Stands That Keep Your Lap—and Laptop—Cool
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 10:40 AM CDT
This laptop user might want a cooling pad.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Laptops may be convenient, but the heat they produce often makes them uncomfortable to use where their name suggests you should. Enter the cooling tray, which usually comes equipped with a USB-powered fan to keep your legs from getting scorched. Katherine Boehret runs down a few choices in the Wall Street Journal.

  • Logitech Cooling Pad N100: the least noisy of the powered pads, "so quiet that it was hard to tell if it was on"—and, at $30, one of the cheapest.

  • Microsoft Notebook Cooling Base: also $30, smaller than the Logitech but with a louder fan and more of a drain on the battery.
  • Belkin Notebook Cooling Pad: similar to Microsoft's in size, price, and battery drain, but louder still.
  • Belkin Laptop Cooling Lounge: at $50, the priciest model, and the loudest, but "I ignored the noise because it was so comfortable." Highly adjustable.
  • Kensington LiftOff: at $20, the cheapest model—it has no fan. Very portable, but not as effective at cooling as the others.