Targus Lap Chill Mat AWE55US Review

I work as a freelance web programmer and often end up doing most of my work sitting on the couch with my laptop on my lap.  I decided to give the Targus Lap Chill Mat a try and I was glad I did.  Other coolers I used in the past were noisy and uncomfortable to use, but this cooler is different.  The ergonomic tilt makes typing easy while the soft neoprene casing is comfortable to have on your lap.  Dual fans disperse heat effectively and safely, keeping your computer healthier than if you use a pillow or a comfortable to block the heat.  Four rubber stops keeps laptops in their place no matter how you’re sitting. All in all it makes using my computer while on the couch or in bed much easier and more comfortable.

Pros:

  • Comfortable on the Lap: Spending time working at a desk can get uncomfortable, so I like being able to move to the couch if I want (one of the perks of working from home).  When I’m going to be doing a marathon programming session I like to be comfortable and the Targus Lap Chill definitely helps with that.  The soft neoprene casing is very comfortable to work with no matter how long I’m using it.

  • Great Intake Positioning: The fans draw their air from the side with this cooler.  That may not sound like a big deal, but it does make it possible to use it on a bed or couch without having to sacrifice efficiency.  Your laptop stays cool no matter where you put it.

  • Quiet Fans: I’m always a little self-conscious about having loud fans going when I’m using my laptop in a public place.  With this cooler noise is not an issue.  The fans are no louder than the ones in my laptop, so no matter what environment I’m in the noise doesn’t stick out.  Much of the time I don’t even realize they’re going.

  • Ergonomic Tilt: Nothing’s worse than wrist soreness because of a poorly set up work station.  The ergonomic tilt on the Targus Lap Chill keeps your wrists and fingers comfortable as you type.  It’s the perfect angle for me while I’m sitting on the couch, and it works just as well if I want to put it up on a desk.  

Cons

  • USB Cord is Long: The USB cord that connects the cooler to your laptop is a little long.  There’s no compartment to put the cord in while you’re using it, so the end result is a little messy.  If you have kids around it may end up being a problem.  I just grabbed a Velcro strap and used it to wind up some of the extra cord, so in the end it wasn’t much of an issue for me.

  • No Off Switch: I tend to leave the cooler plugged in all the time, which means when my computer goes into standby mode the fans keep going.  This doesn’t bother me too much, but it may result in a little bit more power consumption.  An easy solution to this is to just unplug the cooler when you turn your laptop off.

Having the Targus Lap Chill Mat on hand has really made working more comfortable.  It’s a very easy mat to use no matter how I have my workspace set up.  It’s quiet yet powerful, keeping my computer cool without blasting me with annoying fan sounds.  It’s got a great ergonomic tilt and keeps my laptop in place without a problem.  It even looks nice!  It’s a great choice for anyone who wants a little extra cooling power in their laptop.

Price Alert: Currently Amazon.com is offering a generous 10% discount for the Targus Lap Chill Mat AWE55US. This means you’ll save $4 from the usual retail price.

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