Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Laptop Cooler

Posted by on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 8:00am

CM NotePal X-SlimIt looks as if Cooler Master is back in the spot light again with a new notebook cooler, returning with the new NotePal X-Slim. The X-Slim is not out to dominate all the other coolers that Cooler Master has to offer, though. It’s more of a simple unit that is lightweight, easy to transport, adjustable and able to cool notebooks ranging from 7” to 17”.

Introduction to the Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Laptop Cooler

It looks as if Cooler Master is back in the spot light again with a new notebook cooler, returning with the new NotePal X-Slim. The X-Slim is not out to dominate all the other coolers that Cooler Master has to offer, though. It’s more of a simple unit that is lightweight, easy to transport, adjustable and able to cool notebooks ranging from 7” to 17”.

Cooler Master’s take on the X-Slim

NotePal X-Slim, a lightweight and simple laptop cooling pad for the classic NotePal X family. X-Slim is the ideal companion for 7"~17" laptops. The ultra slim and lightweight design is made for easy carrying and storage, two height settings for ergonomic operation, fully meshed surface plus 160mm silent fan provides excellent cooling performance.


Specifications

Color

Black

Material

Plastics, Metal mesh, Rubber,

Weight

0.7 Kg

Dimension (W / H / D)

380 x 270 x 27.5~46 mm

Fan Dimension (W / H / D)

?160 x 15 mm fan

Fan Speed

1400 +- 15% R.P.M.

Fan Speed Adjustment

Single Speed

Fan Airflow

70 CFM

Fan Noise Level (dB-A)

21 bBA

Power

USB 5V DC

USB

USB 2.0/1.1 x1 (For Power Input)

Power consumption

0.38A, 1.9W

Compatibility

Supports up to 17” laptops

Features

- Classic X design, slim and lightweight for easy charring.
- Silent 160mm fan with great cooling performance.
- Two height settings for the ideal viewing/typing angle.
- Full range metal mesh for superior airflow.
- Cable grooves for easy USB cable management.
- Powered by USB port extender.
- Supports up to 17" laptops.


Closer look

The X-Slim from Cooler Master is simple design from the surface but it does offer a fair share of features that we will talk about throughout this page. To begin as always we will start with the overall aspects of the cooler. The top of the cooler is made of a single large sheet of metal mesh allowing for the entire underside of the laptop to be cooled. CM designed the cooler to be able to cool laptops as large as 17” in size. Weighing less than ½ a pound the cooler will not be a burden to transport along with the laptop.

Providing the X-Slim with all of its cooling is a large 160mm cooling fan mounted directly underneath the metal mesh. CM categorizes the fan as spinning at 1400 RPM @ 21dBA while moving 70 CF of cool air. Unlike some of the other coolers we have reviewed for CM this model will not allow you to adjust the rotation of the fan.

Turning the cooler over onto its bottom side we see plastic is used. The use of plastic here would be obvious in our mind’s eye as this is the unseen side of a cooler and using lightweight plastic keeps the weight down as well.

In this photo we notice two things right up front. That would be the USB pass-through connector which allows the user to not have to sacrifice any of the laptop’s USB ports. The second thing would be the rubber feet that keeps the cooler secure the surface in which it is sitting on. The holding location of the connector is located on both sides of the cooler.

A track around the fan and securing post are used to keep the USB cable at bay. CM has demonstrated this attention to detail in several of the coolers we have tested. A nice feature because having cables dangling from the PC is a nuisance, and can be a pain depending on what you are doing.

The rear feet support only two positions: flat or upright. No matter the position, just like the front feet, rubber strips are located here to secure the cooler to the surface.


Testing

We tested the CM NotePal X-Slim using our tested Sony VPCF111FX laptop. This unit is powered by an Intel i7 Q720, 500GB HDD, 4GB of memory and a power hungry NVIDIA 310M GPU.

As usual, another of Cooler Master's laptop coolers has done a good job of keeping my aging Sony VPCF111FX laptop from overheating. It was able to drop temps a fair amount, with a max we saw of 8C on the CPU according to SpeedFan.

One may ask was the fan as quiet as advertised. Well, at initial start up of the laptop we really didn't hear it over the internal fan of the laptop. After things settle down with the system was halfway booted and the CPU fan slowed, the noise was definitely lower than that of the internal fan.


Conclusion

With today’s laptops running faster, and most of the time hotter, one needs a good laptop cooler. Besides the obvious benefit of allowing the laptop to actually be used on your lap, these lower temps can also help in the performance factor by prevention of thermal throttling, but prolong the individual component life too.

Appearance-wise CM did a great job with the X-Slim. It is not as radical as the SF-19 we reviewed but more simple. The mixture of mesh and plastic keeps the weight down and makes the cooler easy to transport, definitely a plus for those that are on the go.

The X-Slim unfortunately does not allow for control over the fan speed when powered up. If this a feature you want then CM does offer other coolers, not costing much more than the X-Slim.

We would highly recommend picking up the new Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim. The X-Slim was able to lower our overall operating temperatures as much as 8C. That is not bad from a sub $20 cooler.

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