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Can you recommend any quiet/silent laptops?

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Can you recommend any quiet/silent laptops?

b.confell
Hi
I am an audiologist and do some audiometric testing in a patient's home enviroment. In such circumstances the laptop is sitting nearby because I record the results into it. Then the fan kicks in (even though it doesn't seem to be under any significant load) and sometimes, depending on the patient's level of hearing, it may be audible to them. This is not ideal and I would like to find a solution.
I am finding it difficult to find reviews of laptops that specificaly mention noise levels.
Can anyboby please suggest any models that they have found to be unusually quiet? It does not need to be particularly high spec.
Thanks for your help.
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    Rob Kuhn

    Maybe look into a Tablet PC like an iPad?

    Aside from my main laptop and desktop, I have an older Lenovo ThinkPad X300 which uses a Solid State Hard Drive. The secodary main battery goes in where the CD/DVD drive was. This gives me an additinal 3-4 hours to the 2-3 hours from the main battery.

    I've got it loaded up with 4 GB of RAM (the max it will support) and running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I use this machine mainly for e-mail, web surfing and Skype. It does have Office 2010 installed which I use occasionally.

    The fan RPMs are almost always low. It's rare that it kicks up unless I happen to be on a website that has a lot of active multi-media content going on (something that pushes the CPU). So for the most part it's fairly quiet.

    So maybe look at something with a SSHD?

    A Netbook also comes to mind. My daughter has an Acer which I swapped out the HDD with a Solid State one (to help increase runtime mainly).

    HTH...

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    b.confell

    Thank you Rob for your reply and apologies for not responding sooner, none of the the messages came into my email as i expected so I didn't think that I had any.
    Yes I had considered SSHD but didn't know if that would really reduce fan speeds, although obviously it eliminates HDD noise.

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    Slayer_

    If you have options that allow you to turn down the CPU speed, do it. Some laptops can also let you turn off the fans. Speedfan is a program that can also do this for some laptops that don't have the option build in.

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    b.confell

    Thanks Slayer for your reply and apologies for not responding sooner, none of the the messages came into my email as I expected so I didn't think that I had any.
    Turning down the CPU or fan speeds sounds like good idea. I cannot do it on my current one as it is company issue but I was looking for advice as to what to buy when I go-it-alone. Can you name any makes or models that definitely enable these type of controls? Thanks again.

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    robo_dev

    A solid-state hard drive is silent (SSD). There are some 'fanless' laptops such as the Panasonic Toughbook.

    see list of fanless laptops:

    www DOT silentpcreview DOT com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=39694

    Typically the fan is temperature controlled, and configurable.

    For an existing PC, the key may be to set the laptop power settings to maximum conservation, this slows the processor and makes it run cooler, so that the fan is unlikely to turn on.

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    b.confell

    Great answer robo_dev. Apologies for not responding sooner, none of the the messages came into my email as i expected so I didn't think that I had any.

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    devand

    Thankfully this issue is going away as tech progresses in the laptop field. I have a Lenovo x220 with a solid-state drive and the fan RARELY kicks in, usually only when I am running a virtual machine or watching Netflix, Skype, processor-intensive stuff. Anything else it rarely kicks on and remains very silent. One thing that will be key is to read reviews--people do not like noisy fans and will review about them. Netbooks aren't always the quietest either--you may want to look into the new field of Ultrabooks as well.

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    Rob Kuhn

    Maybe look into a Tablet PC like an iPad?

    Aside from my main laptop and desktop, I have an older Lenovo ThinkPad X300 which uses a Solid State Hard Drive. The secodary main battery goes in where the CD/DVD drive was. This gives me an additinal 3-4 hours to the 2-3 hours from the main battery.

    I've got it loaded up with 4 GB of RAM (the max it will support) and running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I use this machine mainly for e-mail, web surfing and Skype. It does have Office 2010 installed which I use occasionally.

    The fan RPMs are almost always low. It's rare that it kicks up unless I happen to be on a website that has a lot of active multi-media content going on (something that pushes the CPU). So for the most part it's fairly quiet.

    So maybe look at something with a SSHD?

    A Netbook also comes to mind. My daughter has an Acer which I swapped out the HDD with a Solid State one (to help increase runtime mainly).

    HTH...

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    b.confell

    Thank you Rob for your reply and apologies for not responding sooner, none of the the messages came into my email as i expected so I didn't think that I had any.
    Yes I had considered SSHD but didn't know if that would really reduce fan speeds, although obviously it eliminates HDD noise.

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    Slayer_

    If you have options that allow you to turn down the CPU speed, do it. Some laptops can also let you turn off the fans. Speedfan is a program that can also do this for some laptops that don't have the option build in.

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    b.confell

    Thanks Slayer for your reply and apologies for not responding sooner, none of the the messages came into my email as I expected so I didn't think that I had any.
    Turning down the CPU or fan speeds sounds like good idea. I cannot do it on my current one as it is company issue but I was looking for advice as to what to buy when I go-it-alone. Can you name any makes or models that definitely enable these type of controls? Thanks again.

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    robo_dev

    A solid-state hard drive is silent (SSD). There are some 'fanless' laptops such as the Panasonic Toughbook.

    see list of fanless laptops:

    www DOT silentpcreview DOT com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=39694

    Typically the fan is temperature controlled, and configurable.

    For an existing PC, the key may be to set the laptop power settings to maximum conservation, this slows the processor and makes it run cooler, so that the fan is unlikely to turn on.

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    b.confell

    Great answer robo_dev. Apologies for not responding sooner, none of the the messages came into my email as i expected so I didn't think that I had any.

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    devand

    Thankfully this issue is going away as tech progresses in the laptop field. I have a Lenovo x220 with a solid-state drive and the fan RARELY kicks in, usually only when I am running a virtual machine or watching Netflix, Skype, processor-intensive stuff. Anything else it rarely kicks on and remains very silent. One thing that will be key is to read reviews--people do not like noisy fans and will review about them. Netbooks aren't always the quietest either--you may want to look into the new field of Ultrabooks as well.