Cooler Master NotePal LapAir

Cooler Master NotePal LapAir

Cooler Master NotePal LapAirThe Cooler Master NotePal LapAir brings a refreshing change of pace to the laptop cooler race.  Whilst most developers are quickly striving for more power, speed, size and cooling ability, the Cooler Master LapAir takes a step back and provides a laptop cooler that is designed for comfortable home use.

The first thing you notice about this laptop cooler is it’s light weight, and sturdy feel. Though it doesn’t weigh much, it doesn’t feel cheap.  The second thing I noticed as I sat down on my couch was that the foam base really does make this incredibly comfortable to use, and with adjustable height settings, it is ergonomically correct anywhere around the home.

I was disappointed to see no provisions had been made for a mouse pad, but you cant have it all!

When it comes to the performance of this laptop cooler, don’t expect miracles, while it was nice to see Cooler Master added a heat sink to the fan, its still only a single 80mm silent fan, and has limited power behind it.

In truth, this laptop cooler is not made for the gamers or the silence cravers of many other products in the industry, instead it fills a niche, the niche of people who have burned out laptops on their bed sheets, those who slouch on the couch and catch up on Facebook after work,  it is in fact the ultimate ‘home’ laptop cooler for the casual individual.

On top of that, you have a USB pass through port and this cooler can support up to 17 Inch laptops in size. This does mean that the laptop cooler might feel a little too large if you have a 13 inch net book, but suits most mainstream laptop sizes perfectly.

I would recommend it if you are looking for a home laptop cooler, a utility cooler, and not something for your office or for gaming.  It works well, comes at a cheap price, and handles general home laptop use with ease!

Thermaltake Massive 23 LX

Thermaltake Massive 23 LX

Thermaltake Massive 23 LX

Thermaltake Massive 23 LX

When it comes to BIG laptop coolers, the Thermaltake Massive 23 LX definitely has all the bases covered. Incase the name didn’t give it away, the key feature of the Thermaltake Massive23 LX is it’s size. It is, to put it bluntly, huge, and will hold nearly any larger laptop with ease.

While it’s size is huge, the rest of it is also surprisingly well put together, but despite it all, it’s cooling is still only average.  The large fan is great for silence, and this is a quiet laptop cooler, but performance-wise, most people only report a temperature drop of about 5 degrees.  This makes this more of a ‘casual’ laptop cooler, than a gamers laptop cooler, despite it’s size.

But lets get down to basics.

The structure of the Thermaltake massive23 LX is much larger than most, and it’s wide base makes sure that widescreen laptops don’t have any overhang.  The metal mesh stretched over the fan is great for heat dispersal, and the carrying handles make this fairly portable despite it’s size. This laptop cooler can easily support a widescreen 17 inch widescreen laptop, and I used it with a 19 inch widescreen laptop with only a small amount of overhang.

The fan is large, backlit, and silent.  Unfortunately, along with many others, the actual airflow seemed a little low.  While this is fine for more casual laptop users, hardcore gamers may feel a little disappointed.

Additional features include a switch for the backlight, an on/off switch, two USB ports and a USB storage drawer. There is no fan speed wheel, which is kind of a let down, but the rest of the features are great.

All in all this laptop cooler doesn’t really win any awards in any particular category, and yet it’s great ‘all around-ness’ actually makes t perfect for those who are not entirely sure what kind of laptop cooler is best for them.

So if you are on the fence, not sure what you need, so don’t want to spend too much, this is might be the perfect laptop cooler for you!

Cooler Master X Laptop Cooler

Cooler Master X Slim Laptop Cooler

Cooler Master X Laptop Cooler

Cooler Master X Slim Laptop Cooler

I don’t often give much thought to cheap laptop coolers simply because they are not usually very good. The Cooler Master X Slim laptop cooler on the other hand is not only cheap, but it is also ultra thin, highly portable ,and surprisingly high quality.

These great features alone make this an ideal portable cooler for laptops, probably the best. Before you get too excited though, the thin portability does come with a few downsides!

To start with it’s large frame can easily hold a 17 inch laptop, while it does not have the most efficient cooling design, it is more than enough for most laptops.

