Last year, I bought a cooling pad for my laptop. It lasted about two months and I decided I could just skip it. I'd noticed though that my computer often got very hot and the fan came on and stayed on a lot. This past week I realized it was burning hot to the touch, and that's when it hit me. A new cooling pad costs about 10% of what a brand new computer costs. Maybe the wiser investment was to buy the cooling pad. I did just that yesterday. The new cooling was more expensive than the last one but it's design makes far more sense to me than the old one did, as well. I feel the investment of $40 beats a new computer for $400 or more.