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How to Find Laptop Temperature

Manali Oak
Laptops are machines in everyday use. For your laptop to perform well, you must take care of the temperature at which it is made to work. Get to know how to find your laptop's temperature.
Slow performance, frequent reboots and other symptoms of decline in the performance and speed of your laptop could mean that it is working at an abnormal temperature. The production of heat in the processor is the result of Joule effect, the process of transforming electric energy into heat.
Excessive increase in the laptop's temperature can damage the internal circuits and hamper the machine's performance. Heat can be the cause of sluggishness in the functioning of a laptop. In full-sized machines, a sufficient number of fans are provided. These fans help in the maintenance of an optimal temperature of the CPU.
In case of laptops, there is no space for the fans, thus restricting the flow of air to the processor. Users are seldom careful about enabling ventilation for their laptop. Thus, monitoring the laptop temperature is a concern. It is very important to measure, monitor and maintain the temperature of a laptop to ensure optimal performance from the machine.

Finding the Laptop Temperature

Mostly, laptops have temperature sensors on the central processing unit and on the hard drive. To find the temperature of your laptop, you need to have an application installed on to your machine, that reports its temperature. There are a number of free applications like MobileMeter, that occupy less disk space and are easy to use.
They have provisions for setting the thermal zone, keeping a log file to record the laptop temperatures and specifying update timings. These provisions help you select the unit of measurement and keep a record while specifying how often you wish to find your laptop's temperature. These are software applications easy to install and operate.
You can also use other applications like CPU Thermometer, Core Temp, Real Temp, etc. There are various other brand specific apps available as well for the user's convenience. There are various paid licensed versions available for people who want detailed information about various aspects that lead to increasing the CPU temperatures.
If you are really enthusiastic about building the apparatus for measuring the laptop temperature, build your own probe that can connect to the laptop and help you find its temperature. For this, you will need a temperature sensor and a probe. Connect the appropriate terminals of the probe to those of the sensor. Apply an insulation tape over the terminals.
The mentioned apparatus can be plugged in to the USB port or the jack of your laptop and believe it or not, your temperature-measuring instrument is ready. This is the temperature-sensing probe that can be used to find the temperature of your laptop.
You need to keep an eye on the factors that can lead to a rise in your laptop's temperature. Be careful about the placement of your laptop, the things around it and the temperature of the room in which the laptop is kept. Do not let the laptop overheat.
What is the safest maximum temperature that a laptop can bear? There is no exact answer. It depends on the specifications of the laptop and the applications it runs. Remember, the temperature of your laptop has a direct effect on its functioning. If you expect better performance from your machine, you need to know it inside out.