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I was chatting with Josh the other day, on my 17″ Powerbook, propped up by bottled-water caps. If you’re a Powerbook or iBook owner, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the heat that results from using your computer on a flat, un-ventilated surface. Maybe you’ve even MacGyver’ed a solution […]

I was chatting with Josh the other day, on my 17″ Powerbook, propped up by bottled-water caps. If you’re a Powerbook or iBook owner, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the heat that results from using your computer on a flat, un-ventilated surface. Maybe you’ve even MacGyver’ed a solution similar to mine… So Josh and I were chatting and he told me he had something I might want to try – Mac Feet. I started laughing and described my current setup. These were just what I’ve been needing.

Mac Feet are adhesive feet for Powerbooks and iBooks that flip up and down. There are two height settings – 1″ and 1 3/8″ to choose from. The functionality I was most interested in was the venting of hot air from my G4 processor. But when I started using the Mac Feet, I immediately noticed how much nicer the incline of the keyboard felt.

I ran another backup of my system last night which usually sets the fan aflutter in no time at all. Before initiating the backup, I flipped down the 1 3/8″ feet and away my Powerbook went. I returned 30 minutes later to find that while my Powerbook was warm, the fan hadn’t kicked in! Pretty impressive after 30 minutes of intense processing. Label me a fan for sure.

A pair of Mac Feet weigh less than an ounce and are made of plastic. You really won’t notice any difference when carting your laptop around with these handy little things. They are slightly bulkier than I expected them to be – my 1″ thick Powerbook has a max thickness of about 1.25″ with the Mac Feet on (and closed), but it’s not really that big a deal to me.

Mac Feet are different from Laptop Legs in that they’re made of white plastic instead of silver colored. I might actually prefer the silver Laptop Legs for my Aluminum Powerbook, but it’s nothing more than an aesthetic thing. Order yours accordingly.

The construction seems solid. There’s a satisfying click as you lock the legs into their extended positions. I have to wonder if over time the plastic ratcheting that locks them in place will wear down, but it’s in the back of my mind for now. There’s a nice rubber surface on the bottom most (1″) leg to give a nice non slip surface while they’re closed. There are no rubber edges on the opened legs’ feet (1″ or 1 3/8″) which was a slight concern for me. But there hasn’t been any slipping despite what I would call an oversight. They’re rated for 15 lbs, but the warranty is void if more than 40 lbs of pressure is applied to them.

LapWorks cites the benefits of Mac Feet as extending your computer’s life by funneling the hot air away, and making you more productive with better posture, resulting from the inclined keyboard. Marketing hype for sure, but I agree with both statements after using them for just a day.

If you order before April 30th you can get 2 pair (4 feet total!) of Mac Feet (or Laptop Legs) for $19.95. After the 30th, they’ll be $24.95. I HIGHLY recommend these things if you’ve got a notebook computer.

  1. looks like a cool product.

    i was worried about the exact same thing when i got my brand new
    powerbook 1.67 ghz a month ago, so i MacGyvered my own solution:

    i used an old, big, obsolete 2 gig LaCie external hard disk as a base;
    i installed 4 hockey pucks on the 4 corners of the HD;
    i taped the hockey pucks in place, using transparent plastic hockey tape (you guessed it, i play hockey in winter!)
    i then perched the powerbook on top of my home-made cooling device.

    voilà! cool air can now flow underneath my powerbook.

    …and sure enough, the PB is near silent all the time, and when i touch
    under the laptop as i work, the metal is barely warm.

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  2. I sit my powerbook on top of the lid to one of those 30 disk cd spindles. Its clear plastic, and as long as I don’t push hard on any of the corners, its a good set up. cheap, too.

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  3. I have an iClear, but I might look into these for when I’m working at school

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  4. Remember the good ole’ days, when our PBs actually had feet built in? Of course, there was the whole 9″ passive matrix grayscale screen thing, but…

    We had FEET!!

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  5. I just put my PB on my lap and let it burn the crap out of my legs.

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  6. Hey, the Mac Feet are good but check out the Laptop Desk. It’s by the same company. You get your cooling air gap and typing angle, plus you can unfold it and it makes a nice wide tray to hold your ibook or PB on your lap :

    http://www.gear4laptops.com/laptopdesk2f.html

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  7. My coffee table, where I use my powerbook most, is a stainless steel surplus kitchen table. The heat from the PB is transferred into the table and radiates from the larger surface area. Like a a big chip cooler upside down.

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