Choosing A Laptop Cooling Pad
Modern laptops are getting larger and more powerful all the time. That’s great and, combined with the added convenience of portability, it’s probably why most people are opting to buy a laptop as their first choice computer rather than a desktop these days.
However, it does mean that modern laptops generate a lot of heat, and that’s why you need a laptop cooling pad.
Just a few dollars will get you a device which will help to protect your hardware and your data – as well as making it more comfortable for you to work with your laptop. It’s money well spent.
However, there are all sorts of different laptop cooling pads available. These have a variety of different features, some useful, others not so much. What should you look for in a laptop cooling pad? Here’s a quick checklist for you.
Laptop Cooling Pad Checklist
- Excellent cooling performance.
Maybe that’s a little obvious – but let’s say it anyway. Your laptop cooling pad should provide enough cooling to keep your laptop cool and stop it from overheating. That probably means that you want one which has a fan, or fans, incorporated into its design.
- A safe and secure platform for your laptop.
Your laptop should sit safely and securely onto the laptop cooling pad’s upper surface. This will have holes in it to allow air circulation – and rubberized pads are often fitted to prevent your laptop slipping or sliding when you’re using it.
- A stable platform to balance on your lap or your desk/workstation.
Some laptops have short legs – and that style tends to be fine if you mainly want to use it on a desk or workstation surface. However, if you want to use your laptop on your lap, then you will probably find that a flat underside, ideally with a rubberized or fabric covering, is more stable and less likely to move around on you.
- USB power source.
You won’t want to have too many trailing cables to get tangled up in. Ideally, your laptop cooling pad’s fans will be powered by plugging a cable direct from your pad into a spare usb port on your laptop.
- Quiet operation. Most cooling pads use fans which are considerably larger in diameter than the fan which is used internally to cool your laptop. This means that they can move sufficient air without having to rotate too quickly – which means that they are quieter than your laptop cooling fan. You shouldn’t be able to hear the fans from your cooling pad over the noise already generated from your laptop’s internal cooling.
- The right size for your laptop.
Another obvious one perhaps, but worth noting nevertheless. You don’t want your laptop to overhang the cooling pad by too much, or it might become unstable. The screen size on laptops is measured across the diagonal – so a 17″ laptop will require a cooling pad that is approximately 15″ wide. A 15″ laptop will need a cooling pad width of roughly 13″, and so on.
And that’s about it really. Personally, I don’t think that you need to worry too much about drinks holders, pencils trays, lights etc. – but if those things are important to you (and they might be), then take them into consideration after you’ve ticked all of the items above off your list!