pointsr/Dell

I use this Dell adapter.

Dell Adapter, USB Type C to HDMI/VGA/Ethernet/USB (470-ABQN)

Or just use the amazon basics USB3 to gigabit if you don’t want to pay a high price for the thunderbolt license.

AmazonBasics USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

u/sparksdls · 2 pointsr/Dell

I have this HDMI-only adapter:

and this Dell adapter with HDMI & Ethernet:

Both work fine with my XPS-13 9350.

Given that the above HDMI-only adapter works well, this HDMI & Ethernet adapter from the same vendor would probably be good (it's cheaper than the Dell):

u/Iron_Piston · 2 pointsr/thinkpad

Dell sells this one with a VGA port, Ethernet, HDMI, and USB A, but at triple the cost of the one you picked out. I'd say the one you found looks sufficient, but this one may be able to serve more purposes. In general Amazon Basics products are supposed to be pretty good.

u/Zemunsta · 2 pointsr/macbookpro

Here are some options that I was able to find:

u/BeanieBanta · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I am not experienced on which laptop cooler is better than the other, but this is a high rated one.

u/JardaCZE_159 · 2 pointsr/lowendgaming

Yeah. You can run some modern games too on low or medium details. Anyway. it is based on AMD so i recommend to buy some cooling pad like this: >!\_2243862011\_1\_10/143-5034197-1898568?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1564183831&sr=1-10!<


And you didn't tell me the disc specs. SSD or HDD?


-Sry for bad english. Peace. :-)


u/Ktarn · 2 pointsr/MSILaptops

I am using With my msi gs63vr 7RG. Idle I am sitting at 50c. With the pad before I was sitting in 53 to 58c. In ghost recon wildlands I am sitting at 80c vs 90c with cooler boost on and no cooling pad. With the pad and cooler boost I get more FPS and stay cooler.

On avg I noticed about a 10c various between with pad and without. Also these temps was with driving the laptop screen plus a 2560x1080 monitor.

u/misterjbn · 2 pointsr/thinkpad

What you said is correct; it'll perform worse than the i7 if it gets too hot and the CPU throttles down. Here's the explanation for the XPS (note the previous gen CPU) but the concept is still the same:

And here's the cheap laptop cooler I got: Cooling Pad

u/ThatGuyinNY · 2 pointsr/MSILaptops

I've got a cooling pad and play BF1 heavily and also have the Vive headset so lots of VR games. I've seen a -10C degree difference when using the cooling pad and the internal fans on high. (I always use the internal fans on high when playing. As someone said, they are cheaper to replace than the GPU or CPU.)

I use this one. It's got two different elevation levels on the legs at the top. My only complaint is that the little pieces that flip out at the bottom to keep the laptop from sliding off are pretty flimsy. But it does its job for me.

Someone on the subreddit recently stated that cooling pads are bad because the fans could somehow damage the internal fans. Not sure how that could happen as the force of the fans in the cooling pad is relatively light. Nothing like that has happened to my 17" GT72 6RE.

u/blazinarno · 2 pointsr/MSILaptops

I'm also looking for a cooling pad for my 17.3in Stealth Pro. Have you looked at the ones on Amazon? 1 or 2

u/WaldoWhenWeNeedHim · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Most mobile graphics cards last a while (though this varies on who built your laptop) due to their general lack of heat output (in comparison to a desktop version), while companies generally put a lot of the extra space in a gaming laptop to use cooling the GPU.

I would say it should run solid around 4-5 years depending on how hard you are pushing your computer. If you are playing multiple hours of games like Witcher 3 five+ days a week maybe a little less. I would recommend an external fan for your laptop, as it will help cool the internals, which should give some more stability in the long run. May not make things as quiet as can be, but will save you money down the road.

Here's a link to one I've used that works relatively well, while allowing you to eat dinner on the same date if you are interested.


I may have read this question wrong...

u/N0OBSYSADMIN · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

You don't really need a cooling pad for that laptop. The cooling system is adequate. But, I would recommend this one. Here

u/Snailhog · 2 pointsr/Alienware

Hi darmasita! I am sorry but I might have been exaggerating slightly in my comment - 'cool' there means around 60 - 65 C -ish (on Empyrion - never played Witcher).

I have about the same undervolt (don't have the computer available right now) as you but the cooling pad really helps i believe. If I don't use that it gets about 8 - 10 C hotter :/ I've never had a peak in the 90's after downvolting, but the occasional peak into 80's do occur on Rome 2 (usually on big battles).

Also, I usually play on medium settings with only a few settings cranked up (such as textures), which I think helps as well (I've only ever had budget computers in my life, so even medium settings look good for me xD).


In case you're interested, this is the cooling pad I use.

cooling pad

My cooling pad is for 15' screens but since the A15 protrudes at the back, I really wish I had bought a slightly bigger one xD

u/iRevoz · 2 pointsr/gigabyte

I was actually looking at this, do you think it'll cover the vents? I have not received my laptop yet so I can't check

u/yetanotherfriggename · 2 pointsr/MSILaptops

Well first off make sure the laptop is slightly elevated (pop bottle caps work nicely) as this makes a few degree difference with these units. Secondly its not unusual for this series to run 80-90 at full tilt. You wont see above 90c as this is its set full thermal throttle limit. If you download intel extreme tuning utility you can see the throttling percentage as it starts. Starting at just over 80-85 it starts to ramp up, usually maxing at 50%.

With this utility you can also lower your temps and improve your speed by overclocking (don't worry, it only allows for a very slight OC) and undervolting 20-50mv. Doesn't sound like much but with a completely failed CPU fan on one of this series (pe72, same exact guts) I dropped an easy 5c.

Another solid way is to get some kind of decent cooling pad. Do be warned there really isn't one sold that moves much air you can feel as they run off of USB. Try not to let that fool you, the amount of airflow from even a cheap unit helped my system go from a 75-80ish idle to about 50. Keep in mind my results will be greater than yours since I have a completely unusable fan.

Also keep in mind when you game your going to heat up the CPU from GPU heat as the heat pipes are all connected for some odd reason. If you google image search you will see what I mean.

TLDR: These units always run hot, try propping it up + cooling pad, try undervolting the process (no loss in performance)

u/rick1310 · 2 pointsr/sffpc

Built an SG13/2700X/2080 back in March and I absolutely love it. Here are a few suggestions from my experience:

u/Dante-Alighieri · 2 pointsr/buildapc

No, it won't fit as SFX uses a different mounting standard (150mm x 86mm x 140mm vs 125mm x 63.5mm x 100mm). You can get a bracket that converts SFX to ATX, but you'd probably be better off returning it and getting something else. The SF600 is typically more expensive than your average PSU (as you're paying for the smaller size), you can get a better ATX PSU for less.

u/LoneKrafayis · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

>a suggestion or just an example

Both, what do you think?

If you have a preference for Corsair power supplies, I can change to one. They do not include an adapter plate on the 80+ Gold supplies, only on the 80+ Platinum. The ATX-to-SFX adapter plates that are sold separately are better, as they let you put the power supply off center in the space.

SFX adapter plate at Frys:

SFX adapter plate at Amazon:

List with Corsair SFX power supply:

Edit: see below about fan size

Edit: looking at your list

Ryzen-3000 might not work with your X470 without a upgrade. The 512 GB Intel 660p is a fine drive, but the 1 TB HP920 is faster. I moved to the larger SSD as it will be faster and let you install more games at once.

Anandtech: SSD 2018 Benchmarks, 660p vs HP920

YouTube Linus: How SSD Technology Keeps Getting WORSE! - Intel 660p Review

u/MonkeyTheMonk · 2 pointsr/sffpc

I have a nano-s myself, that I put together about a year ago.

Biggest thing I would suggest is a SFF PSU so that you don't choke the video card. Otherwise your PSU will hug really close to the GPU fans. Get the silverstone SFX to ATX mounting plate for some extra ventilation.

The other option is an AIO type video card, which sounds like it is a little out of the budget.

u/NevilleDevil · 2 pointsr/sffpc

Z270 chipset does support overclocking, while B250 and H270 chipsets don't

I have the AsRock Z270i Fatal1ty and I undervolt my (delidded) 7700k so I don't produce as much heat, as I don't have the mesh front variant of the case. I liked the Z270i Fatal1ty and Z270i Strix for the Z270 motherboars. If you're not getting a K processor I would go with the H270i Strix over the other options due to the features on it compared to other H270i and B250i boards. If your gaming I would get 3200MHz ram, as it does help in memory dependent games.

The SFX psu gives you more room to work in, and the adapter only cost around $10. I would say go for the extra 20 euro for the 600W psu, as PCPartpicker doesn't account for overclocking and I would rather get a slight overkill then a psu that isn't enough. With the adapter, I was able to fit the C1 from Cyrorig (however its a bit tight, and would install all the modules and cables before). You're using an AIO, air cooler doesn't apply.

I use this fan, however I believe there probably is a better one, whichI'll let a fan expert give a proper recommendation. Since you're using an AIO, I would recommend a good Static pressure fan (separate) and using the variant of the case that has the mesh.

u/theotherdanlynch · 2 pointsr/buildapc

That depends on which 1050 Ti you get and how long your PSU is. A card with dual fans will be longer and one of the fans will usually be beyond the end of your PSU.

The other option would be to go with an SFX PSU and an ATX-to-SFX adaptor for $10. That would give you a lot of extra space between the PSU and GPU.

u/SonicImmora · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

You might have to purchase an atx-sfx psu bracket for the case. Here is a really good one: SilverStone Technology Universal ATX to SFX Power Supply Bracket RL-PP08B

u/TheDreamingMonk · 2 pointsr/sffpc

Get the offset Silverstone ATX to SFX bracket. It'll help you gain a bit more room.

There are others but often times put the PSU in the center of the bracket, taking away valuable space.

u/SimonSkarum · 2 pointsr/sffpc

Just to add to the trouble of choosing, I'd throw the Cougar QBX (19.9 L) or the Sharkoon QB One (14.9 L) into the mix. Both are great cases that'll fit your parts perfectly.

For parts, this is what I'd get within your budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor | £196.00 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard | ASRock - B450 GAMING-ITX/AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard | £116.94 @ More Computers
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | £136.79 @ Aria PC
Video Card | Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card | Purchased For £0.00
Power Supply | Silverstone - 500W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply | £80.99 @
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £530.72
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-19 13:11 BST+0100 |

  • CPU: Comes with a better cooler than the 2600 and it'll better boost clocks. Same price as the 8400 and a decent cooler, and much better value in my opinion.

  • RAM: Upped it to 16 GB and slightly faster RAM. It was within your budget and it's nice to have a bit of a buffer before maxing out your RAM. Also Ryzen benefits from dual channel RAM.

  • Case: I left the case open, as it's very much a personal thing. I'd personally get the Sharkoon QB One for around £50, but the Cougar QBX and Sugo SG13 are also great options.

  • PSU: Switched to a very decent SFX PSU. It'll allow you to switch to an even smaller case if you feel like it in the future. You might need a SFX to ATX bracket, but those are fairly cheap to come by.

    I hope this helps, or at least serves as inspiration :)
u/TheBloodEagleX · 2 pointsr/homelab
u/SirPercivalChang · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Also it won't fit in a standard ATX case without an adapter.

Edit - My bad, it already comes with an ATX to SFX adapter.

u/madmars · 2 pointsr/sffpc

32G of RAM is overkill. If you get serious about photo/video editing you're going to want an IPS monitor anyway. The QBX comes with one fan (92mm or 80mm, can't recall). You probably only need one more fan on the top, or maybe the front.

The SF600 is going to need an ATX to SFX bracket with the QBX. If you have a Fry's or Microcenter nearby, you can probably pick it up for $6.

u/sk9592 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Silverstone sells one. Silverstone also bundles an adaptor with all their SFX power supplies. Other manufacturers might as well. You should double check with the particular power supply you are buying.

u/pslate · 2 pointsr/sffpc
u/TaedusPrime · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Gonna need this for the sfx psu in a atx case.

Build looks good. If you're set on that case though you could change the psu to a normal atx. You can get a evga g2 supernova 650w for the same price and not need an adapter.

Paying a premium for that sfx psu for really no reason.

u/ShadowBoogers · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I think you need an adapter bracket for that case for SFX power supplies.

SilverStone Technology Universal ATX to SFX Power Supply Adapter Bracket in Black Color PP08B

Take a look at the Silverstone SG13-B case, with an ATX to SFX PSU bracket and an SFX Power Supply and see how that suits you. It will allow space for a full-size GPU as well later on down the line.

Are you planning on using the Stock cooler included with the CPU?

Edit: The SG13B is about 2/3 the volume of the CM 110 but holds all the same stuff, and looks better imho

Edit edit: NVM noctua cooler lol

u/podboi · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Yeah putting an intake on the bottom should mitigate that.

Also I saw this solution one time on youtube, get a small form factor PSU and then get this, it adapts the SFX PSU to standard size (the face plate that is) so it will mount properly, that way the gap between the PSU and the GPU will be a bit bigger therefore allowing it to breathe better.

u/909kidd · 2 pointsr/SamsungDex

I use the Dell WD15 Monitor Dock. I like it heavyduty Dex Station.

u/Chilidog99 · 2 pointsr/Dell
u/ganlet20 · 2 pointsr/mac

I have a 2017 MBP 13 and use a dell universal USB-C dock to project onto 2 monitors for a total of 3 displays. It says it's capable of projecting onto 3 external displays but the MBP might limit that. It also seems to charge my laptop as fast if not faster than the included charger Apple bundled.

There are probably options that are a bit cheaper and include a little less but this works fine with a MBP once you install the Displaylink drivers.

Edit: I originally linked to the d3100 dock but turns out I'm using the D6000.

u/thespieler11 · 2 pointsr/Alienware

Don't mind the low review score on Dell's website. If you are not running the latest bios for your system any dock will give you issues. I have already 5 deployed at my office and they work great.

*Edit Based on what you said you have 3 monitors this dock will only do 2+ laptop screen. You really should find a thunderbolt dock which has the ability to push a lot more bandwidth. Unfortunately my experience with Dell's offering was bad.

u/gdeadfan · 2 pointsr/Dell

Currently $156 on Amazon

I just received mine Saturday and it is really really nice. Awesome build quality, huge rubber grip on the bottom, and it keeps your XPS 15 charging too (make sure you get the 180W version). I haven't had a chance to try yet, but I'm hoping the Mini Displayport out will be able to use my 2010 27" iMac as a display. USB C is just such a cool connector too.

u/legonate416 · 2 pointsr/Dell

Besides wattage, what's the difference between this and the WD15?

u/skybob22 · 2 pointsr/razer

Based on what you're describing, what you're looking for is probably less of a hub and more of a USB-C/Thunderbolt dock.


I have this CalDigit USB-C Dock which I use with my Blade 14". The build quality is very nice and sturdy and it tends to work fairly well. Though your mileage may vary.

It doesn't charge the blade 14" though b/c you can't push 165W of power through USB-C, but it should be able to charge the stealth just fine. There are also other USB-C/Thunderbolt docks such as Dell's WD15 Dock and Pluggable's USB-C Dock. Though most USB-C/Thunderbolt docks tend to have a mixed bag of reviews, so make sure to do your research before selecting one.


Though as for the "Affordable" part, that depends on what you consider affordable. Most of the docks tend to cost around $150

A hub, which is normally unpowered (No external supply besides the usb connection), would probably have similar ports and be cheaper, but likely would not charge the computer

u/ludakrish · 2 pointsr/mac

For when I'm on-the-go I usually just leave these two things in my bag:

Aukey (30W) charger for my rMB 2016. Great for the 29W requirement of the rMB, but I don't think it will charge the current MBPtb as fast as the included Apple charger. There are certainly similar alternatives available on Amazon that are better suited for the power requirement of the MBPtb though.

