The folks at Road Tools have reconfigured their Podium CoolPad to better accommodate the new Titanium PowerBook G4. The CoolPad is a small, portable platform for the PowerBook which provides the ability to tilt the keyboard, pivot the PowerBook 360 degrees, and dissipate heat by natural convection.
“We’ve added extra supports to the Podium for more stability with these widebody laptops,” Jim MacEachern of Road Tools told MacCentral.
The supports work like Legos, meaning you can raise or lower the angle pretty easily. If your laptop has a contoured bottom (an iBook, for example) you can remove the center supports and it will work just fine using only the two outer supports.
CNN did a Feb. 6 story on Apple’s new PowerBook and displayed it on a Podium CoolPad. Its stackable risers let you adjust the keyboard of your laptop’s incline by half-inch increments. The base plate’s trapezoidal shape and the Lexan risers provide a base for typing, as well as the aforementioned heat dissipation.
With its ability to pivot, the device makes it easy to share the display when you want to show another person or persons what’s on your PowerBook or iBook. And the CoolPad’s design lets it “grab” snugly onto airplane tray tables for road warriors.
The US$29.95 CoolPad measures 10.5 inches at the front edge, 8 inches wide at the back edge, 1.25 to 2.75 inches tall (depending on how you adjust it); and weights approximately 15 ounces.