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|TeckNet Cooling Stand||Yes|
|AmazonBasics Ventilated Laptop Stand||No|
|Lavolta Folding Laptop Table||Yes|
| Kensington 60112 Easy Rider||No|
The laptop has, without doubt, been one of the most important developments of the last couple of decades. Not only has it brought greater versatility to our ability to use computers and their many attributes in a variety of places, they have also become surprisingly powerful! Few people actually use a laptop on their lap, so to speak; it’s not actually recommended, and is not especially comfortable. Also, many now use a laptop as their primary computer, and some are extremely capable.
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One problem area that many experience where laptops are concerned, is with cooling. Given the small size of the laptop compared to its usage and power, there is often a lack of cooling ability. This leads to overheating, which will impair performance, and can cause lasting damage to the computer itself. This is why many people have invested in cooling devices, such as the pads and mats we are reviewing in this piece. Indeed, if you use your laptop for prolonged periods, you should look at investing the small amount you will pay for a cooling pad.
We’ve chosen ten of the best laptop cooling pads to look at and compare, and we think that there will certainly be some among these that suit your requirements, so before we go on to tell you more about them, let’s talk about what they do, how they work, and why you really do need one.
Best Laptop Cooling Pads
1: TeckNet Cooling Pad
Our first choice is a very typical laptop cooling pad, and one that is very nicely made and comes with all the features you need from one of these. It’s also a sensible price, so you won’t break the bank buying this even if you are only doing so on the off-chance you need it. This one has a metal mesh top through which the cool air is blown to help keep your laptop at the right temperature, and it also features blue LED lights for a rather nice effect.
There are five fans within the casing of this pad; four are 85mm fans and one is a 110mm fan, and they rotate at up to 1500rpm to provide as much as 48 cubic feet of cooling air per minute, which is more than enough to cool a laptop. This is a lightweight device too, so you can carry it with you when on the move, and it is powered by the USB output on your laptop. It is designed to fit under laptops of various sizes up to 17”, and it is very sensibly priced and comes with an 18-month warranty – a great choice for those on a budget.
2: TeckNet 3-Fan
TeckNet is a brand that offers a full range of these devices, and this one is the 3-fan model of that listed above. It’s also a sensible price, so you won’t break the bank buying this even if you are only doing so on the off-chance you need it. This one has a metal mesh top through which the cool air is blown to help keep your laptop at the right temperature, and it also features blue LED lights for a rather nice effect. The mat is ergonomically designed to be adjusted for comfort.
There are three fans within the casing of this pad; each is a 118mm fan providing plenty of power, enough to cool a laptop of any size. You also have a choice of speeds so you can choose the cooling you need. This is a lightweight device too, so you can carry it with you when on the move, and it is powered by the USB output on your laptop. It is designed to fit under laptops of various sizes up to 17”, and it is very sensibly priced and comes with an 18-month warranty – a great choice for those on a budget.
3: AmazonBasics Ventilated Laptop Stand
This one, from Amazon’s own range, is somewhat different to some of these in that it is not powered at all; there are no fans, so how does it work? Well, it’s actually quite clever and does serve the purpose, but we’re not sure it will be as useful as one that has fans built in. What you get is a pad with a ventilated mesh screen onto which the laptop is placed, and then it is raised into position. The idea is that this designed then draws the heat away from the laptop.
Does it work? It offers plenty of airflow space between the laptop and any hard surface it may be resting on, so in that way yes, it does work. It also provides a very neat stand for your laptop, even if you don’t need cooling, and is cleverly designed with a neat cord organiser so you have a tidy place to work. It’s probably best described as a stand rather than a cooling stand. The problem we have is that, for the same price as this, you can buy one that is USB powered with cooling fans – so we’re not sure it would reach out shortlist.
4: Lavolta Folding Laptop Table
Sometimes a product comes along that simply grabs you thanks to exceptional design: this little laptop cooling table, from Lavolta, is one such, and it really is a very clever piece of kit. It is very modern, surprisingly stylish and comes in a full range of colours, and is designed to facilitate not only cooling, but comfort too. It is a masterpiece of design on a product that could be a lot more mundane, and we like it a lot as a result.