Inside the frame there is a slim 160mm fan that is very quiet, but still shifts a decent amount of air.   The fan works surprisingly well, but it may not be enough if your laptop generates a lot of heat, or you use it for gaming.

Feature wise the first thing you will notice is the design.  It has plenty of space to store USB cables, and has two height settings to give you a little ergonomic benefit. The USB cable also includes a USB pass through port so you don’t lose valuable USB space on your laptop.

All in all the Cooler Master X Slim is one of the best laptop coolers on the market for those who really value portability. while this will never really compete with more powerful laptop coolers in terms of performance, the Cooler Master X Slim makes up for that with it’s quiet yet solid performance.

Top 3 Gaming Laptop Coolers

A powerful gaming laptop cooler can help prevent overheating, and even maintain your gaming laptops performance!

Gaming Laptop Coolers

Gaming Laptop Coolers

Not all laptop owners need additional cooling for their computer. If however you are a gamer, you might want to look in to the range of gaming laptop coolers available.

A Gaming laptop suffers from more overheating issues than a standard laptop. They generally contain more powerful, hotter, components, and they also tend to run more intensive programs which use the hotter components to their full capacity.  While gaming laptops will usually have a little more internal cooling than your basic laptop (Maybe a heatpipe to take heat away from your GPU/CPU), they are still limited by the cramped space and limited airflow capacity.

A little external laptop cooling can help reduce the internal heat of your laptop, and help distribute heat away from the hot spots underneath your laptop. This gives a double benefit. It protects the expensive powerful components inside your laptop, and by keeping these components cooler, it allows them to run a little bit faster.  Ever notice your games becoming a little laggy after half an hour of gaming? it is the heat that is causing those issues.

With my Top 3 gaming laptop coolers I will be showing you three of the very best laptop coolers for powerful gaming laptops. Any one of these laptops can help keep your laptop a little cooler and vastly improve both the lifespan and performance of your gaming laptop.

3) Zalman NC3000U Gaming Laptop Cooler

The Zalman NC3000U is by far the most quiet notebook cooler out there capable of keeping a gaming laptop cool. It’s large internal 220mm fan combined with a 3mm thick brushed aluminum frame makes sure that this fantastic gaming laptop cooler can dissipate heat quickly and effectively, without creating a huge amount of noise.

The Zalman NC3000U is one of the best laptop coolers out there, period. Unfortunately for some of the most powerful laptops it doesn’t provide as much power as some of the other laptop coolers on this list.

Where the Zalman NC3000U excels is it’s overall utility, if you use your laptop for work as well as play you will definitely find the low noise levels useful, and the fan speed wheel means you can switch on the highest cooling power when you need it, and drop the level of noise to practically nothing when you do not.

The one thing you can rely on with the Zalman NC3000U is that it is an incredibly high quality laptop cooler.  From the construction to the fan, everything is built to perform, and to last.

2) Cooler Master Storm 19 Inch Laptop Cooler

The Cooler Master Storm 19 inch laptop cooler is a beautifully crafted gaming laptop cooler which provides great airflow with two 140mm fans, a unique mesh surface for heat dissipation, and a color changing LED, which doesn’t really have any affect on cooling, but looks damn cool. In addition to these features you can actually change the location of the fans themselves, so you can get the extra airflow where you need it.

The Cooler Master Storm is designed with gamers-on-the-move in mind.  It can easily support a 19 inch laptop, but with an inbuilt carry handle, and a solid construction this fantastic cooler can easily be transported with or without a laptop bag. As part of the design for gamers, the Cooler Master Storm is one of the first laptop coolers to incorporate a USB 3.0 hub, giving you ultra fast data transfer through the USB ports.

The Cooler Master Storm also has a fan speed wheel, perfect for if you want to take the noise levels down a notch when you have to switch from gaming to work.

In my opinion the Cooler Master Storm is one of the best looking laptop coolers I have reviewed, and while it might not be suited to the business style, it is perfect for gamers!

1) NZXT Cryo LX Gaming Laptop Cooler

The NZXT Cryo LX Gaming Laptop Cooler is one of the most powerful laptop coolers available to buy. It contains three 120mm fans within it’s sturdy aluminum frame, which provides a vast amount of airflow for even the hottest of gaming laptops.  If you have a high end gaming laptop this 19 inch laptop cooler can help provide the cooling you need to keep your laptop hardware cool, and your games running smoothly.

