This expensive (and time consuming) lesson taught me to respect the little vents built into the bottom and sides of all notebooks.
Rather than purchase one of many fancy notebook stands available on the market, I decide to hack my existing veggie rack/tray and this has become the most comfortable invention ever for 'vegging' with your notebook on the sofa or in bed.
I call it my 'knee-breather' - it's a knee cooler notebook stand and I can't live without mine.
They're so easy to make (get your mother or wifes ok ahead of storming into the kitchen and hijacking her vegetable rack).
I hope you'll enjoy yours as much as I love mine !
Step 1: Gather Your Equipment
1. One plastic tray (vegetable rack type or office paper tray type)
5. Your notebook (to trace vent configuration)
Step 2: Flip Over Your Notebook & Find Cooling Vents
Step 3: Mark the Vent Holes
Step 4: Cut Out Vent Holes
Step 5: Cut ALL Holes to Air Vents
Step 6: Put Notebook on Stand
Step 7: Added Frills
How about using cable-ties to tidy up your notebook cables or accessories ?
Here I have my portable storage firmly attached to the sides (allowing slack for easy removal)
Step 8: Done
My knee breather (knee cooler) grips my notebook and so I haven't worried about any form of attaching velcro underneath it but I reckon that might be an idea for the future.
Velcro stuck into the underside 'cavity' of the tray can firmly hold USB hubs and cables in place.
(My 'vegetable tray' has gutters, and these are perfect for my portable storage drives - I recommend finding a tray with similar 'gutters' - they're very handy !)