Best overall

Cooler Master Storm SF-17

CM SF-17

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The SF-17 ($54.99) by Cooler Master sports a single giant 180-mm fan that offers some serious cooling performance. While the unit itself can spin up to some audible speeds, there's a handy dial on the chassis to control the fan itself, as well as a power toggle. What makes this cooler rather awesome, in particular, is the height-adjustable stand that supports four different configurations. At just shy of $55, it's not cheap, but the SF-17 is a killer cooler.

Bottom line: If you need to invest in a cooling solution for your laptop, look no further than the SF-17 by Cooler Master.

One more thing: There are four USB ports to expand connectivity capacity.

Why the Cooler Master SF-17 is the best laptop cooler you can buy

You may be wondering why we're recommending a $55 laptop cooler as our best pick, but hear us out. This notebook cooler offers a powerful 180-mm fan. Sure, it's no five-fan configuration, but with the single blower, the pad is able to adequately cool a notebook of up to 19 inches. This allows for the one pad to be shared by multiple (and even seriously large) laptops.

Four height adjustments can be configured for working, typing and viewing enhanced angles. This is matched by four USB ports to not only replace the port that is occupied but expand available options for more devices to be hooked up to the notebook. And when it's not in use, a rubber handle can be used for easy transport. And when you're set up to impress some fine folks at LAN events, there are red LEDs at hand to add a little ambiance.

It's a sturdy laptop cooler that offers impressive performance and will help keep laptops (up to 19 inches) cooler with the powerful 180-mm fan.

Best slim

Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim

CM NotePal X-Slim

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The NotePal X-Slim ($16.88) offers a solid cooling solution with a massive 160-mm fan enclosed in a super slim profile. The blower can hit speeds of 1,500 RPM, and it's more than sturdy enough to withstand the weight of even larger gaming notebooks. The addition of a pass-through USB port ensures that connectivity isn't sacrificed, and two height settings can be selected depending on how the laptop is positioned.

Bottom line: This laptop cooler takes up very little space and is ideal for slim notebooks when you'd rather keep the overall footprint low.

One more thing: This thing is just 46 mm thick.

Best smart

Thermaltake Massive TM

Thermaltake Massive Cooler

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Couple dual 120-mm fans with temperature controls and automated speed adjustments and you have a cooler that will react to the amount of heat being dissipated from the notebook itself. As an added bonus, there's a neat multi-function display on the front of the Thermaltake Massive TM ($36.33), which includes manual fan control and a lock feature. It's slightly more expensive than other options on our list but is well worth the investment.

Bottom line: It's a sleek-looking, smart and slim laptop cooler with automated fan control.

One more thing: Four temperature sensors are installed in the cooler to better detect heat output.

Best trio

Aukey CP-R1

Aukey Laptop Cooler

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Aukey decided to include a total of three fans in the company's CP-R1 ($24.99) cooler, and three ultra-quiet fans at that. Having more than two fans allows for each individual unit to run at slower speeds while offering similar levels of airflow. Like other products available, the CP-R1 is height adjustable.

Bottom line: Aukey is a quality brand of accessories, and the company's CP-R1 laptop cooler is a solid solution.

One more thing: There is LED backlighting to offer a unique appearance.

Best quad

Tree New Bee

Tree New Bee

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When three fans just aren't enough, move it on up to four. This Tree New Bee ($21.49) laptop cooling pad has a quad setup inside a metal platform to draw heat away from the notebook. Two USB connections are required, one for the operation of the unit itself, as well as a second for the dual-USB pass-through.

Bottom line: Its a quality laptop cooler with enough fans to cool an entire town.

One more thing: Two separate fan controls are available too.

Best quintuple

MECO Cooler

MECO Cooler

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It's possible to go all out with a total of five fans with the MECO Cooler ($24.64). One is a large central 120-mm blower, which is surrounded by a further four smaller 60-mm fans. In total, this cooler is able to achieve 70CFM, which is pretty respectable for a slim pad that supports fan speeds of up to 2,5000 RPM. A cool small display on the front allows for the change of fan modes, as well as the relay of information.

Bottom line: It's a solid option for those who need to take away some serious heat from notebooks under load.

One more thing: A total of five height adjustment settings are available to match the number of wind generators.

Conclusion

Picking up a laptop cooling pad is a great way to better protect your PC's internals from throttling under load and degrading due to heat. You really can't go wrong, but the Storm SF-17 by Cooler Master is a solid option, sporting a giant 180-mm fan with manual control and a height-adjustable stand.

Best overall

CM Storm SF-17

CM SF-17

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The SF-17 ($54.99) by Cooler Master sports a single giant 180-mm fan that offers some serious cooling performance. While the unit itself can spin up to some audible speeds, there's a handy dial on the chassis to control the fan itself, as well as a power toggle. What makes this cooler rather awesome, in particular, is the height-adjustable stand that supports four different configurations. At just shy of $55, it's not cheap, but the SF-17 is a killer cooler.

Bottom line: If you need to invest in a cooling solution for your laptop, look no further than the SF-17 by Cooler Master.

One more thing: There are four USB ports to expand connectivity capacity.

Updated October 2, 2017: We checked over our list to ensure we're offering only the best laptop cooler pads on the market.