Often times I find myself needing a simple cooler that I can use in my lap or on a desk and that can last through the punishment my family can put on any device. The Targus AWE55US Lap Chill Mat accomplishes this wish perfectly and makes for a superior all-around cooler. One of my favorite features of this pad is the soft neoprene material that is present on the bottom of the cooler – this padding makes the cooler super comfortable when you are using it in your lap. There are 4 rubber stops on the front of the cooler that grip your laptop and prevent it from falling off so you can use it anywhere without worry. The cooler itself is quite large – big enough to fit laptops up to 17”. It has dual fans which provide good air flow and the top cover is well ventilated so your laptop receives a good amount of cool air. The fans run very quietly and will never disturb you while you are working or gaming. The chill mat gets power through a built-in USB cable that comes out of the back. The power usage for this pad is very low and will not drain your battery too quickly. While using this mat I did find myself wishing the USB cable didn’t come out of the back – it gets in the way occasionally and can be an annoyance. This is just a minor quibble though and the USB cord performs well and stays out of the way most of the time. This mat also features an ergonomic tilt that makes typing much easier – this especially comes in handy when you are using your pad throughout the house and need a good surface to type on!
I found that this pad really shines when it is used as an “everyday” type of cooler. For one, you can tell from the build that it is a very durable cooler – one review I came across even said their mat is still working after two years of heavy use! The Chill Mat is also lightweight and very portable, so you can take it around the house and use it anywhere. Now the main reason I would call this an “everyday” cooler is because this cooler may not provide enough ventilation for extremely CPU intensive activities like gaming or converting a video. During my usage the cooler worked great when surfing the web, listening to music or watching videos but was a little subpar when playing graphics heavy games or running huge programs. The pad still cooled down my computer – a lot – but it wasn’t up to the level of some of the other coolers like the Thermaltake Massive 23 and the Cooler Master NotePal X3. Having said that, this cooler still performed great during most tasks and was extremely comfortable and quiet.
Overall this is a high quality cooler that is very portable and works great both on your desk and in your lap. It is very durable and will keep your computer cool for a long time. The people who may want to try another cooler are gamers or those who need A LOT of cooling power.
If the Targus AWE55US Chill Mat sounds like a great cooler, I would check out Amazon.com. They are currently taking 13% off and have the best prices on the web!
If you are looking for another comparable cooler, the NotePal X-Slim might just fit that description. I would urge you to give it a read if you are still on the fence about this cooling pad.
Thanks for reading!
- Really comfortable in your lap!
- Quiet Fans
- Not quite enough cooling power for computers in Dante’s Inferno
- USB cable can get in the way sometimes