A laptop’s portability is one of its greatest assets, but with the compact form factor come some trade-offs. The cooling in laptops is generally not as robust as desktop PCs, unless you’ve got a beefy gaming laptop, and the tight confines inside a laptop don’t take as much dust and hair getting before performance can really start to decline. A laptop cooling pad is a helpful way to handle a device that’s getting uncomfortably warm.

In general, laptop cooling pads will help ensure your device gets good airflow. Throwing your laptop onto a pillow or blanket can smother its air intakes, but a laptop cooling pad won’t. Many also include fans to blow additional air through your laptop, which can aid in cooling the internals and chassis. That extra cooling can also help keep your laptop more comfortable to the touch. These pads can be especially handy for keeping your legs comfortable, as they act as a buffer between your warm laptop and your skin.

TL;DR – These are the Best Laptop Cooling Pads:

1. Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB

Best Laptop Cooling Pad

Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB

Your laptop likely has some little fans inside spinning as fast as they can to keep your system cool. And that’s assuming it’s not passively cooled, in which case there would be no fans at all. There’s not much you can do to increase that cooling potential for your laptop on its own, but the Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB offers a way to push a bunch of that hot air away from your laptop so it can stay cooler while it works and so your lap can stay cooler as well.

The Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB delivers its cooling with a mesh top and a single 200mm fan. That may not sound like much compared to coolers that pack in a ton of small fans, but a big fan has the advantage of moving plenty of air while spinning slower to keep extra silent. Thermaltake also lets you adjust the speed of the fan in case you want to keep it as quiet as possible or go for max cooling. As the name suggests, this cooling pad also comes with a stylish taste of RGB lighting all around the edge of the pad.

2. Klim Ultimate

Best Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad

Klim Ultimate

Your typical gaming laptop is a heat-producing machine about as much as it is a gaming machine. If you’re planning to get a lot of performance and keep it consistent, you’re going to want a cooling stand. The Klim Ultimate gives your laptop’s aesthetics a dose of RGB lighting while giving your laptop’s internals a dose of cool air. The cooler packs in a 200mm fan that can spin at up to 750RPM for silent cooling. And, if you’re going to use an external keyboard, you can take advantage of the built-in system for raising your laptop display.

3. TopMate C5 Laptop Cooler

Best High-Airflow Laptop Cooling Pad

TopMate C5 Laptop Cooler

If you want a bunch of airflow hitting the bottom of your laptop to help keep it cool, it can’t hurt to have five fans throwing air through a mesh screen. That’s just what the TopMate C5 laptop cooler does with a set of four 70mm fans and a central 140mm fan. This laptop cooling stand has room to fit up to 15.6-inch laptops and can hold them up at an angle, so it should work just fine for all but beefy gaming laptops. The cooler offers up multiple fan control options, letting you run one, four, or all five fans. It will also let you adjust the speed of the fans for max cooling, silent operation, or something in the middle. Plus, you can add to the gaming vibe with the blue LED lighting of the fans.

4. Targus Lap Chill Mat

Best Laptop Cooling Pad for Your Lap

Targus Lap Chill Mat

The Targus Lap Chill Mat has been on the scene for over a decade, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s a well-built cooling pad that can hold up in your bag, and it provides a comfortable place to set your laptop while you’re actually using it – you guessed it – on your lap. That fabric and the flat back of the Targus Lap Chill Mat are much more comfortable on the thighs than the hard backs you’ll find on a lot of other cooling stands. And, with wide openings at the sides, the Lap Chill Mat can still draw up plenty of air to blow through its two fans onto your computer. Even without the fans running, the pad provides plenty of ventilation for the bottom of your laptop, so it won’t get as hot as it would if it were directly sitting on your legs.

5. Klim Wind

Best Budget Laptop Cooling Pad

Klim Wind

The Klim Wind cooler will ensure your laptop is getting plenty of airflow without charging you too much for the fans. And, yes, that’s fans, plural. This Klim Wind offer four 120mm fans, and they can spin at up to 1,200RPM for some impressive airflow hitting the base of your laptop. You can use this cooler on small laptops as compact as 11 inches or on massive models up to 19 inches. Klim even says you can use this with a PS4 or Xbox One if you want to augment the cooling of your aging console.

6. Klim Cool+

Best Portable Laptop Cooler

Klim Cool+

If you want a smaller, more portable option to keep your laptop cool on the go, you can go for the Klim Cool+. This device is built to boost the cooling capabilities of your laptop by attaching to its exhaust port and pulling even more air through. This will likely only work with laptops that have side exhaust vents where the Klim Cool+ can easily attach, but for compatible laptops, it can give the built-in cooling an upgrade. It even has different operating modes that let it run silently for light cooling or kick into high gear for some serious gaming.

7. Havit RGB Laptop Cooling Pad

Best RGB Laptop Cooling Pad

Havit RGB Laptop Cooling Pad

Sometimes a little bit of RGB lighting isn’t enough. Your gaming laptop might already have a lit-up keyboard, but the Havit RGB laptop cooling pad can give you even more. This cooling pad will support up to 17-inch laptops, making it a strong fit for gaming laptops, which tend to be on the larger side. At its base, it has an RGB light strip that goes all the way around.

You can set the RGB light strip to flow through all of its available colors or pick a color for it to stay on with a breathing effect. The cooler also features four internal fans with lights, though they will always be blue, reminding you of what their job is: cooling your laptop down.

8. Miggoing Laptop Table

Best Laptop Cooling Stand

Miggoing Laptop Table

A lot of cooling pads will do a great job if your aim is to use your laptop on your lap or low on a desk. Sometimes that’s not what you’re after though, and that’s where the Miggoing laptop table comes in. This stand has adjustable legs with several long segments, allowing you to keep the stand low or raise it up to 18.9 inches high.

The stand can serve just as well for use on couches, in bed, or at a desk. There’s even a removable mousepad attachment. And, of course, it wouldn’t be much of a laptop cooling stand if it wasn’t doing some cooling. In the laptop tray, there are two cooling fans to help keep cool air blowing past your computer.

Mark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular Tweeter on Twitter @Techn0Mark

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