We had a chance to go hands-on with the Coolguard Laptop Sleeve From Thermapak. The only think complicated about it is the company’s branding: the company name is Innovations International, the product is called Coolguard, and the trademark is Heatshift. Just to make it easy for you if you actually want to try one of these things, the web site is thermapak.com.
There are several flavors of Heatshift products, but they all do the same thing: keep your laptop running cooler. My old Macbook Pro could literally burn your legs on a day like today when you might be wearing shorts. The Heatshift products use crystals which are solid at room temperature, and turn to liquid as they warm up. The heat dissipates as it melts. And yes, it works.
The model we got was the laptop sleeve, which is a perfect combination of very useful tools in one product. It’s a heavy duty protective sleeve as well as a cooling pad. Of course the beauty of this pad
is not just it’s dual functionality. The truth is, most laptop cooling solutions are not terrible good solutions. The fan units are noisy and heavy and difficult to carry around with you. My favorite solution prior to this was a padded cushion made for a laptop, and even though it had rubber feet, the laptop would tend to slide around, and frankly it’s not all that comfortable.
The Coolguard/Thermapak/Heatshift product (see, I’m still not sure what to call it) answers all those objections. It’s completely portable: in fact you’ll WANT to carry it with you since it also protects your laptop (they use memory foam on the top). Your laptop doesn’t move a bit when you place it on top of the pad, and it’s completely comfortable. With no wires or fans it couldn’t be simpler. And it really does cool down your laptop.
Thermapak makes a plain pad and a carry bag as well, but the sleeve really seems like the most useful form (15” and 17” versions). We noticed that Amazon and Buy.com don’t have the new sleeve models yet, but they are available from http://www.thepowerxchange.com Here’s a Direct Link: