Logitech Notebook Cooling Pad (N100) Review

I love being able to use my laptop on my lap when I want a break from my desk, but I don’t like taking the risk of my laptop overheating.  The Logitech Notebook Cooling Pad N100 gives me the best of both worlds.  I can run my web programming business from the comfort of my couch without sacrificing my laptop’s functionality (or the skin on my legs).  The rear air intake brings air into the cooler, which is then distributed through the slotted surface underneath my laptop.  The whole process is even and virtually silent.  The fan is enclosed, keeping dust, pet hair and other nasty stuff out of the way.  It’s designed for efficiency, resulting in low energy consumption.  It even looks great, with a sleek design inspired by nature.  This is a great little cooler that keeps air flowing nicely without zapping too much power.

Pros:

  • Energy Efficient: One thing I hated about other cooling pads I’ve tried is that they drain the life out of your battery very quickly.  This isn’t the case with the Logitech cooling pad.  The device is designed to be extremely efficient, so much so that I haven’t noticed a huge difference in my energy consumption.  At the same time it provides enough cooling to make my laptop run at its best, so really it’s the best of both worlds.

  • Rear Air Intake: Sometimes I get sick of working at my desk, so it’s nice to be able to take my laptop to the couch (one of my favorite parts of working at home).  Since this cooler has a rear air intake I don’t have to worry about a decline in functionality if I’m away from my desk. 

  • Virtually Silent: I like to have a very quiet environment when I’m working.  Using the Logitech Cooling Pad has actually given me a quieter workspace than just my laptop alone.  This cooler is remarkably quiet – sometimes I’m not even sure when it’s on!  It’s actually reduced the amount of time my laptop’s built-in fans are on, creating an even quieter environment than just the laptop alone.

  • Great Look: When I came home with this device my girlfriend got really excited and wanted to try it out.  Was it because of its ability to make her laptop run better?  No, it’s because she thought it looked great.  While I’m not as excited about it as she is, I do have to admit that it’s a nice looking cooler.  The design is very sleek and the green accent gives it an appealing look.  She says it complements her Macbook well – I just like that it’s not black like every other computer accessory out there.

Cons:

  • No Extra USB Port: Some of the other coolers I’ve tried have come with an extra USB port to make up for the one it takes up on your laptop.  This cooler doesn’t come with any extras.  This wasn’t too much of a problem for me, though, since my laptop has more USB ports than I use on a regular basis anyway. I’d imagine most other computers are the same way.

  • Not Good for Big Laptops: My girlfriend and I both have laptops that are about fifteen inches, and the pad works very well for that size.  We tried out a friend’s seventeen inch computer, though, and it didn’t hold up quite as well.  Since there’s only one fan you’ll really need a more powerful machine for a bigger laptop.  However, its small size is what makes it so efficient, so if you have a smaller computer it’s both effective and light on battery drain.

The Logitech Notebook Cooling Pad N100 is a sleek, efficient little machine that will cool a laptop without sucking the life out of its battery.  It’s quiet, effective, and well designed.  It even looks pretty nice.  Since using it I’ve noticed my laptop running a little faster, especially if I’m using it on my couch or in bed.  If your laptop has been running hot or you’re just sick of heating up your legs every time you use your computer on your lap you’ll definitely be pleased with this little device.

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