LaTosta Lightweight Laptop Stand ReviewPropane - April 9, 2009
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To test the LaTosta Lightweight Laptop Stand, I simply set it up on my laptop in a fairly standard position and used the laptop on my desk as a control. I then let the laptop sit idle while running a temperature monitor to find the temperature of both my CPU and GPU cores. This was repeated on both the cooler and on the desk. To get load temperatures, I chose to run World of Warcraft, which stresses my laptop quite a bit, resulting in more thermal energy. Again, this was repeated on the cooler and the desk.
- Apple MacBook Pro 15" Generation 3
- 2.2Ghz Core 2 Duo
- nVidia GeForce 8600M
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM SDRAM
- 120GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
- AirPort Extreme 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n
- 8x Slot Loading Super Drive
- Rosewill RN7000W
- Vizo Mini Ninja cooler
- NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler
- Lapworks Attaché Laptop Stand
- Antec Notebook Cooler 200
- Evercool Hermes
The results clearly show that there is some benefit to be had by using the LaTosta, yet not as much as a benefit as provided by many of the active coolers. Obviously, this is due to the LaTosta being a lightweight solution meant for travel, and not a more permanent solution that is heavier, which would include fans.
The numbers are better when they are lower. As you can see, and as mentioned above, these values are better than just being straight on the desk, yet not quite as good as being on a larger cooler that includes fans. This is the tradeoff for extreme portability.