Cable Matters USB-C Cable
Only for charging. Data transfer with this cable is at USB 2.0 speeds (like the Apple cable included in the box). I prefer this to the apple cable because the adapter is at a right angle, and thus sends the cable directly backwards instead of off to the side. This is far less obtrusive/annoying when I'm sitting at my desk at work. charging

When I'm at home I use the Dell WD-15 as a dock. This charges my rMB at full speed in addition to being a source of USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio out, and my HDMI/VGA/Mini-displayport monitor connection with a single USB-C input. This dock will definitely charge your MBPtb, but it will do so at a slower speed because it only uses around 60W(?) for charging. I believe Dell makes another dock that has a greater power output if slower charging speed is a big issue for you.

u/Caegs · 2 pointsr/razer

I'm currently using Dell's type c hub for my Blade 14. Works just as intended. I plug it in when ever I'm at my desk to connect two external monitors, a mouse, a keyboard, ethernet, speakers, and an external hard drive.

u/AppHelper · 2 pointsr/Monitors

There are Thunderbolt 3 graphics docks that use the DisplayLink 6000-series chipset with two DisplayPort 1.2 outputs and multiple USB 3.0 ports. However, compatibility with Macs is spotty.

I have a Thunderbolt 3 to 2 x DisplayPort 1.2 adapter and it works like a charm. There are some splitters that also include gigabit Ethernet (that doesn't matter to you because Mac Minis still have Ethernet, thankfully). However, there's no USB output.

u/by_a_pyre_light · 2 pointsr/laptops

I'm pretty sure your laptop has a USB Type-C port though, and the video pass through is part of the USB Type-C spec. So this should still work, or you can look at this one, it just means that instead of being able to hook up 2 4K panels and a bunch of peripherals, you might be able to hook up only 1 4K panel or 1440p panel and a bunch of peripherals due to the bandwidth differences between USB Type-C and TB3.

Worse comes to worst, you can simply return it for a refund, so it costs you nothing to try.

u/MeliciousDeal · 2 pointsr/gadgets

I'm using this Plugable USB-C Triple Display Docking Station for $180, but I'm sure there are cheaper options if you don't need all these ports.

u/hi_im_rob · 2 pointsr/chromeos

For anyone who might be in the same boat I purchased this dock which came with a USB C to C cable:

And then I purchased this USB A to C cable to connect my Lenovo to the dock:

This setup works perfectly for both my thinkpad and my chromebook.

u/lnopoly · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

If you have a laptop with a side exhaust, this external vacuum fan will keep it nice and cool.

Laptop Fan Cooler with Temperature Display, Rapid Cooling, Auto-Temp Detection, 13 Wind Speed(2600-5000RPM), Perfect for Gaming Laptop, Nintendo Switch

u/GoodEyeMight_ · 2 pointsr/blackdesertonline

Stick to any other setting that’s between 60 to lower 80s. You could try getting a laptop cooling pad or this ..i dont own one since mine is incompatible..seems very effective according to reviews.

u/rehpotsirhc123 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace
u/1898smo · 2 pointsr/techsupport

A good cleaning might help. There are these as well.

u/BobbyBobRoberts · 2 pointsr/DIY_tech
u/Zer0ToSixty · 2 pointsr/overclocking

I don't know exactly to what degree, but a cooling pad under your laptop might help if you have intakes or vents underneath. There are also these usb fans that help pull air through your exhaust vent, not sure how effective they are either but moving more air can't hurt.

u/Texxas_Cowboy · 2 pointsr/Alienware

Here is the vacuum.

The vacuum fan was the number one thing to bring down my temperatures. I was playing battlefront 2, undervolted to around -0.100, and on the cooling stand and was hitting 80-88 , not dangerous, but I still don't like seeing that number). With it attached, it runs high demanding games around 75-78 peak. Basically it has a suction cup you attach to your laptop vent. Then there are settings for power levels, or you can set it to smart power where it adjusts how much it is pushing out depending on the temperature (only setting I use)

Here it is on amazon.

u/Xzll · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

The cooler I use is this
. I can get a little noisy but with my headset on, I do not hear anything. If you got any questions about it ama.

u/wrightmf · 2 pointsr/macbook

I’ve made this comment before on another post here, but 5 stars goes to the CalDigit TS3 Plus dock. It’s expensive - around $300 - but it does what you’re asking, and more. Through a single thunderbolt 3 port, I have power delivery, two external monitors, an external hard drive, audio, external webcam, and more ports to spare still. I’m not sure I’ve ever been happier with a peripheral purchase.

CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3...

u/advntrus_mofo · 2 pointsr/USBC

Another good option is CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock which should give you one some good connectivity options. Hope that fits your budget. You would also have to get a USB-C to DP cable or some thing similar..

u/xkevinxpwndu · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I'm really liking it! It just came in on Thursday. It's great to only have 1 wire going to the MBP, since it's kind of in my face now.

Correct. It's this one

u/atomicrabbit_ · 2 pointsr/macbookpro

I hear the CalDigit TS3 Plus is the gold standard for docks, but it is a little pricey at $300.

Edit: This is the one I plan to buy for my MBP soon.

u/zootam · 2 pointsr/macbookpro

>when I started looking at usb-c docks

Please note there is a BIG difference between a usb-c dock/dongle/hub and a thunderbolt dock.

>they usually seem to have only 3. I want 4 damnit! (1 media hard disk, 1 time machine, 1 receiver for the keyboard and mouse, and 1 charger for said keyboard and mouse,

You have a usb-c receiver for your keyboard? All of these devices need a usb C port? Not USB Type A? Because most thunderbolt docks have at least 3-5 USB A ports.

>I want to get to my desk, plug 1 usb-c cable into my shiny new mac, and have everything connected like magic.

Get the CalDigit TS3 Plus and call it a day.

u/uhhyeahseatbelts · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I assume Thunderbolt 3/USB-C? Wirecutter has a good breakdown. Basically it’s the Caldigit TS3 Plus. It is a bit pricey.

u/paul499 · 2 pointsr/macbookpro

I got the Caldigit TB3 dock about a month ago and it's been great. I really did my research and I just wanted the best one. I'm running 2 HD monitors and tons of peripherals. I WFH so I wanted the most useful ports + reliability + not a million bucks. Highly recommend.

u/Levantadorr · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Monitor: lg 32uk550

Keyboard: Vortex Race 3

Dock: CalDigit TS3 Plus

u/filchermcurr · 2 pointsr/macbookpro

I've been using this one since I got my 2018 MBP and it works great. It's also pretty pricey though.

... and I guess it's DisplayPort and not HDMI. I'm a useless failure. :(

u/ADCBot · 1 pointr/battlestations

Here A little expensive but the thing feels sturdy. Don't expect to type on this thing, it will wobble a little.

u/1amBulletproof · 1 pointr/macsetups

tldr: 4k at 31.5 (i.e. 32") is useable, which I wouldn't necessarily say for smaller sizes, like 27".

I've actually bounced around many monitors, none of which are even close to perfect imo. I'm always looking for a glossy, high-resolution, gigantic display at a low price. This seiki hits 3/4 but has an matte finish I don't love. Also, the design is average (very limited adjustability and thicker bezel by today's standard). I've owned the dell p2715q previously which also had a matte finish AND was too small to use @ 4k easily. It had a better design, though. Previous to that, I had 2x Dell s2415H which had a beautiful design and glossy finish but were low resolution and fairly expensive for what they were. I've owned other similar monitor setups, but this is my favorite so far. I vastly prefer 1 high resolution monitor rather than multiple lower-resolution monitors. I have also exchanged my (excellent) rain Design mStand for a Twelve South BookArc since I prefer using just 1 monitor.

The short version is I'd like a 5k 32+ inch monitor which is glossy and does not cost all of the money. I figured Apple would make something like that soon and instead they're making a 27" version through LG which costs $999. While priced right for the market, it's just too small to use at higher resolutions and I don't have enough money, nor would I prefer, having multiple monitors at that price.

This Seiki 32" is simply the best compromise for me, at the moment.

u/TheJiggie · 1 pointr/macbookpro

More clarity, It will be built around...

  • 15" MBP Retina
  • Two Dell Monitors
  • Standard USB peripheral setup
  • Laptop Stand

    I also have all the peripherals, audio and other misc. items I plug in so the dock/port replicator would make life easier.
u/Typomancer · 1 pointr/malelivingspace
u/cybereclipse · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

I have a rain design mstand

and a Apple wireless keyboard. Both look brand new. I bought them for my macbook setup right before I ended up building my desktop so they don't have much use. I can do $65 for both. PM me.

u/falsettoclergy · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

It's actually just my laptop stand.

Not super stable, but works well for recording. I'd be afraid to use it live.

u/hbhargava · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

It's the RainDesign mStand. The height is fixed but I like how it's all one piece of aluminum that doesn't flex too much when I type.

u/keystone6 · 1 pointr/battlestations

Most likely this Rain mStand

I have one at work and love it. Incredibly sturdy.

u/KillaKAMO · 1 pointr/mac

I'd highly recommend this aluminum laptop stand, it acts as a secondary heatsink for the entire base of the laptop.

u/carb0nxl · 1 pointr/macsetups

the rain design mstand which is a gorgeous stand on its own. It has the cutout for cable management and the stand doesn't move, and just feels sturdy. I love how it has a deep cutout in the front so you can easily lift the lid of the macbook

u/EMISLIFE · 1 pointr/technology

Does anyone know of a foldable MacBook stand like the one in the link below? I like to have my screen elevated but it's kind of a pain to lug this thing back and forth from school.


Thank you al!


u/markdunphy · 1 pointr/wow

This is the most reasonable answer. I have the same laptop as OP and yes, it gets hot and the fans are constantly on, but it shouldn't be a problem as that just means it's working correctly to dispel the heat. I use this lapdesk when I'm playing on the couch and the mStand at my desk. Both do a decent enough job, though you will definitely still hear the fans a bit. With the lapdesk, at least you won't get burned.

u/frausting · 1 pointr/GradSchool

The [Rain Design laptop stand ](http://Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand,... is what I went for. No regrets!

So well made. My setup is my MBP 13” on the stand with a 27” 5k monitor and I couldn’t be happier.

u/CydeWeys · 1 pointr/shittykickstarters

Sure, but who cares about custom messages on a laptop stand? It's still not going to look good. Something like this laptop stand looks way better and is even cheaper.

u/pablomoca · 1 pointr/thinkpad

Rain mStand

I've used this for 8 years now and it's sturdy as a rock. Pricey but like I said it lasts.

u/Jarrrp · 1 pointr/apple

Available via Amazon, for anyone in the UK. Manufacturer website has $61 shipping to the UK.

u/banjerr · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

I have this one

There is an amazon stand that is very similar for about half the price. I like it. Raises the laptop stand to be at a good height with my other monitors, adds a bit of storage space underneath and acts as a heat sink as well.

u/crazytechno · 1 pointr/apple

Definitely not a good idea to run the computer with the lid closed for long periods of time. The problem is the ventilation. The heat has nowhere to go when the lid is closed so the fans are going to run overtime to try and compensate. Maybe invest in something like this to get the computer out of the way.

u/t_bakez · 1 pointr/DIY

Great work! Do yourself a favor and get a laptop stand (I have the Rain mStand one for my MacBook). It will complete the dual monitor setup!!

Edit: product name. Can be found here

u/macmiles · 1 pointr/battlestations

I apologize, should've posted this earlier:

Desk: Ikea Gerton (with no stain, 220 & 320 sanding, and 3 coats of clear satin poly)

Monitor: Dell U2715H

Laptop: MacBook Pro 2014

PC: Custom built with NZXT 220 Case (not really the focus of the battlestation so I wont go into the specs)

Laptop Stand: mStand

Lamp: LE Swing Arm Desk Lamp

Keyboard: The cheap but fully capable Anker Ultra Compact Wireless Keyboard

Mouse: Apple Magic Trackpad 2

Wallpaper: By the talented Justin Maller

Poster: Only one of the greatest number 10s, Mesut Ozil, playing for THE greatest football club, Arsenal (Can't find a link to the poster though)

u/motorik · 1 pointr/ableton

I've had good luck with one of these: ... not particularly cheap, however.

u/rakedbdrop · 1 pointr/battlestations

Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand, Silver (Patented)

u/Cxameron · 1 pointr/macsetups

Heres my full setup:

u/beley · 1 pointr/thinkpad

It’s a Rain Design laptop stand. Until very recently I was a Mac guy. :) There’s a generic amazon version too that’s the same height and a little cheaper.

I like the angle and height it puts the laptop next to the monitor and like that the space under it is usable as well.

u/CloneClasher · 1 pointr/macsetups

I'm in high school as well and I'm planning to do something like this but I don't want to buy stuff I don't necessary need. Basically the idea to have the Mac on a stand while next to the monitor (which is on a stand as well) is connected to it. There are also speakers, and I'll be using an old keyboard that I have (usb) as well as a bluetooth mouse.

So far this is what I'm thinking:

Laptop stand:

USB Hub:

Basic speakers:

HDMI Cable:

Thunderbolt to HDMI Adapter:

And finally, the monitor:

I haven't decided nor found a good stand for the monitor so if anyone can help that'd be great. Also, anybody else can comment, I was just seeing if this was buying too much or is there an easier way. I have a nrMBP mid 2012 13'' for reference.

u/bitchesintokyo · 1 pointr/battlestations
u/spasticbutthole · 1 pointr/setups

Those msi laptops love breathing room.
I have this stand

It has a hole in the back for cable management and is made of aluminum so it acts like a heat sink and gives your fans room to breath on either side of the laptop.

u/hockeycentre11 · 1 pointr/battlestations
u/DublinBen · 1 pointr/hardware

This is the best notebook cooler you'll ever find. It's made of solid aluminum, has three movable fans, and also tilts you laptop to the proper angle for typing.

u/Vendetta1313 · 1 pointr/buildapc

I would recommend this:

Keeps my laptop extremely cool, even when gaming and the CPU is at full steam ahead.

u/HopeGrenade · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Thanks for all the comments so far. What do people think about getting a cooler like this one:

I essentially use this thing like a desktop, and don't mind having a clunky machine hanging from it.

u/ElliShrax · 1 pointr/Alienware

We're using the Cooler Master NotePal U3. The included fans are completely removable & can be positioned anywhere. Had it for a few years now & has worked well on several different laptops from an MX18 R2 to the 17R4 we have now.

You can probably find something more up-to-date in the same range. :)

u/CalmEscape · 1 pointr/Alienware

I use this one It looks good, metal but still lightweight and I don't bother with the fans.

Edit: not the "Plus" version which is for 19 inch laptops.

u/stormhart · 1 pointr/Alienware

One quick remedy is to elevate the back of your laptop to increase ventilation. This helps it cool better. You may use a laptop cooling pad like this:

In my experience, the cooling pad doesn't even need to have its own fans. Just helping air go through your laptop's cooling system helps a lot.

u/llamaman456 · 1 pointr/techsupport

Unless Im missing something the unit doesnt have any fans or vents on the side, it only has on two fans on the bottom which pull hot air out of the case. Try using a cooling pad like this

then position one fan in the middle to pull cool air into the case and the set the other two fans to help the integrated fans pull the hot air away from the case.

If this doesnt help, rma the unit right away.

u/Iris97083 · 1 pointr/laptops

Buy that! I recently bought it and it's great. Fans are very quiet even when at max speed. Also you can move them around to whichever spots are hot. The design is simple and works very well. Highly recommend.

u/ninjapirate9901 · 1 pointr/hardware

The Coolermaster Notepal U3 is a good alternative as well. Try posting to /r/suggestalaptop if you want some more opinions.

Also just out of interest, when was the last time you cleaned the fans on your laptop? Surely it wouldn't just overheat under normal loads (gaming)? Are you by any chance blocking the fan inlet?

u/stealth809 · 1 pointr/EngineeringStudents

I use this cooling pad for my 17 inch alieneware and I have no complaints (19 inch/3 fan version). The fans can be positioned to where your intake fan is so you have some flexibility. For instance, I have one positioned directly under my cpu intake and another under my gpu intake while the third is in between for extra cooling. I paid around $30 for mine, but if you get the 17 inch model or smaller it should be around $20.

u/IAmYoda · 1 pointr/gadgets

I disagree. I've had the same problem with a HP dv6 and forcing more air in helped me with my heat and throttling issues. I'd agree cleaning it is the best course of action though.

