cpu i7-2640m in my laptop seems too high for just using internet explorer

hello I hope this is the right section.

well to begin I bought a refurbished grade b still completely functional Lenovo thinkpad x220 model 4290fp2 laptop from ebay

I replaced the original hard drive with a 840 evo 120gb ssd

Manufacturer Lenovo

Model ThinkPad X220 Notebook PC (4290-FP2)
Specs in Spoiler
Operating System
GENUINE Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit) Installed

Processor 2nd Generation Dual-Core Intel Core i7 (i7-2640M) CPU

Launch Date Q4'11
Processor Number i7-2640M
# of Cores 2
# of Threads 4
Clock Speed 2.8 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.5 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache 4 MB
DMI 5 GT/s
Instruction Set 64-bit

Hard Drive Size 320GB

Memory 8GB DDR3 RAM

Optical Drive?

Graphics Card

Intel HD Shared 3000

Graphics Controller Manufacturer Intel
Graphics Controller Model HD 3000
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared

Video Memory Shared

Display Size 12.5" HD LED LCD (1366 x 768)

• Brand Lenovo
• Part Number 93P5673
• Size 12.5"
• Resolution WXGA HD (1366 x 768)
• Backlight LED
• Aspect Ratio Widescreen
• Description
Thin-film transistor (TFT) Active-matrix Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

AC Adapter / WiFi



Color Black

Condition Type
B** *Fully tested and functional, just like the A Grade, but will have more visible blemishes, and is discounted accordingly. These could include slight scratches & scuffs, wear on the palm-rest and slight dimples in the top plastic. Any minor scratches & scuffs will be less than 2" long and any minor dent or hairline crack will be less than 1/2 inch and will not affect the functionality of the system

Product Type
Business Grade Ultra-Portable Laptop PC


Serial Number
Batch 629535 - RIC Manufacturer Lenovo

my cpu a i7-2640m has been hovering around 55-62 Celsius just by using internet explorer. 50-54 C on idle.
ive looked at tips from videos online and the only thing i can easily do is vacuum the vents. ive heard of other ways to lower cpu temp
such as changing the thermal paste but would be quite complicated with my experience (only thing i have ever done was change a hard drive
with an ssd and even that had some little hassle :/ ). I also don't want to buy cooling fans / heatshift pads if possible. Ive heard that these things don't have a very long life and that fans tend to get messed up easily and create noise and waste battery power.

ive tried raising the laptop so that air can flow on the bottom better but it has a small if no effect. should i open up the laptop and clean out any dust maybe. what should be my next solution?

maybe im just being paranoid. I mean this computer has been called a "workhorse" by several tech review websites such as pcmag.com / cnet.com etc. so maybe it is normal that it is experiencing such high temps
Ultimately my goal is to reduce heat so my laptop can last longer. any comments/suggestions are welcome.


The i7 2640m run hot because it is the i7, but it has the Junction temperature ( maxi. temp). So you are fine. http://ark.intel.com/products/53464/Intel-Core-i7-2640M-Processor-(4M-Cache-2_80-GHz)
And if you want you can buy the laptop cooler that will help to cooling the laptop. You don't need to buy the high price or fancy one, in USA sometime you can get one less than $20. A long long time ago you can even get it for free after MIR, I got one about 8 years ago ( maybe more that).
Like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834997730