The large aluminum frame of the NZXT Cryo LX makes it perfect for laptops up to 19 inches widescreen in size, the aluminum also helps quickly transfer heat away from the hottest areas of your laptop.

The NZXT Cryo LX is often regarded as the best laptop cooler for gamers, while it is not quite as quiet as the two other contenders on this list, it definitely makes up for the fact with it’s fantastic laptop cooling performance.

Despite the bulky look of the NZXT Cryo LX it can actually be folded, greatly reducing the size for portability, and helping to protect those fans from damage during transit.

While these are my favorite gaming laptop coolers, there are hundreds of laptop coolers out there to choose from. Explore the rest of Laptop Cooelr Reviews to find reviews of some of the best laptop coolers available!

Top 10 Best Laptop Coolers

The Top 10 Best Laptop Coolers brings you 10 reviews of the greatest laptop coolers available. Whether you want silence, power, or just a laptop cooler bigger enough to fit your behemoth gaming laptop, we can help!

Zalman N3000U Laptop Cooler

Zalman N3000U Laptop Cooler

Top 10 Best Laptop Coolers Introduction

Writing my top 10 best laptop coolers was, I have to admit a daunting challenge, there are hundreds of laptop coolers out there, but the real problem is choosing the order of the final top 10.  All of these are the best laptop cooling solutions on the market, but the truth of the matter is that the best laptop cooler for you, will be more down to what you need (Silent laptop cooler vs powerful laptop cooler vs business laptop cooler) than the order my list is in.

While I do have some personal favorites, I urge you not to skip straight to the top 3, because there might be your perfect laptop cooler match anywhere in this list!

The Top 10 Best Laptop Coolers

And so we begin with the top 10 best laptop cooler reviews, 10 undoubtedly supreme laptop cooling accessories which can save you from data loss, hardware damage, and even complete hardware failure!

10) Xpad Slim Laptop Cooling Pads

The Xpad slim is a passive laptop cooler that provides increased airflow to your laptop, without using fans.  The passive nature of the Xpad slim means that it probably wont give much extra cooling to overheating or high spec gaming laptops. For people who just need a something to keep the airways clear around the home, on the bed, or on your lap, this is a perfect solution.

What makes the Xpad slim so good for lap use is that the ‘pad’ is actually heat resistance, keeping your laptop cool no matter how hot your laptop gets.

The design of the Xpad slim is simple, but effective, it is great at bringing cool air without interuption, which does help keep your laptop cool. Unfortunately it doesn’t provide much additional cooling, but it does help keep the airways clear and ensure your laptops inbuilt cooling performs as it should.

While the Xpad might not be one of the most efficient laptop coolers on the market, it is is a cheap and simple way to keep things running a little more smoothly.

9) Cooler Master NotePal Ergostand Laptop Cooler

The Cooler Master NotePal Ergostand laptop cooler is also pretty weak on the cooling, however it makes it on to the top 10 best laptop coolers list because it is highly versatile.

The Cooler Master NotePal Ergostand might not be particularly powerful, but it is exceptionally silent, and it’s adjustable five height settings make sure you can use your laptop the way you want to. The adjustable height settings can hold a laptop up to 17 inches in size. even at the full elevation of the notebook cooler.

The versatile height adjustable NotePal Ergostand and it’s low noise fan make it perfect for home use on warmer laptops.  While it is not quite as easy to use in different locations as the Xpad slim, it does have a little more cooling power, which is definitely needed if your laptop begins to get a little too hot.

The Cooler Master NotePal Ergostand laptop cooler has some great extra utility, including a 4 port USB hub and rear wire clips.  However it’s largest utility is simply in it’s ability to tilt the laptop to a degree that is the most comfortable for use.


8) Targus Lap Chill Mat

The Targus Lap Chill Mat is a great mix of efficiency and home use. You can use this great laptop cooler on your lap, but dual fans help provide a great airflow, and it’s metal grid helps dissipate the heat effectively. The base of the Targus Lap Chill Mat has a soft comfortable padding, protecting your lap from both heat and discomfort.

