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    Looking for silent new laptop

    Hi,
    A client of mine wants to buy a new notebook with Windows and a 17" screen. She now has a Toshiba of 5 years old but that's getting to the end. She always complains about the ongoing noise of the fan inside, even when cleaned (again). Since iPads, newer Macbooks etc. are pretty silent she (and I) are wondering where to look for compareble Windows notebooks (in silence that is). The Intel Core M seems to slow for heavy duties and large screens. The cost will be no problem, the sound will be!
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    I have an HP ProBook and it's quiet.

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    Check the new systems coming out with the latest Intel chipsets. Many will be fanless.

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    Tnx both. The problem is what one describes as quiet somebody else might find disturbing. Circumstances differ also a lot. Just the sound of the fan might irritate a person. I guess I have to demonstrate quite a few before she can agree :-(

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    I have a couple of Toshiba laptops, the first one bought in 2010 and the fan comes on now and again, but that's normal and its frequency and strength would be dependent on the use of the computer.

    If it's persistently on then it would be worth installing HWMonitor to see what temp it is operating at as the thermal paste may need cleaning off and renewing if cleaning it out is insufficient.

    Is she using it on a flat surface and are all of the feet on the base so that the intake isn't restricted ?
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    Hi Sudo15,
    Which ones exactly?
    The nb is place on a flat table.
    She has this problem because she's distracted by the sound. Others that work on it don't care about it. As I said: it's this person's problem.

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    If by "Which ones exactly" you are referring to the feet on the underside of the nb, I once came across an instance of where one of the feet had gone A.W.O.L. so that the laptop was down at the air intake end and was restricting the intake.

    If the fan is going full all of the time then that is either a sign of overheating or of heavy graphics use and is why I've suggested installing HWMonitor to check the temps.

    If however one of the fan blades has been distorted by use of the straw attached to the air duster, then that could cause a buzz or whatever which could be annoying, but you'll know if the fan sound is normal or not and the user has just become hypersensitive to its normal sound when it kicks in.

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    Turn up the music ???


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    I mean which notebooks.....

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    Well, they all have feet on but looking at mine, I'd have to have two missing for it to flop down - it was just that was the cause for someone experiencing a serious overheating problem - so thought I'd mention it.

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    Well, still don't know which couple of T nb's you have :-(

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    Ah - mine

    The older one is a Satellite L450D-13X and the slightly newer one is a Satellite C660D-1GD

    Probably wouldn't have bought the later model if I'd taken the trouble to see that it was a bare bones job with just a 1.3GHz processor, but the price seemed right at the time and it does for what I use it for - which isn't a lot

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    That's one of the series she has now, means bothersome :-(

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    I have had a Lenovo T420s and a Dell Latitude E7440, both quiet as church mice.

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    Well both mine are still running okay

    I bought the L450D in July 2010 and the C660D Dec. 2011 but tend to favour the C660D because it has a numeric keypad and it sits lower on the table so my wrists aren't "propped up" so high when I'm typing.

    Have you installed HWMonitor yet to see what temps the machine is running at ?

    As for a choice of new laptop, I think most are coming with the Win 10 upgrade now and it could be quite difficult to get one that still had Win 7 - has she mentioned anything about a Win version preference or even taken it into account ?
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