In a recent review I mentioned that many component manufacturers have realized that there is a growing market for coolers for notebook computers. Many notebooks are now true desktop replacements, and offer components that are equal (or greater) in performance than their bulkier counterparts, and can generate the same kind of heat. The problem is that unlike a tower case, you can't just slap a few 120mm fans inside to handle the heat. Notebook coolers not only help keep the components at lower operating temperatures, which can extend their lives and improve their performance, but they also allow the operator to use the laptop more comfortably and safely.
With that said, we are going to look at the NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler, which is Cooler Master
's latest entry into this growing market. Cooler Master has a strong reputation when it comes to desktop cases and CPU coolers, and it will be interesting to see if they can apply their success to the needs of notebook computers.
Before jumping into the heart of the review, here is some published data on the Cooler Master
NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler.
» Lightweight and portable design for convenient usage
» Accommodate most notebook dimensions and wide screen
» Multi-air inlet design and ultra silent fan provides super airflow for best cooling performance
» Ergonomic design for great comfort
» Directly consume power from notebook with On/ Off power button
» Provide 2 USB ports
» Material: Aluminum
» Dimension: 330x160.5x42 mm
» Fan Dimension: 70x70x15 mm
» Fan Speed: 1500 R.P.M.± 10%
» Fan Airflow: 9.5 CFM± 10%
» Bearing Type: Sleeve bearing
» Fan Life Expectancy: 30,000 hours
» Fan Noise Level: 21 dBA
» Rated Voltage: 5 VDC
» USB Port: USB 2.0 x 2
The Cooler Master
NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler ships in the retail friendly box shown below. You get a good look at the cooler, a listing of key features and specifications, and you even get a carrying handle for lugging the device around easily. Actually, the device (even while packed up) is extremely lightweight, so you will never do any lugging related to the NotePal P1.