A laptop cooling pad is an essential piece of equipment for any PC gamer or graphic designer. It helps to dissipate heat away from the laptop, preventing it from overheating and shutting down. With so many different brands and models on the market, it can be hard to know which one to choose. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a laptop cooling pad.
Tree New Bee Laptop Cooling Pad
SPECIFICATIONS Fans: 4 x 110mm Size of pad: 408 x 287 x 29mm
REASONS TO BUY + Good options for adjusting fans + Price is affordable for most users
REASONS TO AVOID- Only one level of height adjustment
If you’re looking for a low-cost laptop cooling solution, look no further. There are four 110 mm fans in Tree New Bee’s product, each with an adjustable speed (the blue LED lights dim as the speed is lowered; two of the fans can be turned off if desired).
Is among the best laptop cooling pads on the market and comes in at a reasonable price point, making it one of the quietest and most effective devices on the market, and it can be raised on a pair of legs at the back for a more ergonomic typing position, according to the makers (and improved cooling, with more airflow underneath, of course).
The only drawback is that there is only one height setting, which may be too high for some users. There are a variety of heights available, as you’ve probably noticed elsewhere on this page. The Tree New Bee Cooling Pad is still a great option because it strikes a good balance between price and performance, despite this.
Cooler Master NotePal U3 Plus
SPECIFICATIONS Fans: 1 x 230mm Size of pad: 305 x 379 x 47mm
REASONS TO BUY + Powerful yet quiet cooling
+Angled ergonomic design
REASONS TO AVOID – Not as versatile as some rivals
You’d think that Cooler Master would know how to make something cool, and their Notepal is no exception.
It has a fan speed controller and uses a single large 230mm fan to deliver ‘optimal airflow’ through your laptop, which we might add is impressively quiet. 89.8 cubic feet per minute of airflow is an impressive amount, and that’s a lot of cooling power.
A slightly tilted ergonomic design, aimed at providing the best angle to use your notebook’s keyboard, as well as nonslip feet for stability when placed on a surface, are also features of this device. There are three USB ports on the back for your convenience.
In addition to being capable of holding laptops up to 17 inches, the Notepal XL is reasonably priced for the cooling performance you get here.
This product comes in second to the Kootek in terms of price and quality, but falls short in terms of features.
If you can’t get your hands on a Kootek outside of the United States — stock in some regions appears to be scarce — then this is an excellent alternative for serious cooling.
Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB
SPECIFICATIONS Fans: 1 x 200mm Size of pad: 471 x 354.5 x 46.5mm
REASONS TO BUY + Big 200mm fan cools nicely
+ Nifty RGB lighting
REASONS TO AVOID – A pricier option
As the name suggests, this Thermaltake cooling pad can handle a large laptop. It can easily handle a 17-inch laptop and even larger gaming laptops up to 19 inches in size.
Cooling is provided by a 200mm fan that can be set to run at various speeds, and there are three height options (up to an angle of 13-degrees).
In addition to the fan’s large size, you get RGB lighting around the edges of the pad that can be set to a variety of different modes (pulsing, blinking, or just static lighting of different colors).
Even though it’s made out of plastic, it’s strong enough to support a laptop that weighs more than a few pounds and does a good job of cooling it. The price is a little on the high side, but it’s worth noting.
Targus Chill Mat
SPECIFICATIONS Fans: 2 x 2,500 rpm Size of pad: 354 x 260 x 25mm
REASONS TO AVOID – Fans placement not ideal for some laptops
There are many cooling pads on the market, but the Targus Chill Mat is one of the more versatile options for those looking for a cooling pad that can also be used to connect additional peripherals.
With four USB 2.0 ports and two fans (although Targus doesn’t specify their size, the maker does state that they can run at up to 2,500 rpm), the Chill Mat keeps you cool on the go.
This is a well-built device that can be adjusted to four different heights, making it extremely lightweight. This could be a dual-purpose solution for laptop users with limited access to USB ports.
TeckNet N8 Laptop Cooling Pad
SPECIFICATIONS Fans: 3 x 118mm Size of pad: 380 x 280 x 28mm
REASONS TO BUY + Temptingly low price
+ Decent cooling performance
REASONS TO AVOID – Not the best build quality
TeckNet has a great cooling pad option that is priced as low as you’ll find anywhere if you’re looking to save money. The product itself is still of a high quality.
The N8 has a trio of 118mm cooling fans that provide a decent amount of cooling, as well as a very slim and portable design.
In addition to a USB port, it has a pair of extendable feet that can raise it off the ground (the N8 connects and is powered via USB, incidentally). The N8’s build quality isn’t the best, but it’s extremely quiet, and it does the job for a very reasonable price.
Cooler Master Notepal X-Slim
SPECIFICATIONS Fans: 1 x 160mm Size of pad: 380 x 270 x 27.5~46mm
REASONS TO BUY + Thin and very lightweight
REASONS TO AVOID – The way it’s design allows laptop movement
The X-Slim is a great option if you’re looking for a cooling pad that’s easy to transport. At its thinnest point, it’s just 27.5mm thick, and it weighs just 700g.
Cooler Master’s 12-inch to 17-inch Laptop Cooler, for example, comes close to this level of portability, but Cooler Master’s effort gets the nod because of its quality build.
One 160mm fan provides excellent airflow while maintaining whisper-quiet operation for laptops up to 17-inches in size.
Additionally, the X-Slim has cable management features to keep things neat and portable. Despite the Notepal X-small Slim’s size, if you’re looking for something truly portable, check out our final entry below.