The Targus Lap Chill Mat is designed for 15 inch notebooks, but you can just as easily fit a standard sized 17 inch notebook cooler. It’s large size also helps make sure your laptop gets a constant airflow through the sides and up to the base of your laptop, no matter where you are using it.

The Targus Lap Chill Mat is a basic, simple laptop cooler.  While it does not quite match the higher quality components of other laptop coolers, the Targus Lap Chill Mat is more than adequate for most people who need a little extra laptop cooling. It definitely falls in to the ‘average category, but it is one of the best average laptop coolers out there.

The simple design of the Targus Lap Chill Mat is also it’s downfall.  It has little in the way of utility. No on/off switch, or even a USB pass through port, which is bad news for people who have a limited amount of USB ports available on their laptop.  If you just use your laptop as a laptop around the home, this could be perfect.


7) Zalman NC2000 Notebook Cooler

The Zalman NC2000 is one of my favorite laptop coolers of all time.  While there is a newer Zalman notebook cooler out there, the Zalman NC2000 is still a fantastic laptop cooler in terms of cooling power and silent laptop cooling.  The Zalman NC2000 is a little more powerful than the Zalman NC3000,  however it is a little bit louder.  To the common ear though, both these Zalman laptop coolers are as good as each other.

The Zalman NC2000 has a 3mm thick aluminum frame, with two high quality silent running fans keeping up a high powered airflow, without the noise. The frame itself provides fantastic heat dissipation, while remaining lightweight enough to keep the Zalman NC2000 portable.

The Zalman NC2000 is a fantastic quiet laptop cooler, but it is a little more expensive than many of the other laptop coolers, but with twice the fan life expectancy, it is a highly recommended investment. Best of all, the Zalman NC2000 doesn’t sacrifice laptop cooling power to perform it’s silent cooling.


6) Logitech N700 Speaker Lapdesk

The Logitech N700 Speaker Lapdesk is a fairly weak laptop cooler, but it’s really benefit is in it’s utility. If you have a real overheating issue then the Logitech N700 is probably not the one for you.  For people who use their laptop around the home (and definitely for those who like to watch movies or listen to music) the N700 provides the renowned Logitech sound system right to your laptop, conveniently built in to your laptop cooler.

The Logitech N700 only has a small single fan inside of it, and it is made of plastic, so it is not the most efficient laptop cooler ever.  It does provide better airflow than just leaving your laptop on the bed, but it can’t do a huge amount to cut down on overheating laptop problems. Using even a basic laptop cooler like the Logitech N700 can help prevent overheating laptop issues. Especially those caused by blockages of your laptop air vents.

If you just need to keep your laptop a little bit cooler, and want to improve the media capabilities of your laptop, then the Logitech N700 speaker lapdesk is a great laptop cooler to benefit your home, and provide a little extra boost to your home entertainment.


5) Belkin F5L025 Laptop Cooling Pad

The Belkin F5L025 is a simple but smart looking laptop cooler that provides simple and portable lightweight laptop cooling.  The Belkin F5L025 doesn’t win any prizes for high powered cooling, but it is more than suitable for cooling a basic laptop, and it’s smart styling is great for those who want a business laptop cooler.

The Belkin F5L025 looks great, and while it’s small fan doesn’t provide a huge amount of cooling, it does cool quietly. It’s thin design also helps make this a great laptop cooler, since it can easily be transported in a laptop bag.

The F5L025 comes with an inbuilt four port USB hub as well, which is pretty useful if you have an array of USB devices.


4) Thermaltake Massive 23 Laptop Cooler

The Thermaltake Massive 23 LX Laptop Cooler is designed to keep even the largest laptop cool.  At a surprisingly cheap price, and with surprisingly good looks, the Thermaltake Massive 23 provides good cooling, and a few nice design tweaks that increase the usability of this fantastic notebook cooler.

To start with the structure of the Thermaltake Massive 23 LX provides enough space for nearly any size of laptop.  This contains a similarly large 230mm quiet fan. This can help keep your laptop cooler, without loud fan noise. However my favorite feature is handles on both sides of the Massive 23 LX, which make it really easy to transport, and slip in and out of your laptop bag.

