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I love to use my laptop while lying down in bed.

The problem is as the time goes by, the laptop gets hotter and hotter to a point that is impossible to keep it in place without burning my body (chest or stomach).

I don't want to buy a laptop stand, so I would like to advice on ideas on how can I keep the laptop on bed without it touching my body.

Placing a pillow under it is not an option because that obstructs the air vents of the laptop and is really dangerous for the electronics...

Any ideas?

  • Use a program like PowerTop to reduce your laptop's power use, and thus its temperature. – jamesqf Mar 23 '17 at 4:16
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    If your laptop gets to a temperature of burn your skin then it has a cooling problem – paparazzo Mar 30 '17 at 17:00
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Use an egg crate like this:

Egg Crate

Or, if you want to spend some greens.. check laptop cooler pads

  • Don't you think that the egg crate will store the heat, which leads to a hotter laptop temperature? – Emily Mar 22 '17 at 15:17
  • I don't think so, the fan outlets are usually on the sides of the laptop, and if you look at the side view of the crate, the ridges wont allow the heat to be trapped. – uR2die4 Mar 22 '17 at 22:32
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I use my laptop often in bed. It sets on a fan platform, which sits on a thin wooden board once used for puzzles. No heat problem at all.

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Rest the laptop on a flat surface, e.g. corrugated cardboard cut from a box. If the board is strong enough not to bend much, it will not block the vents.

BTW, I keep my laptop in a thin corrugated cardboard box (inside a computer bag) when traveling, both for the purpose of supporting the laptop and as extra cushioning.

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If you have a firm cutting board, or a large enough book, you can place that between your body and the laptop. Since it is firm, it will keep the laptop's vents free.

Bonus: You can also place that on top of a pillow if that makes it more comfortable for you or easier for you to see the screen.

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Try this: lie on your side with your cheek on the bed. Turn the laptop 90 degrees and lie it next to you, so that one edge of the screen and one edge of the keyboard are on the bed, and it's stable like that. The screen will now be aligned properly for you to read it. You can even type a little if you need to, though this is best for "lean back" stuff like reading or watching.

I did this for a month or so when sitting up or lying on my back for any period of time was very uncomfortable. It works fine and requires no equipment at all.

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I would recommend a dinner tray, or a piece of plywood if you have them spare.

Or, if you want to get creative, a wireless keyboard/mouse (this maybe?), and plug the laptop into a TV (if there's VGA/HDMI/etc slots).

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The easiest way would be to superglue magnets (facing one way) to the bottom of your laptop. Then superglue magnets (facing the other way) to your thighs. So, when the laptop is positioned on your lap while in bed, it will magnetically levitate. As a bonus, the magnets will draw away heat from the bottom of the laptop because heat is conducted by iron molecules, and magnets cause iron molecules to be dispersed via reverse-polarity magnetic induction.

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Laptop fans are great, but I find they OFTEN fail after only a few weeks. They are generally cheaply made and simply don't last. My solution to this has been manifold. Depending on the ambient temperature of the room, I use different methods.

When it's hot (Los Angeles 10-11 months per year), I use a small, portable, clip-on fan (available with usb, battery, or AC) placed strategically under the laptop. I elevate the laptop with a bed tray I've modified by removing every-other slat. I will post a pic of my modified tray when I can.

portable fan bed tray

When it's cool, I use foam wedges under the laptop, on top of the tray, without the fan.

plastic foam wedges

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I've always used DVD boxes for this exact purpose. Here's a quick drawing to illustrate my point:

Laptop on DVD boxes

Some remarks:

  • Obviously, the DVDs go below the laptop.
  • If your bed is quite soft, using a single DVD box on either side may not be enough (because it sinks into the soft bed, thus still covering the air inlets). The solution is simple: use taller stacks on both sides. You'll want enough clearance between the laptop and the bed. About the thickness of a DVD box should suffice.
  • Notice that the stacks are nearer to the "top" (near the screen) than the "bottom". This is to account for the added weight of the screen. If you put the stacks in the middle, your laptop will want to tip backwards (due to the screen weight)
  • If the DVD boxes block the air inlets, shift them outwards until they no longer cover the inlets. The laptop will still be stable even if it's only resting on the outer edge of the DVD boxes, but the protruding DVD boxes might be a bit more in your way (e.g. when using a mouse)

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