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Do I need A Laptop Cooler Pad?

Updated on February 1, 2016
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Nightcat is a confirmed computer addict and likes writing articles to help the tech fearful understand computers and related tech.

Chances Are? Yes!

If you landed here, the chances are the answer is yes. Although they come in endless designs with multiple or single fans, lights and the like, all laptop cooling pads do essentially the same thing, they keep your computer from overheating, which prevents crashes, freezes, forced restarts and the like. It should also extend the life of your laptop or notebook if used faithfully.

The problem is, in big box stores even the experts can't road test every single notebook and they may not clearly understand how much time you put in on your computer or how much usage it gets. A good rule of thumb is that if you run your notebook or laptop over two to three hours a day you likely need one. Yes, even when the folks that sold you the notebook say you don’t. Took two crashes to convince me of that.

Why? While portable, they just can’t handle working a full workday (or longer) without overheating.For that slim design sacrifices have to be made, and sufficient fans for all day use are the first thing to go. So I was thrilled to see the high reviews this cooler pad got, and it certainly isn’t short on looks!

Although my HP Envy pretty much hides this pad at 17.5 inches diagonally, I still appreciate things like the built in lights, adjustable height, and portability. Yes, you can use it on your lap, though you will need a laptop tray with it. It fits easily in the backpack I use, and it runs fairly quietly.

It doesn’t put a strain on your battery, as I found out with a simple test of taking my laptop to my bedroom and running videos, a game of solitaire and some web searches, though, naturally if you are on the go you should have your charger with you or a spare power source.

The design itself that allows for several adjustable heights is wonderful. It can be flat, which elevates your notebook just a little off your desk, or be tilted to six other positions by either folding the bar back, or putting it into the paired slots in the bottom half of the tray.

Please keep in mind that this model is designed to be used on a desktop or other flat and firm surface. It isn’t meant for use directly on your lap, come to think of it, neither is your laptop, but for what it is designed for it does its job extremely well.

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Construction


The construction is fairly simple, a metal grille holds your laptop or notebook above the five plastic fans and the rest of the frame is sturdy plastic, excepting the metal bar that allows you to adjust the height of your computer.

It’s fairly lightweight but sturdy, though I wouldn’t recommend whacking it off anything to test that theory. When powered on you have an option of one central fan, four outside fans, or all five, all lit with a gentle and very cool blue light. They are also protected on top by the metal grille and on the bottom by a plastic facing, so there’s no need to worry about little fingers or curious pet paws.

My HP Envy measures 17.5 diagonally, so it will hold a fairly large notebook comfortably and keep it wonderfully cool. I run mine as long as I run the computer and that was another thing I liked.

Startup consisted of opening the box, plugging into my notebook and hitting two buttons on the back, that was it. And by leaving the buttons in the on position I get instant cooling that starts when my notebbook does and shuts off when I power down.

The grille s indeed a secure surface and grips my notebook into place wherever I put it. There are also two front grips to help keep your notebook in place, and the overall design is well thought out.

Lights and Fans

These are really soft lights, more of accents than utilitarian, but they are a nice touch.
These are really soft lights, more of accents than utilitarian, but they are a nice touch.

Signs You Need a Cooling Pad


You could warm yourself on cold days from the heat your laptop generates.

The only reason you bought a laptop tray is because your electronic wonder is too hot to handle.

Crashes in a new notebook not related to viruses, also I noticed mysterious restarts and freezes.

You’d like to elevate your notebook and keep it cool in one handy device.

You play a lot of games that test your laptop to the max, run your laptop for more than three hours on a daily basis (downtime is included in that total) or work other high processing jobs like design and video work.

Please note: Even if you just e-mail and websurf, yes, you need one.

The truth is, notebooks are designed to be secondary machines for professionals, and they really don’t like full work days, and my Envy really didn’t like being asked to play You Tube videos or surf the web for hours after.

