Be sure to list what model you have, and when you bought it.
I am trying to get a feel if technology has improved over the past few years in this aspect.
I have a 2005 Dell Inspiron 9300 (17"). The fan is now much louder than it was originally, and this thing gets HOT. I'd like to get a new laptop soon, but if fan noise and heat is still a large issue, I'll probably wait it out.