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Why You Need a Laptop Cooler

Updated on September 10, 2011

A short guide on why you need a laptop cooler, particularly useful if you have noticed your laptop overheating regularly.

Why You Need a Laptop Cooler

So you have had your laptop for a few months now, but you cannot help but notice that the underneath of your laptop is actually getting pretty hot, in some cases unbearably hot. You begin to think that this cannot be right, you worry about what these scalding temperatures are doing to the inside of your computer, you are concerned that your laptop might get damaged, and the truth is, you are right.

The most common response to my articles on laptop cooling is 'Shouldn't laptop manufacturers make laptops that can cool themselves;. and my general response is always 'Well... they should.'

The truth of the matter is that laptop manufacturers are so focused on putting the hottest components in to laptops, that they don't spend enough time wondering how to keep it cool. After all, when you are in best buy looking at laptops you always see CPU speeds, Ram, hard drive space, but when was the last time you compared airflow statistics?

Laptop Cooler
Laptop Cooler

What Can Happen to an Overheating Laptop

Overheating laptops are prone to many ailments that a simple laptop cooler can solve. These issues include,

  • Reduced performance
  • Memory Failure
  • Hard Drive Errors
  • Hard Drive Failure
  • CPU Damage
  • Motherboard Damage
  • Loss of Data
  • Program Errors
  • And more.

How Does a Laptop Cooler Solve Overheating Laptop Issues?

A Good laptop cooler will use several methods to help cool down your laptop.

Clear Airways

The first thing that a laptop cooler does is ensure your laptop's airvents do not get blocked, something that can often happen if you use your laptop on the bed or on your lap.

Improved Airflow

Most laptop coolers include fans to help ensure a constant stream of air is passing over both the laptop cooler and the base of your laptop.

Heat Dispersion

Some of the best laptop coolers utilize an aluminum cover or framework. This absorbs the heat and transfers it to cooler areas, giving you the maximum surface area for heat dissipation possible!

Which Laptop Cooler Should I Buy?

If you want to buy a laptop cooler then you definitely have a fantastic choice. There are plenty of brands, shapes and sizes to pick and choose, but you really need to look for some key factors which will influence your final decision

  • Size
  • Looks
  • Power
  • Noise levels

If you have a small office laptop then a small professional quiet laptop cooler with adequate cooling power will be perfect. If you are a gamer however you might want a large hi-tech powerful laptop cooler!


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    • MM Del Rosario profile image

      MM Del Rosario 6 years ago from NSW, Australia

      I got one recently and this really helps to cool your laptop especially if you have to use it for a long time.

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      laptop-cooler 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Glad to help :)

      I have to admit one of the best things about laptop coolers is that they are surprisingly versatile in design, despite having similar functionality.

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      markiy071384 6 years ago from Philippines

      Looks like i have to buy laptop cooler now.My laptop is always hot.Thanks for sharing the importance of laptop cooler.

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      Yes you are so right. It is very annoying when the laptop just keeps getting hotter. The laptop coolers you have high lighted here are great. Lots of choice and different prices to suit all.

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      Useful advice! I'll pass it on to the lap-top users in my family :)