CoolerMaster Notepal U2

Introduction

CoolerMaster Notepal U2
 
Laptops are, in theory, designed to be a completely self contained unit with no need for any external devices to keep them running. However, this doesn't always work, as cramming everything in a compact chassis leaves little room for large, elaborate coolers, thus leading to some rather toasty CPU's and GPU's. Whilst you can't change the cooling, or plumb in some water cooling, there are a few ways you can help to cool off your laptop.  
 
The concept of laptop coolers isn't new, with the basic principal of having some external fans or cooling surface which helps to draw the heat away from your laptop. CoolerMaster employs a number of different methods for drawing away heat in it's new Notepal U2 , helping your laptop to cope better when put under stress. Here is a list of those key features, taken from the CoolerMaster Site:
 
1. Slim
Slim shape and light weight design offers great portability.

2. Sturdy
Dependable sturdy structure for long-term laptop use.

3. Protection & Storage
Light weight notebook cooler that is also great for protecting and storing your notebook.
Accommodate most 14~15" laptops, up to 17" size.

4. Comfort
Ergonomic angle for comfortable viewing height and better working position.

5. Cooling
Efficient dissipation design to prevent overheating.

6. Removable and smart fan (Fan Edition)
Exclusively designed removable fan, easier to install and locks better on the notebook ;
Adjust and focus dissipation on the hottest spot of your notebook.
 
And here are the full specifications for the U2, taken once more from CoolerMasters' site:
 
Material Aluminium and rubber
Dimension (W / H / D) 343 x 266 x 58.6mm ; 13.5 x 10.5 x 2.3 inches
Weight 582g, 725g (Fan edition)
Available Colour Silver, Black
Compatibility Supports all 14-15" laptops, up to 17"
Fan Dimension 80 x 80 x 10 mm (Fan edition, two fans included)
    
The feature list and specifications look promising, with a large range of laptops supported (14-17"), as well as the optional dual fan solution, which should lower temperatures dramatically. The option of using the cooler to protect your notebook is an intriguing one, and one that I will look into as I progress through the review.  
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27-12-2009, 19:53:41

tinytomlogan
Luigi takes a look at Cooler Masters latest U2 laptop cooler

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12-02-2010, 07:23:14

Jaster
hmmm....I was considering this cooler over a zalman one at twice the price as my Toshiba P200 is running hot especially on the graphics card side under load...to the point where it is shutting off...with being a 17' model theres not much active choice...I've seen some reviews that recomend this for dual fan laptops greater then 16'....with some laptops seeing a reduction in temps by as much as 9 degrees...I'm going to think about it now though....may fork out for the zalman....
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