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Question Re: Laptop Coolpad Podium
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Jul 4, 2001, 03:01 PM
 
Now, these are nice looking stands for the powerbook, but are they any more efficient at cooling your powerbook than say, a small book (currently using Jane Austen) strategically placed at the end of the Powerbook G3. I just want to know if they have any other features which would make a purchase "necessary," ahem . . .
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Jul 4, 2001, 03:36 PM
 
They swivel 360 degrees. Other than that....
     
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Jul 4, 2001, 03:53 PM
 
The CoolPad podium raises your PowerBook much more than just using a plain book (much better airflow). The 360 degree pivot is nice. It allows you to rotate the PowerBook for displaying the screen to other people if needed.
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Jul 4, 2001, 07:05 PM
 
Originally posted by imacaholic:
<STRONG>The CoolPad podium raises your PowerBook much more than just using a plain book (much better airflow). The 360 degree pivot is nice. It allows you to rotate the PowerBook for displaying the screen to other people if needed.</STRONG>
Depends on the book. Now if I used Samuel RIchardson's Clarissa I could do much better than the podium, though it'd probably be a bit unstable. Seriously though, that might be true of the podium, but what about the traveler - that thing looks completely useless, like there's a cm of space created.
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Jul 4, 2001, 08:50 PM
 
I bought a Podium Coolpad last week and I love it. The little legs, or stands, stack up in 1/2" increments similar to Leggo blocks. You can slant your notebook any where from 1/2" up to 3". Plus the whole thing then swivels in a complete circle. I don't know if it keeps the notebook cooler, but I'm betting it does, it's just downright handy. Pull the little legs off, and it lays flat. Fits right inside my bag.

Well worth the $29.95 at &lt;www.roadtools.com&gt;. The "Podium" model is only available online.

This is sounding like a comercial! But I can't help it. It's great!

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Jul 6, 2001, 06:48 PM
 
The Podium Coolpad is recommended for Ti's and other wide laptops. The regular Coolpad is for other laptops. There is also a Traveler Coolpad that you can fit in your laptop bag.

Choose your Coolpad Flavor!

I like that my fan doesn't ever come on when I'm using the CoolPad. RoadTools claims that you get better performance for this reason.
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Jul 7, 2001, 03:18 AM
 
Originally posted by cpatubo:
<STRONG>The Podium Coolpad is recommended for Ti's and other wide laptops. The regular Coolpad is for other laptops. There is also a Traveler Coolpad that you can fit in your laptop bag.

Choose your Coolpad Flavor!

I like that my fan doesn't ever come on when I'm using the CoolPad. RoadTools claims that you get better performance for this reason.</STRONG>
This Coolpad is great. I bought one right after I bought my G4Ti... This think is great, you can now set the Ti on a bed, leather couch, autumn, or anything that would usually constrict airflow to the bottom of the Ti and make the fan come on every five minutes. I have a Samsonite laptop bag, and the podium slips right in the back where you would normally put files. I don;t know how any Ti owner would go without!

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Jul 8, 2001, 08:08 PM
 
hi folks,

are you using the "regular" cool pad or the "podium"? i know the podium is larger and fits the g4 better, but if i just wanted one product, that would also fit into a laptop bag....shouldn't i just get the regular or travel?

in other words, is the extra $5-10 worth it for the podium?

john

ps. i'm currently just using 2 erasers at the rear corners to cut down on fan usage =)
     
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Jul 8, 2001, 10:39 PM
 
No one has yet explained to me why these stands are better than a book placed at the end of the powerbook, except for the fact that they pivot 360 degrees . . . Frankly, I don't see how, without any fan mechanism on their own, they would lead to less fan usage than the space the book (or erasers) create underneath the PB. Wouldn't the erasers be more space efficient as well (i.e. provide more airspace (given the erasers were the same height as the stand's legs) because there's no sheet of plastic or metal attached to it?) Please, someone convince me there's a reason that makes this a must have product, other than cool factor. . .
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Jul 8, 2001, 11:42 PM
 
Speaking of the "Podium" Coolpad, I don't think anyone has said it is better at keeping the Powerbook cooler than a book. In my case, it's just a whole lot easier and more efficient to use. There is no sheet of plastic or sheet of metal touching the bottom of the Powerbook. Those 4 little legs are topped with a very soft and sticky rubber to keep the Powerbook from sliding off. Except for where those 4 little legs make contact, the bottom of the Powerbook is wide open, thus allowing (in my belief), better airflow. Nothing scientific about it, just an opinion. If you'd rather use a book, by all means, do so.

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