Air is more than just the invisible substance keeping us alive. It has many other crucial uses, like filling the tires on your car and Cooling the sensitive electronics inside your Laptop. As laptops have grown more powerful, heat dispersion has become an issue despite all the engineering that goes into their elaborate coolers. It’s just a fact that sometimes, especially in the summer, you need some extra airflow to keep notebook computer temperatures down and framerates up, because there’s no crime as awful as GPU throttling. The good news is neither you or your GPU has to suffer if you enlist one of these laptop cooling solutions.
Cooler Master NotePal X3
Cooler Master, maker of fans, PC cases, and other cooling accessories, has a really nice laptop Cooling Pad with the NotePal X3. Front vents help draw air in and a 200mm fan moves it across your laptop’s underbelly. In addition to its huge fan, it also sports blue LED lighting, which you can switch on or off, as well as USB pass-through so you can charge your phone. Oh, and if you don’t want to run the fan, you can switch that off, too. At just under $30 it’s a great way to keep your laptop cool that also looks cool.
The Deepcool M3 cooling pad has a slightly-tilted ergonomic design and a 140mm fan to facilitate the movement of air. It’s also got two USB ports and a mini-USB port, but what really sets this $39.99 cooling pad apart are its built-in speakers. There’s a pair of tweeters and a woofer in there, so this thing bumps.
TopMate 12 Laptop Cooler
What’s better than having four fans moving cool air over your laptop’s components? How about five fans. The TopMate 12 has four smaller fans around the perimeter and a fifth, powerful fan in the center. There’s also a slick control unit on the front that lets you adjust fan speed and power on the lighting and the unit itself. On top of that, a little ledge flips up and you can tilt the whole unit upward without worrying about your laptop sliding off. At just under $30, there’s a lot of cooling hardware for not much cash.
Tree New Bee Gaming Laptop Cooler
The Tree New Bee laptop cooling pad has four 120mm fans that move a lot of air, and there are dials on the side so you can control the fan speeds. Hot day? Crank it up. The fans are lit with blue LEDs, which is definitely the prevailing LED color for cooling pads. It also has an extra USB port, so you don’t have to give one up on your laptop just to power the cooling pad. On top of that, it tilts up for a more comfortable experience, if that’s how you roll.
Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600
The Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600 doesn’t have giant fans and LED lighting. By and large, just having a computer on a flat, solid surface increases its ability to cool much more than sitting it on your bare lap since it gives the laptop’s fan’s room to operate. In addition to being flat and large, this cooling pad has a retractable, multi-touch enabled touch pad with shortcut buttons for browsing the web. Generally speaking, it’s easier on your wrist than the trackpad on your laptop, and since it tucks away inside the cooling pad itself, it doesn’t take up much room. That means you can easily take it with you in your laptop bag. That feature alone is worth the lack of glowing lights.
Cooler Master NotePal ErgoStand III
This is basically the off-road SUV of cooling pads. The Cooler Master NotePal ErgoStand III has an enormous 230mm fan that crushes the atmosphere around it, moving more air than any smaller fan ever could. It also has four USB ports, cable management, and six adjustable angle settings. Now, you’re probably thinking a 230mm fan must sound like a jet engine, but it’s actually really quiet. If the tiny amount of noise bothers you, you can just shut the fan off with a dedicated power switch.
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