Today I’ve decided to review the NotePal X3 by Cooler Master. Cooler Master is a well-known name in the world of laptop coolers and never fail to disappoint when debuting new products. The NotePal X3 continues this legacy and is a high quality cooler that delivers on multiple fronts.
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In my family everyone owns a notebook – my sister has her Dell, my mom treasures her HP Pavilion, my dad loves his ASUS and my grandparent’s each have a Sony Vaio they received recently as gifts (and are still struggling to use them!). In addition to the different laptop models, they are all different sizes and finding accessories usable by all of them can be a challenge. That’s where the Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Notebook Cooler comes in handy – it’s super affordable and can fit all of our laptops up to 17” with no problems, making it a great cooler to have sitting around the house available to everyone. The cooler has one 160 mm (about 6.3 inch) fan that provides a very impressive volume of air. The surface of the pad is metal and is in a mesh pattern – which the company claims allows for better airflow. It certainly seems to allow for a large amount of air, you can actually feel the metal getting cold after you’ve had the pad on for awhile!
The Thermaltake Massive23 CS CLN0008 is one of my favorite coolers. It combines style and substance into one package. Looking at the cooler for the first time, the first thing you will probably notice is the fan – it’s huge! It comes in at 23 cm (hence the 23 in Massive23) or about 9 inches in diameter. It has 13 clear blades and runs at a somewhat slow speed due to its size – but trust me, this thing does an amazing job of cooling your laptop down! The actual case itself is at a nice angle for desk work , and at the bottom of the cooler is a rubber strip that stops your laptop from slipping forward. It makes for a very comfortable place to rest your hands while typing. I will have to say that this particular cooler is more suited for desk work – it is fairly large making it hard to carry around and the case has no bottom so it is difficult to position it on your lap. This makes it perfect for gaming, watching movies, any deskwork and desktop replacement laptops.
Over my lifetime I’ve probably owned around 4 laptops, and have interacted with numerous more while using or fixing family and friend’s. One thing I’ve noticed is that laptops can vary quite a bit, from the keyboard layout and buttons available to screen size and track pad styling. Additionally each laptop seems to have that one area that gets hotter than the rest (many times near the battery and vent) and its location can change from one notebook to the next. The engineers over at iGO must have noticed this because they came up with the perfect solution: a laptop cooler with a movable fan! This allows you to be able to place the fan right under the hottest area of your computer. Other features include a built-in dampening feature that reduces rattles and vibration, a hidden USB port for power, and a small size that makes it perfect for travel. This cooler is made for laptops up to 17” (exact measurements 12.78 x 11 x 1.4 in) and weighs about 1.4 lbs. The pad is also very affordable too – I got mine for around $20.
The ThermaPAK Heatshift Cooling Pad is a laptop cooling enigma. It has no fans and claims to be able to cool your laptop significantly using cooling crystals that cool themselves automatically, so there is no need for refrigeration. The grooved channels on the pad are there to draw heat away from your laptop and into the crystals. Also the pad is very portable – it easily folds up and can fit perfectly in a backpack or bag. It sounded like an interesting concept, and the makers had some proof in the form of a recent CNET study that showed the HeatShift pad outperformed most USB coolers, cooling laptops by an average of 10 degrees.