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Cooler Master LapAir Laptop Cooler

coolermaster lapairThis is the LapAir which has a simple design with great functionality. The LapAir is designed to be able to be taken from the office to the living room couch all in one device. For the last several months I have been using the Choiix Comforter for that purpose. Great on the desk’s surface and very comfortable while sitting in my favorite chair while watching the twins play.

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coolermaster lapair

coolermaster lapairThis is the LapAir which has a simple design with great functionality. The LapAir is designed to be able to be taken from the office to the living room couch all in one device. For the last several months I have been using the Choiix Comforter for that purpose. Great on the desk’s surface and very comfortable while sitting in my favorite chair while watching the twins play.

Introduction to the Cooler Master LapAir Laptop Cooler

Cooler Master has been releasing laptop coolers on a regular basis. We have reviewed at least seven or eight of them in the past year or so. From the looks of it there are not stopping anytime soon, either. Evidence of this fact would be that Cooler Master have released a new laptop cooler in the last few days. This new cooler is not a super cooler like what we saw in the SF-19, but instead one a little more suitable for the masses.

This new model is the LapAir, which has a simple design that possesses great functionality. The LapAir is designed to be taken from the office to the living room couch, and still work well enough while remaining comfortable. For the last several months I have been using the Choiix Comforter for that purpose. Great on the desk’s surface and very comfortable while sitting in my favorite chair while watching the twins play.

Unlike the Comforter, the new LapAir is actively cooled. Which to me means that it should obviously perform better than the Comforter, cooling-wise at least. But, can it replace the Comforter in the… well, comfort department? We will take the cooler for a test spin and see just how well it works out.

Cooler Master’s take on the LapAir

The Notepal LapAir is a simple and elegant solution to a problem that has existed since the mass production of laptops. That is, finding a comfortable way to use a laptop away from a desk without it overheating or burning the user. A laptop cooler and a cushion have come together to create the perfect away from the office companion. It allows users to work on their laptop anywhere they can find a seat or lay down. The LapAir becomes an ergonomic surface for viewing and typing while resting on a users lap. Cooler Master understands that comfort is paramount in these situations and the Notepal LapAir is engineered to deliver.

Specifications

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Model

R9-NBC-LPAR-GP

 

Color

Black

 

Material

Plastics, Metal mesh, Rubber, PU sponge

 

Weight

2.65 lbs / 1.2 Kg

 

Dimension

16.93″ x 12.44″ x 0.71~2.21″
430 x 316 x 18~56mm

 

Fan Dimension

80 x 80 x 21.3 mm blower fan

 

Fan Speed

1650 ± 15% R.P.M.

 

Fan Speed Adjustment

Single Speed

 

Fan Airflow

65 CFM

 

Fan Noise Level (dB-A)

23 dBA

 

Power

USB 5V DC

 

USB

USB 2.0/1.1 x1 (For Power Input)

 

Power consumption

1.7W, 0.34A

 

Compatibility

Supports up to 17″ laptops

 

Warranty

 
 

UPC Code

884102011191

Features

– Noiseless fan with great cooling performance.
– Comfy sponge mat provides comfort.
– Ergonomic design for best viewing/typing angle.
– Easy access to fan for quick cleaning.
– Powered by USB port extender, you won’t lose a USB port.
– Cable grooves for easy USB cable management.
– Supports up to 17″ laptops

Closer look

The LapAir is about as simple as it gets when looking at it from afar. A nice and sleek flat surface that is a 50:50 mix of black mesh and plastic. The unit was designed to be large enough to support large 17” laptops, which can be ever demanding when it comes to cooling. My Sony VPCF111FX is a prime example. Getting back to the article at hand though, the LapAir weighs a modest 2.65 pounds, which makes the unit easy to transport if needed.

The mesh that dominates the top portion of the cooler can be easily removed to expose the 80mm cooing fan underneath. According to Cooler Master the fan spins at a maximum of ±1650 RPM and moves approximately 65 CFM of air. That is fine and dandy but the noise level is what most of would like to know about; that is 23 dBA. All that considered indicates the LapAir would be great when wanting to watch that video you are streaming.

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Looking at the top edge of the cooler there are exhaust vents to allow air to flow out and away from the bottom of the laptop.

Flipping the cooler over and we see where the comfort factor comes in. The upper portion has a large squishy pad, which only covers the upper half since that is where all the weight is focused once the laptop is placed on the cooler. 

One feature that we are seeing in a lot of Cooler Master’s recent designs are “channels”, either on the bottom or around the edge of the cooler. These “channels” are used to keep the USB cable in place and out of the way, both while using the cooler and during transport Along the bottom edge of the cooler is a narrow rubber strip in order to keep the cooler from sliding around while in use on a hard, smooth surface. In the middle is the slot to hold the USB plug when not in use.

The USB connector has its own home in the bottom of the cooler. Cooler Master goes the extra mile to by making the USB connector of the pass-thru type which means you will not have to sacrifice one of your USB port on the PC which we all know that laptops don’t have many of.

Installation images


Front view


Side view


Pass-thru USB connector


Rear view

Conclusion

The Cooler Master LapAir is a nice replacement for something like the Choiix Comforter, a cooler which I am very fond of. The LapAir and the Comforter are both great in terms of comfort level, while say relaxing in the comfy confines of your favorite chair or couch. However, the LapAir takes it one step further as it does offer active cooling via an 80mm blower fan. Speaking of the fan, it is easily accessible simply by removing the top mesh panel, making it painless to clean when the time comes. In a perfectly noise-free setting, the fan isn’t the quietest we have ever heard, but in the real world it was easily drowned out by ambient room noise. So we had no problem watching a couple of episodes of Family Guy on Hulu.

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The LapAir is a great idea and provides good cooling while using your laptop for general purpose activities. If you are gaming on your laptop and already have no issues with overheating, then simply adding it to the mixed is also a great idea to make sure your laptop has a long life. On the other hand, if you feel your laptop is border line schizophrenic when gaming, well you may want to look at the SF-19 from Cooler Master to help you frag.

The LapAir, once it becomes regularly available, should retail for $29.99; making the value pretty decent.

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