Cooler Master NotePalP1 Review

Posted: Nov 16 2006, 12:00am CST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:03am CDT, in Reviews | Peripheral

 

Cooler Master NotePalP1 Review
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The NotePalP1 from Cooler Master is a fantastic little device that is small enough to fit into most laptop bags to take with you on the road with small dimensions of 330 x 160.5 x 42 mm. The skin is made completely of aluminum so it is very lightweight, yet strong. No external power connectors are required to power the two 70mm fans, the NotePalP1 system is powered by one USB port.

Cooler Master NotePalP1 in Use

For notebook users that are short on USB ports, you will be glad to hear that the NotePalP1 has an additional USB port on the side as well. That means that when connected to your computer, you don’t loose any of the precious USB ports on your system. The curved design of the NotePalP1 raises the notebook off the desk some to place the display closer to eye level for more comfortable use. Raising the notebook off the desktop also allows for improved cooling by allowing air to circulate under the computer.

Cooler Master NotePalP1 Fans

The dual 70mm fans produce very little sound with a total sound output of only 21dbA while circulating 9.5 cfm of cooling air directly onto the hottest components of most laptops. Cooler Master pegs fan life at 30,000 hours. At first glance, you might think that your notebook would slide off the NotePalP1 because of the slick and sloped surface. However, the surrounds around the fans are made of a soft and grippy silicone type substance that keeps your system in place

Cooler

Typically, after my Acer TravelMate 4404 WLMi notebook runs for extended periods the keyboard and underside of the chassis get noticeably hot to the touch. To test how well the NotePalP1 cools I ran my system without the device and touched it to get an idea of the heat it was generating.

Cooler Master NotePalP1 Bottom

Bottom of the Cooler Master NotePalP1

After letting the notebook cool back down to room temperature, I placed it on the NotePalP1 and turned it all back on. While not very scientific, I could tell after letting the notebook run for more than an hour that it was noticeably cooler to the touch. If you run a really hot computer like the Alienware m9700 I recently reviewed, the NotePalP1 would be ideal to cool your rig down and help improve performance.

For my system, heat is never really an issue since it is a cool running notebook to start with. However, even if you don’t need the cooling so much for your notebook, the position the NotePalP1 places your computer in is much more comfortable to work with than the normal position with the notebook sitting flat on the desk.

Verdict

Conclusion

Verdict
Overall, the NotePalP1 is a good notebook cooler that also has the added benefit of making typing and working on your notebook more comfortable. Cooler Master made the NotePalP1 lightweight, gave it good performance and added a more ergonomic working position, which is essential for those working heavily on a laptop.
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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.

 

 

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