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
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.