Cooler Master Notepal U3 Notebook Cooler - Pass-Through USB - R9-NBC-8PCK-GP

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4.6
Overall Satisfaction
4.9
Value
4.4
Ease of Use
5
Performance

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!

-Mark Avery quote

Have an 18.4 Toshiba Qosmio..this unit fits very well..maybe a 1/4 inch overhang on each side..top to bottom is perfect. I like the ability to place fans where needed. Even in a quiet room, you can barely hear the fans running. Another plus is that the fans are variable speed..almost like a summer/winter function. Construction very good, looks nice and sturdy. For the price this is an EXCELLENT value .....you will not be disappointed..free shipping was extremely fast also

-Butch quote

Best cooler stand for large laptops!

by Mark Avery on 10/17/2010

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! Read More

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Very quiet

by Butch on 12/5/2010

Have an 18.4 Toshiba Qosmio..this unit fits very well..maybe a 1/4 inch overhang on each side..top to bottom is perfect. I like the ability to place fans where needed. Even in a quiet room, you can barely hear the fans running. Another plus is that the fans are variable speed..almost like a summer/winter function. Construction very good, looks nice and sturdy. For the price this is an EXCELLENT value .....you will not be disappointed..free shipping was extremely fast also Read More

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Product Overview

Introduction
Cooler Master, in its commitment to continual improvement, has improved the value proposition of the NotePal U3 by having it support 17-19 inch notebooks and equipping it with three moveable 80mm fans that are connected to a fan speed controller clip. This is all powered by a single pass-through USB cable so users won’t have to sacrifice a USB port. The fan speed controller clip allows for easy attachment to either side of the U3 to accommodate different USB port locations.


Features

  • Adjustable fan with speed control function, powered by one USB.
  • Quick release fan, easily lock on, replace and remove.
  • Unique fan speed control clip for quick setup and replacement.
  • Aluminum mesh design for excellent heat dissipation.
  • Slim and light weight for great portability.
  • Ergonomic angle for comfortable viewing.
  • Accommodates up to 19" laptops.


Specifications
ModelR9-NBC-8PCK-GP
ColorBlack
MaterialAluminum, Rubber
Dimension420 x 320 x 65 mm (16.5 x 12.6 x 2.5in)
Weight2.3 lbs / 1.04 kg
Operation degree10 degree angle
PowerUSB 5V DC
USBUSB 2.0/1.1 x 1 (for power in)
CompatibilitySupports all 15" ~ 17" notebooks (up to 19")
Fan Dimension80 x 80 x 10mm (3 fans included)
Fan Speed950 ~ 1800 RPM
Fan Speed AdjustmentClip-on fan speed control
Fan Airflow15.4 CFM *single fan
Fan Noise Level (dB-A)18 dBA (Min.)
Warranty1 year
UPC Code884102009662

Specifications

Manufacturer Cooler Master
Mfg Part# R9-NBC-8PCK-GP
SKU 216830894
UPC 884102009662
UPC 14 00884102009662
Sales Rank 46587
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