The look of the Thermaltake Massive 23 LX is fairly high tech, mostly thanks to it’s blue LED  which shines out from underneath the fan, this looks pretty cool but is not for everyone.


3) Antec 200 Notebook Cooler

With the Antec 200 notebook cooler you can get some fantastic laptop cooling with yet another high tech laptop cooler.  While the Antec 200 might not match up to the Thermaltake Behemoth, it is still capable of holding laptops up to 19 inches in size. While the Antec 200 might be made of plastic, it is surprisingly high quality, and very effective at cooling.  The plastic also has the added benefit of being very lightweight.

Using a 200mm fan, the Antec 200 has a large silent fan to keep your laptop cool, without sacrificing airflow. This is helped by the wire mesh that helps distribute heat away from the worst hot spots on your computer.

The Antec 200 also has a blue LED light that gives it the high tech look, helped by the styling of the plastic framework.


2) NZXT Cryo LX Laptop Cooler

The NZXT Cryo LX is the powerful laptop cooler for people who need high intensity laptop cooling.  If you have a gaming laptop, or just any laptop that has overheating issues, the  NZXT Cryo LX will vastly reduce the operating temperatures of your laptop.

The aluminum construction helps spread heat and can support laptops up to 19 inches in size, and the three internal 120mm fans provide a huge amount of airflow to keep your laptop cool, and your hardware safe.

The NZXT Cryo LX does have a trade off.  The 3 fans do make it a little bit more noisy than some other notebook coolers.  This is unfortunately an expected trade off of the increased airflow it provides.

The Cryo LX is a powerful laptop cooler, and may be more than most notebook PC’s need.  But if you do run your laptop to it’s limits, this is one of the best ways tto keep your computers temperatures low!


1) Zalman NC3000U Best Laptop Cooler

The Zalman NC3000U is one of the best laptop coolers. It’s closely related to the exquisite Zalman NC2000, but with one 220mm fan instead of two 120mm fans, it runs much more quietly, with barely any trade-off in airflow and cooling capacity. The Zalman NC3000U makes it in to the number one spot of my top 10 best laptop coolers because it covers all the bases. It is quiet, it is powerful, it is reliable, and it looks good!

The framework of the Zalman NC3000U provides 3mm thick aluminum supported by a lightweight plastic under-frame. This easily supports up to 19 inch widescreen laptops, and it will keep nearly any overheating laptop cool.

What I really love about the Zalman NC3000U is the quality.  It contains a high quality fan, it is made out of high quality brushed aluminum, and you should never have the problems of ‘flluttering’ or ‘whirring’ fan noise from the silent fan in the Zalman NC3000.

This is the perfect laptop  cooler for most people, it’s only real downside is that it has a moderately high price tag.  Fortunately with a lifespan twice as long as some of it’s competitors, this is well worth the initial hit to your wallet.


Xpad Slim Laptop Cooling Pad

Xpad Slim Laptop Cooling Pad

Xpad Slim Laptop Cooling Pad

The Xpad Slim laptop cooling pad is a passive laptop cooler that helps improve airflow to your laptop with a simple but effective design. Unlike most notebook coolers, the Xpad slim laptop cooling pad is fan free, this has both it’s upsaides and downsides. The most imortant thing to point out is that this is more for people who’s laptops currently do not have any major overheating issues.  If you have an overheating laptop or a high powered gaming laptop, you definitely need a laptop cooler.

But lets get down to basics, you can buy varying sizes of the Xpad slim to suit the size of your laptop. Some people recommend buying a ‘size up’ but it is not really necessary.

The overall construction of the Xpad is designed to do two major things.  First, the ‘x’ design is made to give your laptop maximum airflow.  Preventing airfent blockages and ‘hot air circulation’ that may occur if you use your laptop on your lap, or on your bed.

The second feature is that the pad is actually a lightweight heat shield.  This helps keep the heat your laptop generates away from your lap.

These features are great for generic around teh home use.  They do help decrease teh chances of your laptop overheatign from an obstructed air flow, and they make sure your lap never gets too hot.  The non-skid rubber of this laptop cooling pad also makes sure that your laptop does not accidentally fall.