And, despite the name, no notebook, laptop or any computer is meant to go directly on your lap, they all need at least a tray to keep the fans clear and prevent them from sucking up dust.

Ho Would I Rate It?

5 stars for Kootek 12"-17" Laptop Cooling Pad

Kootek 12"-17" Laptop Cooling Pad

Kootek Laptop Cooling Pad 12"-17" Cooler Pad Chill Mat 5 Quiet Fans LED Lights and 2 USB 2.0 Ports Adjustable Mounts Laptop Stand Height Angle
Kootek Laptop Cooling Pad 12"-17" Cooler Pad Chill Mat 5 Quiet Fans LED Lights and 2 USB 2.0 Ports Adjustable Mounts Laptop Stand Height Angle

I really enjoy using this pad. It combines an adjustable stand and the cooling unit in one tidy product, and leaves a free USB port in the back.

 

Inner Workings

Here you can see the wires and fairly straightforward design. Everything is protected by the metal grille on to and the plastic panel on the back, a great design detail.
Here you can see the wires and fairly straightforward design. Everything is protected by the metal grille on to and the plastic panel on the back, a great design detail.

This Product Features

Features
How Many Options
Results
Adustable Metal Bar
Seven Different Hieghts
Very Versitale Workspace
Fans
Five Total
Can Run 1, 4 Or 5 Fans
Lights
Blue, Automatic
Lights Run With Fans
USB Ports
Two In Rear Of Pad
Allows For Expasion
On and Off Switches
Two In Rear of Pad
Run Fans and Lights
Although seemingly basic in construction, this cooling pad allows for versatile use, expansion with a free UBS port, and peace of mind.

Potential Drawbacks?


Honestly? None so far. I noticed a few reviewers didn’t like that it wasn’t designed for your lap, but it isn’t meant for your lap directly. There are coolers that are, and they usually have a padded bottom and large central fan.

The USB hub that will be open is in the back, something to keep in mind when contemplating any accessories you may need to plug in. If you are one of those folks who likes to work in absolute silence you will hear the fans if all five are running, but it isn’t a loud or distracting sound.

I’d say the only potential drawbacks are logical ones. Don’t drop it or don’t decide it needs a bath and all should be well. Also, don’t block the fans themselves by setting it on a soft and dust magnet type of surface such as a bed, sofa, etc. Ditto your lap.

Why Laptop Coolers Are A Good Idea

Let’s Rumble!


The laptop and notebook community are divided into two camps. Those who believe in notebook coolers as valid and useful tech which extend your hardrive’s life, and those who think they are just one more thing aimed to drain your wallet.

So, where do you sit? Do you believe a laptop cooler helps, or is it just a marketing gimmick?

Cooling Pads, Yes or No?

Well, let's get to it, are coolers needful things or not?

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Nicely Hidden Away

I actually have options of where I want to set my Envy, and I find this forward position is the most comfortable with slight elevation.
I actually have options of where I want to set my Envy, and I find this forward position is the most comfortable with slight elevation.

What Made Me Choose Kootek?


For one, it got a lot of great reviews from a variety of folks from casual users to serious gamers. And anytime a cooler can help a notebook survive hours of intense multiplayer gaming, my ears perk up. I am usually writing, running music videos on You Tube, often running my optical drive and even have edited photos, all at once.

For two, a lot of people cared about this cooler. It wasn’t just something they plugged in and forgot, it was review and photo worthy. To me that said they had faith in the product’s functionality and durability.

It works. Plenty of people testified it works, and it really does work. From my desktop, to sitting on a tray in my bedroom for movie night, it does the trick and keeps my notebook running.

Not too many negative reviews. With all products there will be some, but the negative review rate was amazingly low, with only seven percent of users giving two stars or lower, and a whopping eighty six percent of users rating this laptop at four stars or higher.

And out of those low reviews, some at least were disappointed that a desktop cooler wasn’t comfortable directly on their lap. There were some technical issues such as fans not working or missing buttons in the back, but all electronic productions have these issues.

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