Coolermaster NotePal ErgoStand Laptop Cooler

Posted by on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 6:38am

coolermaster ergostandCoolermaster's core components maybe PC cases and cooling, but they have not forgotten about the people who prefer the use of smaller computers. Not ceasing their support, Coolermaster has sent us their latest laptop cooler, the NotePal ErgoStand. This takes the NotePal series to a new level of cooling and comfort. The ErgoStand elevates your laptop to where you and your back are more comfortable and helps to eliminate carpal tunnel. Time to take a look at the new cooler.

Introduction to the Coolermaster NotePal ErgoStand

It seems that today’s society is totally into the smaller laptops and notebooks. The frequency at which net books are selling is a testament to this. We even have a couple in my home, but my first love is my 17” ASUS media laptop. Yes, it is big, heavy; but fast. You cant game on a net book. A little on the aged side, this booger gets warm and gets warm quick.

Even if you do not have such a laptop with these characteristics, it is a good thing to keep your laptop running cool. Even a net book needs a little chill to run its best. We have seen a several coolers from Coolermaster and Choiix. For the smallest laptops, you have the Choiix Air Through Stash and for owners of big boys like mine, there is the NotePal X2 Notebook Cooler which I am using now.

Coolermaster's core components maybe PC cases and cooling, but they have not forgotten about the people who prefer the use of smaller computers. Not ceasing their support, Coolermaster has sent us their latest laptop cooler, the NotePal ErgoStand. This takes the NotePal series to a new level of cooling and comfort. The ErgoStand elevates your laptop to where you and your back are more comfortable and helps to eliminate carpal tunnel. Time to take a look at the new cooler.

Coolermaster take on the NotePal ErgoStand

ErgoStand is the perfect multifunction product that gives your laptop the total cooling solution.

ErgoStand can be used as a notebook stand and/or cooling pad. The adjustable anti-skid holders are compatible for 9"~17" laptops. The 140mm silent fan and full range mesh surface with aerodynamic designed intake provide silent and efficient cooling.


Specifications

Color Black
 
Material Metal mesh, Plastic, Rubber
 
Dimension (W / H / D) 370 x 265 x 33 ~ 58mm
 
Weight 1.05 kg
 
Operation degree 6.5 ~ 45 degree
 
Power USB 5V DC
 
USB Port USB 2.0/1.1 x4
Mini-USB x1(for power in)
 
Compatibility Supports all 9" ~ 17" Notebook
 
Fan Dimension (W / H / D) 140 x 140 x 15 mm
 
Fan Speed 700 ~ 1400 RPM
 
Bearing Type Rifle bearing
 
Fan Noise Level (dB-A) 15 dBA (Min.)
 
Fan Life Expectancy 40,000 hours
 
Cable Length 600 mm

Features

Ergonomic design
5 different height settings to ease strain on your neck and wrist.

Optimal cooling performance
Full range metal mesh surface, built-in 14cm silent fan with stepless speed control.

Great for all sizes Adjustable anti-slip holders for 9" ~ 17", easy front I/O port access.

Value-added features
4 port USB, 2 rear cable clips, side handles for cable management.


Closer look

The ErgoStand is a stylist all black cooler capable of cooling laptops ranging in size from 9” to 17”. Looking at the unit from the top, you can clearly see there is a mixture of plastic and metal mesh. The mesh area allows the larger 140mm cooling fan to blow massive amounts of air up towards the awaiting laptop. To allow the laptop to sit comfortably, it is supported by four rubber bumpers.

Turning over the ErgoStand you get a better look at the fan used to cool the laptop. Before we get to playing with the ErgoStand, you can see the frame here used to elevate the top half.

Here we have the ErgoStand in an upright stance. A metal bar secures the upper half. Small groves in the plastic stand allow you to set the ErgoStand at whatever height you want. The five notches allow for five different heights ranging from about 10 degrees to about 75.

The ErgoStand is not without some other surprises. First, you have the ability to adjust the fan speed by using this small knob. If no cooling is needed, then you can simply turn off the fan all together. And because the cooler uses one of your USB ports for power there is a four port hub on the opposite side.


Testing and Usage

For testing we used my trusty ASUS W2J laptop. But before you can drop your laptop onto the cooler you must put these little stoppers in the cooler first. These keep the laptop from sliding down off the cooler at high angles.

As you can see it is a perfect for a 17” laptop. The laptop did not extend too much over the sides of the cooler. We adjusted the ErgoStand to all the different heights to see just how comfortable it would be to use it. For me the lowest setting was ideal for everyday typing and gaming playing. And the two highest settings were ideal for watch a movie from a distance.

When it came down to cooling the ErgoStand did the just as well. We saw a 5-8 degree in temperatures depending on what we were using the laptop for. This is great as this laptop can shut down at the drop of a dime if not properly cooled. And during the testing session it did not shut down one time.


Conclusion

The Coolermaster ErgoStand is not the only laptop cooler out there, but it is definitely one of the most complete. The adjusting of the height of the laptop is one of its biggest advantages. We loved the ability to rise and lower the laptop depending on what we were using it for. At the highest level you, will be about to comfortably watch a movie. At the lowest level, you can comfortably type all day long.

Why aren’t the cooling benefits of the ErgoStand its biggest advantage? Considering the unit comes from Coolermaster, we believe that the cooling abilities of the ErgoStand would be good. They are, as we saw a drop in temperatures as much as eight degrees. The large 14mm cooling fan is large and fast enough to supply enough air to the bottom of the laptop for it to really matter.

The ErgoStand will cost about $40 when released, a great price for something that does a pretty good job. An extra benefit of the ErgoStand is that if you remove the metal bar from the bottom you can place the cooler under your desktop for additional height and air circulation.

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