If you're looking for a laptop cooler that will complement your sleek multimedia notebook or gaming rig, the Cooler Master Notepal X3 may be the perfect choice. Reminiscent of Alienware's iconic notebook design, the X3 features angles, vents and lights that set the mood for some serious computing.
The cooler has one USB port, which replaces the one used by the cooler when plugged into your notebook. Next to the USB connector is the power port, a dial that controls the fan speed, a button that turns the fan on and a button that turns the blue light on.
Weighing 2 pounds, the Notepal X3 is easy to carry from place to place and didn't make placing a notebook on our lap any more uncomfortable. Measuring 15.75 x 12 x 2.25 inches, this cooler is on the larger side, so portability is limited. The X3 supports notebooks up to 17 inches, making this cooler suitable for most gaming notebooks. The smaller Rosewill RLCP-11002 (13.75 x 13.25 x 2 inches) only supports notebooks up to 15.6 inches, but weighs a heavier 2.6 pounds.
Without a cooler, the Dell Inspiron 15R SE's hottest spots were on the bottom of the notebook, in the upper middle as well as the lower left, both of which measured 94 degrees. With the X3, the upper middle was only 81 degrees and the lower left 83 degrees. The keyboard temperature decreased slightly, measuring 91 without a cooler and 90 with the X3.
Our favorite feature on the X3 is the front vent, which helped keep our hands cool. This was fantastic when we used a trackpad or typed, as our hands remained cool and dry even as our notebook heated up.
|Accessories Type||Laptop Accessories|
|Size||15.7 x 12.2 x 2.8 inches|