Normal temperature for outside/bottom of laptop?

Posted on 2012-09-12
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
I have an Dell D620 and it seems very cool but the bottom seems a little warm.

I have an infrared thermometer and am trying to figure out the normal range of temps.  What is too hot?
Question by:gta2011
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    there  is nothing specified for the outside - but the cooler the better
    the bottom may warm up where the cpu and vido chips are; if you doubt they warm up too much, use speedfan to monitor the temps, and compare with the max cpu temp listed
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    The outside is too hot when the laptop starts to slow down or shut off.  If you want an actual value, I would use the hard drive as the limiting case - no more than 120F, which would mean the inside is hotter and may be damaging the hard drive.

    Author Comment

    So if the bottom is warm and is showing my 30-40C, that is fine right.

    I just had a client complaining that it was too hot.

    And from what I can tell from these responses and Googling, internal temperature measuring is far more prudent and important than the outside case temp, correct?
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    Accepted Solution

    that is the only important temperature - internal!

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