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A simple stand that elevates your notebook to a comfortable viewing angle, which allows for better posture. The meshed design ensures that heat escapes quickly, preventing your notebook from overheating. Its slim and lightweight design gives you the freedom for portability.
The Cooler Master Notepal U1 is just the right size for the Asus 12-inch computer. It’s also a good fit for 10-inch and 14-inch computers.
This model comes with a single fan. The larger U2 model comes with two. The fan blows air at the computer, which I think is more effective than fans that draw warm air away, as many of the others do. The fan is barely audible. You can position the fan at the point beneath the stand where it’s needed most, and with the 1201N computer the left side is definitely where the fan is needed. I don’t know of any other cooling stand where you can do that.
I can tell this is working because I no longer feel the heat in my lap. Before, it was warm enough that I imagined the meat in my thigh was slow cooking. I had been using a stand that raises the computer and lets air flow beneath it, between the computer and the lap board, but there was no fan.
The Notepal stand is cleverly designed for taking along when you leave home. It’s very light in weight. You remove the fan from the underside of the stand, and position the computer in its place, so the high end of the stand wraps around one of the longer sides of the computer. There are rubberized surfaces on the stand to protect the computer. This assembly fits inside the notebook case I’m using. The fan fits in an outside pocket. The fit inside the case is snug enough that I don’t need the strap they included with the stand to bind the stand and computer together.
The Notepal U1 and U2 cooling stands might be the best ever made. I don’t work for the company. If after reading this they send me something free, I’ll update this review to let you know.
The construction of the aluminum mesh pad is top notch, they do not flex when twisted. The angle of the pad is perfect for typing and “clamshell mode” on the Mac. The fan is made by Cooler Master and works quite well. (Cooler Master also makes CPU coolers)
I just got my U2 this morning, I ended up buying another U1 this evening, since it was on sale locally. If you have a small notebook that needs cooling, this is your cooler. If you have a larger notebook, get the U2.
The USB powered fan is very quiet, and is designed to easily attach to and detach from, the perforated metal base. This system is quite ingenious and works very well, as it allows you to place the fan where it can do the most good. The fan has a foot long cord, with a pass-thru USB connector. The connector is a little bulky, but it still allows the USB port to be shared by an additional device. The fan stays on during power saving mode, and when the computer goes into hibernation. It shuts off only when the computer is turned off.
The metal base is strong enough to support a larger sized laptop, but the computer needs to be centered for balance, as a couple of inches will stick over the edges on both sides. Obviously the elevated base permits more airflow underneath the laptop. If the height and angle are not comfortable, you can try bending the frame to get a more favorable angle. Pop the fan off, and the unit is ready to take with you. There is some rubber padding on the inside edges of the frame, to allow the frame to slide over a closed laptop. How practical this is, depends on your computer. For larger laptops, or those with protruding batteries, this arrangement might not work out too well.
Overall although it is a bit undersized for a 14 inch laptop, I am mostly satisfied with the NotePal U1. Working on a raised keyboard takes a little adjustment, but at least you can adjust the angle of incline to some degree. When I put my hand over the fan blades, it doesn’t seem like there is a lot of air flow, but over time, the fan does noticeably reduce the surface temperature at the bottom of my laptops. Since this device does an adequate job with my larger laptop (which fortunately has only one major hot spot), it saved me from buying a larger laptop cooler with more fans. If you have a large laptop with a couple of hotspots, this product may not be adequate, and you might want to look at a cooling unit with multiple fans like the (Cooler Master Notepal U2 Notebook Cooler with Two Fans R9-NBC-8PBK-GP).
Thanks to this baby, my comp runs at a cooler 65 degrees and I no longer have crashing problems. (I bet it’d be even cooler if I take the time to learn to dismantle the laptop and clean out the fan and reapply the thermal paste.)
My only problem with this product comes from the fan itself. It can be repositioned anywhere throughout the pad, but even after securing it correctly to the aluminum mesh, it’s still prone to falling from even a little jolt. A minor annoyance, but it can be frustrating.
Nonetheless, great product!
As far as suggested improvements, my Chromebook slides off of the cooling pad due to the angle I mentioned earlier. The rubber pads that are (I believe) designed to grip the laptop don’t work well. In addition, the little tabs in the cooling fan that attach to the holes in the grid don’t match well. So you have to really press hard to get the misaligned tabs into the holes.
But overall, I like it, especially how USB supplies the power – no need for AC. I give it 4-stars.