While the Xpad slim cannot compete with fan based laptop coolers, it has a fantastic cooling pad design which does have some minor cooling benefits, as well as some fantastic convenience. This is more for someonfe who works at home, and likes to lounge around as they work.

All in al the Xpad Slim laptop cooling pad is a great way to prevent overheating from obstruction. However if you have more pressing laptop cooling issues you would probably be better off investing in a more powerful laptop cooler.


nzxt cryo lx laptop cooler review

nzxt cryo lx laptop cooler review

The NZXT is one of the world’s most powerful laptop coolers on the market. It is well designed to provide some of the greatest laptop cooling to even the most powerful laptops.

Most modern laptops have overheating issues which can severely harm performance, and even cause permanent component damage. This is particularly true of high powered gaming and industrial laptops.  Apple laptops also suffer from overheating issues, and with their high price tags, it is well worth paying a little extra to protect your laptop from overheating.

The NZXT Cryo LX is a fantastic powerful laptop cooler, which has been well built with high quality components. These are placed in to a well built design which is maximized to dissipate heat away from your laptop and keep it safe from overheating.

To start with the structure of the NZXT Cryo LX is maximized to give a large surface area, and it’s thick aluminum construction means that it can quickly transfer heat away from the worst heat spots that your laptop has to offer. It has some rubber risers, to provide adequate airflow beneath the base of your laptop, without creating any airpockets (which could trap heat).

The NZXT Cryo LX is also large enough to support and cool up to 19 inch widescreen notebooks. This large size is perfect for those people who like to have both a large and powerful laptop, whether they need it for work or play. Despite being large, it also has a great folding design

Supporting the large size and efficient design, the NZXT Cryo LX has three large 120mm fans. These high quality fans provide plenty of airflow, and continuing cooling to keep your laptop cooler than it has ever been before. There are very few laptop coolers out there which match the amount of air moved by three 120mm fans, and even less which have the same build quality as the Cryo LX.

As well as being a large and powerful laptop cooler, the NZXT Cryo LX has also been well designed to provide a lot of utility, with four USB ports to help expand your laptops limited USB ports, not jsut keep it cool.

Zalman NC2000 Laptop Cooler

Zalman NC2000 Laptop Cooler

Zalman NC2000 Laptop Cooler

The Zalman NC2000 laptop cooler is the World’s most popular laptop cooler, and with good reason.  This top laptop cooler has fantastic cooling, and it has whisper quiet fans to keep things cool and quiet!

When it comes to efficient and quiet laptop coolers there are not many laptop cooler brands which come close to Zalman.  With their high quality components you get great performance and long lasting reliability.

The Zalman NC2000 is a fairly old notebook cooler, and has been superseded by the Zalman NC3000 series. Despite this it is still a fantastic laptop cooler in it’s own right, and is the perfect choice for many owners of overheating laptops.

First off, the structure of the Zalman NC2000 laptop cooler is a strong and durable plastic base, with a 3mm thick aluminum cover.  This helps to reduce the overall weight of the Zalman laptop cooler, without reducing it’s laptop cooling ability.

Inside the strong Zalman NC2000 laptop cooler structure are two silent but powerful fans. These laptop cooler fans are extremely high quality, and can last two to three times longer than cheap laptop cooler brands.  They will also remain silent for years to come, and will not develop a rattling or fluttering noise.

The overall design of the Zalman NC2000 laptop cooler is incredibly god.  The aluminum cover has nearly a thousand air holes to ensure consistent airflow, without the whistling sounds that come with mesh covered laptop coolers. It also comes with some great features, including a USB pass through port, so you don’t lose any of your limited notebook USB ports. On top of this you get a fan speed wheel, to let you adjust fan speed for when you need it, and an on off switch, useful if you need to conserve power on the move.

The Zalman NC2000 laptop cooler really is one of the best laptop coolers out there. IF you are willing to spend a little bit more for a lot more, then the Zalman NC2000 is going to be for you.  While there are cheaper laptop coolers out there, you may suffer from higher noise levels, a shorter fan life, and much lower laptop cooling capacity.