Make a passive cooling laptop stand from a cookie tray. This idea was inspired by KoolSink laptop stands and their ridiculously expensive price. The result is not as polished but I bet it works just as well and costs a whole lot less.
Step 1: What You Need
1 x Cookie Tray
2 x Rubber bumps
2 x Stick mount cup hooks
I got mine (Wilton Aluminum Cookie Sheet 12 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1/4 Inches Deep) from Amazon for around $16. I chose an Aluminum one for better heat properties. I also chose a larger one as I might upgrade my laptop to a 15" later on.
Note: The cookie tray I got was thinner than I hoped so it would curve when the weight of the laptop is on it. But fear not, I have a solution, read on!
I over paid for my 3M Rubber bumps from Amazon. Any kind will do, Walmart has them for cheap.
Stick mount cup hooks:
I just needed something to lift the back of the laptop stand a little. There are plenty of things that will do this. I happen to have some of these hooks from a previous project, they came from Walmart.
Step 2: Making It
The idea is pretty simple, use the rubber stops on the front of the cookie tray and the hooks towards the back to life the stand up a little. I placed both the rubber stops and the hooks right below where my laptop's rubber feet are. Doing it this way will prevent the cookie tray from flexing under the laptop's weight. Genius!
Mine looks a bit ugly because I put some tape on first. I did this so I can easily remove the rubber bumps and hooks without leaving glue residue. This way I can readjust the laptop stand for different laptops without making a mess.
Step 3: Enjoy
Take that KoolSink!