Do adhesive skins on gaming laptops make them hotter?

It is quite popular for serious gamers to add decor to the outside of their laptops. And why not? Adhesive skins are a fun and personal way to add character to a laptop or simply cover up any device damage. However, recently there has been some rising controversy as to whether or not adhesive skins make gaming laptops hotter when in use. To make matters worse, this concern is particularly over the adhesive skin brands - DecalGirl and dbrand. These two companies are well known and sell high quality skins that are thicker than the average adhesive decals (very protecting).

This present concern has been found to be extremely peculiar as these high quality adhesive skins do not cover any vents or ports on the device itself. Bringing the question into light of how could adhesive skins even be in relation to a rising heat issue within gaming laptops? Skeptic or not, you are still adding an extra layer across the bottom of your laptop which could in theory act as an insulator… but instead of guessing, let’s put science to the test!

The Experiment

This experiment is to test whether or not utilizing an adhesive skin affects the thermal heat within a gaming laptop. You will need the Razer Blade 14” thermal imaging device to complete this test.

Step #1

Game on your laptop for twenty minutes without the adhesive skin on.

Step #2

Utilize a Seek Infrared Thermal Imaging device to take a temperature reading.

Step #3

Let your laptop cool and then apply a DecalGirl or dbrand adhesive decal to the entire outer shell.

Step #4

Game on your laptop for another twenty minutes with the adhesive skin on.

Step #5

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Utilize your Seek Infrared Thermal Imaging device to take yet another temperature reading.

Step #6

Utilizing a Seek infrared camera, take a temperature reading. (this step is optional)

Step #7

Observe your data. A valid finding will be constituted by a variation in at least a five degree increase with the adhesive skin applied. Anything under five degrees can be easily discarded as a margin of error.

The Results

There will be two main questions you need to ask yourself:

#1 Is there a substantial increase in system temperature on all or part of the top, bottom, or back of the laptop when the adhesive skin is applied?

#2 Do you notice a thermal dissipation pattern difference within your laptop between the two scenarios? (i.e. when adhesive decal is applied vs. when the adhesive decal is not applied)

The answer to question number one is pretty straight forward and the answer is no. There was no significant or alarming increase in thermal temperature when the dbrand decal was applied onto the entire body of the gaming laptop. Both times the device’s temperature rose to around 115 degrees Fahrenheit and it rose at a natural pace only affected by natural variables like playing time or a warmer setting.

The answer to question number two is a little more complex as it deals with the decal affecting the laptop’s heat dissipation pattern. However, there was no difference yet again between the two thermal imaging trends. The distribution of heat and cooling areas in both test situations are almost identical.

The Conclusion

Placing a full shell skin decal on your gaming laptop will not cause the inner thermal temperature to rise or alter the distribution of that energy. This conclusion has been scientifically proved with empirical data. You are encouraged to conduct this thermal test yourself if you are concerned with your adhesive decal affecting the thermal temperature of your gaming laptop. Until these results are scientifically proved differently, feel safe to utilize your DecalGirl or dbrand adhesive skin on your gaming laptop.