Are fanless Chromebooks OK?

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  1. tjohnson

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    I'm planning on buying a Chromebook (specifically an Asus C201) for college, and was surprised that a lot of them (including the C201) don't have any cooling fans. Do you think this makes them prone to overheating, or should they run fairly cool even without them?
     
  2. strantor

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    I was issued a macbook from my last employer and, like you, was surprised to find it had no cooling fan. The macbook is a more powerful machine than a chromebook. A chromebook, as far as the specs I've checked, is just a tablet with physical keyboard. My android tablet has no cooling fan so i don't see why a chromebook would need one. Plus i suspect they wouldn't be selling them if they were prone to overheating, and if they did, it would be very evident in the reviews.

    The deletion of a cooling fan means reduction of power consumption (and heat)
     
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  3. shteii01

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    The way I understand it, chromebooks do most computing at the remote site, so the actual chromebook does not do much computing and does not need powerful cpu, which means there is very little heat, which means there is no need for fan.
     
  4. DickCappels

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    Any respectable company will go to great lengths to assure that their products will be reliable in the field. Some of them fail at the attempt. I would not worry as long as the manufacturer has a good reputation for reliability and the ability to resolve problems quickly.
     
  5. tjohnson

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    I agree. I was also starting to think that if Android phones don't need fans, tablets and netbooks likely wouldn't either.
    Which means longer battery life. Me thinks I shall like a Chromebook very much.:)
    I know that Chrome OS apps are web-based, but I don't think loading webpages on a Chromebook does any less computing than loading them in Chrome on a PC.
     
  6. Brownout

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    They are perfectly safe. The fanless operation is due to the energy efficient design. I use a chromebox running Linux, apps run locally. No overheating issues.
     
  7. atferrari

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    My ZX81 was also fanless and worked OK
     
  8. tjohnson

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    My Chromebook was delivered today and I'm posting from it right now. So far setting it up and learning how to use it has been pretty painless. Thanks to everyone for their helpful input.
     
  9. strantor

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    What? I can't read your post. I think something is wrong with your computer.
     
  10. tjohnson

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    I don't understand.o_O My post was written in English, your quote is exactly the same as what I originally wrote, and my computer (which I'm posting from now) is working fine.
     
  11. strantor

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    ;)
     
  12. tjohnson

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    I came across this video and thought it was funny:
     
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