I have this cooler pad. The repositional fans are great!

u/Princecoyote · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Seems to make sense to me. You might want to clean for dust. Some people swear by laptop cooling pads with fans on them, some say they do very little. You could also go for a laptop stand that raises the laptop for better air flow underneath.

u/cz101 · 1 pointr/synthesizers

I lift my smaller synths up on these computer stands. They're reasonably solid and let me sneak other equipment underneath.

u/FreelanceGynecologst · 1 pointr/synthesizers

not sure if you're looking for something that can hold all three at once or not, but I use this stand. it holds one item at varying heights and is fairly solid. to give you an idea of what it can support, I've used them for cdjs, mixers (a behringer 4000 and a Mackie pro12), an mpc 1000, a 13" MacBook pro, and now currently a dsi mopho x4.

u/pre55ure · 1 pointr/synthesizers

Unfortunately there isn't really anything out there that solves this problem. (I wish Jaspers would make a tabletop stand).

The most obvious solution is to replace part of the desk with a jaspers stand, or a double/triple tier keyboard stand.

Like you mentioned in your post, it is possible to use two (or more) of those laptop/dj stands placed next to each other to support a larger keyboard. I have used these and they are pretty stable Laptop stand

You can buy/build a shelf and use something like Ikea "Capita" legs to create a second tier. And use the Ikea "Brada" laptop things to angle stuff better.

You could try to convert more of your equipment into rack mountable format (though this is obviously not always a viable solution)

u/producedbycastle · 1 pointr/trapproduction
u/wrobbinz · 1 pointr/laptops

Hah, forgot to link. Cheers! I know it's a "dj" stand, but works great for just a desk.

u/pigmartian · 1 pointr/synthesizers

For my lower tier I use Bräda laptop stands from Ikea. For my upper tier I support a three foot long shelf from Home Depot on a pair of these laptop stands:

I use Velcro to keep things from sliding around

What's nice is that the two tiers have the same angle.

u/rodentdp · 1 pointr/synthesizers

I have a couple of these in my studio:

I'm also a big fan of using vertical space. To that end, I have a few of these to angle gear, and a couple of these to elevate things above the desk. At work now, but I'll see if I can add some pics later.

u/djshiva · 1 pointr/MusicBattlestations

The TB-03 is on one of these:

The Bass Station is on a combination of a metal folding baking rack that I got at Target years ago and can no longer find, with one of these on top:

Look for folding baking racks at your local store that would have those sort of things. ;)

u/willardwisheswell · 1 pointr/battlestations

Thanks. It's made by Pyle and is actually a DJ laptop stand. Bought it on Amazon for less than $30.

u/drkhead · 1 pointr/Beatmatch

this is the one I got. Actually feels very sturdy actually and I have it raised a bit.

u/NiallSeamistWay · 1 pointr/anime

I'm a working college student and I decided to finally treat myself a little for a better workstation on a budget of ~$200. This is the wallpaper I used.

Total cost of the items I've recently bought on Offerup and Amazon:

u/mornview · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

Anyone here use a laptop stand with their setup? I'm talking about something like this:

I'm currently using a Trigger Finger Pro, which I love, but it is rather large, and I often use it to control many other devices (drum modules, synths, etc.) in addition to having it hooked up to my laptop. And this is all occuring in the relatively small space I have reserved for making music. So if I could get the laptop up over the TFP I'd save a ton of space (I barely need to refer to the laptop anyways).

I'm thinking I'll just custom build a stand, but I'm just curious to see what other people are doing.

u/John_Yuki · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

Should buy an anti-static wrist strap to be on the safe side.

Also some thermal paste. Your PSU/cooler should come with thermal paste already applied, but it is good to have some handy just in case.

Other than that you just need a screwdriver really.

If you are going to buy only a few components for the computer at first, I would get the backbone of it first (CPU, motherboard, RAM). That way, you have them out of the way with. From there you can just get them bit by bit.

u/abw · 1 pointr/hammondorgan

Good advice. An anti-static wrist strap is a sensible precaution whenever dealing with electronic components, boards, etc. I wouldn't open any of my keyboards without one.

u/tenXeXo · 1 pointr/buildapc

Dont build it on carpet, and if youre super worried buy one of these. Super cheap and easy peace of mind.

u/andDrewskY · 1 pointr/Alienware

No it's not really difficult.

I'm not sure Linus mentions this, but make sure power is not plugged in, and hold down power button 5 seconds to drain all power from unit. (*That is really important) I tend to unplug literally everything, as power could be entering a peripheral device via one of their external power sources.

Also, it's a good idea to use a anti-static wrist strap:

However, the same goal is accomplished by holding one hand to the metal frame of the chassis, which is grounding yourself so that static is not transferred to the components you are handling.

These are what some might consider, "overkill" precautions, but should make you feel confident that you are not going to damage what you are working on.

u/AHrubik · 1 pointr/buildapc

The wooden table with the wood floor will be fine. If you're really concerned with it get a anti-static wrist strap.

u/RetroGameBoy · 1 pointr/buildapc

During my build, I had to order SATA cables. Velcro ties came in hand too.

I would also advise getting an ESD wrist strap:

u/MinorityShack · 1 pointr/DIY

It's also very good practice that whenever you touch any computer components with your bare hands to have an ESD on your wrist at all times. Static buildup from you can discharge onto the very tiny electronic components and fuse the nano circuits of a computer. You would never feel or see it either as it takes fractions of what it would take for you to feel. It may not destroy your computer, but it'll rob you of a lot of performance that you just paid top dollar for. That's just my $.02. I work in IT and have A+ certification.

ESD mat for your work top

ESD wrist strap to be clipped to the case to ground you

edit- I forgot to say how fucking cool your setup looks btw. I love the ingenuity.

u/TheYask · 1 pointr/DIY

Heh, thanks. When we moved out of the city we tried being rednecks for a while, but it wasn't quite right. We've been calling ourselves 'bumpkins' for a bit, but 'bubba' might be better.

The idea hit me because this thing is a pain in the ass. Spiral cord means it's always under some pressure, so the clip flies off if it's not really well attached. And since it usually connects to an unpainted surface of the power supply, it's not always easy to find a good place to clip to. All in all it's just super inconvenient to work with it on (especially when something doesn't have a power supply in it).

u/crankyhippie · 1 pointr/buildapc

Wear an anti-static wrist strap when you handle parts. The last thing you want is shorting your motherboard 5 seconds into your build.

u/MulkSock · 1 pointr/CircuitBending

The bracelets are like these, the wallwart i'd recommend looking up since i don't think i'm going to explain it well. But, it's basically a bunch of caps that go between the wall plug, and the device you're plugging in to give some resistance if you do cause a short. You can buy them, or build them im pretty sure. Again i'd do some research of your own, definitely not explaining it right lol

u/ZeroAnimated · 1 pointr/buildapc

You can make that Vac ESD with less than 15 dollars.

Just buy one of these and you will have the ESD version.

And if the nozzles are ESD now, then go get some pastidip.

u/ItsKilovex · 1 pointr/buildapc

Don't think that it's rocket science to build a PC, think of it as a mature version of Lego's.

Everything goes into one place and one place only, your only fear should be damaging the parts. But with common sense, it should be easy to avoid that. A tip for now is to not build on carpet, or anything that can shock you. If possible, try to work on wood. An Anti-Static Wristband should help out.

If you do get stuck on anything, you can just Google it and look around for information. :)

Here's a video on how to build a PC, everything just snaps in to place!

u/KoalaKaos · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Rosewill ESD Anti-Static Wrist Strap Components RTK-002, Black/Yellow

u/CupOfMrT · 1 pointr/buildapc

I am new to PC building but given your situation you might want to be a little cautious.

An $5 anti-static wrist band might be a worthwhile investment to protect your pc from static

u/dv310p3r · 1 pointr/buildapc

Hairy dude, huh... me too.

Hey, if you feel you need it, then the best suggestion I've seen is to make sure it's long. All of them work the same pretty much. It'll get annoying really quickly when you have to move around and grab stuff.

I'll just put this out there. Touching a PSU from a tower, that's plugged in, after you've moved about a little, will handle your static issues.

And to not be the guy who doesn't offer a solution:

That should cut it. It's got a little disconnect so that you'll be able to move around a bit more.

u/worldlybedouin · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you're really concerned you can always get something like this.

u/krunchybacon · 1 pointr/buildapc

As long as you don't build on carpet with socks on static isn't anything to worry about. All you need to do is occasionally touch something metal such as the power supply to ground yourself. If you are still worried you could get something like a cheap Anti static wrist band, just put that on your leg (touching skin) and clip it to something metal/ conductive.

u/Handelo · 1 pointr/buildmeapc

Unless you're on a carpet, you can probably just periodically touch a grounded metal to discharged yourself.

Otherwise, get an anti static wrist strap, like this:

Connect your PSU to the wall socket, make sure the PSU is turned OFF (if you can also turn off the wall socket, even better), put the strap on your wrist and connect the other end to the PSU fan grill. This will ground you properly so that you can safely build your computer.

Again, make sure the PSU is OFF when you do this. You don't want to risk electrocuting yourself.

u/DGC_David · 1 pointr/techsupport

You can probably run to your local Electronic store and pick up a Anti-Static Wristband

u/Hfftygdertg2 · 1 pointr/electrical

I've taken ESD training for a previous job. Even if you can't feel ESD, it's always there unless you are continuously grounded. Even just moving around slightly can create enough of a charge to damage sensitive components. Processors and RAM normal run at around 1-2 volts, and they aren't designed to interface directly with the outside world, so they probably aren't designed with ESD protection (that would add cost, size, and compromise signal integrity). Just a few volts could be enough to damage it. Obviously you should avoid touching the contacts while installing it, but sometimes that's impossible because the parts are so small these days.

If you touch grounded metal, you could have a 50-100 volt charge on your body seconds later just from sitting there. You won't feel it of you touch metal again, since that would take thousands of volts, but it's easily enough to damage sensitive components.

When I said I'm pretty sure I damaged RAM by not taking ESD precautions, I mean obviously I know to touch the grounded case at a minimum. But that wasn't good enough. I don't know for sure how it was damaged, but memory doesn't just go bad and start getting memcheck errors on its own immediately after installing it.

I'm not saying you need an industrial ESD process, but a wrist strap is just a few dollars and it will greatly reduce the risk of damaging anything. An ESD mat is a little more expensive, but nice to have as a safe place to set components while you're swapping them.

You could hold onto grounded metal the whole time you're working, but that's pretty inconvenient, and you might want both hands free.

Edit: if Amazon links are allowed, here's a wrist strap for $6. If your PSU has a physical switch you can turn that off and leave it plugged in, and that will ground the case. You can clip the strap to the case with the alligator clip.

u/nailindapail · 1 pointr/buildapc

Zip tips are a big help with cable management so I'd definitely get some. Unless you live in a pretty hot/humid environment the case fans will be plenty. You can get a magnetic screw driver/magnetic screw tray to make sure those pesky screw don't get lost, but those are those are very optional of course. Can also get an anti-static wrist strap if you are paranoid about static discharges potentially damaging parts but those happen super rarely and are an inconvenience not worth it to many. Other than that seems like you've got everything you need. You really only need zip ties, everything else is optional. Good luck with the build!

u/Fragzor · 1 pointr/buildapc

Around and about. I haven't looked much into it but I was going to buy this one from Amazon

u/lGSMl · 1 pointr/buildapc

I believe 99.99% ppl do not care about this and build PCs just fine, though if you wanna be safe to 100% - just buy this stuff for 5 buck

u/DoubleBeefPatties · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I always touch the PSU and the case. Works great so far. And if you're still paranoid you can get an ESD wrist strap.

u/TeamWorkOPleaseNerf · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Well, components are surprisingly resilient(except the cpu, be careful with the pins or ask someone to put it, you dont want to be 3 hours mucking about with a mechanical pencil trying to straighten pins on a corner) For static, get fluffy the cat out of the room, roll the carpet and get one of these at a local store
All`s good after that

What monitor are you planning to use, a high end card would be a complete waste without either a high refresh or high resolution monitor and i would strongly suggest you buy a 1440p 144 hz monitor like this one with the remaining money

u/TripleOBlack · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

It's probably not worth the trouble of asking micro center. You can purchase an antistatic wrist strap if you aren't comfortable relying on the occasional case touch.

In honesty, you probably won't end up destroying anything. A PC is like a really expensive puzzle; you can't put things where they aren't supposed to go and have the thing explode(most of the time). There are also a TON of videos and guides on it. It's not as hard as one may anticipate.

u/Excal2 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

> Is a glasses-cleaning cloth type okay?

That'll work fine. I often use a toothpick or a ear swab thing to wrap the cloth around, it'll help you get any stubborn stuff up.

I usually clean with isopropyl alcohol, just get the cloth damp and then clean so you don't get it everywhere and have to wait for it to dry.

If you're worried about static, you can just pick up an anti static strap to ground yourself to the case:

Maintaining physical contact with the case will also ground you to it, and it's usually not hard to do so it's just something t o pay attention to.

>my liquid cooler was a huge chore to install/mount so the idea of having to do that again isn't very appealing

Definitely one of the reasons I usually opt for air coolers, the maintenance is easier. That being said, it definitely sounds like you need to re-do the paste. Kaby Lake (7th gen intel) runs hotter than normal but not that hot.

I would probably recommend sticking with the plan to unmount the cooling block and the radiator, that way you can get proper leverage and see what you're doing better.

For thermal paste I usually get Arctic Silver 5 because I'm too lazy to research thermal paste, but there's a few superior options at this point I'm pretty sure.

>I always get super nervous when touching my processor

Well you don't have to unmount the CPU at least, and that's definitely the more scary part. When you're pulling the heatsink off of the CPU, just gradually increase your pulling pressure with a very slow rotation. If it's stuck on there harder than you're comfortable pulling, there are a couple options:

  1. Run a stress test like prime 95 for ~10 minutes before you shut down and begin disassembly, that should leave enough heat to keep the paste pliable.

  2. Use floss and gently work it between the CPU and the heatsink to try to cut through any stubborn dry spots.

  3. Carefully use a blow dryer to warm up the heatsink a bit until the cooler comes loose. Be cautious doing this to avoid static: it's best to disconnect yourself from the case entirely, pick up the hair dryer, apply heat while avoiding touching the case, then set the hair dryer down, discharge yourself by touching a ground (metal vents are my go to), and then reconnect your anti-static strap / resume maintaining contact with the case to ground yourself as you work on removing the cooler.

    Let me know if you have questions.
u/LargoTaco · 1 pointr/buildapc

That actually can help me a lot to build it. I have seen a couple of videos but am afraid of just breaking a pin on the motherboard by connecting it wrong

Does this work to ground myself since my house is basically all carpet:

Rosewill Anti Static Wrist Strap Band with Grounding Wire, ESD Strap with Alligator Clip. Rosewill RTK-002 ESD Wrist Band with Detachable Extra Long Coiled Cord

u/treefroog · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace
  1. If you build, you must buy Windows seperate
  2. because static electricity can kill your components pretty easily, just grab a anti static strap they are pretty cheap, and can save you the cost of a whole component

    as for pre-builts, for the price i think they just are not worth it
u/Newman4185 · 1 pointr/buildapc

It was not hard to build the mobo into the case, just keep on top of your cable management. If you can, remove the HD sled first (unless of course you need it). All the screws come with the products that I purchased, yes. Be careful about stripping screws, just use the proper driver (no power!). I believe I have 8 standoffs mounted + 1 nub that comes pre-attached to the case. I probably watched ALL the youtube videos, lol.

Things I made sure I had for my build before all my parts showed up.

  1. Anti Static wristband

  2. Computer screw set I did end up stripping a screw or two and had to replace them from here.

  3. Nice microfiber cloth for the tempered glass leave the plastic on the glass during the build, it will get loaded with finger prints.

