Targus Chill Mat for Mac review: Targus Chill Mat for Mac

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
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The Good Quiet; can be used on your desk or lap; nonskid grips hold laptop in place; dual fans noticeably cool laptop; gray-and-white design matches most MacBooks.

The Bad Not especially portable; requires the sacrifice of a USB port.

The Bottom Line Designed to coordinate with your Apple work space, the USB-powered Targus Chill Mat for Mac provides effective cooling for your MacBook or MacBook Pro.

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If you spend long stretches of time working with your laptop on your lap, you know how hot a computer can get. And if you've seen as many different laptops as we have, you know that some models run hotter than others. If your laptop runs hot, and especially if you work on a laptop all day long, a laptop cooling stand may have particular appeal. To the broad range of options available, both passive and active, Targus recently added the $50 Chill Mat for Mac--a dual-fan, active laptop-cooling pad that's designed to coordinate with your MacBook or MacBook Pro.

Measuring 15.2 inches wide by 11.2 inches deep by 1.5 inches thick and weighing 1.6 pounds, the Chill Mat for Mac is almost small enough to fit into your laptop bag. The pad features a white plastic top with mesh-like circular vent holes that let air circulate around your MacBook. Small rubber nubs at all four corners prove surprisingly effective at holding a laptop in place without sliding. A ring of gray plastic, about 1.5 inches thick, frames the pad's top surface; nonslip feet on all four corners keep the stand from sliding on your desk. The bottom of the pad is made of soft, fabric mesh that not only facilitates air flow, but also lets you use the pad on your lap as well as on your desk surface.

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Where to Buy

Targus Chill Mat for Mac

Part Number: AWE41US

MSRP: $34.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color lunar gray
  • Weight 1.6 lbs
About The Author

Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.