A lot of us today use notebook computers. In fact, these days I find myself using my laptop more than my desktop PC. Laptops are convenient and, in most cases, every bit as powerful as their desktop counterparts. But, let’s look at the name: LAP TOP. In theory, it’s a PC you put on top of your lap. But, should you?
Infertility Caused By the PC
As a story in Wired magazine reported back in 2004, putting a notebook computer on your lap could lead to infertility. The heat caused by the computer is the problem. Just like a desktop computer, a notebook PC generates heat. That heat has to go somewhere. The laptop, then, has blowholes on it, usually underneath and in the rear of the unit. The fan sends the hot air out of these vents. If these vents are not free and clear, the heat can build up and the notebook temperature increases.
Now, you’re a man and you are using this hot notebook computer in your lap. Heat transfers into the family jewels. It messes with the swimmers, if you know what I’m saying. Need I say more?
Here are some related reports:
- PC World: Researcher Warns Male Laptop Users of Infertility Risk
- WebMD: Laptop Computers May Affect Male Fertility
You get the drift.
Save Your Balls
Get a laptop desk if you want to use a notebook PC in your lap. You can use your laptop on a desk or table and that will work, too. But, many people like to use their notebook PC on their laps while sitting on the couch or in bed. If so, use a laptop desk.
One such desk I have is by LapWorks. Specifically, I got a Lapworks Laptop Desk Futura. The company gave one to all of the attendees of Gnomedex. I have been using it since and am quite happy with it. It is a very simple device. It is a hinged device that is folded into two halves. Unfold it and place it on your lap and then put your notebook PC on top. If you are using it on a table, then the Futura can elevate the back of your computer, giving it an incline. See the pictures below.
As I said above, notebook PCs generate heat. I used to use my laptop PC on my lap. It got quite heated because it could not adequately cool down. The vents on the unit would be up against the cloth of my pants and it would not be able to cool properly. The underside of the notebook got so hot sometimes that I had to put it on a table.
So, save your notebook PC and your family life. A laptop desk is a welcome addition to your notebook computing setup.
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