Cooler Master NotePal U-Stand Laptop Cooler

Posted by on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 5:57pm

Cooler Master U-StandThe U-Stand is Cooler Master’s latest laptop cooler. But this is not just any laptop cooler as Cooler Master has added some pretty neat features to this one. These features will set the U-Stand apart from many other coolers on the market even some of their very own. The U-Stand can support up to 17” laptops and has five adjustable height levels to allow for better comfort and usability.

Introduction to the Cooler Master NotePal U-Stand Laptop Cooler

The U-Stand is Cooler Master’s latest laptop cooler. But this is not just any laptop cooler as Cooler Master has added some pretty neat features to this one. These features will set the U-Stand apart from many other coolers on the market even some of their very own. The U-Stand can support up to 17” laptops and has five adjustable height levels to allow for better comfort and usability.

Cooler Master’s take on the NotePal U-Stand

Cooler Master announces the release of the NotePal U Stand, an ideal laptop stand for up to 17” laptops used at work or at home. The NotePal U Stand is beautifully crafted with an elegant brushed aluminum surface that also helps dissipate heat quickly. It also comes with five different height settings, ergonomically optimized for reading and typing to reduce the chances of pain from your neck or wrist.

Crafted with a subdued elegance, the U Stand features a brushed aluminum surface that helps expedite heat dissipation. It is an ideal ergonomic companion for laptops up to 17” that are setup at a home or work office.


Specifications

Color

Black

Material

Aluminum, Plastics, Rubber

Weight

1.37 kg, 3.0 lbs

Dimension (W / H / D)

410 x 310 x 55.5~217mm

Fan Dimension (W / H / D)

100 x 100 x 15mm fan x2

Fan Speed

1200(+-15%) R.P.M.

Fan Speed Adjustment

Single Speed

Fan Airflow

70 CFM

Fan Noise Level (dB-A)

21 dBA

Power

USB 5V DC

USB

USB 2.0/1.1 x3, Mini USB x1 (For Power Input)

Power consumption

0.36A, 1.8W

Compatibility

Support ups to 17" laptops

Features

Patented Configurable Cooling Fans
Two patented 100mm silent fans are included and placed underneath the aluminum surface. These fully configurable fans can be used to pinpoint to the hottest areas of your laptop (i.e. CPU, HDD) for unsurpassed cooling performance.
Ergonomic design
5 different height settings is ergonomically design for best viewing/typing angles allowing you to work or play on your laptop for prolonged periods without straining your back or wrist.
Anti-Slip Holders
Adjustable anti-slip holders with movable rubber strips placed keeps 9" to 17" laptops sturdy on your desk; a very important feature that gives you a piece of mind.
Aluminum Surface
Elegant hairline finish aluminum surface functions as a cooling pad to spread the heat onto a larger surface area. The aluminum surface also allows the U Stand to take on the wear-and-tear of the daily use from the laptop.
Thoughtful Design
3 USB ports allow your laptop cooler to become a central hub for your computer, allowing you to connect all your USB devices at ease. Rear cable clip to keep your cables.


Closer look

The U-Stand is made of all aluminum where needed and plastic in the other locations. The top half where you would place your laptop is all aluminum which helps in the cooling of the PC. There are many vent opening that allows the fans to penetrate the surface and cool the warm areas of the laptop. In order to keep the PC secure and from falling onto the floor are two wedged rubber covered pieces. The little stoppers can be folded down when not in use. And are adjustable, sliding left or right about one inch.

One side of the U-Stand has all the connections and plugs to make the cooler useful. There is a three port USB 2.0 hub, microUSB for power to the cooler, DC jack, power button and a LED light.

On the reverse side we see what keeps the U-Stand sitting firmly on the surface of the table when in use, it is four rubber pads. These pads are large enough to get good contact leaving the user without worries of slippage.

These rubber pads are mated to a plastic hinge that acts like a fulcrum for the metal bar that is attached to the under-side of the aluminum surface. The combination of the two is what allows the U-Stand to sit at five different angles for use level comfort. The U-Stand height levels range from what is best for typing to what is ideal for viewing or watching of a video.

Next, we have the two fans that measures 100mmThe specifications of fans are 1200RPM (non-controllable), 21 dBA and blows 70 CFM of air to the back side of your laptop. The fans use a wave-like design to help keep them quiet at the 1200 RPM operation speeds. The fans are patented and can be placed almost anywhere on the back of the cooler. We say ‘almost’ as CM recommends they be placed in area to allow them to not interfere with the operation of the stand.

The fans are small grooves in them to allow the user to better organize the small amount of cables the unit has. The grooves helps to keep other cables out of the way as well; like the cable that is used to power the U-Stand power from the PC. The fans get connected to the U-Stand via a two pin connect.


Installation

We used my 17” Sony VPCF111FX laptop as a test dummy for the U-Stand. Depending on how you hold your wrist while typing will determine if you use the pads or stopper at the bottom of the cooler. S they stand about ½ to ¾ above the surface of the laptop. At higher heights for viewing only purposes this was no concern.

Here we have the connections made and the cable tucked in behind the cooler.


Conclusion

The U-Stand serves two purposes: the first would be as a laptop cooler which we all need in order to keep the heat produced by that beast under control. And the U-Stand did just that as it reduced our temperatures on the CPU and GPU by eight degrees during stress testing. A nice drop for those that like to game on their lappies. And the second purpose would be as a stand for your laptop. This is nice for watching a video while lying in bed or in a area where you may not have a larger display like a monitor or television. My wife even used it in your research lab to give a small presentation to a small group of people.

And one thing she did not have to worry about during the presentation was noise from the cooler. As the fans in the U-Stand are super quiet from any distance.

As mentioned in the article depending on your typing ways, the rubber stoppers that are used to keep the laptop from sliding forward may get in the way. If they do all you have to do is laying them against the surface of the cooler and use them as surface to keep the laptop from sliding forward. But only at lower height settings.

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