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The Best Laptop Coolers

Updated on August 14, 2010

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The Zalman NC2000 Is historically one of the world's best laptop coolers!
The Zalman NC2000 Is historically one of the world's best laptop coolers!

Introduction to the Best Laptop Coolers

It is common knowledge the buying a laptop nowadays requires you to also buy some kind of extended warranty, or even insurance.  The simple fact of the matter is that without one of the best laptop coolers, your laptop has a shelf life of one year. Doesn't seem like much? well it isn't. As laptop manufacturers have tried to cram more components in to smaller spaces, one thing has become abundantly clear to customers

Laptops are becoming increasingly hot, and yet no advances have been made in laptop cooling.  the good news is that around $50 will get you one of the best notebook coolers, which can keep your laptopp cool, and your data safe. You can find some great laptop coolers out there which can cool a gaming notebook, or silently cool your business notebook.

Best Laptop Cooler Brands

There are wide range of laptop cooler brands available, and different brands tend to provide the best laptop coolers for specific types of cooling.  For instance Antec notebook coolers are powerful and Zalman notebook coolers are silent. Finding the best brand for your needs is a simple thing to do, in most cases it is a case of tracking down whether you want silent, powerful, cheap, or a mix of all of the above to find the best laptop cooler for you.

Logitech N100 Notebook Cooler

The Logitech N100 is a disappointing addition to this list in some ways, it's cooling performance is pretty minor, but it does have some pretty good features which make it one of the best notebook coolers.

The first real benefit of the Logitech N100 is that it's ergonomic design looks good (especially for the MacBook owners out there) and it easily fits on to your lap, perfect for people on the move, or those who like to watch a movie in bed.

So the mediocre cooling of this laptop cooler might be a bit of a let down, but for most people its cooling will be sufficient, and its incredible adaptability more than makes up for it's flaws!

Xpad Laptop Cooling Pad

The Xpad laptop cooling pad is a simple effective way to increase your laptops airflow to provide effecient laptop cooling.  While the lack of a fan on the Xpad limits it's effectiveness, many people find the Xpad a simple cable free way to help keep their laptop cool in most situations.

For people who own a high powered gaming laptop though, I doubt that you will find the Xpad makes much of a difference, instead you should find a fan based laptop cooler!

The xPad comes in sizes which fit nearly any laptop available today!

Cooler Master NotePal Ergostand Laptop Cooler

The Cooler Master NotePal Ergostand is by far one of the best laptop coolers for people who like to have their laptop raised, or who suffer from posture problems.  The strong design of the Cooler Master NotePal Ergostand allows for easy adjustment of your laptops keyboard angle, as well as providing fantastic cooling to boot.

Cooler Master are well known for creating cheap and reliable products, the NotePal Ergostand is no exception with it's clever design and high quality components.  Nevertheless, there are more powerful, and silent, laptop coolers available in my best laptop coolers hub!

Antec 200 Laptop Cooler

The Antec 200 is a powerful laptop cooler which doesn't break the bank.  Unlike many cheaper laptop coolers, Antec have a pretty good reputation for giving people reliable, long lasting products.

The Antec 200 is a fairlly large notebook cooler which can accomodate up to 17 inch widescreen notebooks with ease.  While the look may not suite everyone, it does have an optional blue LED backlight which definitely gives a technologically advanced look to your laptop cooler, even if it doesn't really do anything more than look pretty.

The price is definitely what makes the Antec 200 a popular laptop cooler, but it's performance more than lives up to most peoples expectations, with a 200mm fan providing high powered quiet laptop cooling.

Microsoft Cooling Base Laptop Cooler

The Microsoft Cooling Base is a fairly basic laptop cooler from Microsoft. While it is slim, and well disgned for use on your lap or in any possible location on the move, it is a pretty weak laptop cooler.

The benefits of the Microsoft Cooling Base ore pretty large, it has a single central fan which provides a little extra laptop cooling. It's design has also been very well thought out, it feels natural when it sits on your lap, and has height adjustment when you are sat down at a desk.

The downside is a lack of power. The single fan has only minor cooling benefits, so this is definitely a business laptop cooler in most respects.

One unexpected benefit of this microsoft product is that teh white version of the Microsoft Cooling Base Laptop Cooler looks really good as a MacBook cooler. While it is designed for 15 inch notebooks it can also for 17 inch notebooks if required, making it perfect for nearly any Macbooks user who want's a cooler Macbook!

Zalman NC2000 Laptop Cooler

The Zalman NC 2000 is by far one of the best laptop coolers to have hit the shelves in the last decade. It is a powerful silent notebook cooler which can keep even the greatest gaming notebook cool, while still keeping it's noise levels down.

The Zalman NC2000 also benefits from extrememly high quality compontents which help prevent an increase in sound over time, or fan failure.

The Zalman NC2000 looks sleek and stylish, and it is infact very well designed to look minimalistic, while still being one of the most functional laptop coolers on the market. The Zalman NC2000 is also well designed to fit a 17 inch widescreen notebook perfectly, without looking cumbersome with smaller laptops.

Zalman NC3000

Hot on the tail of the Zalman NC2000, the Zalman NC3000 brings a single, more powerful, quieter 220mm fan (one of the largest fans to ever appear in a silent laptop cooler!) to the mix.

The Zalman NC3000 comes in two versions, both are pretty similar and both are silent laptop coolers which are designed to fit a 17 inch laptop.  The Zalman NC3000 is also geared towards more comfortable laptop cooler use, with an adjustable stand which help you get the perfect keyboard elevation. For most people it is safe to say that the Zalman NC3000 is the World's best laptop cooler.


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      gurnoorinder 7 years ago

      i want to buy a laptop cooler that i can use on my bed and on my lap as well. i researched a lot and found that antec unbeatable, Zalman NC1000/2000 and CRYO LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler are the good ones. but i am not sure which ones can i use on my lap with ease and without discomfort. i have a 16" HP dv6 with 6 gig ram n 1 gig graphics card and it at times shuts down. money is not that much a consideration, considering the fact that a new laptop will be worth more than the solution.

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      thisisoli 7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Laptop coolers are for more than just gamers, overheating components in any laptop can cause damage and loss of date!

      I rarely play games on my laptop, but it gets so hot (HP Pavillion) that I had to buy one!

      I just got one for my wifes macbook as well!

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I've never heard of coolers, only fans. I guess its more for heavy users and gamers.