Summary: we have Alienware laptops at our company. we use the wire stands at our desks but when you are on the road these pads are great. through attrition we are down to just mine. the other employees saw it and we just order 10 more off EBay. they are not designed for several hours of use but 2-3 hours and our Alienware heaters have NO issues and we are in Alabama in the summer.
Cons: not a long time solution over 3 hrs get a stand
Summary: I used one of these for over 3 years before the crystals deteriorated to where they don't draw much heat out anymore. As a gamer, I got a lot of help from it- first on a Dell Latitude 810 and now with an Alienware M11x (and those little buggers get H-O-T!). You DO have to use a little bit of thinking & effort with it, b/c if you just slap it under your laptop & leave it all the time, you'll get the heating issues a couple of other reviewers panned it for.
Pros: no noise , no power needed , easy to pack & carry
Cons: should have "cut-out" corner for fan intakes
Summary: I do not like this cooling pad, All it does is get hot and it doesn't even help my laptop stay cool. the laptop just keeps getting hotter and hotter. and it doesnt keep my lap cool either. i am currently using this product right and and i is NOT WORKING.
Summary: I got this as bundle with my laptop order. It works great keep everything cool, and allows breathing room for my laptop. Only con is that the pads exterior material is pretty slick, so on a lap you need to make sure it wont slide. i generally use it when im on the bed and it works good. I dont like fans because of the noise, so this is perfect for me. My computer does not generate that much heat anyways so lucky me!
Summary: Two things about it i noticed one the material sits too close to my bottom of my laptop covering up the air holes for my ram and hard drive bay. i have a gaming style laptop and it generates a lot of heat so much so that the pad actually holds the heat in on my laptop and it will randomly shutdown because it over heated. the Second thing is the crystals in it need to remain level when cooled down or they'll collect to one side of the mat.
Summary: I have been in need of a new cooling dock. I hate the ones with fans. Everything get stuck in them and they get loud as they get older. This time while looking I noticed a box that looked interesting. When I picked it I was surprised to see it was a cooling "PAD" :) Priced right ...around $30 I was sold. Brought it home and LOVE IT! No fan and my laptop bottom is cool! I don't know how it works.. I just know it does :) I'm very impressed with this pad and I recommend it.
Summary: I'm on my fourth laptop and probably the most expensive one I've owned in the last 10 years. I really wanted to take care of this one, so when I bought it, I made sure to pick up cooling unit. The first one I bought was a hard little fan unit that plugged into the usb. It kept things relatively cool, but before the year was up, the glue on the rubber feet had softened and fallen off and the large holes in the grid were all too inviting for loose hairs and tiny bugs, so...
Summary: I've had my fair share of Fan usb-powered laptop coolers. I had the same 2 recurring problems - Cheap cords that break easily and The motor to the fan burns out. This seems to be an almost perfect solution. It's just a simple mat you place under the laptop. It bascially catches the heat coming out of the bottom and absorbs it. While it does keep a laptop from overheating, it does have complications. The main problem is that It doesn't keep the laptop cool.
Summary: this is a great cooling pad....on the weekends i keep my laptop on all day and the battery never gets hot..it's a great.the downside..you need to support the pad and the laptop as the cooling pad starting softening.