What do you get? A very neat little foldable table that is lightweight and compact, yet can be raised via its clever cantilever supports to hold your laptop at an ideal angle whatever position you wish to work in. It is equipped with two silent fans – they provide more than enough airflow to cool any laptop – and also comes with a very neat removeable mouse tray – a clever touch that adds to the appeal. It’s very nicely put together, and even though it is costlier than most of the others, it is still not expensive for what you get. Very attractive in every way, and one for your shortlist.
5: Kensington 60112 Easy Rider
This is another of the non-powered models, and while rather neat and nicely made, we’re not sure we would buy one of these over the models with active fans. This one works, as all of this type do, by lifting the laptop from the hard surface and therefore increasing the airflow across the lower part of the laptop. It’s a very clever and simple concept, yet we’re not sure it is as powerful and effective as one that has fans to move the air around.
It is surprisingly portable and can be folded down into an easy to carry package that won’t get in the way, and it’s very light, plus when set up it can be adjusted into a wide variety of different heights and positions, so is versatile in that way. It can be used for all sizes of laptop and is perhaps a good choice for office work thanks to its versatility, yet for the same price you can have one of the first two on this list that include full fan-assisted cooling.
6: Targus AWE55EU Laptop Cooler
This functional and very effective laptop cooling pad is one of the preferred designs that incorporates fans. It is a compact case with a mesh top, finished in a stylish grey and very minimalist in design, and one that does the job it is intended for with no fuss. It is designed to not only cool the laptop itself, but also the surface you are working on – or your lap if that is your choice – by way of the twin fans it is fitted with, and that sit inside the cavity.
This is another that adds comfort by allowing for the laptop to be tilted through a choice of degrees; we like this if you are using a separate laptop and keyboard set-up, where it really does help ergonomically. It is powered by the USB socket so requires no additional power input. It is constructed from a soft material called neoprene that also ads to the comfort levels, and it is very neat all round. Slightly more expensive than some of these, it’s still a good choice.
7: Klearlook Laptop Stand
As we investigated the many different types of laptop cooling pad on offer, we came to realise that some people simply want a pad that lifts their device off their knee or off the desk. This is one of those, and is perhaps the simplest and most basic design here. It is simply a frame with a stand onto which you place your laptop for use. It’s light, compact when folded and easy to use, and the way it cools is by enabling airflow under and around the device.
The thing is, for extra cooling we’re not sure this will be enough in some circumstances. Where it does score highly is in its ergonomic qualities; it is widely adjustable so you can set it at a variety of angles, it is nicely made and easy to use, and it has a non-slip base that means you will not be moving around when typing, no matter the position you want to work from. If a basic, simple mat is your desire then this could be it, but we can’t help feeling there may be cheaper options out there.
8: Tenswall Cooling Pad
Tenswall is a brand that offers a full range of these devices, and this one is a 4-fan powered model that is very neat and effective. It’s also a sensible price, so you won’t break the bank buying this even if you are only doing so on the off-chance you need it. This one has a metal mesh top through which the cool air is blown to help keep your laptop at the right temperature, and it also features red LED lights for a rather impressive effect and style. The pad is ergonomically designed to be adjusted for comfort.
There are four fans within the casing of this mat, providing more than ample power to keep your laptop cool whatever use you are putting it to. You also have a choice of speeds so you can choose the cooling you need. This is a lightweight device too, so you can carry it with you when on the move, and it is powered by the USB output on your laptop. It is designed to fit under laptops of various sizes up to 17”, and it is very sensibly priced and comes with two-year warranty so you get a lot for your money.
9: Bosvision X-Stand
This is another model that is intended to simply lift the laptop and give it some clearance between the device and the surface, and as such it is one of the cleverest and simplest models that we have yet found. It is simply a frame with a stand onto which you place your laptop for use. It’s light, compact when folded and easy to use, and the way it cools is by enabling airflow under and around the device.
