Best Laptop Cooler

There's a fair bit of debate among many laptop owners about whether coolers actually do anything in terms of laptop performance and longevity. However, lot of evidence supports the idea that a good cooler can reduce internal operating temperatures for a laptop, especially while running demanding software such as PC games. A good laptop cooler should provide a level surface for the laptop to keep ducts clear and move air to the bottom of the laptop to help promote heat transfer.

We’ve chosen the following best laptop coolers because they have at least one very large fan or multiple smaller fans at least 80mm in size working together. More important than just the number of fans is how much air these fans can move which is measured in cubic feet per minute or CFM, determined by the size and speed of the fan. All of these laptop coolers move at least 34CFM of air and their fans spin at a minimum of 1,000 rotations per minute (RPN) or higher.  They also offer great connectivity options with at least one USB port on each of these coolers (in addition to one needed for power) which keeps you from losing a port during use. Lastly, these picks are large enough to support at least a 15 inch laptop.

Cooler Master CM Storm Gaming Laptop Cooling Stand

This is an excellent laptop cooler that works very well for use with a gaming laptop thanks to a pair of 140mm fans that push out a ton of air. You get about 34 CFM of air movement per fan which spin at 600 to 1300 RPM. This is a large model is large enough to accommodate a 19 inch gaming laptop. Read Full Review

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    Cooler Master designed this cooler for gaming laptops and everything from the size to cooling performance really shines. This model offers two 140mm fans which gives you a consistent cooling stream at almost 35 CFM per fan which should be sufficient for just about any gaming laptop and/or demanding software. This one is large enough for a 19 inch laptop and the base includes anti-slip rubber to keep your laptop in place during use.

    This laptop cooler also comes with a single mini-USB port, a micro-USB port, and four USB 2.0 ports, so you get a ton of connectivity options. You even get customizable LED lighting which you can match to your laptop and other hardware for a personalized look. Keep in mind that due to the built-in USB hub this model requires a wall outlet, but otherwise it's an excellent option for consideration.

    Cooler Master CM Storm Gaming Laptop Cooling Stand

    Thermaltake Massive TM Cooling Pad

    There’s a lot to like about this laptop cooler which has two 120mm fans offering excellent cooling thanks to over 60 CFM of airflow, and an aluminum design that is sturdy. While it can fit up to a 17 inch laptop, it's really best suited for a 15-inch or smaller model. Read Full Review

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      In general, this is a very good laptop cooler, but there are just a few things that keep it from being the very best of the best on the market. Designed with a sturdy aluminum frame, this model has a pair of 120mm fans which offer about 61 CFM of airflow to keep even powerful and demanding laptops nice and frosty. The fans spin at about 1000 RPM with turbo speeds up to 1300 RPM, but it lacks much in the way of fan speed controls.

      You only get one extra USB port with this laptop (in addition to the one used for a power connection) which is decent but certainly not as nice as a small USB hub that some other coolers offer. This model is designed to handle laptops up to 17 inches, but anything above 15-inches might hang over the edges of the cooler just a bit.

      Thermaltake Massive TM Cooling Pad

      Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS Laptop Cooling Pad

      This offers customization options most other laptop coolers don't such as three 80mm fans you can easily move and reposition. There’s also an included carrying strap which lets this cooler pull double duty as a laptop case. Read Full Review

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        One of the best things about this laptop cooler is it gives you the unique ability to position the fans however you need them while the lightweight aluminum design offers plenty of ventilation for passive cooling even if the fans aren’t turned on. While the three fans are more than what’s offered by most other models on the market, they aren't especially powerful. Said fans are only 80mm in size with about 15.4 CFM of airflow each, spinning from about 950 RPM to up to 1800 RPM.

        This pick measures about 17 inches wide and can support a laptop up to 19 inches in size. This model only has a single extra USB port in addition to the one that connects it to your computer for power so connectivity options are limited. However, a nice extra is the included strap for carrying this cooler and your laptop together by a single handle, effectively making this pick a simple portable laptop case as well.

        Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS Laptop Cooling Pad

        ZALMAN Ultra Quiet Notebook Cooler ZM-NC1000

        Zalman made some good decisions in designing this model, and it's a solid option for anyone with a 15 inch (or smaller) laptop. It has a pair of fans which can be adjust from 1100 to 1500 RPM and two USB ports give you basic connectivity options. Read Full Review

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          This laptop cooler offers two fans and hundreds of vent holes that keep air moving through your system to maintain low temperatures. Although the fans are rather small, you can adjust the speeds of the fans (between 1100 and 1500 RPM) with an adjustment wheel located near the power button. It runs entirely off power from the laptop it supports, through a USB connection but you do have an extra port to work with. While this model doesn’t have an adjustable height, the ergonomic design is intended to minimize neck and shoulder strain during use. Made of solid yet lightweight aluminum, this cooler is designed for a 15 inch laptop which limits usability somewhat, but it’s a perfect fit for smaller laptops.

          ZALMAN Ultra Quiet Notebook Cooler ZM-NC1000

          Cooler Master CM NotePal X-Lite II (R9-NBC-XL2K-GP)

          This pick Cooler Master is a great option that uses a massive 330mm fan for cooling your laptop with 45 CFM of airflow. The fan can be adjusted to spin between 700 and 1400 RPM plus it includes two USB ports and a mini-USB connection for good hardware connectivity. Read Full Review

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            Although this laptop cooler features a pretty basic design, it actually performs surprisingly well. There's just one fan in this unit but it's the largest you’ll find in a laptop cooler. It measures 330mm in size with airflow reaching up to about 46 CFM. You can also adjust the fan speed between 700 and 1400 RPM. This pick is a little more generous with its connectivity options, including two USB 2.0 ports plus a mini-USB port which gives you a bit more freedom. One issue with this model is that it only supports up to 15 inch laptops, so it is not a good choice if you have a larger computer. Otherwise, for users with smaller laptops it works great.

            Cooler Master CM NotePal X-Lite II (R9-NBC-XL2K-GP)
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            3 comments

            William,You forgot to mention that the power supply in most laptops isn't beefy enough to support long term usage of a cooling fan. Which means that if users purchase a USB-powered cooling fan and don't have a powered USB hub, they will run the risk of burning out the USB chipset in their laptops.

            Posted on 9/26/2012 4:36 pm | Reply
            • dwestdewitt dwestdewitt

            You helped me a lot. I've tried a Targus laptop cooler pad with 2 fans, it worked pretty well until the blades broke off inside for an unknown reason. then I bought a Royal cooler pad online with one small fan and USB port hub, but it's not really big enough because my laptop fan keeps coming on. Also, the Royal has a small hole for its cord to fit in and the cord won't stay in tight. I had that same problem with the very first cooler pad I bought at Duckwall Alco store. I don't remember the brand. The problem is I can't try them before I buy them. I've wasted $60 so far and still don't have a laptop fan cooler pad. I have a vent on bottom of my Dell Latitute laptop but I'm not sure if it's for intake or exhaust. I don't feel much if any air coming out, so I'm guessing it's for intake. thank you again for your advice. I'm going to try a more expensive model this time. Keep your fingers crossed!

            Posted on 5/1/2011 12:30 pm | Reply
            • Jenny Jenny

            The best laptop cooler that I have found in the market is made by a company called ThermaPAK. I have a pink one from them but I know they also have a black one.

            Posted on 11/16/2009 12:10 am | Reply