If you’ve ever used a laptop in your life, chances are you know when it becomes hot and uncomfortable. Unsurprisingly, when you try to pack it in such a small space, heat is a real issue.
There is an entire industry based around trying to keep laptops cool. Most times the heat is too much like as if you have an excellent brand of tankless water heater. Is that funny?
But other than getting burns on your skin from an overheated computer, how do you know your laptop is too hot?
One easy thing to keep an eye on is your CPU temperatures. It’s quite normal to see your
CPU heat up under heavy use. But if you laptop feels painfully hot or if it’s behaving strangely, download a reputable hardware monitoring utility and check your processor’s core temperature
Both AMD and Intel specified temperatures of around 100 degrees Celsius as a maximum.
But a good rule of thumb is that if you’re getting over 90 degrees under load, you should probably try to cool your laptop down.
For you gamers out there, this is a good guideline for your discreet GPU as well and your attitude. Maybe a short break is in order before you start friendly firing on your support units.
But processor temperatures aren’t the only thing to watch out for.
Batteries don’t particularly like excessive heat either. Their tolerances are lower than they are for CPUs.
The lithium-ion batteries common in modern electronics should be kept below 45 degrees Celsius.
Although they can operate at higher temperatures up to around 60 degrees, some laptops will stop charging once the battery temperature hits 45 degrees.
If your battery is often running at high temperatures under load, its life might be shortened.
It might even swell up on you like physically get larger, which can damage other laptop components.
Heat can cause the soldering inside the machine to crack, warp, or bump.
Many of these bumps can lead the connected unit to break entirely.
Some reports indicated that failure rates were as high as 40%.
If your monitoring software indicates that your temperatures are too high, how do you cool things off?
Well, you start with the simple things like a good old big glass of ice water. It is a joke. Don’t do that.
You can check the ambient temperature of the room you are in.
Try operating your laptop on a hard level surface to ensure that the air vents will have clearance to breathe.
Blow out those vents with some compressed air to make sure they aren’t clogged with dust.
If this doesn’t work, it’s not a bad idea to check if any curves you’ve set aren’t somehow messed up.
If you are still scratching your head, pop off the panel, and ensure all the fans are running properly.
When you haven’t fixed the problem after doing all that, get a good cooling pad to place your laptop on. You don’t necessarily need anything super expensive. Just find something well-reviewed. If you intend to get a new laptop, you can save yourself a headache by reading or watching reviews.
Make sure the model you’re looking for hasn’t been too hot to handle for other customers.
Although there are a lot of great laptops out there, some of them just aren’t designed well when it comes to heat dissipation.
Do your due diligence, so that you don’t end up with a laptop bezel.