Logitech is Making Notebook Coolers Too

With sales of notebook computers surpassing desktops, the peripherals market is taking note (hah) and shifting towards making buddies for your lappy.

By nature, notebooks are self-contained machines that should be mostly self-sufficient without the need for peripherals. You’ve got your built in keyboard and mouse, which usually does away with the need for external parts -- unless docked for a more desktop-like experience.

So without the need to purchase a keyboard (most laptop users still prefer to use an external mouse when possible), Logitech needs to find ways to sell other things to laptop users.

Enter the fancy notebook cooler. While cooling pads have been available for years from smaller companies, Logitech today announced its own offering in the Cooling Pad N100.

“We’ve identified two ways in which people use their laptops around the home – in structured spaces such as the home office, and unstructured spaces like the living room,” said Denis Pavillard, Logitech’s vice president of product marketing for keyboards and desktops.

Logitech said that its own research finds many people who feel that what they gain in the convenience of a laptop, they lose in comfort. According to the company’s survey, “more than 60 percent of people reported using their laptops on the couch. However, more than 50 percent of them are concerned about laptop heat and 43 percent believe that excessive laptop heat can slow, or damage, their computer. Among people who prefer a more structured computing environment, more than 64 percent use their laptop on a desk, but 41 percent report concerns about how this affects their posture.”

Like most laptop coolers, the Cooling Pad N100 is powered by a USB plug. The power draw shouldn’t be too much of an issue since the cooler will mostly be used in an indoor setting where outlets are available.

Logitech says that what sets its product apart from other coolers is that it features a rear intake that’s less likely to be blocked, and that it can be used on a lap -- something that can’t be said for the more basic slabs of plastic.

For those who don’t need the active cooling but want ergonomics, Logitech also announced the Notebook Riser N110, a laptop stand with an adjustable tilt – with 20-, 30- and 40-degree angles – and a rubber-soled swivel base.

The Logitech Cooling Pad N100 is expected to be available in the U.S. in March and Europe in April for a suggested retail price of $29.99. The Logitech Notebook Riser N110 is expected to be available in the U.S. in May for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Just last week Microsoft announced its own notebook cooling device. It seems keeping laptops chill is the in thing now.

Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • hellwig
    I've always been more worried that the high electronic frequencies emanating from my computer might be sterilizing me. I long ago stopped using my laptop on my lap. When they create one of these products out of lead, I'll be interested.

    That said, is the powered cooler ergonomic for lap use? I.e. can I put the cooler on my lap comfortably? That's what I really want in a laptop cooler.
  • grieve
    hellwigI've always been more worried that the high electronic frequencies emanating from my computer might be sterilizing me. I long ago stopped using my laptop on my lap.Are you being Sarcastic? If not, you have some serious problems!

    These coolers just look like more laptop coolers, nothing special, and mine will continue to do just fine.
  • hahyonhwatha
    An excellent summary of the issues, especially the actual useage. But Cooling Stands all make an engineering mistake. All laptops have the same design fault. The cooling port is blocked off by lap, pillow, rug etc. Cooling Stands help, but not because of their fans. The small "centrifugal fans" necessarily suck in their centre and blow on their perimeter. The CPU fan sucks air from directly beneath up into the laptop and out the sides. A Cooling Stand fan sucks down and sideways from the same space the laptop is trying to suck up. This doesn't help. It takes power and makes noise. However the Stand does solve the real problem but doesn't need the fan to do it. It conveniently and cheaply makes sure the normal laptop cooling air passage is not impeded.

    Here's a solution with hobby store materials.