Coolermaster NotePal X2 Notebook Cooler

Posted by on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 11:41pm

overviewFor many, Coolermaster is the only choice for computer cases and cooling products. I am a big fan as well. Some may not know it, but they offer more than desktop components and cooling. They have ventured into the world of laptop cooling as well. We saw this in the Choiix review we did a few months ago. A perfect fit for netbook cooling. We enjoyed reviewing it, but with the explosion of laptop sfales in past few years cooling products for portables are becoming an important need. Coolermaster realizes this and developed the NotePal X2 cooling pad. Is it enough to cool the beast that I work with everyday? We will see.

 

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Introduction of the Coolermaster NotePal X2

For many, Coolermaster is the only choice for computer cases and cooling products. I am a big fan as well. Some may not know it, but they offer more than desktop components and cooling. They have ventured into the world of laptop cooling as well. We saw this in the Choiix review we did a few months ago. A perfect fit for netbook cooling. We enjoyed reviewing it, but with the explosion of laptop sales in past few years cooling products for portables are becoming an important need. Coolermaster realizes this and developed the NotePal X1 cooling pad. Is it enough to cool the beast that I work with everyday? We will see.

A word from Coolermaster about the NotePal X2

With efficient functional and superb silent concept in mind, the NotePal X2 creates optimal comfort for laptop users. Either on a desk or on the lap of an on-the-go user, the NotePal X2 takes air from a bottom intake and cools down high temperatures with its 140mm silent fans, dissipating the high temperatures generated by the CPU and GPU trapped inside the laptop housing.


Specifications

Material Plastic and Metal mesh
Dimension (W / H / D) 375 x 290 x 42 mm; 14.7 x 11.4 x 1.6 inches
Weight 900g
Operation degree 7.5 degree and 10 degree
Rated Voltage 5 VDC
USB Port USB2.0/1.1 x 2 (input x 1; output x 1)
Compatibility Supports all 12" ~ 15.4" Notebook, up to 17"
Fan Dimension (W / H / D) 140 x140 x15 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 with two different height settings offers best in comfort
  • Special heat dissipation:Special design of intake at bottom and thermally enhanced
  • Metal mesh allows for fast and efficient heat dissipation
  • Optimal airflow:Built-in one silent 140 mm fan placed in strategic location creates optimal airflow for true comprehensive cooling
  • Accommodates up to 15.4"
  • Fan speed control
  • Blue LED shines through the center mesh when notebook cooler is powered on

Closer look

The first thing that you notice when you remove the X2 from the box is the X shape, which is probably how the cooler got its name. The shape is one way of distinguishing this cooler from all the others on the shelves. The entire cooler is black in color and made of plastic and metal mesh. I immediately fell in love with the it just from the cosmetics. And I am sure there is a little performance to look forward to as well. The size of the X2 is ideal for users of laptops up to 17" depict the Coolermaster's site stating up to 15".

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Underneath the mesh center, the 140mm blue LED cooling fan is one of the reasons why the X2 cools so well. Eliminating the need for dual fans like a lot of coolers seem to have, the 140mm fan produces air that swirls around in a semi close pad. I say semi enclosed due to the fact there are no real opening on the bottom of the cooler so all air is forced upward towards the laptop. Small amounts of air are forced out small openings at the top and bottom of the cooler. According to Coolermaster the fan spins up to 1400RPM, but disappointingly, they only state noise level as slow rotation and not max with 15dBA. I don't see the reason for this as the fan is not noisy at all.

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Controls and connecting as made via ports in the upper right of the cooler. The power for the X2 is done via an USB port. We all know that laptops seem to usually lack enough USB ports and all the ones present are valuable. For this reason Coolermaster provided an additional port to make up for the lost. Next to the USB ports is a single button to terminate power. On the adjacent corner is a knob which controls the rotation of the fan.

controls knob

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The bottom of the cooler is smooth and looks to be fitting for those that like sitting back with their laptop in their laps. For those that are a little more proper and sit their portables on a desktop the cooler has levers to heighten the height of the cooler and laptop. Rubber feet help to protect your furniture.

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levels fan

lower vent


Testing

We measure temperature with Coretemp while running a few simple benchmarks and doing every day activities like web browsing and typing up this article. I did not see the ten degree difference Coolermaster state on their site, but we did see anywhere between 5 to 7 degrees. This is easily enough to make the X2 an ideal cooling solution for anyone. But where I was really impressed with the X2 was its comfort level when I had it and the laptop in my lap. It was if it wasn't even there. Very Nice. And the warmth that I was used to feeling from the laptop when bare on my legs was completely gone. Also nice.

blue led

Conclusion

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I am not going to say that the Coolermaster NotePal was the best laptop cooling surface we have ever tested, but it is still our favorite. In the case of notebook cooling, it isn't all about how low the cooler can get your CPU. It's also how comfortable it feels while in use, and the X2 was the most comfortable of them all. After about five minutes of use, you will not even know it is there.

The less than $25 asking price is a great feature but the blue LED was visually appealing and we loved it.

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