We all love laptops for their added portability as well as compactness, but it is also for the same reasons why we have to go out asking around for a laptop cooling pad to buy. Thankfully, there is a lot of variety available in the market, and so many known and unknown companies launching their laptop coolers in the market. This has actually led to confusion for the common buyer.
There’s so much to choose from, so make sure you know exactly what to look for in a cooling pad. Fret not, though, we have included a buyer’s guide at the end of our product reviews too. Complete with all the advice you need, this is as far as you need to go.
Top Laptop Cooling Pad Tested with Competition
We have tested all sorts of laptop fans and pads whether they were made by famous brands like Thrustmaster or unknown companies that made their mark. From the number of fans to fan speeds, from fan power to value adding features like fan control panels. We have compared all that there is, and more.
CM Storm SF-15 Gaming Laptop Pad
Extreme Cooling, Premium Quality!
Being the most expensive product of the lot, the Cooler Master fan also offers the most premium experience. You can choose between 700RPM and 1200RPM, and also show off the blue LED strips to your gaming team.
Tree New Bee Cooling Pad
Reasonable Quality on a Budget!
For a very affordable price, you get at least the most reasonable cooling solutions as well as some basic features like cable organizing solutions and four fans to keep the rig chilled.
Surprisingly for its name, the Kootek Cooler Pad Chill Mat 5 is one of the more serious performers in the lot. With up to five fans at your disposal, you get major drops in internal as well as external temperatures. To give you a rough idea, you can get the temperatures down by 30 and 11 degrees respectively.
This is quite impressive in itself, but there is more to the Chill Pad. When you are using a large number of fans on the cooling pad the noise is usually killing all the peace of mind. Yet, that is not the case with the Kootek model. Even with such power, the operation is rather quiet.
Moreover, you can individually control settings for each of the five fans, including the primary 5.9-inch fan. If only they had added more than two USB ports, it would have been a treasure.
Additionally, the design is quite ergonomic. For instance, you get two stoppers on the front that will hold back the laptop, in case you are using the 25-degree adjustment to fully angle the device. When folded, the Kootek Cooler Pad Chill Mat 5 will also sit nicely inside the laptop bag for convenience on the route.
On that front, there’s a drawback. The cooling pad uses your laptop’s battery. Therefore, you will see the charging going down pretty fast. In fact, faster than some of the other models in our list.
- Major decrease in temperatures
- Up to 25 degree angle adjustment
- Quiet operation
- Limited USB ports
- Drains battery fast
This is certainly no CM Storm SF-15, but the Tree New Bee Cooling Pad is nothing less than a reasonable cooler fan that comes at one of the most acceptable prices. To give you a fair understanding, we compared it with the Kootek Cooler Pad Chill Mat 5 and figured that it was about 12 degrees hotter internally.
While the external temperature change was almost the same i.e. 11 degrees, internally it only got as far as 18 degrees. This isn’t too bad though, and if not for the most demanding heating machines, you can still use the Tree New Bee for the regular gaming laptops.
Since it is one of the more affordable cooling mats, do not expect it to give you all those premium features. It does come with an extra USB port, but that’s as far as it goes. Similar basic functionality also allows you to adjust the angle by choosing one of the two height points.
But with those height adjustment levels, you will only be able to get a difference of 13 degrees, which is half that of the Kootek model we have been using as a benchmark. Nonetheless, Tree New Bee is thorough with flexibility and also allows you to adjust the fan speeds.
Design wise, it is a four-fanned pad with a shape that matches the company name i.e. a bee. With good use of aerodynamics, the manufacturers have made good use of the air inlets to provided added cooling.
- Affordable adjustable laptop cooling mat
- Good aerodynamics
- Cable organizing solutions included
- Stoppers need improvement
- Not the coolest of the lot
Certainly not to be confused with the other casually named cooling pad, the Kootek Cooler Pad Chill Mat 5, this one is a class of its own. We picked it up primarily to test for its unique design. And also to see if it was as good as it looks.
