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.
The specifications for the Cooler Master are pretty impressive. First of all there is a huge 200mm fan, or 7.8 inches (why do no manufacturers tell you how big their fans are in inches? Thank goodness for Google!). Below the fan are four LED lights that shine directly on the fan and create a pretty cool effect. The lights are not too bright and spread around the cooler, making the whole front of the pad glow blue. Also the Notepal X3 has little stands you can flip open (like on the bottom of many keyboards) to give the pad some angle, giving you a more ergonomic position to use your computer. A very unique feature the Notepal X3 includes is a vent at the front of the cooler that blows out air you can use to keep your hands cool and dry. Whenever I get into an intense gaming session my hands get pretty sweaty, so this feature is pretty sweet and I found myself using it frequently. Speaking of gaming, this pad supports laptops up to 17” so you’re gaming laptop should fit it perfectly. The cooler has a Mini-USB to provide power and also includes a non-power USB slot to fill in for the USB slot used by this computer. Cooler Master provides a USB to Mini USB cord if you don’t have a mini USB port on your computer. The final feature that makes the NotePal X3 stand out is the fan control wheel. On the side of the laptop cooler are buttons for the LED lights and fan control, so you can slide the wheel to get the perfect amount of air cooling your laptop.
The build quality of this cooler is fairly good. The company’s marketing for this laptop states it has an aerodynamic design to increase airflow by up to 20% (when compared to no cooling pad). I think it’s pretty obvious that having a cooler is better than nothing at all, so this stat is kind of misleading. Also, when using the pad in your lap the intake vents the cooler uses to pull in air can get slightly blocked, making it more of a desk cooler. The pad has a nice glossy UV coating which makes it somewhat shiny and with the blue LED lights it makes the NotePal stand out from normal coolers. I personally think the design is very cool, it reminds me of a stealth fighter plane and fits nicely with my laptop. The material used to create this cooler is mostly plastic though, so it feels slightly cheap and not quite as durable as other pads. Overall these are just nitpicking details, and the cooler is built more than well enough to complete it’s job.
This cooler lives up to its companies namesake. The ginormous fan took my computer from burning hot to something more around lukewarm. When I crancked the fan control to high, the fan picked it up (but stayed extremely quiet) and cooled down my computer in just a few minutes. To test I started converting a movie which normally gets my computer running at 98 – 100% consistently for around an hour. I used the Cooler Master during this hour and it did a great job of keeping my computer’s heat down – my laptops internal fans did turn on but the laptop never seemed *too* hot. I wouldn’t say this is the best cooling solution out there but it did a very good job.
The Cooler Master NotePal X3 is a great cooler for gaming or everyday desk work. It doesn’t work well as a lap cooler but is still useable. The fan is large and extremely quiet, and does a great job of cooling down your computer. I would recommend this cooler to someone who wants a cooler for their desk that looks cool and gets the job done.
If the Cooler Master NotePal X3 sounds like the perfect cooler to you, I would recommended purchasing it through the Amazon.com online store. They always have low prices and can often ship products to your house for free! Check it out and Thanks for reading!
- Giant fan cools quietly and efficiently
- Cool LED Lights (if you’re into that kind of thing)
- Hand vent keeps your hands cool, can pretend like you’re bowling
- Extra USB slot
- Build quality is a little cheap
- Can’t see lights when you’re laptop is on top of the cooler
You’re reward for making it through the whole review is a hot chick unboxing the NotePal X3! Enjoy!