Should I buy a laptop cooling pad

Heat is one of the biggest factors manufacturers must account for when designing a computer. As processors have evolved, added more cores and become more powerful, the amount of heat generated by them has increased. In addition to the CPU, graphics processing units (GPU) have grown in power almost exponentially. As a result, in many modern computers, GPUs can put off as much or more heat than the CPU.

Laptops have few options in terms of naturally cooling themselves. Once you add memory, a hard drive, ports, keyboards and an optical drive, there isn’t much room left for fans or heat sinks. To make matters worse, the components are crammed into a tight space where there’s very little airflow. Power is also a limitation unique to laptops.

These limitations have real-world implications, especially for heavy users. Some laptops with high-end chips have been shown to perform worse under a heavy load than models using less powerful chips due to the high-end CPU slowing down, or throttling, to reduce heat. If you use a laptop, and are worried about excess heat, a laptop cooling pad may be an option to help keep your computer cool.