Originally Posted by pdonket
Mini-vacuums in my opinion are overrated. I bought one a while back and it was a massive dump. Damn thing sucked at sucking.
I personally think pulling the whole laptop apart and blowing compressed air through the HS/fan is the best way, a vacuum will work but compressed air drives the air at much higher speeds, thus knocking more debris free.
I agree that taking apart the system and cleaning it is absolutely the best option. Not doubt about that! Unfortunately, your average person is not willing, or is afraid to perform that kind of maintenance.
I personally use an ordinary vacuum that has a detachable hose. But, I am very careful not to spin the fans to fast. I have been using that method for years. I can't expect an average notebook user to do that first time without possibly breaking something. There are some mini-vacuums that do not suck at sucking and would do the job nicely.
It may not be a bad idea to lightly use compressed air and then finish up with a mini-vac, since you pointed out that the compressed air will knock some of the debris free.
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