  4. Screwdriver set you probably already have this, I just wanted magnetic ones.

  5. Fine screwdriver I used this A LOT.

  6. Magnetic screw tray

    I got most of these items as a tip from a youtube video but I can not find it at the moment. Yeah, definitely let me know if you need help with anything or just want me to show you "how I did it". The manual for the mother board has the header LEDs defined on there, there is one dead spot (no pin) in the top right, obviously dont use that one but also don't use the one below it even though its labeled ground for the reset button (thats the only issue I had).
u/SourCabbage · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

You could ground yourself with an anti-static wrist strap if this is while you are stationary and petting her.

u/whazup4341 · 1 pointr/MMORPG

Gotcha, well hope things go well for you! I'm the same way with triple A titles which is why I bought a GTX 1060 personally for my computer to last me 3-5 years, with at 5 years being able to run triple A titles on low at least. Though if that's the case with having a lot of downtime at work, I would highly agree on buying a laptop in that case! The laptop you stated does seem decent and should be plenty well enough for some casual gaming, and should be good enough for mmo's. I'd also recommend buying a cooling pad(example) as well for if you're to be playing mmo's, especially if raiding is your interested as raiding can be quite impact-ful on your cpu!

u/hazashotz · 1 pointr/buildapc

Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP)

u/DeputyKovacs · 1 pointr/Lenovo

I just bought the cheapest one with the highest ratings. Here is a link

Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP) by Cooler Master

My mistake it is only a 160mm fan but it works wonders. It's solidly made but it is mostly plastic so be careful with it.

It works via usb so just plug it into one of the usb slots on your laptop.

u/sudostahp · 1 pointr/techsupport

Sounds like a heat management issue. You may have a fan that's dead or on the way out, or maybe five years of dust have taken their toll on the vents.

You can try to gently clear them with a can of compressed air, but it's also likely that a $20 lap cooler such as this one will remedy the problem:

u/faithhammer · 1 pointr/techsupport

For most CPUs that is rather high, and could be causing the issue. Usually games require more processing power, thus causing the cpu to put out more heat. Because you are using a laptop, there are limitations as to what you can do without opening up the case. First, I would recommend trying to get dust out of the laptop. This Video can show you a good way to do it. You can also try getting a laptop cooling pad such as this one, which can help some but not a whole lot.

There could still be another issue causing the random shutdowns, but that heat seems like a likely culprit.

u/ImaginaryEngineering · 1 pointr/wow

I would double what /u/Ikarikaze said, and then suggest a laptop cooling pad to help keep temps low, similar to this :

u/Shitty_Paint_Artist · 1 pointr/techsupport

This is a notebook, correct? You can try blowing out the vent(s) with compressed air to get any dust that might be around the fan. I also suggest getting a cooling pad of some sort. Just doing a quick search, [this one] ( looks promising. That's a link to the US Site, if you're in another country just search "Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim" on Amazon and you'll find it.

u/Bondle · 1 pointr/Tradelands

> Lets go out and buy a load of extremely expensive equipment. Yes I'll thank you. I know the solution to overheating but it's too expensive.

If you seriously can't afford a $15 cooling pad, I'm willing to buy one for you.

u/technowizardlvl20 · 1 pointr/techsupport

Dust, as above.

Buy one of those laptop coolers, it's like a stand with a big fan in it.

I used to have an alienware that got super hot and this fixed the issue.

u/OrangeBuck · 1 pointr/laptopama

The X-slim cooling pad helps significantly. I read somewhere that it cools by 10 degrees. After heavy gaming - see the Tomb Raider example above - with the laptop on the cooling pad, the bottom near the fans (near where the exhaust fans are) is basically not hot at all. The X-slim does a fantastic job at cooling. Also the build quality is nice. I think that at $20 it's a pretty good deal, and even if the pad goes bad at that price it's not like you lost much.

The build quality of the laptop is nice. The lid of the laptop (below where the Gigabyte logo is) gives a bit of flex when you push down while the laptop is closed. Otherwise it feels very nice. I think that the surface around the trackpad and keyboard is made out of a nice metal. I can carry the laptop with one hand easily and not worry about it - the size and weight are really nice, so it should fit nicely in my backpack's laptop sleeve and not be a burden while traveling.

This should be a portable laptop, but you should consider a travel charger as well since this laptop doesn't hold a charge very well.

u/Lancks · 1 pointr/MWLL

This isn't my area of expertise, but basically the faster the processor runs the more heat it will make, and it will throttle itself to prevent a thermal shutdown (usually around 90c). Depending on how good the cooling is on the laptop (fans, heatsinks) that allows for a certain level of speed before the cooling is maxed out and the heat is still within an acceptable range - which is usually lower for a laptop than a desktop, given the smaller fans and problems with resting your hands on a device that is getting very hot!

Basically, you can tell the computer that it's OK to run a little hotter in order to let it go faster. Placing the laptop on top of a cooling pad (random example: will help keep it cooler/faster as well. Depending on how the laptop is built (vent placement, fan hole sizes) a cooling pad can make a pretty big difference alone.

If you want to check out your laptop's performance, you can install MSI Afterburner or another temperature/clock speed monitoring suite and look at the logs after a gaming session. Reaching heat capacity typically shows on a graph as the clock speed of the chip maxing out initially, then dropping down as heat increases.

u/saintcrazy · 1 pointr/skyrimmods

You could always get something like {Ultra Low Graphics Mod} if you really need it.

But you can also get a laptop cooling fan for like 15-20 bucks,I used one of these bad boys before I built my desktop PC.

u/FriesWithThat · 1 pointr/pcgaming

I've got the Coolermater X-Slim for a 14" Acer and I find it perfect size and a bargain for the price. While it says it's for 15"-17" laptops it actually just has a slight lip around the corners and works great for smaller form factors. I keep it together w/my laptop and slip it into my backpack and it makes a flush package. I also like the angle that the feet provide (when engaged). Runs silent, and creates a cool breeze between your legs which is nicer during the warmer months when you don't need a lap heater. Performance-wise, it keeps my PG-482 5-6°(C) cooler, which is significant.

u/billyvnilly · 1 pointr/hometheater

I thought I had some of the same issues. My quick fix was buying a usb powered laptop fan. something like this. I feel like I have less disconnects and inabilities to connect on startup.

u/Sal_Bo · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

I am planning on playing on my desk :p

I am planning on getting the same cooler pad and it looks like it follows the same air flow (intake top, pushing bot). Are you saying that yours doesn't make any difference?

u/ajwadsabano · 1 pointr/razer

Have you got this one from Coolermaster? They're saying it works like a charm for the Razer Blade in the Q&A

u/MessrUppr · 1 pointr/AverageBattlestations

I have had this laptop for 3 years and I used to game on it. That really did a number on it so I have thermal shutdowns constantly. It's when the CPU reaches 90 degrees celsius--probably what's happening to your laptop. Of course, mine wasn't made for gaming so I kind of tortured the thing. But yes, I think they make an impact of laptops because it's pretty much a big fan that is pushing air up into the chassis.
Here's the model I have

u/SpacemanSput · 1 pointr/Battletops

Here you go! :)

Laptop: Asus Zephyrus S GX531GM Signature Edition

u/tokenwalrus · 1 pointr/Eugene

A temporary solution would be to get a Laptop Cooling Pad. This is the highest rated one on Amazon and it's quite cheap for the size of the fan. This will probably extend the life of your laptop/GPU by a few more months.

Unfortunately this is every laptops downfall. There's not much you can do except clean out the dust. I recommend building a custom PC when it comes time for a new one. /r/buildapc would love to help you out with that.

u/Beachkid · 1 pointr/buildapc

That should be just fine for league and skype. Heat is the enemy of any computer, and laptops are heat traps, so I suggest bringing some kind of mesh stand to give the laptop as much breathing room as possible.

something like this:

Have fun on your vacation, and don't spend too much time gaming. :)

u/JimmyTheDoor · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

You will want to know that laptops are not the best solution when it comes to gaming, it should be decent enough to play at 60FPS on the lowest graphical settings but it will depend on the laptop and the game you want to play.

Question #1 : IMO the best gaming solution would be to have a wired mechanical keyboard and a good wired mouse with high DPI connected to the laptop for the best experience possible. However if you are a casual gamer, wireless keyboard and mouse combo can be more interesting.

As long as the laptop in on a hard surface and not on rug you shouldn't have problems with heat but a Laptop cooler may be a good idea for extended gaming sessions.

2 : Simply get rig of any unwanted applications/programs, setting can be customized in game for a better experience.

3 : Don't hope for awesome graphics or high FPS and you should get a decent experience out of it.

u/CheezyWeezle · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Your laptop might not have controllable fans, then... You can check in the BIOS to see if there is an option for fan speed. If not, you might be out of luck, there :/ You can try some other fan programs such as Notebook Fan Control or Asus FanXpert+ (This one probably won't work if you don't have an ASUS, but it doesn't hurt to try).

Cleaning it out will probably be your best bet, and you can also get a cooling pad to help out (More here on Amazon or if NewEgg is your thing check here). I only have a little cushion pad, but I've been looking into a cooling pad for a while, and will be buying one soon. They are a very good value for the price, and can work wonders.

u/Vaufe · 1 pointr/SFGiants

Something like this does wonders for heat on a Macbook. I play video games on mine. It gets rocket hot w/o the pad. With it, it's fine.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

Non-mobile: cooling pad

^That's ^why ^I'm ^here, ^I ^don't ^judge ^you. ^PM ^/u/xl0 ^if ^I'm ^causing ^any ^trouble. ^WUT?

u/http404error · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

I couldn't be happier with this one. It's currently topping the charts on Amazon, and for good reason. Affordable and effective.

u/yodasonics · 1 pointr/Competitiveoverwatch

When I used my laptop, I used a [cooler](Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP) to deal with the heat issue.

u/DirtyDozenWA · 1 pointr/PS4

I use laptop cooling stands for all of my consoles and they work great. I have mine horizontal, though. But they do a good job of keeping the consoles a little bit cooler, plus they turn on and off when the console does. Some of them even have extra USB ports. You might want to consider something like that.

This Cooler Master pad is the one I'm using currently.

Edit: This one


this one

look even better than the one I have. In fact, one of the reviews on that second one talks specifically about using it for a PS4.

u/j_117 · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

My photo numbers seem to be different from what you're saying - make sure these are the two you want:

I got them from Amazon for $19 and $37.

How about $35 shipped for the pair?

u/Ravenhaft · 1 pointr/starcitizen

Also, if you want a gaming laptop, keep in mind that it will burn your legs if you actually try to play games more advanced than Peggle. Get something like this if you want to preserve your sperm count.

u/j0a3k · 1 pointr/DotA2

If it's a laptop, do you have a cooling stand? Get one with a fan and your issue should literally disappear overnight. Something like this is less than $20 but could extend the life of the computer by quite a bit on top of fixing your issue.

u/dirkdigglar · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I own a Lenovo Y510P with dual graphics cards that overheats like no other. I sprung for a laptop cooling board that also had a fan on it. It solved the overheating issues. This is the one I ordered:

The great part is that it's light weight and fits in my laptop bag snug with the laptop. Also the USB port is a pass through, meaning you don't lose your USB port to the cooling fan.

u/eirreann · 1 pointr/Alienware
u/imaplatypuswithwings · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

A cooling pad! My fiance had the one linked for a while, and says it was great!

u/MoggX · 1 pointr/Surface

Just wondering if you tried a cooling pad yet? With most, it's only feasible when docked, but I'd be interested in the results.

I'm waiting for my replacement i7 to arrive, but I did receive one of these from work:

u/PyroToniks · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I had the X3 but my friend had the slim and it worked well Follow the 3rd and 4rth column on what you posted, youll notice your GPU never goes over 72 degrees and performance tanks the moment it hits 72.

u/ThatOtherCoolGuy · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

No complaints in build quality. My one and only probably would be the front detail along the edge of the case, just above where the speakers are. It can be a little sharp and I've scraped my hand on it. Easily avoidable and the furthest thing from a deal breaker.

My last laptop was a 1366x768 and pretty crappy, but the GE62's display is beautiful. I've heard it described as as close to an IPS that a non-IPS screen has been, but please don't take this as fact. Frankly I have very little experience on different screens and quality of.

My absolute favorite part about it is the size/weight/cooling. Its not so huge that it is hard to move or bring along, yet is not so thin that it overheats. Still, I'd recommend a laptop cooler like this one, just for the convenience of having it on your lap and also keeping it cool.

u/8bitderp · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon Coolermaster makes awesome laptop products. heres one where you can put your fan where you want.

u/LDXIV · 1 pointr/djiphantom

I bought this one from Amazon. Its their own DSLR backpack but there is plenty of room in there for the P3S and all its accessories. Even space for a laptop/tablet! and its only $40 AmazonBasics Backpack

If you take a look at the pictures there are a few people who posted how they store their drone inside.

u/skylinemonkey · 1 pointr/Vive

Is it this one by chance?

u/Micbene · 1 pointr/magicTCG

I have the Amazon Basics camera bag. It works just as well as the pirate lab, but for 1/3 the cost. I love it


u/spiruru · 1 pointr/EDH

I will always recommend this bag:

It holds tons of decks, is dividable like the Pirate Labs bags, super sturdy, and doesn't cost quite as much.

u/merg_flerg · 1 pointr/travel

This is from an American 737-800 seats 17 ABC. All the newer 737's are similar. I took this last week.

This is an American Airbus A319 seats 11 ABC.

The Embraer 175 and 190 don't have that divider bar, and are 2x2 instead of 3x3, so they have more space underneath. The CRJ200/700/900 are similar size to the 737, and the ERJ145 is smaller.

I can fit this one fully packed under all of them, and this one fits snugly underneath, if packed without putting anything big in the front pocket.

u/gotrice-work · 1 pointr/djiphantom

if you want something a little more discrete, I would recommend using the Amazon Basics DSLR backpack. I use it for my P3S, and love it

u/levenimc · 1 pointr/Multicopter
u/mrrockabilly · 1 pointr/EDH

I thought the same thing. But I ended up getting the Amazon Basics backpack, and I could not be happier: .

I carry 12 decks, 2 playmats, lifepads, pen, tokens, extra sleeves, and a small trade binder without an issue. Granted I don't carry all of that all of the time, but it handles it without an issue.

By far the best MTG related purchase I've made this year. My entire playgroup ended up purchasing them as well. I highly recommend it.

u/avflinsch · 1 pointr/Cameras

Another vote for the amazon basics bag -
Under $40, durable, easy to configure the internal dividers

u/WarpedSkitzo · 1 pointr/magicTCG

I've been using this for a few years now because I prefer backpacks over slings. I love it and have had no complaints so far.

u/labapprovedhuman · 1 pointr/AskPhotography

Amazonbasics laptop and camera backpack is nice. I have a D800 with a couple of lenses and a 15 inch laptop. It has lasted more than my old lowepro.

u/andymaul123 · 1 pointr/magicTCG

Hi! Fellow rider here (car-less for five years!)

I use a standard backpack and a Kriega US-30 drypack on the fender rack. Neither of those are optimal for sorting and securing individual deck boxes, but the drypack will keep them safe from incidental rain if that's a concern.

As far as motorcycle-specific items go, if you're on a sport bike, the Dainese D-Mach might be worth looking at. I don't have any experience with it, but the hard shell and inside straps might be able to wrangle the deck boxes.

Outside of motorcycle gear the Professor has done some reviews on backpacks. There's an amazon camera bag that I've heard other mtg players using, but I don't know how well it rides.

u/marcoosi · 1 pointr/apple

This is my go to backpack right now.. It has space for my MacBook and all my camera and accessories I need on the road. And the best part about it is the price!

Amazon Basics DSLR and Laptop Backpack

Alternatively you can check out all the other Amazon Basics backpacks here.

u/Morbidrequiem · 1 pointr/EDH

Personally I use an Amazon basics camera bag. I put my decks, all double sleeved, in boulder cases and the inside of the bag has dividers that velcro adjust for lens, etc. I just make 3 rows and stuff my decks in. Currently I have 12 decks, dice, and a playmat rube in it, along with my trade binder, etc.

