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About jchpmn

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  1. Mine is an ugly tank, and I would happily buy an ugly tank again. Full desktop CPU in it, which was a remarkable feature at the time but the laptop editions are so good now that I wouldn't mind a laptop CPU in future. After four years I was starting to get runaway temperature issues, so I replaced the paste and gave it a good clean out and it's a joy to see how cool it is now. The ugly chassis definitely contributes to that. For me, a laptop is portable rather than mobile. I don't carry it around everywhere, but I want to be able to travel with it so weight and thicknes
  2. It's really difficult to say what's best for your purposes. It's much easier when someone wants good gaming performance, or games plus more storage than most. What about a particularly nice display? If that would make a difference, there are a couple of good models in your price range. If you like watching TV and movies on the laptop, this can be huge. Mine had one of the nicest panels in its day, but tbh the backlight annoys me every time I watch movies on it. There are some gorgeous OLEDs now.
  3. My laptop has vents at the bottom, but the fans on the cooler stand do nothing so I don't even attach them anymore since they just add fan noise. However, the tilt on the stand certainly does help with temperatures and I continue to use it. I guess it's a much easier path for heat to go upwards towards the rear exhaust than to struggle through the keyboard plate of the chassis. By far the best thing I've done for temperatures is to replace the thermal paste, though. I got Kryonaut, since I couldn't get a clear verdict on whether liquid metal was a bad idea, and the temp
  4. Thanks for the illuminating answers, and it's good to know that at least a couple of manufacturers are looking at this.
  5. Knowing that device batteries are at their points of worst stress when at either 0% or 100% capacity, I tend to only charge my phones to about 70% and run them down to about 30%, when I can. But then I look at my laptop, which is virtually always plugged in. That means the battery stays at 100% constantly, presumably the worst thing I could possibly be doing to it. So why don't laptop manufacturers offer a default regulation of battery at around 50% while attached to mains electricity and then an option to override and charge to the full 100% when required? Does 3rd-pa