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How to Choose a Cooling Pad for Laptop

Updated on September 27, 2011

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If you work on a laptop, you know that heat can build up. Heat of course can result in an unwanted, unplanned shut down. In addition, that heat build up can lead to an early demise for your laptop. To prevent this, a good cooling pad for your laptop can be wise.

In order to choose the right cooling pad, you merely need to understand how they operate and the primary features they offer. Then, match this up with what you want.

Of course many laptop cooling pads can make your work easier and more comfortable. They can cool not only your laptop but your legs as well by providing a shield from any heat. They will often raise your screen and often do so at an angle that is easier to view and more comfortable. You can compare the flexibility and angle that any of these devices offer.

Some of these cooling pads are designed for desktop use and require a hard surface. Others are designed for use when holding the device in your lap. You need to decide which situation you use most often.

There are basically two types of cooling pads for your laptop. One provides passive cooling. This means they don't use a fan, instead they use passive means such as improved airflow to prevent overheating. The other type of cooling pad includes an active method for cooling your device. This generally means they provide fans.

Clearly, the passive devices use no energy and therefore have no real ongoing cost, are eco-friendly, have no mechanical parts to wear out, are silent, tend to be very inexpensive upfront, and are very simple to use and transport. Meanwhile, those cooling pads with fans tend to be able to handle more heat and despite the added sound, tend to be very quiet. Many of them are USB powered and are therefore easy to use.

Xpad Slim

The Xpad Slim provides passive cooling for your laptop without fans. The rubber risers will provide a non-slip surface that accommodates laptops up to 17" and allows you to view your screen at various angles. It can provide up to 30 degrees of cooling while shielding your legs from heat.


This Belkin cooling pad for laptops is designed for use on hard surfaces. It will accommodate 17" laptops and features a high capacity fan and unique wave design to keep your device from overheating. It's thin but sturdy and requires no batteries or adapters because it's USB powered. The 4 port USB hub (2.0) allows you to connect a mouse, external drive, or webcam easily. This pad comes with a 1 year warranty.

The second item has a gentle angle for easier viewing and improved ergonomics. It includes a compartment for USB storage and has very quiet operation.


This cooling pad is designed for use with 17" laptops. It offers dual cooling fans that pull air from the sides rather than the bottom, making it a good choice for use when holding your laptop on your legs. It has a cushioned bottom with soft neoprene covering for comfort.

The rubber stops help to hold your laptop in place. Users simply need to plug the USB connector into their laptop to operate the fans. This item comes with a one year warranty.


This pad is designed to cool without fans and is an eco-friendly option. It uses organic cooling crystals to dissipate heat and grooved channels to increase airflow which act together to cool your entire laptop up to 10 degrees.

This system avoids directing dirt and dust at your laptop like fan systems do, it creates no noise, and it is comfortable and portable as well.

This laptop cooling pad comes in a 15" and 10" size.

NotePal U2

This is another cooling pad for laptop computers that is designed specifically for desktop use. It provides a sturdy surface that is designed for keeping air flowing. It's made of aluminum mesh which is lightweight, thin, yet sturdy, and promotes airflow. It also includes two 80mm fans which can be positioned as you like or removed altogether if desired.

This pad will accommodate 14" to 17" laptops and will help to elevate your screen and provide a comfortable viewing angle as well.


Designed for 17" notebooks, this cooling pad is made of high quality 3mm aluminum with plenty of vent holes to encourage air flow to prevent overheating. It has a slightly curved design and sleek modern look. It features rubber grips to hold your laptop in place as well as flip up feet to get a comfortable viewing angle.

This is a USB powered pad that includes two powerful centrifugal fans with extra quiet operation.

Cool Lift

HandStands provides this cooling pad for laptop computers. It is a very affordable, pad that will accommodate any size laptop/notebook. It is very light weight and provides passive cooling by elevating your device to encourage good airflow. It's angled design provides a better view of your screen and promotes better posture as well. It's small size, makes it a very good portable option.


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      Janice S 6 years ago

      Great idea - I don't think I've ever seen a laptop cooling pad, but I sure could use one. My current laptop gets pretty darn hot.

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      Catherine 6 years ago

      Talk about learn something new every day!! I had NEVER heard of a laptop cooling pad!~ a friend recently suggested I put a fan next to it--nice idea BUT this old house is COLD this winter! You explained it very clearly + I found the info VERY helpful! THANK YOU !

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Useful info and rated so! I need to get one for my laptop which is on for so many hours every day. This info will definitely help in the choice.

      Love and peace


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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      Great article and one that stresses the importance of laptop's and cooling pads...I never realized the heat they generated until I purchased a laptop for travel...

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      With my daughter's laptop, the cooling pad is something we bought right away. So knows so many people that don't use them and their computers die faster because of the heat. Not to mention more problems can happen. Nice hub.

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      This was news to me, thanks :-))

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm surprised at how hot my laptop gets - so I often prop it up at the front just to get some airflow. They should all come with a cooling pad in the future.

      Thanks for such useful information!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Very cool - I actually have never seen a cooling pad for a laptop - great idea!