If you Google search for the best Laptop Cooling Pad you may instead find yourself surrounded by forums with many users arguing that cooling pads do not make a considerable enough impact to be worth the money while others say they saw considerable performance increase from their cooling pads. So what do you guys think? Laptop Cooling Pads - Yay or Nay? Well below are the current arguments out there followed by my personal opinion. Many people say that Laptop Cooling Pads are useless because they only lower your Laptop's Temperature 2-3°C during gaming which is not enough to make a difference in performance. They say that these cooling pads are just to elevate the laptop up off or legs and blankets to play while you are in bed. Other people; however, say that nicer gaming laptop cooling pads have lowered their temperature as much as 17-20°C while gaming and if you know computers, you know that is an amazing drop in temp and will mean a very substantial increase in performance. My personal opinion: Laptop Cooling Pads work, without a doubt, but there are two major issues worth considering: A.) Cooling Pads may work but have their limits. They are NOT liquid cooling systems and cannot drop a laptop's temp by 20°C on their own. B.) It highly depends on the type of cooling pad you buy. A Wal-Mart $20-25 cooling pad will only lower a laptop's temperature by 2-3°C and those are the ones meant for laps of lazy people. They only produce 25-40 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) of airflow and are made out of plastic and will break very easily. On the other hand, modern high-end GAMING laptop coolers cost anywhere from $40-$65 normally and have innovative features such as fan speed control, better building materials, and even sometimes adjustable fans or direction of airflow. Such cooling pads can reach 70-80 CFM or sometimes even more. Set up one of these monsters correctly and you very well may find a nice 7-10°C drop in temp while gaming. Its not enough to be a world-changer in performance but does make a more-than-noticeable difference. My evidence? I am running a Dell Latitude business laptop (only because it was free). It has a 1st-Gen i7 CPU at 2.66GHz (3.33 under Turbo Boost), and 4 GB DDR3 1066 RAM. It, being a business laptop, has NO graphics card, just Intel GMA HD. Running with my Targus $40 twin-fan chillpad, I see a 6°C drop in temperature and a 2-3 FPS on average increase while playing Hawken on HACKED resolution 800x600 and lowest settings (yes this laptop is that terrible at gaming).