I have been using the same laptop for about 6 years now. I love to sit on the couch and floor and write or just play around on the internet. The only problem with this is that the cooling fan inside the laptop could not keep up with the overheating of the battery. Over the years, the battery started to get hotter and hotter. Eventually my laptop would overheat and shut down while I was working with it on my lap.
My brother turned me on to this Targus cooling fan for laptops. At first I was not going to get it because of the price. $30 was a little steep for what the product offered...2 small fans in a plastic case. I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad I did.
This cooling fan does it's job great. I can work for hours and leave my laptop on without worrying how hot it may be getting. It also protects my legs from getting too hot because the laptop is no longer directly on my lap. I still feel a little heat coming out of the laptop, but it is back to what you would call "normal".
Thing about this laptop cooler that I do not like include the cheap quality of the case, the fact that we had to do some "surgery" on the power cord, and it is somewhat cumbersome.
The case and fan blades are made of a flimsy plastic. When I pick the laptop and cooler pad up together the case bends and touched the blades. So far the blades have not been damaged, but if you squeeze hard enough I'm sure you could do some damage.
There is an on/off switch on the cord that connects the cooling pad to the laptop. This is how the cooler gets power, right from your laptop battery. It's nice to be able to turn the fans off, but the fans turn off anyway when you turn the computer off or it goes into standby. After using this cooler for about two months, the switch went faulty! It would not stay all the way over to the on position so the fans would not stay running. My husband had to cut the switch out and sadder the wires back together. Although this worked, I don't think many people would be able to do this.
This cooler can be cumbersome because there is no way to secure it to the laptop. It is not easy to pick up together. It is very lightweight, but it does add about another 1/2 inch to the thickness of the base. I can fit it in my carrying case still, but it is a tight fit. I tried to secure it to the laptop with Velcro pads, but over time they wore off.
Overall I would suggest getting a cooling fan if you have a laptop, but not necessarily this one. It does the job, but this one is not worth the cost.