CloudBook Keyboard is Hot Stuff

CloudBook KeyboardI haven’t had much experience with the Eee PC like my coworkers have so I don’t know if the Eee PC gets uncomfortably hot after hours of use, but I can say that tonight I was using the CloudBook on my dining room table for about five hours and, after a while, I could feel a fair amount of heat radiating from the machine. I lifted the CloudBook off the table and felt the bottom. Wow, hot stuff! Perhaps this level of heat is to be expected for a device this small, but let’s just say I wouldn’t put this on my own laptop for long unless I was wearing a very thick pair of pants or wanted to avoid having children. I can’t think of an objective way to measure the temperature, but if any of you have suggestions, please comment.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. MikeZ Says:

    Take a break. (Seriously)
    This also happens with the ASUS EeePC, the manual warns: “Do not place on lap.”
    So, unless you are looking for roasted chestnuts …

  2. Mike Cane Says:

    Do you have a cooking thermometer? They can usually be bought at a 99-cent store (said the cheapskate!).

  3. Steve Cary Says:

    I use one of those ditigal thermometers that you can get at an auto parts supply or a lot of other places. It has a laser pointer also, so you can tell exactly where you are pointing it, and reads out on an LCD facing you. Very useful for lots of things.

  4. Branden Says:

    Many good variety of keyboard I found at Newegg store at discounted price….

  5. D. Weaver Says:

    In my experience, having used an Eee since late December, while it gets fairly “warm”, at no point has it gotten to be what I would call “hot”… Nothing like the bottom of my HP laptop can get, certainly. Never hot enough I would find it painful or even particularly uncomfortable even on my lap.

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