It has the waist support straps pictured but I just cut those off. If I need more room I can take the mat tube out and use the tripod holders on the side., though I wouldn't recommend that for MagicFest style events.

u/dreucifer · 1 pointr/magicTCG

Here you go. I have only filled it up, haven't really used it. Just got it today. It definitely holds a lot of stuff. I put a dice rolling tray in the laptop sleeve, but you could easily fit a binder in there. Could probably also fit a small binder in the front.

u/incognit-oh · 1 pointr/EDH

Is there really any need to carry around 10 decks at all times? I feel like it's a little high risk if anything got stolen everything would be lost. But anyhow there's a backpack that might not hold 10 but I think it comes close.

u/gatorsss1981 · 1 pointr/photography

I am interested in getting into photography and recently ordered my first camera. I bought a Canon T5i w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens and a EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens.

I am mainly interested in taking portraits, landscape and event photos. The events I work at are in everything from hotel ballrooms, private homes to convention spaces, almost always indoors with fairly dim lighting.

I've been trying to do some research on different equipment and gear that I would need, and came up with the following list. Is there anything that I don't need or a better alternative than I have listed? Is there anything I'm missing?


"Nifty Fifty" Lens -

Bag -

Memory Card -

Battery Grip -

Speedlite 430 -

Lightsphere -

Book 1 -

Book 2 -

GorillaPod -

Battery Charger -

Extra Batteries -

u/Xander779 · 1 pointr/Multicopter

I use one of these to carry all my stuff.

There's plenty of configurable room inside for tools, changers, batteries, props, a laptop, and anything else you might need to bring.

I know you were against putting the quad on the outside, but the tripod strap on the side will easily hold two 5" quads and it's pretty hard to put the bag down on it's side because of the somewhat flat bottom.

Build quality isn't bad at all either, when I grabbed mine it was only $30, so I'm not sure where the $40 current price is coming from, but this bag has held up to a decent bit of abuse and is easily worth it.

u/Barking_at_the_Moon · 1 pointr/Beginning_Photography

I'm in your league as a big guy but have more gear to store/lug. Most of my shooting is sports/action or nature/macro stuff with the occasional family portrait at holidays. I'm definitely an amateur. For most of my shooting, I rely on four basic styles of totes:

  • I use a wrist strap. I don't own this particular one but something very similar. I don't much like neck straps - they're too loose when I'm moving to keep the camera secure and in the way when I'm not moving. When I first bought one of these, I was surprised at how often I used the plate/stand that attaches to the bottom of the camera.
  • For a single camera with an everyday lens: DSLR holster I don't own this particular one but something very similar.
  • For a little more gear but still small: DSLR gadget bag I own and use this bag.
  • For a day spent shooting: DSLR backpack I own and use this bag.

    I've got a couple of cross body sling packs that I've never liked - they always seem to be in the way or bouncing around - so they've ended up stuffed in a corner somewhere or holding the small bits of loose camera crap that seems to accumulate like dust bunnies.

    When/if you get to the point that you're hauling lights &c around, I've found that most of the time a simple (and long/huge) duffel bag is the easiest solution.
u/Akamesama · 1 pointr/magicTCG

>I've heard that aluminum hard cases with foam inserts are ideal for transporting decks

Depends of the requirements. Are we talking driving with a case in your car? Shipping? Taking to your local LGS?

There are some fairly cheap tool container cases that fit ~10 deck boxes and some soft camera bags/backpacks that can fit ~10 decks + a playmat + a tradebinder.

u/blackt12 · 1 pointr/djiphantom

Take a look at this £35 amazon basics backpack.

It's not designed for a drone in the slightest but I can tell you that the P3S will fit. Check out the customer review images for one I put up of my P3A inside of it.

u/Atarka-WorldRender · 1 pointr/magicTCG is what I use, it's just like the $110 piratelabs backpacks and is functionally the same.

u/chubchubs83 · 1 pointr/Vive

So I just picked up this product today:

I did have smaller version of the same backpack, but with the new DAS it didn't fit anymore. It is arriving today so I cannot guarantee it will fit everything properly, but withe measurements I did it shouldn't be a problem. Also this backpack comes with a space to fit my 17" laptop as well.

Also I picked up this pair for the lighthouses:

So far these are great and light. My only complaint is the fact the carrying case is far too large for them. However it does give some extra space for a power bar and extension cable.

This with an external speaker works great for a mobile VR setup.

u/Octoplow · 1 pointr/Vive

Amazon reconfigurable camera bag for $40 is amazing. This large one fits everything, with extra space for 3 trackers and mounts (that extra space used to hold a GearVR - easier to picture.)

And I mean everything (other than tripods): giant power strip, HMD and lighthouse extensions, wipes, etc. It even comes with a rain cover for the bag if you get caught outside.

Edit: also have friends using the small one. It neatly fits all Vive stuff, but no space to spare.

u/nerdmania · 1 pointr/PanasonicG7
u/Garyislord · 1 pointr/EDH

I bought a backpack made for camera equipment, it has adjustable partitions inside to help hold/cushion all your stuff. It carries 8 edh decks a modern deck(all in ultra pro mana flip boxes) a fatpack box and a dicebag snuggly. Also can fit 2 ultrapro card binders in the front pocket and has a thing on the side meant to hold a tripod that I use for my playmat tube. It's basically perfect. Here is the link

u/PoppinPills09 · 1 pointr/techsupport

If I remember right you have two options.

1.) use a USB to HDMI adapter which is like $10 on ebay.

2.) Use a USB Docking Station like this one. However this is like $94 USD.

I think you should try the USB to HDMI adapter first.

u/Clutch_22 · 1 pointr/sysadmin

We've gone all-in on Plugable USB 3.0 docks with our Surface Pro 4's and new Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1 machines. They've been damn near flawless. This is after a year of suffering with SP4/Surface Docks.

Downside is it seems like a lot of the rendering is done on the CPU, so dragging windows across the external monitors can cause CPU usage to spike, but we haven't had any issues from it. Just something to note. All machines are specced with i5 CPUs at a minimum, wouldn't recommend anything lower with it.

Plugable support has been very friendly and helpful in the two times I've contacted them. They also offer discounts when you buy a "case" of docks (a case is 12). You have to e-mail support for that.

u/sinnerssall · 1 pointr/techsupport

Maybe this would work for you
leave everything hooked up, just plug the USB 3.0 cable up to which ever computer you want to use.

EDIT: I'm not advocating that universal dock, just providing it as an example.

u/xyexz · 1 pointr/Surface

In my opinion your best bet for dual monitor support is just to get a dual display dock that works over USB 3.0 - many people are having issues with the Microsoft one so perhaps get something like this:

That dock already has the correct connections for both of your monitors, which is a bonus.

Most of these docks going through USB 3.0 have more than enough bandwidth for watching videos etc. so latency shouldn't be a concern but it will used ~5-10% CPU during watching videos for the dock itself just FYI.

Good luck!

u/FerdySpuffy · 1 pointr/Surface

I'm running a surface pro 4 for work and have a slightly different setup, but I'm running 3 monitors without issue. I'm using this via USB to connect the third display.

u/OminStyle · 1 pointr/shittykickstarters

I'm also wondering how he's able to deliver at such a low price. The third monitor is not possible at this price range because it needs it's own video output. I mean my friend asked me to buy for him just so that he can use his third monitor.

I'm not trying to advertise or anything but I've been using with my Macbook and I'm very satisfied. I bought a used iPad Air just solely for this purpose, meaning I'm willing to spend money for a decent portable monitor.

u/excelsias · 1 pointr/Surface

The customer comments on the docking station you linked look pretty bad.

> The not so good:
> - There is still noticeable lag in the mouse and keyboard actions
> - Dragging things like Windows around your desktop also cause lag, along with tearing of the image. A big bump in CPU use is also noted when this happens
> - Youtube drops many, many frames in 720p, and there is compression applied

Are you seeing any performance impacts from it?

u/WorldWideWayne · 1 pointr/Surface

I use a Surface Pro original for programming with Visual Studio 2013 Pro and it's great. It can drive up to 3 external displays with the correct setup. The 128 GB version is fine, I have Office 2013 and VS2013 installed plus a heap of developer utils (git, tortoisegit, beyond compare, etc...).

You can easily get one external monitor with the built-in displaylink and this mini-displaylink to HDMI/DVI/VGA adapter. I also recommend this little USB 3.0 hub + ethernet adapter. Both of those products together with the Surface Pro make for a nice portable workstation (sans external display).

To run 2 external displays, you need to get this Plugable UD-3900 which adds 4 USB 3.0 ports, ethernet, HDMI and DVI. I have one - it works great for office stuff (haven't tried any video games with it except SNES emulators which work great too.)

u/gurren_mk2 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Does your laptop have a Thunderbolt port? Then you could use this dock or something similar:

u/ryanmononoke · 1 pointr/thinkpad

I have one and it works okay. The display colour output from the Dock HDMI is off though and I have the same issues with X1C, X250 and T460. And given that it is on USB 3.0, it can't power the laptop. So, you are gonna need 2 power cables - 1 for the dock and 1 for your laptop.

I thought there is some cheaper alternatives out there. For example

u/oSovereign · 1 pointr/Dell

what about this one?

will this one work for gaming if it's just medium-level games?

u/TalkShowHost90 · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI/VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)

u/Rhedogian · 1 pointr/EngineeringStudents

This was a hard spend at almost $100 but it was totally worth it. It saved me from having to plug in 2 monitors as well as all my other peripherals every time I brought my laptop to my desk. All it uses is a single USB 3.0 port.

u/itholstrom · 1 pointr/virtualreality

USB-B? That's never come on a laptop as far as I know. Does it happen to look like this? If so, that's a mini DisplayPort which would be a perfect solution for another display output. If you have USB-C, there's certainly a chance that you could do display out that way. You'd have to look at the specs for your machine to see what it supports. You'd just be able to use a dongle like this to make that work out.

Worst case scenario, you could get something like this dock here. That display out is done at a software level, so once you connect via USB 3.0 you'd have your display out and some extra USB ports to plug other things into (and since you'd need at least one extra port to plug your Rift since the dock would take up 1/3 of your USB ports, this would work out). I'm not entirely sure just how much CPU resources that would use, so keep that in mind if the CPU on your laptop is on the lower end, but it is another option to keep in your back pocket at least.

u/AcidNipps · 1 pointr/techsupport

He's wack. You don't need a TB3 port to connect a docking station. You can use a USB version but its best to only use it if you have a perm work station since you'd have a bunch of wires coming from it. This is the cheapest one with the best reviews:



u/sillieidiot · 1 pointr/Surface

I would look at the plugable docking stations. I've used that before and it works great. Pretty much just need to load the respective drivers on each computer and that's pretty much it. Obviously you'll need an adapter for the MacBook. The only thing I didn't like was that the blue light was bright as hell. And it doesn't charge your devices like with device specific docks. But I didn't have any problems switching back and forth between Mac and Windows.

This is the one I used, but I see they make new USB-c versions now which is cool:

Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI / VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)

u/HunterPredd · 1 pointr/Surface

If you want something a bit more docking stationesque, check out the Pluggable 3.0 docking station. You could connect both of your monitors to it and then USB 3.0 to your docking station. With this set up you could actually do 3 monitors + 1 surface screen. 2 into the pluggable (1 hdmi, 1 dvi) and 1 into the mini display port in the dock. Haven't tried it yet but it is on the Youtube.

u/BestBeating · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

I would go with Acer Aspire 5. It has discrete graphics card MX150, 8th gen i5 processor. (it's under $598 on Amazon).


  • Attractive design;
  • Gorgeous display;
  • Nvidia MX150 graphics;
  • Comfortable keyboard;
  • An SSD and HDD


  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) ComfyView widescreen LED-backlit display
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 8GB DDR4 Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD
  • 802.11ac WiFi (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • 1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port, 1 – USB 3.0 Port & 2 – USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 – HDMI port
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-cell Li-Ion (3220 mAh) Battery, Up to 7 Hours Battery Life
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Weight of 4.41 lbs

    More Details

    And this is a good docking station on Amazon the price is $89.
u/Boogahboogah · 1 pointr/Surface

I think something along the lines of a "tech HD" screen protector.

Carrying cases are eh from what i have seen. However I know USB hubs are great. You can also get a cheap 2.0 usb hub for like 10 bucks.

However, if you want to get super fancy:


u/ThatMitchJ · 1 pointr/AskTechnology

I re-read your original post, and I think I understand better what you're looking for.

You need a docking station on your laptop that will give you multiple outputs. We use these at work and they work pretty well:

From there, you could use the KVM switch to move the monitor, keyboard and mouse between devices, or your multiple inputs on the monitors to switch back and forth.

u/nizzyy99 · 1 pointr/techsupport

I was in a similar situation recently but my laptop only had 1 hdmi port despite having a gtx 1060.

Since you have 2 ports on both laptops, you could buy 2 hdmi and 2 hdmi to type c converters on amazon (make sure it works with your laptop). Anytime you and your gf want to switch however, it will be a hassle to change the respective connections on the laptops and monitors (Not a big deal, but frequent switching could get annoying).

The solution that helped me (and would help you too imo) would be to get a docking station (~$100) . This would be slightly more expensive than buying all the connections, but would be much less of a hassle since it only requires a usb to be swapped between laptops for quick and easy switching.

Docking station:

Edit: just realized there are better options than the one I linked for type c to hdmi, a little bit of research and you can find them.

u/Chrispy0530 · 1 pointr/yogabook

No way is that needed lol. There are cheaper options. You basically want a USB 3.0 or Type - C Dock. Amazon has plenty of choices.

This is what I have for my work setup, and works flawlessly:

Link to my temporary setup:

I know my wiring management is terrible atm, but the hub I'm using works great with dual monitors.

u/BK_LCT_FS_KMB · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Thanks. The docking stations look good, but atm would be a bit much to spend. There's a USB 3.0 one for $90, and a USB-C for $180. Would there be a significant difference between these two as USB-C is faster, or is USB 3.0 plenty fast enough for this?

So I could probably just let them use without for the while, and in the future add the docking station. A few of the docking stations I found on Amazon actually just have a power LED though, it's not actually a power button they have, so the power button would still be absent from more direct access. Like these:

u/xlvegan · 1 pointr/Computer_Tech_Help

If you are using pc's then this is what you need Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station for Windows (Dual Video HDMI & DVI / VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)

For mac's or pc's use this one Wavlink USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station, Dual Video Monitor Display DVI & HDMI & VGA with Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports for Laptop, Ultrabook and PCs

u/bob_in_the_west · 1 pointr/NintendoSwitch
u/Sir_not_sir · 1 pointr/macbook

> Surface RT, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix are not supported.

u/Ergo7 · 1 pointr/Alienware

I use something similar to this at my office.

That one seems to be a newer version as it offers USB Type-C. Mine is this one:

u/Kwyjibo47 · 1 pointr/Surface

I use a Plugable USB3 "docking station"

Running a total of 4 screens counting the Surface itself... Here's my desk as of a couple months ago (broken screen has been replaced since then)

u/XenofeiThrice · 1 pointr/laptops

OK, what about this

It's cheaper, but isn't USB-C. I'm assuming that means things like the video quality will be low/laggy? I am going to want to play FFXIV so I'm assuming I should go with the link you provided? Thank you.

u/Racin100 · 1 pointr/macbook

Here is my device

u/cuddlesandhugs77 · 1 pointr/Advice

I used to travel for work almost every week. I bought this backpack:

I beat the absolute shit out of that thing and it just keeps going!

u/lh- · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

I like guns and such, but I have no idea what product you are selling is.

1050d ballistic nylon means nothing to me. Why not a LL bean backpack? why not a regular wallet?

You say you have low cost higher end wallets, belts, backpack, but its not clear to me what exactly the value added is.....

take something like that. now your backpack to me, looks cooler, but that was just the first dark one I saw searching backpack on amazon.

How much better is the ballistic nylon than the regular nylon?

If this is a key selling point, I would play it up somehow, make me want it more. when you say its indestructible, I think nylon in general is indestructible more or less.....

