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The Notepal W2 from CoolerMaster is a notebook cooler designed to tackle heating issues associated with laptops. We put it through punishment for a month and it comes off with flying colours on many fronts.
The cooler is made out of aluminium, with three holes in the centre, which are covered with a steel mesh. Behind the steel mesh are three 1500 RPM sleeve-bearing fans for ventilation. The laptop sits on the top surface. The surface is concave, thus leaving room for the fans to circulate air between the hot laptop and the aluminium surface.
The aluminium surface is at an angle, which dramatically improves ergonomics when using the notebook on a desk. The relative angle between the laptop keyboard, eyes and the screen becomes more comfortable and reduces strain on the wrists and neck. Our reviewer, who uses his laptop on a daily basis, noted this after using the NotePal W2 for a little over a month.
On the cooling front, we didn’t see any perceptible difference. However, in notebooks with venting on the back, the fans do help in lowering the temperature, but slightly! The fans draw power from the laptop’s USB port. However, the USB hub on the NotePal ensures you don’t lose any ports. The fans can be switched off via the power button—pretty useful it you are sitting in an air-conditioned room.
The NotePal W2 is sturdy, well finished and comes in three colour options—Silver, Black and Titanium. Priced sensibly at Rs 1,400, we recommend it more for its ergonomic advantages than cooling.
|Features : 3
|Performance : 3.5
|Build Quality 4
|Value for Money : 3
|Overall : 3
Two USB Ports, Dimensions: 40 x 30.8 x 5.1 cm, Fan speed: 1500 RPM /- 20%, Noise: 21 dBA, Current: 0.1 A, Supports 17-inch laptops including widescreen
Contact : Cooler Master
Phone : 9833870302
E-mail : Tanmay_L@Coolermaster.com
Web site : www.coolermaster.com
Price : Rs 1,400