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Cooler Master NotePal U3 - Laptop Cooling Pad with Three Configurable 80 mm Fans - Silver

  • Silver
  • Support up to 19-inch Laptop
  • 80mm Fan
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NotePal U3

Cooler Master NotePal U3 - Laptop Cooling Pad with Three Configurable 80mm Fans - Silver

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

 

NotePal U3
  • 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 19in. laptops
 

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Specifications

Materials Aluminum, Rubber
Dimensions 16.5in. x 12.6in. x 2.5in. (420mm x 320mm x 65mm)
Weight 2.3lb (1.04kg)
Operation Angle 10-degree angle
Power USB 5VDC
USB USB 2.0 / 1.1 x 1 (for power in)
Compatibility Supports all 15in. - 17in. notebooks (up to 19in.)
Fan Dimension 80mm x 80mm x 10mm (Three fans included)
Fan Speed 950RPM - 1800RPM
Fan Speed Adjustment Clip-on fan speed control
Fan Airflow 15.4 CFM single fan
Fan Noise Level (dB-A) 18dBA (Min.)
Warranty One-Year

What's in the Box

NotePal U3

 


Learn more about the Cooler Master R9-NBC-8PCS-GP

Model

Brand
Cooler Master
Model
R9-NBC-8PCS-GP

Features

Color
Silver
Maximum support size
Support up to 19-inch Laptop
Fan Size
80mm Fan

Spec

Specifications
Materials: Aluminum, rubber

Weight: 1.04 kg, 2.3 lbs

Dimension (W x H x D): 420 x 320 x 65 mm

Fan Dimension (W / H / D): 80 x 80 x 10 mm (3 fans)

Fan Speed: 950 ~ 1800(+-15%) R.P.M.

Fan Speed Adjustment: Fan speed dial

Fan Airflow: 15.4 ~ 22 CFM (for each fan)

Fan Noise Level (dB-A): 26 ~ 24.5 dBA

Power: USB 5V DC

USB Port: USB 2.0/1.1 x1(For power input)

Power Consumption:
0.24~0.46A

1.2~2.3W

Compatibility: Support ups to 19" laptops

Features

Features
Patented Configurable Cooling Fans
Patented movable silent fans are included and placed underneath the aluminum surface. These fully configurable fans can be used to pinpoint to the hottest areas of your laptop for unsurpassed cooling performance.

Aluminum Surface
Elegant hairline finish aluminum surface functions as a
cooling pad to spread the heat onto a larger surface area.
The aluminum surface also allows the U Stand to take on
the wear-and-tear of the daily use from the laptop.

Perfect Protection
Storage and protect your laptop in side of the U3 with
safety belt we prepared for you.

Fan Speed Dial Clip
Unique fan speed control clip for quick setup and replacement.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Cooler Master R9-NBC-8PCS-GP

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  • Chang L.
  • 11/28/2014 10:37:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsUseful

Pros: All 3 fans are very quiet. Being adjustable also helps to concentrate the air flow. About half a year of daily use for a gaming laptop and the thing still hasn't fallen apart!

Cons: One of the fans is making slightly more noise than before, likely due to its screws becoming a little loose. Not a big deal, since the fans can be taken apart to be cleaned.

I guess if you really want something portable, the frame and fans might seem a bit too flimsy for rugged use. Best to just leave this thing at home and don't drag it around everywhere.

Other Thoughts: I'm wondering how long it will last. The fans dying eventually is to be expected, but good track record so far tho.

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  • Vinh L.
  • 11/23/2014 7:29:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Sturdy and I like how you can configure the fans where all the heat is outputting. That's the main reason why I bought this product.

Cons: A little after 2 months my fans just stopped spinning. If you blow on the fan to get it started, then it will start spinning again. Not sure why I even have to do that, but I'm not happy with this product.

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  • Vlad M.
  • 11/14/2014 11:56:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsGreat, but missing a key feature

Pros: It is relatively sturdy for my 14" Lenovo Y40 and I love the custom placement of the fans. Given the location of my laptop's hotspots and vents, I think a single 200mm+ fan would have actually missed them. The reason is that with bigger fans comes bigger gaps of airflow. Fans do not have even distribution of airflow up close. Having smaller fans has allowed not only custom placement, but has provided more concentrated airflow to key spots of the laptop.

Cons: The fan controller seems a bit flimsy and there is a lack of extra usb ports.

Other Thoughts: The lack of usb was huge for me. Many laptops have only 3 usb ports and would be nice to get a couple of extra for low-power peripherals. I would not want to plug my usb-powered headset into the pass-through of the cooling pad - there is too much competition one port between the fans and headset.

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  • Thomas F.
  • 11/4/2014 7:59:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove the Adjustable fanspeeds

Pros: -Quiet
-Light weight
-Sturdy
-Well made
-Adjustable fan speeds and positions
-Good Fans
-Doesn't tax battery life as much as others

Cons: A little bulky. I can't fit it in my laptop backpack. I have a 17.3 inch that just makes it into the bag. This cooler just can't travel with me well.

