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Anyone that really knows me, will also know that my laptop, is better known as "my life support machine" because they claim, without it I would possibly die. Therefore I will do everything I can to keep it in good working order. Just before christmas last year I was having problems with my laptop over heating (which doesn't suprise me at all, when I think of the amount of time my laptop is on for) so I decided I needed something to keep it cool. Whilst browsing Amazon I came across this "Targus Lap chill Mat" it sounded good to me, so after reading a few positive reviews on the product, I decided to go ahead and buy it.
Packaging: The lap chill mat was packed in a plastic bag, inside the usual Amazon brown cardboard. It arrived in perfectly good packaging, packed very well and secure.
Size: 30.5 cm x 38 cm x 5 cm The size is perfect for my 15.4 inch display laptop, it actually sits in the middle of the lap chill mat, which is great, as the laptop isn't overhanging anywhere.
Weight: 1.05 kg The weight, although not that heavy, once you have your laptop sitting on it and you've had it on your lap awhile, I personally find it gets a little heavy and uncomfortable, so from time to time I have to sit it on a little table I have.
Product Material and Colour: Plastic, neoprene. Grey, black. The main overall colour is black with thin grey plastic strips sealing the edges. The majority of the lap chill mat is made from black neoprene (nice, soft and squidgy material) on the top of the mat is a black plastic rectangle 14 by 10 inch, covered with holes, to enable the cool air to circulate from the fans.
Features: Tilt adjustment, USB powered, Built-in cooling fans. The tilt, is very handy, making the keyboard sit at a much easier angle for tying. The back of the chill mat is about 2 inches deep and as it gets towards the front it finishes off being about 1/2 inch. USB powered is a fantastic idea to plug in your mat, as no other wires or cables are necessary. Attatched centre back of the mat is a USB cable about 27 inches in length from the back of the mat to the actual USB plug itself. This gives you plenty of wire to reach which ever USB port you need it to. There are two fans inside the mat, you can actually see where they are situated, if you look through the mat from the side. As the mat is shaped like a hollow slab of cheese (that's the best way I can think of to describe it) attatched to the underneath top, is a grey plastic area which holds the fans, the whole inside of the mat is grey and so it makes it easier to see inside. The fans are surpisingly quiet. (unless it's just a case of, I have it on that long I become accustomed to it)
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years I'm sure this speaks for itself.
Price: £17.99 (from Amazon)
--My opinion and experience of the product--
I orderd the Targus lap chill mat about a week before christmas, then with all the bad weather, post was being delayed. I recieved an email from Amazon, explaining that I wouldn't recieve my item in time for christmas, to which they apologized. It didn't really matter to me as it wasn't a gift anyway. So I was really suprised when it turned up two days before christmas. (Amazon customer service is excellent). I couldn't wait to get my laptop sitting on top of the mat, plugged in and cooling down. The fans started up almost immediately, all I could hear was a soft whirring sound. I sat the mat along with laptop onto my lap and settled back to see just how comfy it was going to be, having it on my knee. I could feel the cool air, which made a nice change from burning my legs every two minuetes. However, I found that after a while the whole thing, mat and laptop together, began to feel quite heavy on my legs, this forced me to sit the mat and laptop onto a little table I use, for when I'm using the laptop while sitting on the sofa.
I'm gald I purchased the "Targus lap chill mat", it's been great for keeping my laptop cool, from time to time I can sit with the mat on my lap but more often than not I leave both mat and laptop on the table. I think it's worth the money I paid for it. If it means keeping my laptop in tip top shape then I will purchase another, if and when the time comes.
I give this product 4 stars because it does what I want it to, but can feel a little heavy sometimes.