My work MacBook gets really hot sitting on my desk. The world is full of ready-to-buy laptop stands. Buying one is boring and also a waste of 30 bucks of The Man's money.
I decided to make my own crawdad. Here's what I built:
- 4 large binder clips
- 4 8 1/2 x 11" sheets of paper
- Under 10 minutes
- Fold a sheet of paper along the short dimension into a strip of about 1 1/2"
- Clip strip of paper between two binder clips, one at each end of strip.
- Very important: Open chrome "handles" to their extended, "prayer" position so that assembly lays flat.
You can stop here, or go for the full elevation. This works best if you are using an external keyboard. I don't really know how well it will work under the duress of typing. Full elevation is a little more complex.
- Repeat steps above for the front edge.
- Fold last two sheets of paper as above.
- You will now have to clip these side strips at 90 degrees between the clips at the end of your front and back strips.
The finished product will look like this:
You will most likely find that the side strips are too long. Carefully fold them down until they are the right length. I suggest shortening them until the front binder clips sit about 2 inches or so from the front of the laptop.
The elevated front looks like this:
Notice the attractive elevation above the work surface! Your laptop will run cooler, and love you for it.