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  • Stephen D.
  • 10/30/2014 8:15:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty good, switch a bit flaky

Pros: Keeps vents open well. Aluminum dissipates heat well. Modular fans for hotspots. Haven't seen temps go above 68 C while playing Blacklight: Retribution. Being this is a low/mid range notebook, haven't tested any more robust FPS games.

Cons: Laptop needs to be held level or tends to slip down a bit. Wish the fans were more powerful. The fan speed switch causes the fans to intermittently not turn on. Need to turn it up an down to get them to start.

Other Thoughts: Got this because I swapper out a 35W APU in my Asus notebook for a 45W one. Further modded it by drilling vent holes in the bottom case. Modular fans ideal for pulling air into them. Pretty good product. The switch thing is annoying, which almost prompted 2 eggs if it occurred more frequently.

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  • Devin O.
  • 10/25/2014 2:05:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCooler Master NotePal U3 (R9-NBC-8PCS-GP)

Pros: Made of Aluminum for good thermal conductivity. BIG. Fans can be moved or removed. Speed (noise) of fans can be controlled.

Cons: Top edge of holes were rough and almost sharp. I used 120 grit sandpaper to smooth it out. Rubber piece on "handle" comes off in my backpack sometimes. The Aluminum sheet could be a little thicker to cut down on flex.

Other Thoughts: My first and still best experience with a proper Aluminum laptop cooling plate is the original Cooler Master NOTEPAL. The one with the wedged up wrist rest on the front. My laptop is sitting in it now as I type this. The U3 has better ventilation and support for 17" and bigger laptops.

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  • Laura W.
  • 10/11/2014 6:58:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this thing!

Pros: Lightweight, USB-powered, slim mesh aluminum (?) design promotes better heat dissipation, 3 fans that are easily moveable to target high heat areas, rubber pads to hold the laptop steady.

Cons: Not many...the tilt can be challenging but the fans need room to pull in air. Could use more rubber pads to discourage sliding.

Other Thoughts: I can't believe I waited so long to get this. I have a big Dell Inspiron E1705 and there's plenty of room on the cooler for the whole machine. It heats up quickly and gets very hot. This lap cooler is amazing; it's quiet and does an amazing job. I recommend it highly!

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/30/2014 2:43:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsVery impressed!

Pros: This is an incredible piece of equipment. I was using a Logitech cooling pad which just doesn't even compare to this beaut! I like that the fans can be moved into place EXACTLY where you want them. PLUS they can be taken apart for easy cleaning. The USB plug has a space on the back to plug another USB in so you don't lose valuable ports. I am really impressed. My laptop (DELL Inspiron 17R) has known issues with over heating and was always hot even with the Logitech cooling pad. With this one, it is cool to the point of being too cold! Also I can take it all apart in 10 seconds, insert my laptop in the back and strap it for added protection when travelling. This is a genius product.

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY!

Cons: Only thing I DON'T like is that the pad doesn't have enough rubber grip and my laptop tends to slide off if it's not EXACTLY in the right spot. Seems to be an issue with everyone that purchases it, but that outweighs the sheer genius of the design.

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  • Kevin K.
  • 7/28/2014 6:29:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOK for the price

Pros: - Nice minimalistic design
- Perfect angle for typing
- Ideal size for my 17" Toshiba Qosmio X70

Cons: - Brushed aluminum is rather rough to the touch
- There isn't enough support to keep the laptop in place - my 7 lb laptop tends to slide down when I rest my hands on the keyboard
- According to my tests its fans aren't making any considerable difference no matter the speed; could be due to the way my laptop is designed internally
- The fans aren't detachable, you'd have to cut the cord to replace a broken fan

Other Thoughts: In regards to the brushed aluminum - given the price, don't expect it to be as well polished as Apple products, I would not be too surprised if I cut myself on it one day; overall the product feels like a giant cheese grater.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer

I am sorry to hear that U3 has not met your requirements. We do have other models linked below that should fit your requirements. We also have a link to our CM Store site below where we over additional fans set for your U3 to add another three with a total of six fans on your cooler. Please feel free to contact us below if you have any questions or comments about our CM products.

Thank You
CM Support Ruben
1-888-624-5099

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  • Rodney M.
  • 6/23/2014 8:35:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: 17 inches across, exact length as my laptop.

Sturdy base, not worried about it breaking. 6.4lb laptop.

Fans work and you can arrange them in many but not all positions.

Inaudible if fans are low, not loud if the fans are maxed out.

Cons: I use the travel band to secure my laptop so it doesn't slide, however by doing this you are limited to placing the fans in a line. One side of my laptop gets really hot while running games so I wanted to put two fans there but then I was struggling to secure the band without covering a fan.

Other Thoughts: The travel band picture assumes you aren't bringing the fans.

I use the travel band to secure my laptop so it doesn't slide, however by doing this I am are limited to placing the fans in a line. One side of my laptop gets really hot while running games so I wanted to put two fans there but then I was struggling to secure the band without covering a fan.

Final thoughts: Great overall product that helps with cooling, though you shouldn't expect extreme temperature drops.

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