It’s barely summer and already temperatures around the country have started to soar. While you can escape all that rising mercury with your ol’ buddy Central Air, there’s another heat that’s harder to escape: a notebook that runs too hot. At LAPTOP, we use a laser thermometer to measure every notebook we review in multiple locations after streaming video for 15 minutes. We also test gaming systems’ heat after they’ve spent some time running popular titles.
We deem laptops with temps in excess of 95 degrees uncomfortable and notebooks running a fever above 100 degrees cause for concern. Although these six systems are good overall, they’re sizzlin’ enough to make our heat watch.
With its 2.3-GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M discrete graphics card, the Samsung Series 7 is a killer gaming laptop that absolutely murdered competing systems. But all that processing power lead to some of the worst notebook heat we've ever experienced. Even with a built-in turbo cooling system, the Series 7 blasted temperatures far above 100 degrees. At one point, the speaker bar that sits above the keyboard climbed to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and when we tested the rear-facing vents, they clocked in at a whopping 150 degrees!