Best cooler stand for large laptops!
My HP wide screen EliteBook laptop with Core Extreme processor and nVidia Quadro video generates much more heat than the internal fan can handle. Finding a way to cool it effectively and quietly has been a challenge. The one cooling stand for a wide laptop I had found up to this point was not wide enough and had fans in the wrong place. When the computer is stressed, particularly when using both CPU and screen video for presentations, the only way the pad would keep the machine cool enough to continue running at full speed was to turn it sideways, slanting down from left to right, placing the two fans on the left side instead of at the back. Awkward at best, and looks stupid when the computer is visible to the audience. Enter the Cooler Master NotePal U3 Cooling Stand - it's wide enough to cover the entire bottom of the laptop with its cooling surface. The three fans are easily moved to put maximum cooling on your particular laptop's hot spots. A motor speed control lets you balance the amount of cooling needed against the amount of fan noise you can tolerate, but the fans are so quiet you probably will leave it run on high. The entire platform is molded from a sheet of perforated aluminum meaning it cools pretty well even without the fans if you want to save the laptop battery by not plugging in the USB power tap. That tap also has its own USB socket, so you don't lose any ports for other uses. Full retail price is the same as what I paid for the one that didn't get the job done, and the Buy.com price is 25% off that. I rarely rate any product firewalled at 5, but this laptop cooler deserves it. Works very well, easy to use, and a great value, much better than anything I've found elsewhere. That is not to say it's perfect for everyone. If you want to use your computer on your lap, the molded aluminum isn't very comfortable by itself. The padded cooler I bought earlier is much better for that if I'm not taxing the system. The U3 is also very large - too wide to fit in my extra-large laptop bag, even though its designed to fit around the laptop when the fans are removed. With the cooler in the bag, it's not possible to zip the laptop compartment closed. If I travel with it, the U3 will probably have to go in checked baggage. Even with those minor down sides, this is by far the best cooler stand I have yet found for a large laptop with heavy cooling needs. If you have a 17" or larger wide screen laptop that cranks out the heat, this is the stand you've been looking for!
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