A few weeks after I got my Lenovo IdeaPad Y560, I installed several games on it – Sid Meier’s Civilization IV (Beyond the Sword, Colonization, Warlords), Torchlight and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. While playing those games, the laptop gets quite hot but it’s expected because the laptop runs on Intel Core i7 quad-core processor.
Although the temperature was still under the recommended 80C, I decided to get a chill mat or cooling pad to help lower the laptop’s temperature. I browsed the Internet and compared different brands and models and finally decided to get the Targus Chill Mat XC. I got it from Target for $32 which is the cheapest price not only on any retail store but even online.
The Targus Chill Mat XC has a dual-fan system which is more effective and cools better than a single fan. It also has two legs so you can adjust it and elevate it to add more space between the chill mat and the surface for more air flow. Below are the screenshots of the laptop’s temperature before and after using the chill mat. Btw, I used the software called Real Temp 3.60 for testing purposes.
Boot up with and without the Targus Chill Mat XC
Playing games with and without the Targus Chill Mat XC
The Targus Chill Mat XC’s dual-fan system really works because as you can see from the screenshots above, there’s a huge difference in the laptop’s temperature when the chill mat is used or not especially when playing games. The Targus Chill Mat XC is USB-powered, has two power levels and has a small compartment for the USB cable at the back.
Anyone else use a laptop chill mat or cooling pad? What brand or model are you using? How effective is it in lowering down the temperature of your laptop? Please share your thoughts.