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TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The best laptop coolers fulfill the basic requirement of cooling your laptop and go even further to expand functionality and improve comfort. The Gear Head CFS8800BLK is one such laptop cooler. It has a soft finish that's comfortable on your lap, and a simple height-adjustment system that also makes it ideal for desk use. It accomplishes all of this while maintaining adequate air circulation at a good price point. For these reasons, it is our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award winner.

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Performance
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8.8/10
Cooler Master SF-17
Thermaltake Massive TM
Gear Head CFS8800BLK
Havit HV-F2056
Cooler Master NotePal X3
Targus Lap Chill Mat
Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim
Zalman NC1000
Gear Head CFS4200BLK
Belkin CoolSpot Anywhere
10
9
8.8
9.3
9.3
8.5
8.8
8.5
8.3
7.5

Rather than focusing solely on cooling performance, the main strength of this laptop cooler is its comfortable and versatile design. For this reason, it is somewhat lacking when it comes to performance features like fan speed and additional USB ports.

At just 22 CFM, the CFS8800BLK's fans aren't the most powerful. While they'll certainly help to cool your laptop, they're not going to be quite as effective as some of the higher-powered pads that we reviewed. Fortunately, the fans on this pad are also the quietest of any that we reviewed. This means that you can run them constantly at full power without any annoying noises.

This laptop cooler lacks additional USB ports, and because it requires one of your laptop's USB ports to run, you may find yourself running out of room for your peripherals. An inexpensive USB hub can counter this issue, but that'll add cost and complexity to your set up.

Design
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9.6/10
Cooler Master SF-17
Thermaltake Massive TM
Gear Head CFS8800BLK
Havit HV-F2056
Cooler Master NotePal X3
Targus Lap Chill Mat
Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim
Zalman NC1000
Gear Head CFS4200BLK
Belkin CoolSpot Anywhere
10
9.5
9.6
9
8.3
9.3
8.5
8.3
7.5
8.3

The Gear Head CFS8800BLK is the most comfortable and versatile laptop cooling pad in our lineup. It features a wedge design that elevates the fans from any surface, such as your lap, your bed or your desk. This means that you won't have to worry about the fans being obstructed and ineffective.

The outside of the wedge is covered in neoprene, making it soft to the touch. Unlike most laptop covers this, in combination with nicely rounded edges, makes it comfortable for lap use.

To facilitate desktop use, you can also elevate the entire top panel of this pad. Using this feature, you can view your screen more comfortably at close to eye-level. This cooler allows you to view your laptop at five different heights.

Help & Support
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9/10
Cooler Master SF-17
Thermaltake Massive TM
Gear Head CFS8800BLK
Havit HV-F2056
Cooler Master NotePal X3
Targus Lap Chill Mat
Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim
Zalman NC1000
Gear Head CFS4200BLK
Belkin CoolSpot Anywhere
9.5
8.3
9
7.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
8.8
9
9.5

Gear Head offers the best warranty in the industry for its laptop coolers. Each cooler, including the CFS8800BLK, comes with a lifetime warranty. The product page of the Gear Head website offers no downloadable manuals or tutorials. However, if you have any questions, you can contact Gear Head via phone, email or one of its social media outlets.

Gear Head CFS8800BLK Summary:
9.1/10

The Gear Head CFS8800BLK is one of the best laptop coolers available. It's not as powerful as other cooling pads and it doesn't have useful ports, but it's the most comfortable cooling pad available. If your cooling needs aren't too extreme, it could be the best cooling pad for you.

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Gear Head CFS8800BLK

Pros
A neoprene covering makes this cooling pad comfortable when used in your lap.

Cons
There are no additional USB ports to make up for the one that this pad uses.

The Verdict:
 9.07/10

This pad isn't the most powerful nor the most feature-rich, but it offers solid cooling capabilities and one of the most comfortable and versatile designs available.