Coming around to it, we have figured that if you are just a regular laptop user looking to ensure no overheating occurs in the course of the day, a simple laptop cooling stand can do that. Seeing as how it is already here in our top five products, its compactly packed dual fans have done the trick.
Not only does the Targus Chill Mat come with two fans that are good enough for a 17″ laptop, but it also has open side vents for increased airflow from the fans. As a result, you get more heat removed in smaller time. We expected it to be louder with those half exposed interiors, but the cooling pad was extremely quiet all along.
All in all, it is an aesthetically excellent piece of support that not only works and looks great but also feels great on your lap thanks to a Neoprene exterior. The only problem is that it is so obtusely high priced that a budget buyer might not want to go this way.
- Premium aesthetics
- Sufficient temperature reduction
- Open side vents
- Very expensive
What’s a good gaming laptop without some hot RGB setup? You might already have something in mind, but give this a try. The Thermaltake Massive 20 is probably the best RGB laptop cooler that there is in the market right now. With its slimmer profile, the RGB strip looks right at home.
Thermaltake cooling pads are considered as good as any, and that isn’t just for the looks. Even this model stands true to that with its singular 7.87 inches fan. For its given slim size, you will find it cooling down the temperatures enough.
However, it is not the best in lowering temperatures if you compare it with the competition. The problem is that Thermaltake Massive 20 is priced higher due to the premium aesthetics. For instance, the Kootek Cooler Pad Chill Mat 5 appears cheap in comparison. As a result, the Thermaltake model has to compete with models that offer less cosmetic satisfaction but more in terms of power.
So in other words, we’d call it a great solution for general use, but not for the heavy duty long sessions. Don’t let us lead you to believe it is bad at cooling though, you will get a reasonable laptop cooling solution too! If not for the most high-end gaming laptop it can be called the best cooling pad for a notebook at least.
- Great RGB strip in compact size
- Reasonable cooling
- Impressive 10″ to 19″ design
- Only one fan
- Not the best cooler at this price point
- Somewhat pricey
The thing is literally called a gaming laptop pad, so yes, this one does go the length. Offering as high as 1200 RPM, the Cooler Master laptop pad is one of the most high-end products that you can buy. Yes, it is insanely high priced too, but they have got goods to show for it.
For instance, At such high speed, its 160mm fan is able to drop the internal and external temperatures at rates comparable to the infamous Cooler Master U2 and U3. Except that the CM Storm SF-15 comes with much better style sense.
Not only does it pack the hallmark blue lighting but it is also quite good to look at. From a gamer point of view, it would complement the laptop perfectly. There are other areas where the laptop cooling fan takes the lead. For instance, when running at the regular speed, its fans are also comparatively quieter.
Once you are accustomed to choosing between a quite experience and a high cooling experience, you will start to dote this USB powered fan. Nonetheless, with great performance, comes a great price tag too. And in the case of this CoolerMaster pad, it couldn’t be truer.
The CM Storm SF-15 cooling pad is possibly the most insanely priced product in our list of best laptop cooling pads. And to be honest it is also not flawless, with such a premium quality, it would have been a better product with a display for temperature readings.
- Up to 1200RPM fan speed
- Great choice for gaming laptops
- Four USB ports
- No display for temperature readings
- Very expensive
As a rule of thumb, the more fans your laptop pad has, the noisier it will be; the more power your fans use, the noisier they will be.
Speaking about aesthetics in general, everything from the outward appearance to the material and quality of build are value adding features that you will always need to pay extra.
It depends purely on the type of workload you do on the laptop and the resultant levels of overeating. In some of the milder cases, only a stand with proper ventilation will do. But for more serious power jobs (especially in high temperature regions) a cooling solution becomes a must.
Why is there such difference in prices of cooling pad solutions?
When you go to buy a high-end product, it will have value adding features like card readers, speakers, RGB lighting, USB ports, and even a control panel for the fans. Since it is a large market, there are manufacturers of all qualities. The material used as well as the build quality can also hike up prices even if all other features are the same.