Just some random thoughts, that are meant to be constructive : )

I like your website, the products look nice, just not sure what the ballistic nylon gets one over say a regular nylon wallet or belt?

good luck with it, I wish you well, will follow along your website...........

thinking on it more.....

4.5″L x 3.5″H x 1/3″D (closed and empty)
Black Cordura Ballistic 1050D Nylon
The Matador logo printed inside the wallet
Easily fits in a suit jacket pocket
Four Credit Card Slots
ID Window
Two hidden slots for business cards
Two sections for holding cash

ok the size is listed.

the ballistic is mentioned

has a logo

fits inside a pocket is expected, kinda good but neutral

has 4 credit card slots, I think my current wallet has 6 to 8

ID window good to bring up

hidden slots seems standard.

two sections for holding cash - standard

So basically, as a consumer, it comes down to liking the look of the wallet or not, the number of pockets, and then the ballistic thing.

Yeah, I think you should really play up/explain the ballistic thing more, seems to be the big added value?

u/FogWalkerWithaBag · 1 pointr/AskMen

I've worked in admin at a large DC law firm for 5 years and I wouldn't see anything weird about that. The gap between attorneys and staff is pretty large. If you're still worried, just use a solid black laptop backpack that's clearly for work instead of something casual or sporty.

u/greatleveler · 1 pointr/EDC

Amazon Basics makes a surprisingly good and cheap backpack:

The main flaw is the durability, but the customer service is so good that it ended up being free. I bought this backpack and the water bottle holder split to where the netting was broken but still functioned. I sent Amazon an email. They sent me a new one and when it arrived I sent them the old one, so no time with no backpack. The replacement had the same problem. They were apologetic and just refunded the purchase price. I have used it for over a year and it still functions great with only some minor damage like a broken seam.

u/candylvr3 · 1 pointr/backpacks

Honestly, if you want a backpack to last and want a certain look/design, I suggest investing a little bit so that you won't run into the problem of anything ripping and getting damaged so easily in the future.

I had a Jansport Baughman Backpack a few years ago and it wasn't stiff but it just didn't hold the weight nicely when I used it around campus.

I then switched to the Northface Recon which really helped carry around a lot of stuff that a typical student uses like a water bottle (I had a Hydroflask), laptop, chargers, notebooks, lab coat, etc. Even though it can seem stiff at first, it just needs to be broken down a bit and it distributes the weight evenly when worn all day. I liked how much stuff I can fit into it and how durable it is. I bought mine for about $80 but I've seen them go for $60 at other places. It just depends on where you find it.

Upon entering my last year of college, I wanted to gift myself another backpack since I wanted something a little smaller but still hold a lot of things. I got the Herschel Nova Backpack and although it may look small, it holds a ton of stuff since it has a structured but flexible shape. I also really enjoyed the color of it and it doesn't feel like I'm carrying a huge load on my back.

I felt that each backpack has a different use which I find helpful. I also was deciding between a Fjallraven Kanen backpack since they also hold a lot of stuff and they last a long time too. There's also an Amazon Basics Backpack which seems to be at a fairly low price. This Jansport Hatchet Backpack also seems to have a nice structure and doesn't seem bulky.

If you go to outlet stores you can most likely find some pretty decently priced backpacks that are good quality as well. I know Colombia may be expensive online but at an outlet store there are some good deals there.

I hope this somewhat helps. Good luck in your search!

u/Wonsan · 1 pointr/travel

Are you from the US?

This or this?

They seem to have a separate zipper at the back for laptops, unless you're looking for a different style?

u/tonyflowjr · 1 pointr/UIUC

AmazonBasics. Lots of storage room, reasonably priced. I use it for travel too.

I also have a smaller one for days where I don't have much to carry.

u/GrantGannon · 1 pointr/Birmingham

Amazon Basics. Have this one. Recommended. Basics Backpack

u/sam_i_am138 · 1 pointr/college

I have this cheap one from Amazon, it's lasted almost three years now.

u/Digital_Jester · 1 pointr/Alienware

I've got an Amazon Basics backpack that I can fit my 17R2 into if I need to take it anywhere. There's a padded sleeve in the largest compartment that it fits into quite nicely so should fit a 15 inch model with ease.

u/seesaw242 · 1 pointr/ITdept

I've been hauling this around the planet for almost 2 years now, works great!

u/DONT_PM_ME_B00BIES · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I actually bought an "Amazon Basics" laptop rucksack bag a few months ago and it's been brilliant considering how cheap it was. I've not had it long enough to say it's definitely BIFL but it fits my 17" laptop plus lots of folders and stuff, has lots of pockets and feels sturdy and comfortable.

This is the one I bought (UK site)

Edit: added link

u/imneuromancer · 1 pointr/DungeonsAndDragons

COOOOOOL. I came here to post that my Amazon Basics bag that I got for my 5e stuff (so I wouldn't have to constantly trade in and out with my Savage Worlds stuff) did the trick and has plenty of room.

But the Bag of Holding.... very cool.

How do you like the PVC, instead of leather?

u/NattaKBR120 · 1 pointr/Planetside

Try razercortex and close all programs in your background. I play this game on both laptop and desktop and get better fps on laptop :'D.

don't play on a carpet like surface you laptop might need fresh/cool air. Clean the laptop parts so that it might pull enough air.
buying a laptoop cooler stand (I have one and I also always check/monitor temperatures with MSI afterburner on my laptop which warks fine) might help:

buy and add more ram to your system or use ccleaner (free version is enough to clean your RAM) for more free ram.

Play with your settings but at least turn down shadows.

Buy better hardware which I don't recommend because its costly right now due to high GPU prices and ram prices (save money by using unactivated windows 10 and everything thats > or = i5 or ryzen 3 paired with gtx 1050/gtx 750ti/ rx 460/560 + 8 gb ram will work just fine)

u/timcookytech · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

those are some of the best components and you got a great deal, i think youre having heat problems

i recommend you buy a cooling pad, my preferred is this

if you tell me wich laptop you use i can better recommend a cooling pad

u/zaylivinglive · 1 pointr/techsupport

I would say that basically confirms that it is thermal throttling. Unfortunately, laptops just have this issue and there is little to do to correct them. You can try buying a aftermarket laptop cooling pad like this, Or alternatively you can see if your laptop has a fan controller and just crank the fans up to max. Otherwise your only other options are under-clocking the CPU or just turning you game settings down :/

u/mert61 · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

im looking for the cooling pads for helios 300 and im interested in

Should i buy cooling pad or just maxing the fans when max load.

u/ExcisionBC · 1 pointr/Sager

Do you think a cooling pad would be sufficient for the slim model? I was looking at a Havit pad because I need a slim laptop for portability and work while also having the power for gaming at home.

u/Chrisagu28 · 1 pointr/Alienware

I wouldn’t recommend that one. What I recommend is the same one I bought from amazon. #1 on the list of coolers, quiet, cools the laptop quite well, and inexpensive. I wish it had red leds since that is the led theme I have on but for the performance, great reviews and cost. I can’t complain. Also fits the 17” too. I am using it on my 13R3 and it has tons of space so should be able to fit just fine.

Check it out

u/damonsoldat · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I will definitely check my fan speed. I do keep the laptop clean and have it on a laptop cooler. Actually now that I think about it, this problem started when I got this usb powered laptop cooler.

Havt HV-F2056 15.6-17 Inch Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans) (Black+Blue)

u/YouCanIfYou · 1 pointr/techsupport

If cleaning and thermal paste, as u/Wesside and u/roochkeez suggest, don't do it, perhaps consider a vent fan or cooling pad

u/jpaek1 · 1 pointr/techsupport

I can't imagine thermal paste making that much of a difference quite honestly.

After looking around on some forums, it seems that is pretty typical of that laptop. Most threads I see say to get a cooler like this:

u/ExplodingLemur · 1 pointr/homelab

Add some cooling! :)

u/poplopez · 1 pointr/Alienware

It’s a mat I got on Amazon

Havit HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop...

u/crayolacrayons416 · 1 pointr/gaming

My wife got me this as a little stocking stuffer:

The media unit we have doesn't have the best circulation. Doesn't help with make the PS sound any less industrial, but good for reducing how hot the back can get. It's also cheap enough that if something happens or I didn't like it - no love lost.

u/Zatchillac · 1 pointr/computers

Get one of those laptop cooling pads or some new RAM for your other computer since that's literally one of the cheapest/easiest components to replace.

u/chabber · 1 pointr/Alienware

I just went with one off amazon that had a lot of buyers.

I’ve only had it a few days but so far so good.

u/jmacloky87 · 1 pointr/CrackWatch

i found this. appears to be a small debate on the effectiveness, most say elevate should be good, because you need airflow going into the laptop, so maybe i could use one of these and just build my own bottom for the laptop with more vent slots.

u/marlospain · 1 pointr/laptops

You don't want to glue anything to the bottom of your nice new laptop as it'll become really terrible to get off after a while since it gets so hot.

Have you looked at laptop cooling pads? This should work for you, it'll prevent the laptop from touching skin.

u/Falable · 1 pointr/buildapc

9dl/7upl (seems fast actually)
I downloaded the app and it has so much info, I'll need time to learn how it works. Overall thanks for the advice.
I've ordered external cooling fans on amazon, maybe it will help.

KLIM Cool Laptop PC Cooler
Cooling Pad, HAVIT 12"-17"

u/wolfgame · 1 pointr/MSILaptops

Sounds like your stand is pushing air in to the general area, so it should be less of an issue, but if it's pushing air directly in to the vents, then it may be adding stress to the fans. What I'm talking about is longer term than a BF1 session, but more along the lifetime of the fans.

That said, I think that because the laptop is elevated away from the fans, they may just be helping to move hot air away from the laptop, which is good and can help with the flow.

The type of pad that I was referring to was the type that the laptop sits directly on, like this one

u/ScientificMeth0d · 1 pointr/Stormworks

Honestly I think the game is not quite optimized yet and I totally accept the fact that if I run larger ships I get about 20-30 fps.

If cleaning out the vents is still not working perhaps look into trying out a laptop cooling pad, like this one. I personally don't own one but seems like a good choice especially if your laptop runs hot.

u/bitoreo · 1 pointr/buildapc

[What if I buy a laptop cooling pad similar to this? ] (

u/Zwarcola · 1 pointr/laptops

HAVIT HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooling Pad Cooler - Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans)

I have this one and it's perfect, keeps solid airflow and is quiet, I also like the blue LEDs. You don't necessarily want a high rpm fan as it can shoot dust in to your laptop

u/sf_aeroplane · 1 pointr/SSBM

Been thinking about writing a guide on this for a while, so you'll get a lot of info as a rough draft!

The raw specs you listed are good enough for FM but the big thing here is that you're on a laptop. Some laptops have problems with sustained performance due to thermal and power throttling via BIOS settings or even manufacturer specifications at the hardware level. If that is the case, you'll have to learn a lot about how Intel Turbo Boost works to get to the bottom of things. But first, you have some simpler options.

Easy stuff to try: go to Power Options by right-clicking on the AC/battery symbol at the bottom right of the screen, on the taskbar, and make sure that your CPU utilization and all that stuff is set to 100% in the advanced options. Usually the High Performance preset has all that stuff cranked up. Also make sure that you're using your GPU for FM, it probably won't make much of a difference since it's more CPU-intensive but it doesn't hurt to check. Download the Nvidia Control Panel if you don't already have it to manage that stuff. Try disabling your antivirus while you play to see if that makes a difference; it probably won't, but it doesn't hurt to try. Finally, you've probably already done this, but play with the graphics settings in FM, particularly the backends. With Nvidia GPUs I always get the best performance with D3D, but ymmv.

More involved stuff: it sounds like you need to reinstall Windows anyway, so you might do that before trying anything else. It will only save you a headache in the long run. You should also download a program like HWMonitor to monitor your CPU temperatures. If it seems like they're peaking pretty high but cutting off at a specific temperature, like 80C or something, you might just need to cool it down some -- open up your computer and dust the fans with compressed air, or buy an aftermarket cooling pad like this one.

Last thing, but a pretty big one in my experience: preventing throttling. This will take you into the world of overclocking. It's a pretty nuanced topic so I'm only going to give general advice but I encourage you to do your own research, because you do run the risk of damaging your computer if you are too aggressive in changing these settings. Look in your BIOS for an option to disable power management, disable Intel C1E state, etc. There are lots of possibilities here.

If your BIOS doesn't include those options, which is likely on a laptop, or they didn't help, your only option is to modify the BIOS (really tough) or use a program like Throttlestop or Intel Extreme Tuning Utility to prevent throttling. Here's a Throttlestop guide to help you out. Limit Reasons is your friend. If one of those is lighting up while FM is open, you've found at least one potential area of improvement. I've worked with a couple of computers that performed way better once TDP limits were increased, allowing the CPU to sustain a higher wattage and therefore a higher clock speed without being throttled down in the interest of saving power.

Sooo yeah I'll probably turn this into a real post at some point, but I was really bored and figured I'd get started on the whole laptop performance troubleshooting guide thing.

u/niceguyjin · 1 pointr/MSILaptops

This is the one I got. Nice and quiet, and gets good airflow if you raise the 2 back feet. The laptop sometimes slides down so I might mod it with some little stick-on plastic stoppers.

u/zarakand · 1 pointr/Dell

I've been using this cooling pad:

Works quite well, especially if I want to game on the couch where it would be on my lap and airflow would be hindered. I do hate the led lights though wish there was an option to turn that off.

u/ficir · 1 pointr/oculus

Not sure if there are some that are really more efficient than others, I didn't find any that seemed really outstanding when I got mine so I went with this one which had good reviews and was still affordable, but I think any pad in that price range should be good.

u/OkToBeTakei · 1 pointr/macgaming

What might help is being mindful of the surface you keep it on while playing. A flat table/desk with good ventilation on the sides where the vents are will be helpful. I’ve also seen various platform things that have fans that blow from underneath that I’ve used on older MBPs in the past that had a habit of overheating before throttling was a thing.

Edit: something like this

u/PonkyBreaksYourPC · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

well if you're on the go all the time how are you gonna carry all this around?

something like this

u/PhilSwiftDaddy0 · 1 pointr/computers

Asus TUF FX505DT Gaming Laptop, 15.6" 120Hz Full HD, AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H Processor, GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics, 8GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD, Gigabit Wi-Fi 5, Windows 10 Home, FX505DT-AH51, RGB Keyboard

This one if your planning on playing lower demanding titles, rocket league, LOL, smite, etc.

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC, 15.6 inches Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, Intel i7-9750H, GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, PH315-52-78VL

This one if your planning on playing more demanding titles, note that both are currently on a Black Friday sale so now would be the time to pick either of them up. Cooling/airflow shouldn’t be a big problem in the either but if it’s something your concerned about or would like to have the peace of mind about, I included a link down below for a laptop cooling pad (also on a back Friday sale)

Havit HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans) (Black+Blue)

u/Xavhorn · 1 pointr/PS4Pro

Some people use laptop fan trays like this one with no problems.

u/surface_enthusiast · 1 pointr/XPS

So far, my 7590 has been performing quite well. Here are my thoughts and observations:

Battery life is about 6 to 7 hours of typical real-world usage (WiFi browsing of internet, video streaming, concurrent Office apps, photo editing) all at about 70% of the max screen brightness. I have the 4k non-touch OLED model with an i7. I've got mine undervolted by -0.100 mV using intel XTU. I use the dark mode theme, which helps prolong battery life but is also easier on the eyes, in my opinion. My power mode setting is always on "better" performance when I am on battery (that's one step below the max "best performance"). I do not experience any hiccups with these settings, everything is buttery smooth. Interestingly, when I ran a battery report, my full charge battery capacity is 87,438 mWh (the design capacity is 97,003 mWh, which is why the advertised battery is 97 W-hours). I think dell releases these from the factory at a 10% down-charge to promote better battery longevity. Other XPS 15 owners have reported similar findings with their models. There are ways to reset the battery to change the reported capacity, and perhaps that might squeeze out some more battery life. Personally, for me, I'm satisfied with the battery performance.

Audio to me is adequate. I am not an audiophile. The built-in-speakers offer enough sound, although I personally feel they could offer a little more bang. I don't think you'd be disappointed when plugging in some external earphones.

