|Cooler Master NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler
The Cooler Master NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler is an attractive device that provides an ergonomic setup when used with your notebook computer. The problem is that its primary function is to cool, and it leaves something to be desired in that department.
I only have experience with one other notebook cooler, and that would be the recently reviewed unit from Hiyatek. Comparing them head to head gives a hands down win to the Hiyatek unit. It has three variable speed fans that are quieter at full speed than the Cooler Master's two. It provides better cooling, provides more features such as a 4-slot card reader and a USB hub, and although it may be larger when in use, the Hiyatek unit is more compact when collapsed.
Although some people may not be seeking extra features in their notebook cooler, I have found it quite convenient to have them onboard. If the cooling performance wasn't great, but other onboard features added value to the device, the NotePal P1 might be appealing anyway. But merely as a prop to create an ergonomic typing angle, it is hard to recommend.
A search of PriceGrabber turns up results for other models of NotePal coolers, but not the P1. With these other models costing around $30-$35, I would hope that the P1 would be about the same or less.
The list of Pros and Cons below may indicate that the Pros win by a final score of 4-3, but I would argue that interpretation. The first Con outweighs all other items listed, and undermines not only the positive features, but the intended purpose of the device.
» Sleek and stylish
» Creates a comfortable, ergonomic keyboard angle
» USB cord storage compartment
» Negligible cooling
» No extra features (like a card reader or USB hub)
» Fan should be quieter (or have a speed controller)
Special thanks to Cooler Master for providing the Cooler Master NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler to Bigbruin.com for review!
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