The Best Laptop Cooling Pads

Posted on 13 May 2022

After 18 hours of research, analysing 33 models and testing the 5 most interesting ones, we have concluded that the TopMate C5 laptop cooling pad has the best price-quality ratio.

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Our choice, Best mid-range

TopMate C5

Conceived for gamers, it has an appropriate design and uses its 5 fans to provide plenty of airflow, ideal for efficiently cooling your system.

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With its 6 speed levels and 3 pre-configured modes, this model proved to be particularly versatile during our tests, offering a good balance between noise pollution and the power needed to cool our computer. The possibility of adjusting the position of the fan in 5 levels further enhances this pleasure with improved ergonomics.

 

 

Best budget

Trust Xstream Breeze

Designed for the less demanding user, it provides a dose of coolness to your computer while serving as a support. It is intended for light cooling, which is usually necessary for worn-out internal ventilation.

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Relatively simple, it will not be suitable for gaming but will effectively compensate for the poor performance of your internal ventilation. It is quite easy to carry around and will accompany you on your travels while being rather quiet in use. However, for gaming, it will be necessary to look for an upmarket model.

 

Best high-end

Cooler Master NotePal XL

If you are looking for the most efficient cooling coupled with the least amount of noise, then this is the cooling pad you need.

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With its huge 230mm fan, the Notepad XL is a giant in this comparison. This larger size has a negative impact on its mobility but improves the performance-noise ratio with results equivalent to the TopMate C5, in terms of cooling and extremely discreet noise (a slight blast of air). Therefore, if you have the budget, go for it!

 

Mid-range alternative

Havit HV-F2056

Suitable for computers up to 17 inch, it is efficient for most uses while being easily transportable. It is also quite quiet, so you can enjoy it in any environment.

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This cooling pad is capable of handling most situations, even if it remains relatively weak for gaming. Nevertheless, it is intended to improve an inefficient cooling system rather than to replace it completely, as it proved during our tests. Despite its size, which allows it to accommodate larger computers (up to 17″), it remains fairly light and compact, which is rather practical to put it in your bag.

 

High-end alternative

Targus Lap Chill Mat

Designed for people who want to use their computer in the living room, this model has padding on the bottom to protect your legs during a prolonged use while isolating them from your laptop.

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Conceived for people who use their laptops on their legs, this model offers a good level of comfort in addition to a well-designed cooling system. However, it is not suitable for gaming computers, which generate a lot more heat and therefore require a more substantial air supply. Moreover, the noise level at full power may be uncomfortable for sensitive ears.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-endMid-range alternativeHigh-end alternative
Topmate C5Trust XstreamCoolerMaster Notepal XLHavit 2056Targus Chill Mat
TopMate C5Trust Xstream BreezeCooler Master NotePal XLHavit HV-F2056Targus Lap Chill Mat
Conceived for gamers, it has an appropriate design and uses its 5 fans to provide plenty of airflow, ideal for efficiently cooling your system.It provides a dose of coolness to your PC while serving as a support. It is intended for light cooling, which is usually necessary for worn-out internal ventilation.If you are looking for the most efficient cooling coupled with the least amount of noise, then the NotePal XL is the cooling pad you need.Suitable for computers up to 17", it is efficient for most uses while being easily transportable. It is also quite quiet, so you can enjoy it in any environment.This model has padding on the bottom to protect your legs during a prolonged use while isolating them from your laptop.
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Honorable mentions

For now, there are no products available on the European market that we feel have the necessary qualities to be included in our main selection. We will be sure to provide you with interesting alternatives as soon as we become aware of them.

 

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How to choose your laptop cooling pad?

Sometimes your laptop feels like it’s hot enough to cook an egg… If this is the case, it may be time to invest in a cooling pad to improve airflow and bring the temperature down.

Of course, before you do anything else, it is important to make sure that your computer has enough ventilation on the lower part of its body to make the most of the contribution generated by the extra fan(s). If you have a single-body computer (such as a MacBook), the reduction will be less than with a model that has extra vents.

Design Targus Chill Mat
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Here are the main criteria to consider when choosing your laptop cooling pad:

  • Type of cooling pad: there are two types, passive and active (with fans). The latter are divided into several categories. For this article, we will focus on cooling supports, which fit under your computer, and suction systems, which draw hot air out of the case through the existing ventilation. The latter are more efficient but do not improve ergonomics. Watercooling systems also exist, but are far too expensive.
Refroidisseurs PC
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  • Fans: these are used to provide a targeted air flow. The higher the air requirement, the higher their speed. Consequently, it is often advised to opt for larger fans, which cool more easily your computer, rather than for smaller ones, which will have to rotate much faster (and therefore produce more noise) to achieve a similar result. Accordingly, their maximum rotation speed should be as high as possible to increase the number of possibilities.
  • Compatibility: in this case, it is a question of physical compatibility. The size of the cooling pad has an impact on the maximum size of the computer it can accommodate. So make sure that yours is supported by the model of your choice, otherwise you will be making an unnecessary purchase.
La taille du refroidisseur influe sur la taille maximale de l'ordinateur.
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  • Materials: to ensure a long term use, we advise you to opt for models that use robust materials. Whether thicker plastic or metal, this will minimise the risk of damage to both the structure and the fans. You should consider the strength of the power cable as well.
  • Extra features: as with any high-tech device, coolers often come with extra features that can range from a simple display to show the temperature, to a whole adjustable system, by way of adjustable height. This last feature can also be used to improve the final result, as raising the support allows for better airflow.
Design Targus Chill Mat
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Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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