The only thing I upgraded is the WiFi card. The included Killer 1650x sucks. It dropped the wireless connection frequently. It also seemed to have a slow, unreliable connection with poor signal strength in general. I replaced it with an Intel 9260 wireless card and I am very pleased with the result. It's a relatively easy upgrade. Other than that, the other internal components have all been great. It's very easy to replace or repair. You have easy access to an M.2 SSD and two standard laptop RAM slots that you can easily upgrade.

Regarding thermals: I am using a Havit laptop cooling pad, it has 3 small fans that are powered by USB through my laptop and the fans are directed at the undersurface of the chasis. My idle ranges 36 C to 39 C. Typical use case comprising about 10% CPU utilization brings me to a package temp of 42 C to 50 C (for example, while typing this review my temps are sitting at a nice cool 43 C). During two sustained back-to-back benchmark runs (userbenchmark, you can see my results here ) I hit three instances of 100% CPU use corresponding to a max core frequencies around 4.15 GHz at which time the max core temp hit an instance of 90 C, BUT most peaks hovered around 75 C. My 7590 had a single brief instance of thermal throttling (as per monitoring of the intel XTU tool).

I haven't done any gaming, but I didn't buy my xps 7590 for gaming purposes. I bought it mostly for productivity, business/professional use, and the beautiful screen. The OLED is incredible. In terms of gaming, my assumption is that it can run certain games (like Dota 2) at great frame rates, but I am not expecting to run things like Witcher 3 or FF15 on this. I imagine that more demanding applications could push the thermal envelope up to the point of throttling so that problem could persist for you.

As a final thought, the USB-C port has TB3 and supports a full 40 gb/s throughput that plays nice with eGPUs so that would be an option for future-proofing and upgradeability if needed.

Good luck with your decision!

u/cheesecakerulez · 1 pointr/kingdomcome

Mine will get hot enough to throttle after a little while, which lowers FPS quite a bit. This laptop cooler I bought a while ago keeps it from ever throttling, and the FPS higher.

u/HeyimChester · 1 pointr/razer

I use this one because it was cheap and top rated on amazon haha.
It's thin, solid, multiple fans, and vents on the side/bottom.

u/alittlebitmental · 1 pointr/mac

My Retina MBP gets very hot quite easily, so bad that it caused discolouration on my leg (I only ever use it on my lap). I did two things to combat this:

  1. Took the case off and cleared the dust out with compressed air. I was surprised at just how much dust is in there.

  2. Bought a cheap laptop cooling pad from Amazon.

    It never gets hot any more.
u/firstdraft · 1 pointr/techsupport

Thank you very much for answering jpisini!

Yes I only use my laptop on my desk, using a laptop fan pad (link to the specific one in case it helps any:

Hope to hear from you - thank you again!

u/fragileteeth · 1 pointr/Overwatch

If that's 96C then yes, that is far too high. You don't ever want it to go above 60C. High temps over time quickly reduce the lifespan of your hardware. Its possible your thermal paste has worn off over time. It's also possible you still have something running in the background that's causing your CPU to heat up. Either way, the fastest fix for now is to start using a cooling pad.

Firstly, elevate your laptop to improve air circulation underneath. And while you have it up, give it a good blow with compressed air. Focus on the vents and fans. If you can open a back panel without too much trouble, open that up, give it a good blow. But be sure not to touch any of the metal parts. Secondly, purchase a cooling pad - something like this.

And thirdly, explore options for long-term cooling. Depending on your manufacturer and warranty, you should contact them first. If you are out of warranty, you could contact wherever you purchased your laptop from, or research a good computer shop in your area. Depending on the model of your laptop investigating the heating issue, which will probably be mostly dust cleaning, and possibly looking at the thermal paste and fans, may run you between $75 and $200 (also varies by where you live).

u/AguiPls · 1 pointr/Overwatch

Your notebook might be overheating thus reducing the performance of the GPU. You should try to buy a laptop fan that you place below the laptop. Here's a link to one

You could also download CAM or Afterburner which let you monitor the temps of your parts.

u/kevin_jarrett · 1 pointr/thinkpad

x2, rocking a Havit HV-F2056, love it - machine runs literally cool to the touch.

u/Somniari · 1 pointr/PS4

For a cooling tray? Literally any cooling tray that has fans and a mesh aluminum tray. Preferably one that has extra usb ports and allows you to adjust fan speed. You either want multiple small fans or fewer larger fans. I can't find my particular model anymore. Mine is very similar to this

Just make sure it's big enough to cover the bottom of the Ps4

I've also seen some youtubers that have case mods with fans and such that work better and are silent compared to the stock fans.

u/edge_basics · 1 pointr/thinkpad

It's nothing special, just a cheap cooling pad. I didn't want to spend the money on an actual docking system, so I bought that and a USB-C hub for all my peripherals.

Thanks for the compliment by the way!

u/TribalMethods · 1 pointr/thinkpad

Not a problem man I am happy to help.

The mod is pretty easy. You can't mount the OPOLAR cooler without cutting out the little ridge that is basically just there for aesthetic purposes since the battery has the same ridges. I just kept going a little farther to get the fan some extra air flow. I'm considering cutting it out a little more to see if it improves the Temps at all. However it's not really necessary as the Temps are fine & the plastic does obviously provide protection to the fan.

Here is a link to the pics I promised:

I did a piss poor job cutting it. You should be able to do much better with the proper Dremel tool. I used a metal grinding attachment that wasn't at all great for cutting plastic. But heh, work with what you got right?

I should also mention that I do also use this laptop cooling pad:

u/nizmoz · 1 pointr/macbookpro

You need to get one with fans to help it stay cool.


You will need an adapter though or something to plug the regular usb-a into.

u/Punk_Says_Fuck_You · 1 pointr/computers
u/uigsyvigvusy · 1 pointr/DotA2

thats why i got this bad boy:

u/Kronos_Selai · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Probably overheating from dust/fur or being on your lap. You can alleviate this with add on devices such as this ->

However, if you have serious dust and crap lodged in there, you need to clean it out.

u/Bigboss537 · 1 pointr/coolermaster

You don't have to pay so much for one, this will do fine also.

u/spencer818 · 1 pointr/WorldOfWarships

I did that for a while, until I realized that I could buy a USB powered cooling pad (that works 1,000x better) from Amazon for like $25 (similar to this one). It was well worth it, I strongly recommend it.

u/Synikx · 1 pointr/PS4

I've been using a laptop cooling pad underneath my PS4 Pro for a few months now and its been working great. Aside from the additional air flow, it also adds a USB Port.

I went with this one.

u/Curious_209 · 1 pointr/thinkpad

Thanks SO much for your follow up! I ordered the 4K touch screen and RTX 3000. The reason is that I want the new machine to be more versatile. As a programmer, I will set the screen to the 1920x1080 resolution 99% percent of times (and will use the 4k once in a while for pleasure). Will this help increase the battery life?

\>> Undervolted it so I have had no problems with noise or heat.

I read this thread and it seems that there is not much need for undervolting.

For your info, I always use a cooling pad such as this one they are very quiet and effective.

u/Stockmarket11 · 1 pointr/MSILaptops

I bought a cooling pad like this and now I never have temperature problems with my GE72VR

u/w00t692 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I'm not saying they have feature parity I'm saying that as a device it has existed I'm more excited for the pcie capabilities. You guys fill in the gaps with what i'm saying and assume i don't know anything

one port. and yes i know it's only a single 4k monitor. The whole bandwidth issue.

I know all about the power output of 3.1, the capability to use external graphics, etc etc. I, honestly, cannot wait for it to become ubiquitous. It's glorious. But let's not kid ourselves here.

u/GWT430 · 1 pointr/thinkpad

I would highly recommend getting one that is Thunderbolt 3 capable. I rather buy one used than get a USB-C, nonthunderbolt dock. All of the USB-C docks will drive the dispaly outputs using a software chip. The thunderbolt 3 docks can use a display port signal directly on the laptop, which works much better.

Looks like the Thinkpad thunderbolt 3 docking station will cost you $160.

Here is a dell one that sells for $96 used, and $130 new.

u/EsteemedPolygon · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Going back to question 1:

This was an alternative proposed by a coworker... but I'm not sure about using a USB 3 to get: internet, 4 usb devices, and 2 monitors..

u/senorroboto · 1 pointr/buildapc

> I was thinking about this one: Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100)

No, page 3 of the manual:

But the newer Dell D6000 looks like it can do up to 2x 4k60 and 1x 4k30, and 2x 1440p60 and 1x 1080p60 uses less data than that:

u/S3nseiCY · 1 pointr/buildapc

Ah crap that’s what I was afraid of. Any good suggestions of docks that can handle 1 1440 and 2 1080 monitors?

I was thinking about this one: Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100)

u/juken7 · 1 pointr/laptops

There are ways for instance I have a dell M6700 so all I'd have to do is set in it's docking station.

I don't think they made a dedicated docking station for the Inspiron model though.
There is a "Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100)"
That compatible with alot inspirons as well as many other models so you could try that.

u/Wartz · 1 pointr/24hoursupport

Something like this should work

Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100)

u/Drummer4864 · 1 pointr/MatebookXPro
u/NetSysBastard · 1 pointr/techsupport

We have 4 laptop users with similar requirements. Last year I bought a few USB 3 docks to provide additional HDMI and USB capabilities.

Of all the USB docks we tested, the Dell D3100 was able to provide the best performance and supported 2 HDMI monitors with the fewest problems.

I bought one for myself to test at home first to make sure it did everything we needed, and so I could better support it if they had problems. Tested with Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Acer laptops & desktops.

Not a single support call since we set them up.

Relatively inexpensive considering what it does, and have used them for over a year with no issues.

u/straightouttaireland · 1 pointr/buildapc

Great thanks for the info. What sort of adapter should I be looking to get to be able to do this? Would something like this suffice? Or would this docking station work?

u/CrisisDesigns · 1 pointr/Windows10

I am currently using the Dell D3100 Docking Station

u/Emerald_Flame · 1 pointr/buildapc

A laptop dock would likely work well.

Something like this:

Different ones have different ports and features.

u/Luke_out · 1 pointr/Surface

I think this Dock is a better value?

Because of PrimeDay its 90.... but the other displayer adapters are like 60-90 even the usb 2.0 is 40 ... not sure if I should get this dock or the Surface Dock at this point

u/ImAwareImAWolf · 1 pointr/battlestations


|Item|Detail|Amount Paid (Pre Tax)|
|Laptop|Inspiron 13 7000; [email protected], 16GB 2400MHz RAM, 512 GB M.2 PCI-E NVMe SSD|$940.79|
|Monitors|2 of Samsung IT LC27F398FWNXZA Samsung C27F398 27-Inch Curved Monitor (Super Slim Design)|$435.98|
|Keyboard|Corsair CH-9101021-NA Gaming Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit LED|$103.99|
|Mouse|VicTsing Wireless Gaming Mouse with Unique Silent Click, Breathing Backlit, 2 Programmable Side Buttons, 2400 DPI, Ergonomic Grips, 7-Button Design- Red|$19.99|
|Dock|Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100)|$108|
|Laptop Stand|Vertical Laptop Stand [Adjustable Size], OMOTON Desktop Aluminum MacBook Stand with Adjustable Dock Size, Fits All MacBook, Surface, Chromebook and Gaming Laptops (up to 17.3 inch), Silver|$25.99|
|UPS|APC UPS 600VA Battery Backup & Surge Protector with USB Charging Port, APC UPS BackUPS (BE600M1)|$54.99|
|Headphones|COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones with Mic Deep Bass Wireless Headphones Over Ear, Comfortable Protein Earpads, 30H Playtime for Travel Work TV PC Cellphone - Black|$62.99|
|Back LED|Megulla Color Bias Lighting for TV and Monitor - Small (39inch), RF Remote and Dimmer -USB LED Backlight RGB Adhesive Strips for HDTV, Desktop Monitors and More -2Pack|$19.99|
|Webcam|Logitech C270 Widescreen HD Webcam and 3 MP designed for HD Video Calling and Recording|$21.99|
|Wireless Phone Charger|Seneo Wireless Charger, Qi Certified Wireless Charging Stand Compatible iPhone Xs MAX/XR/XS/X/8/8 Plus, 10W Galaxy Note 9/S9/S9 Plus/Note 8/S8, 5W All Qi-Enabled Phones(No AC Adapter)|$19.99|
|Flag|Official United States Flag, Flown over U.S. Capitol Building in 2008 (Thanks, Chuck Schumer!)|$0.00|
|Backup Harddrive|WD 2TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBS4B0020BBK-WESN|$79.99|


u/SOADer13 · 1 pointr/razer
u/joshlarsen2 · 1 pointr/battlestations

This one I found on Amazon ! It folds up really small for taking it in my backpack. I actually use it upside down so the whole laptop is lifted up a bit rather than just the back.

u/rinamy · 1 pointr/ipad

You could try a laptop cooling pad/stand instead of a tablet holder. Those are meant to hold heavier devices that people type on so I'm assuming they will hold up fine. There are several models on Amazon that have adjustable heights.

Just as an example (caveat: I have not used this)

I use a lightweight portable stand currently:

The arms can be adjusted in angle / locked in / lengthened to facilitate working in portrait mode as well. However, it's at a fixed height (1.5"?) so not height adjustable.

Nonetheless, I'm looking for a case/folio with a built-in adjustable flip stand a la Surface Pro (no such luck yet, at least not with the same level of sturdiness) so that I don't have to carry a separate stand with me.

u/Pallas · 1 pointr/Alienware

That's an interesting looking passive cooling stand. Some of the reviewers mentioned, however, that the tabs on either side that keep the laptop from sliding off the front of the stand protrude above the typing surface of their laptop, making it uncomfortable to rest their hands for typing. The pictures of the unit seem to bear this complaint out to me.

I don't know if that's something that bothers you or not, but for anyone else looking for passive cooling, I have for many years used a stand I bought for my first Mac computer. I have used it with 3 Macs, 2 Razer Blades, and now my new Alienware 15 R3.

It needs to sit on top of something else like a laptop tray or laptop desk if you're going to actually use it on your lap, as it could not sit directly on your lap. I use a thick pillow-style tray to set it on, which raises the whole laptop above my lap enough to allow me to sit in a recliner and comfortably type and game on my laptop for hours at a time.

The advantage of the laptop stand I use is that it is extremely minimalistic, constructed of strong, attractive and adjustable aluminum rods, and it contracts and folds to a tiny size for easy packing into your laptop backpack or briefcase for travel and portability.

Search the web or Amazon for "Steklo X-Stand Universal Cooling Stand" if this sounds interesting.

( U.S. Amazon site link: )

I should also mention one other advantage I commonly find for this stand: If you use an external USB drive (not a flash stick, but a drive that requires a USB cord), you can place the drive enclosure itself underneath the laptop and out of the way, since the stand allows for a lot of open space underneath the PC itself. For actual lap-based use this is ideal, since it keeps the USB drive enclosure tucked away and not dangling off the side of the PC somewhere.

u/Noltz · 1 pointr/Alienware

I use this, its lowered my temps by over 5-8 celsius and has a ergonomic posture.

u/bahzerk · 1 pointr/razer

About the same as mine. I was able to undervolt the CPU a bit to bring down temps, and I dropped the maximum processor state to 95%. The undervolt took off about 5c, and the 5% reduction in CPU speed (can't tell any difference, gaming or audio production) drops to about 77-80c under load.

The things that help the most is cool ambient temperatures (the room) and lifting the laptop up a bit so the fans can pull air in easier. Don't use a laptop "cooling pad" with fans because the fans on the bottom are intake, so blowing air into them creates negative pressure and could make it run hotter and the fans work harder. When gaming or doing something that pushes the system hard i use...

At my desk I use this with external keyboard/mouse (best thermal results)

And on the go (if gaming):

u/worldstarPanda · 1 pointr/Battletops

Its this nifty collapsible quad-pod? type thing. 25 bucks from amazon.

u/voicedrifter · 1 pointr/ableton

I just picked this up a couple weeks ago for my Push 2. It fits perfectly, is sturdy, and is highly adjustable to different angles. Would definitely recommend.

u/Borg_10501 · 1 pointr/intel

Put your laptop on a ventilated stand like this one.

