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This Laptop Cooling Pad is a Life Saver

Updated on September 18, 2016

The Belkin Laptop Cooling Pad Prevents Overheating

Cooling pads for laptops are such a great idea. It is an essential accessory if you have ever suffered the frustration of seeing your laptop or notebook suddenly die from overheating.

Having had enough of pulling my hair out for several weeks, I decided to purchase the Belkin laptop cooling pad to see if it would solve my problem. After several years of use, it continues to do its job incredibly well, preventing my HP laptop from overheating and allowing me to have stress free time online

Much of my day is spent online writing, updating articles and corresponding with family and friends. As a result, my beloved laptop started to malfunction to the point that it was shutting down by itself, usually in the middle of something important. It seemed to be on occasions when I had been spending a lot of time on completing writing tasks. Suddenly, I had that all too familiar blue screen or no power at all and everything was lost.

Later, I discovered that my laptop was becoming exceptionally hot and it was this that was causing the problem. I looked around for a solution and happened upon the Belkin laptop cooling pad and have not looked back, nor suffered laptop failure, since.

Quick and easy set-up

The first thing one notices about the cooling pad (which comes in black or white) is how quick and simple it is to set up. I had it up and working in around a minute.

A unique shape

Great! No power cords! It is powered by a USB cable, which is stored in a convenient compartment underneath the pad. It was just a case of hooking this up and you are set to go. My laptop easily sat on the unique shaped pad, which has a stand that tilts the computer to a more user friendly position. No more straining to see the screen or stress on the wrists, which is essential if you are in front of a laptop for any length of time. Although the pad tilts, there is no danger of your laptop sliding, as this computer accessory has rubber anti-slip pads - one at the top and the other at the bottom.

As mentioned, the pad has a unique shape. The manufacturer calls it a wave design, which allows the single fan in the middle of the pad to blow a cool air flow directly on to the underside of your laptop. This effectively blows air up and out of the sides of the laptop, preventing it from becoming otherwise trapped. A very cool feature!

How it looks...

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My own black Belkin laptop cooling pad has been around for several years, travelling safely across the Atlantic on my journey home.Here's another view of the laptop cooling pad.
My own black Belkin laptop cooling pad has been around for several years, travelling safely across the Atlantic on my journey home.
My own black Belkin laptop cooling pad has been around for several years, travelling safely across the Atlantic on my journey home.
Here's another view of the laptop cooling pad.
Here's another view of the laptop cooling pad.

Great portability

I noticed, when I took the cooling pad out of the packaging, how light and portable it is. This is excellent for anybody who surfs "on the run", as it can be easily slipped into a laptop bag and transported to wherever it is needed. Something essential if you are going to be away for an extended time.

Recommended usage

I had seen reports of the fan being noisy. This may have been the case with the older models of this cooling pad, but I have not noticed it to be overly loud from my prolonged usage. I would also recommend using the pad on a firm, flat surface such as a table or counter, as its effectiveness may be diminished if used directly on your lap, bed or carpet etc.

All in all, I have been very happy with this cooling pad. It does what is says on the box at a very reasonable price!

Video Demonstration

Here is a short video demonstrating how quickly and easily the Belkin Laptop Cooling Pad can be set up, from opening the packaging to having it up and running. It also gives you a bird's eye view of its unique design.

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Mine died a while ago, I really need to shop for a new cooling pad (my first laptop died of overheating years ago...lesson learned

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      That looks like what I need for my laptop, too. Sometimes it gets so uncomfortably hot, I have to move it off my lap and onto a table.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I had one laptop die like yours from overheating (fried the motherboard). Luckily we saved the hard drive and contents. I got the cooling pad to go with my new laptop and it does seem to make all the difference. No more inconvenient and frightening shut downs. No more blue screen of death.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      congrats on the win! I did not know this item existed. I needed it for my previous laptop...i had to sit it in front of a table fan to keep it running. I definitely need one of these.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have a friend who uses a cooling pad for her laptop, and she loves it too. Congratulations on a contest winning lens, well-deserved!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great idea. I don't have a laptop but will keep this in mind if I ever get one.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      This is good to know, I have often wondered how laptop cooling pads worked.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I learned the hard way why the cooling pad is so important! I lost a laptop to overheating, and never even had known about the importance of the fan. I do now! Yup! I sure have one now!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Yes, I have a BelKin external fan. Works great! I also have an HP and love it!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I had to get a cooling pad for my MacBook Pro after losing a laptop computer to what was most likely related to constant overheating. I wouldn't be able to work the number of hours online that I currently do without a cooling pad. They are essential for many laptops. Definitely worth the price compared to frying an expensive laptop. Excellent review. Congrats on your win!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Awesome review! I've never used a cooling pad for my laptop, but I can anticipate needing one in the future, so I really appreciate the personal recommendation!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a clever idea--thanks for sharing.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      My laptop works as a more effective way of heating the house than my radiators, this looks like a good solution.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I didn't know this exists - have to get one as my laptop played up as well!