Cooler Master NotePal U3 ReviewPropane - August 26, 2010
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Laptops these days produce a lot of heat, and it's a good idea to try to pull some of that heat away from the components in the computer to help make your laptop more stable, increase your laptop life, and, if you choose to overclock your laptop, to unlock a little extra potential. Cooler Master has put a lot of laptop coolers out onto the market, but one of their newer ones is the NotePal U3. The design of the NotePal allows for the ultimate in configuration options and should provide a lot of cooling power with three separate fans. While the NotePal U3 I have isn't exactly the same thing that will be shipped when it becomes available to consumers, it is very similar, and I will be sure to point out the differences that I have been made aware of.
The front of the cardboard packaging shows a large image of the NotePal U3 and has a small window in the lower left corner to show the actual product that is in the box. On the back is a list of specifications and features and installation instructions for the fans. I will detail how the fans work later in the review and the specifications and features are laid out on the third page of this review.
Opening the box shows the product on top of some of the accessories. The bottom of the cooler is pointed near the hinge of the box, so it appears upside down. This is done so the bottom end of the cooler can be seen through the window of the box. One of the accessories that comes with the NotePal is a band which can be used to attach your laptop to the underside of the cooler for transportation.
The cooler, before fans are put on it, is just a metallic sheet that is about an inch and a half in the back and very thin in the front. There are three pieces of rubber padding on the top area, two in the back and a longer piece in the very front that has Cooler Master branding on it. There are also two rubber pieces on the bottom in the back, which should help keep the cooler from sliding on any desk surface.