I don't know if it'll fix your problem, but it'll definitely give your laptop some breathing room. Don't bother with cooling pads as the fans on them are pretty wimpy. You might also want to look at disabling turbo boost (if possible) if you can get away with doing that without taking a big hit in performance.

u/bay-to-the-apple · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

I got my Cooler Master U3 Plus today and it looks like it the angle isn't too bad for typing. Somehow I got it for $30 new from Amazon (price is now $40).

So you can pay $20 for something like the Amazon Basics Adjustable Laptop stand

Or pay $30-35 for the Cooler Master Pro U3 (non-adjustable) and have fans+potential for modding.

u/jpk17041 · 1 pointr/nfl

This is what I use at work

I use it as a secondary monitor, though

u/cruel_delusion · 1 pointr/civ

I spent $16 for one of these and it actually helped a lot. It's worth a shot.

AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Computer Holder Desk Stand.

u/senorhorhay · 1 pointr/Alienware

I had an r4, bought it second hand with bad thermal issues. I put it in the shop to get the fans cleaned, fans oiled, cpu re-thermal pasted and then bought a laptop stand (like this

This worked absolute wonders, I would recommend putting it in the shop to do the above, I’ve made about 7 PCs and consider myself pc savey- but it’s a long process - it even took the pc shop 3 hours to do, only charged me the agreed hour though.

u/istandabove · 1 pointr/Alienware

Have you tried one of these

AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand

u/1984nomore · 1 pointr/battlestations
Grab a laptop stand for your computer. It’ll help your neck by keeping your monitors on the same level and it will look great!

u/ExaltFibs24 · 1 pointr/computers

Not much. I am a writer and I use laptop for writing. I am thought of buying a laptop pad to improve the posture while sitting on a recliner, for that is this a good choice?

u/MandomSama · 1 pointr/indonesia

Nggak mesti cooling pad, pokoknya ada clearance gap antara fan sama alasnya. Sesuatu yang kayak gini. Nggak mesti se-extreme itu juga sih, 1-3cm clearance juga udah lebih dari cukup.

Kalo emang laptopnya kepanasan banget, coba bersihin fannya, ganti thermal pastenya.

Masih kepanasan, coba undervolt CPU nya, 0.05V juga udah cukup.

Masih kepanasan juga? Lembiru (lempar ganti baru).

E: salah link. Mestinya yg ini, yg alas laptopnya ventilated, atau kalo nemu yg complete void gpp.

u/KingofGamesYami · 1 pointr/battlestations

The laptop stand is an [AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand] ( with a custom built wooden riser underneath.

The dock is the D3100 but honestly isn't that great. I got to use a TB 16 during my internship this summer and it was far better.

I'm currently running [email protected] Hz (lower) and [email protected] (upper) from HDMI and DisplayPort respectively.

Edit: FWIW the docking station I want is this one: Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dock with Charging Compatible with MacBook Pro 2019 2018 2017 and Specific Windows Laptops (Supports DisplayPort or HDMI up to 4K 60, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 5 USB 3.0 Ports). It's just a little too expensive to justify.

u/ram-rom · 1 pointr/DIY_tech

What kind of laptop? Wheres the fan? things like this help. if the laptop has fans or vents on the bottom. Allowing it jet air out from it. But as some have pointed out. Laptops are designed to be compact computers. They are not made for quiet / cool devices.

u/SacraficeMyGoat · 1 pointr/techsupport

It looks like it isn't getting enough airflow sitting level. I'd recommend keeping it propped up. If you're up to it, you can repaste the thermal compound and I'm sure you'll see a significant boost in thermals.

Edit: Or maybe consider purchasing something like this

u/yoga72015 · 1 pointr/Lenovo

It definitely gets very hot and I wouldn't want to work with it on my lap, it's more of a desk-device. If you want a lap desk check Amazon Basics, they have some good ones at a decent price, this one for example.

u/Jer1ch0 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Do they really not help that much? The basic stand I am currently using is linked below but I still notice that when gaming that laptop occasionally runs a bit hot and one of the reasons I want to look into a cooling stands to potentially prevent any heat related damage since Final Fantasy 14 is a bit more intensive then Magic Arena or any of the other games I play on my laptop.


u/dracoflar · 1 pointr/macsetups

Honestly anything will work as long as it’s on an angle, I can see your on a budget so I chose the lower price but decent quality items. Though I personally would get the silver laptop stand as it’s much higher quality

u/arkhira · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I would recommend to get a laptop stand to prop up your laptop like a monitor then use an external keyboard and mouse with a wrist rest.

  1. Laptop stand:
  2. Keyboard:
  3. Mouse:
  4. Wrist rest:

    I use that wrist rest at my IT job and at home. Its probably the best I have ever used.
u/sleepyradio182 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Clean the desk up. Just spend 30-45 mins organizing everything. Maybe look into a monitor stand? Not sure what your budget is but:
AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand

u/N1NJAREB0RN · 1 pointr/Alienware

I just bought the Amazon Basics laptop stand.

Works well for me.

u/ruintheenjoyment · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Amazon Basics has an adjustable laptop "pad" that I find is much better at cooling than the average usb fan pad despite lacking fans.

u/Drakox · 1 pointr/subnautica

You should focus on the Graphics and Chipset drivers mainly, of course updating all te drivers once a year is always a good practice.


And as for the desk I can recomend you any of this 3 computer stands:


「Stand 1」 I use this one at home, it's a bit bulky, but it lets more air flow into the machine, you can even get a fan to blow some air into the bottom of the machine for better cooling.


「Stand 2」 I use this one at work, since it's al aluminium it helps to disperse the heat and I use no extra fan because my office has AC


「Stand 3」 I don't own this one, but it has a fan already built in and a USB hub wo you could use it as a docking station for your machine.

u/Jprovence01 · 1 pointr/Alienware

I got the shelves and brackets at Lowe’s and the laptop stand from amazon. AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand

u/JCent105 · 1 pointr/Surface

Chiropractor here, you have the right idea with sitting up right as much as you can. However, placing the Surface at lap height and looking down is what is causing the neck pain. The posture you have described is what is being called "Text Neck" ( As you flex your neck forward you increase the pressure on the components of you spine, the more you flex the greater the pressure.

Now I know you may prefer to sit while drawing? (Note: I have no artistic ability, so I'm guessing here) Sitting may be most comfortable but standing will also be beneficial as it helps maintain the strength and endurance of the spinal muscles (with correct posture)( Also note sitting properly can maintain these muscles as well, again, with proper posture. (

A little anatomy for you: As you look downward you are actively flexing your superficial neck flexors, the most obvious being the sternocleidomastoid, or SCM. ( This also causes the muscles at the base of your skull to shorten, which can lead to headaches. ( Using the "Top Gun" or "Pilot Posture" this will help to lengthen the sub-occipital mucles (muscles at base of skull) and strengthen the deep neck flexors. (

If you made it this far, I hope you have learned something. My suggestion would be, aside from posture would be to look into something that will bring the surface up closer to eye level to prevent stress on your neck. This may help ( Next would be to do chin tuck exercises to maintain strength in those deep neck flexors, this exercise will help. (

Forgive me as formatting and hyper linking is not in my skill set. I hope this help you!

Edit: Spelling

u/MohnishMohnish · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Wow you're awesome!
I'm gonna organize this list from most wanted to least wanted :D

  1. Bluetooth headphones! this was reviewed by unbox therapy and apparently it's really god so I wanna try it out :D

  2. AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand Who doesn't need a laptop stand eh? i hate burning my lap while I'm using my laptop!

    3.PNY Turbo 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive A 3.0 usb is hard to find for such a price! and the storage space makes it so much better :D

  3. Shoes are nice to have right?

    5: Baby groot! Because I loveeeeeee groot

    thanks for doing this :)

u/estabienpati · 1 pointr/buildapc

Hi! That is a pretty cool stand! I currently use this at my office and at my home to allow for ventilation on my laptop. I will consider getting a better stand.

In regards to the CPU Thermal Paste. I have changed the thermal paste on some 5 or 6 CPUs with no issue, but those were desktops, this would be the first time I do it on a laptop. That is why I'm asking for recommendations.

u/Thirteenera · 1 pointr/pcgaming

/u/X2C- Laptops need to be portable, so they cram everything as close together as possible. They still need to dissipate heat though - but its harder to do that in smaller space.

In larger desktop PCs you have room for good, large fan setups. This allows them to spin slower/quieter, as well as being able to handle higher temps easier. There's also plenty of airflow etc. This isn't the same for laptops.

Even top-tier laptops will be noisy when their fans are on - and the fans will be on as soon as anything remotely demanding starts up.

If the noise doesnt bother you, then you're fine, just keep playing. what i DO recommend though is that you get a few apps like CoreTemp and GPU-Z, which would allow you to keep an eye out on your CPU and GPU temperatures. This way you can see whether your cooling is enough, or if your PC is slowly overheating.

If you do notice that even despite heavy fans your temps are too high (90ish on CPU, for example), then i recommend looking at "Laptop cooling pads". These can be either passive (i.e. a giant metal heatsink you place under your laptop) or active (a "box with fans" that you plug into USB, and it helps cool the bottom side of your laptop), and provide your laptop with that extra bit of cooling it might need.

u/cinfulmusic · 1 pointr/edmproduction
u/Trip_2 · 1 pointr/computers

I have one of these and it does help

AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand

u/freediagram · 1 pointr/surfacebook

For anyone trying to find something similar, after trying multiple stands, I finally found the stand provided by Amazon basics. It's great and the price is very good.

u/csk_FP1 · 1 pointr/Surface

Very basic/cheap solution, but I used this with my SurfaceBook quite a bit.

u/saccademusic · 1 pointr/MusicBattlestations

This! Super simple and cheap, and it's sturdy. No complaints so far

u/HeavyHuckleberry · 1 pointr/macbookpro

Yea, it is a pretty cheap one, my MBP2011 was the same and it was much quiter when it did...

u/JudgementalPrick · 1 pointr/ableton

They look great. I use a metal laptop stand that you can adjust the tilt on, it's very nice but has no wrist rest.

u/bran_donger · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

What laptop is this? Even my XPS 15 (not a gaming laptop) doesn't get annoyingly hot or loud under gaming load. I have it propped up on an Amazon Basics Laptop Stand but that's more for ergonomics than for cooling purposes (I play with a separate keyboard and mouse).

u/schultzche · 1 pointr/croatia
u/boydskywalker · 1 pointr/techsupportgore

My friend gave me one of these Polar fans after it didn't end up working with his laptop, and it definitely helps a bit when used along with a traditional cooling pad.

u/Artystrong1 · 1 pointr/razer

Would those side coolers be a waste?
Opolar LC05 Laptop Cooler with Vacuum Fan (Rapid Cooling, Auto-Temp Detection, 13 Wind Speed, Unique Clamp Design, Compatible with Cooling Pads)

u/rideordie25 · 1 pointr/LenovoMasterRace

I have the y510p dual 755m, I am going to test a heat vacuum on the primary card to see how well it works... I could let you know if it's effective - there are generally good reviews.

Here is a link to one on amazon:

u/Retrikaethan · 1 pointr/pathofexile

on top of the other stuff, get a cooling thing like this to cool the laptop.

u/bhood33 · 1 pointr/laptops

Look for something that is going to work well with the positions of the vents on the laptop. If your intake vents are on the bottom of the laptop, I'd suggest something like the Cooler Master Notepad U2/U3. Especially because you can move the fans to line up with the intake vents. I have the U2 and it works very nicely. Although, I think the fact that the laptop is raised off a surface is more important than the actually fans. I saw temperatures drop about 6-8° C under load on my XPS 15 9550 just using the cooling stand, while turning the fans on only brought the temps down about 1-3° C.

If your exhaust fans are on the side of the laptop, maybe try on of those vacuum suction type coolers that pulls air out of the machine. Like this one:

After doing a bunch of research, I came to the conclusion that there isn't a perfect cooler out there, you have to find what gives your specific laptop the best airflow. Hope this helps!

u/teebatch · 1 pointr/battlestations

That one looks like it would be very effective, but how loud is it? I was looking into coolers today and found a couple:

This one is kindof different but it seems to work and it has a lot of good reviews.

Read really good reviews on this one and I like that you can adjust the fan position.

u/Pakaflaka911 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace
u/tmluna01 · 1 pointr/Alienware

thanks for the suggestion. I've noticed fans get dirty quite easily, so that's a major plus. Does anyone know if these 'vacuums' work on the 15 r2?

u/What_A_Nice_Muffin · 1 pointr/Competitiveoverwatch
u/rea1l1 · 1 pointr/ns2

Well I'd like to share my results. This is on a Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4610m with a AMD Radeon HD 8690M switchable graphics card with Windows 7.

Spectating gets me 30-40 FPS (with real lows of 25 rarely) 1366x768 with an-isotropic filtering, anti-aliasing and high texture quality active, otherwise minimal settings.

The CPU gets sorta hot running at 85 C and GPU at 65 - 70 C. I'm looking into getting a portable external cooling fan like this.

Initially the game refused to load on the proper graphics card, loading on the default intel hd 4600. After updating the graphics card drivers everything worked beautifully, and I'd also like to note that the new AMD catalyst center is AWESOME and even provides the ability to overclock a bit. Pre-upgrade catalyst control center was garbage.

Also the keyboard and mouse do not function simultaneously unless you disable touchguard under dell trackpad settings.

Overall I'm very happy with this machine and would suggest it to anyone looking for a primary laptop workstation with good battery life with the ability to game on occasion plugged in. Especially noteworthy is the (dell unsupported) msata slot, thus with certainty the ability to use at least 3 disk drives (one msata, one standard 2.5, and a second 2.5 in the disc drive bay). BIOS actually lists a fourth sata interface, though I've yet to attempt to determine if that would enable another msata or whatnot - if so it would be a half size, which do exist but are rarer.

u/Drivingmecrazeh · 1 pointr/techsupport

I have an Acer with the same situation. I use a cooling pad for my laptop, and it works, to a degree. They also make side vent cooling fans, such as , though I do not have personal experience with it. The reviews seem to be relatively good, though.

u/Averious · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Every one of these types of coolers I have ever tried using do basically nothing. Blasting the bottom piece of plastic on your laptop with air doesn't really help with anything. A cooler that clips on to your existing exhaust ports like this one generally works much better since it actually works with the laptops existing cooling system.

u/Liroku · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I had a fan fail on mine and Acer had it for 6 months and never fixed it. After warranty ran out i opened it myself, found the issue, bought one of these and it runs for days without shutting off now. She may have also dislodged the heatsink a bit and that could be causing the issue. If that's the case you'll have to take it apart and reseat everything and make sure all the mounting points are intact.

u/SpeedyVT · 1 pointr/Amd
u/no_strife · 1 pointr/MSILaptops

Max operating temp for the i7-6700hq is 100°.

However, if you'd prefer the temperature to be lower for peace of mind, vacuum coolers like this and this are generally the most effective way to lower laptop cpu/gpu temps aside from undervolting.

u/puddle-forest-fog · 1 pointr/thinkpad
u/polar2792 · 1 pointr/Alienware one user here reported these work well. Just make sure it's the exhaust vents you attach to. It's the back two I believe, someone may be able to verify.

u/kdunn1994 · 1 pointr/beermoney

I have one laptop that runs pretty hot up to 205°F , has anyone tried a laptop vacuum. The reviews on this one are pretty good.

Just curious if anyone has tried something like this, connects right on the side of the heat vent and sucks all the hot air out of the laptop.

Update: it works, I now am at 160°f with everything running. With just browsing I'm at about 130-140°f

u/maosredbrook · 1 pointr/selfhosted

(shrug) Nearly all our servers are laptops. This is what we use:

I would never hesitate building passive cooling into a desktop machine, but the price for using refined single board laptop computers is forced air cooling. Don't see a way arould it.

Have considered buying a refrigerator to use as a server shelf :)