The thing is, for extra cooling we’re not sure this will be enough in some circumstances. Where it does score highly is in its ergonomic qualities; it is widely adjustable so you can set it at a variety of angles, it is nicely made and easy to use, and it has a non-slip base that means you will not be moving around when typing, no matter the position you want to work from. If a basic, simple stand is your desire then this could be it, and we would recommend this one as the one to look at again.
10: KLIM Wind Cooler
Our final choice is this one, and given its rather funky design, we reckon it will appeal to users who are also gamers, and to the younger generations who want something that looks the part. It’d deliberately designed to look ‘gamey’ and it works, and the four fans are highlighted in colours beneath the mesh so you can choose from red, blue green or black, with different coloured mesh also adding to the effect.
The fans are a decent size and will easily cool any laptop – this one is designed for use on up to 19-inch models for added versatility – and there are several speeds you can choose from. It’s well made, nicely put together and looks the part, and this one comes with a hefty 5-year warranty. It’s good, and we like it, and while it’s a few pounds more expensive than some, it’s not expensive at all.
That’s our list of the top 10 best laptop cooling pads for you, so which one will do the job you require? There are two distinct types here, so before we give you our choices, let’s talk a little more about the features you need to consider when buying one of these.
What do you need to think about when buying athe best laptop cooling pad? To be honest, the closeness in price of all of our ten means that cost is not really an issue, so here are a few things you need to look for if you are to make the right choice.
Powered or Not – this is the first question that springs to mind. Are you looking for a laptop cooling pad with powered fans that move the cooler air around to keep your laptop cool, or are you looking for a simple stand to raise it off the surface and increase airflow? There are examples of each above, and all are worth looking at.
Size – your laptop could be anything from one of the smaller 12-inch notebooks to a full-on 19-inch gaming machine; most of these stands will fit the smallest sizes through to 17-inches, but only a couple can comfortably handle bigger computers.
Power – applying only to the models with fans, some have two fans, one of these has five, and the power they provide may influence your decision.
Looks – if you’re concerned about how your stand will look, there are some here that are distinctly more attractive than others. Some also come with LED Lights, which are fun but serve no other purpose.
That’s our selection of things you need to look out for when buying your laptop cooler stand, so which one of our ten is for you? Let’s see if we can help!
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How It Works
So, how does a laptop cooling pad work? There is nothing particularly sophisticated about these devices, but they are very practical, effective and surprisingly important. With larger, PC gaming machines, many of the dedicated users have cooling systems installed – some even using water-cooling methods. The cooling systems we are talking about today are not as powerful or as over the top as that; in short, they generally consist of a stand onto which the laptop is placed, which includes a set of fans.
The fans circulate the air to keep it cool, usually under the laptop, and some of the pads can be angled to make it easier to use the keyboard when it is on the pad. There re various sizes and types among our list of ten, yet all aim to do the same thing – keep the laptop cool enough to operate to its optimum efficiency. The size and number of fans is the main difference between different models. Also, most are USB powered, so you don’t need a separate power output for your laptop cooling pad.
You may not think that your laptop is in need of additional cooling, yet it could be. The thing is, these devices are not expensive, and you will be investing in something that prevents a problem that may not be present but could be in the future. They also have gripped feet so that your laptop will not slide around on the desk. Do you need one? We think you do, so let’s have a closer look at the ten that we think are the best choices on the market right now, and see if we can find the one that suits you.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
Let’s begin by looking at the non-powered versions, those that are just stands that lift a laptop off the surface. All of those featured do a decent job, yet one stands out – it’s the Bosvision X-stand, number nine. It’s simply so – well – simple and does the job, and that’s all you need with one of these. This is our pick for the best laptop cooling stand.
If you want a model with fans, you have a wide choice, but there is one that really does have the edge here. The Lavolta model, number 4 on our list, is a clever, neat and very capable laptop cooling pad that is also stylish and attractive. It’s ahead and shoulders above the rest in terms of design and, while a little more costly than the rest, is still a great price for a very impressive product.
That’s it from us, so lets hope we’ve helped you find the laptop cooling pad for you.