Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad ReviewWesstron - May 29, 2013
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Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad Introduction:
Since its creation in 1992, Cooler Master has become a major name in the PC components and peripherals industry. The company offers consumers a solid performing line of products including – but not limited to – cases, mice, power supplies, and cooling solutions. I personally opted for a case, a power supply, and a keyboard from Cooler Master for my main system. These items are still running strong after years of abuse, so I expect nothing less than solid performance and great quality from Cooler Master products.
For the history lovers, you may already know that Cooler Master introduced its first aluminum laptop cooler back in 2003. Fast-forward to 2008, the company introduced its Mobile line of accessories. The unit I will be reviewing today is the most recent addition to the Notepal U2 family from Cooler Master Mobile: The Notepal U2 Plus Movable Fan Aluminum Cooling Pad. What "Plus" does this unit bring to the already established U cooler pads lineup? Let's unpack it and see!
Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad Closer Look:
As expected from Cooler Master, the box design is attractive and well thought. The color theme, font choice, and design give the packaging a “classy” aura. Cooler Master is not afraid to give a potential buyer a peek of the goods; the fairly large clear window on the right side of the box proves it quite well. The front of the box shows the company logo, the product name, and a few photos of the actual cooler. The photos show that the NOTEPAL U2 PLUS comes in two choices of colors, black or silver. The unit I will be looking at is the black variant, I can already confirm that with any Laptop/Ultrabook bigger than 14” the color is irrelevant since it will be totally hidden. The back of the box has more action going on. Four small pictures showcase some highlights of the Notepal U2 Plus cooler, and a larger “staged” picture gives a feel on how cool the unit looks on a real-life setting. Under the picture a table is stating the specifications of the unit. The bottom part lists the features of the cooler in no less than eight different languages!
The Notepal U2 Plus is secured in position inside the box with multiple pieces of protective foam. The accessories bundle included consists of a pamphlet style manual, an elastic strap, and two fans permanently connected to the USB pass-through plug. The fans are enclosed in a plastic casing and secured in place by four screws. The casing is equipped with a handy mechanism that snaps in place and secures the fans to the circular holes. Rated at 2000RPM and 21dBa noise level, the fans are only 10mm thick and claimed to push 31CFM each. Pretty good specs knowing that the fans are virtually inaudible with a laptop on the cooler pad and some regular ambient noise. All I noticed during the redaction of this review is a faint vibration when resting my wrists on either side of the touchpad. These fans list part number A8010-20RA-2JN-F1 and seem to be the sleeve bearing type. A quick online search shows that replacing the pair will cost almost the price of the cooler itself.
So far things look good, so let's take a closer look at the Notepal U2 Plus itself.