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Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

  • 3 Moveable Fans with Speed Controller
  • Quick Release Fan Mounting System
  • Ultra Slim, Lightweight Design
  • Built-in Cable Management
  • Carrying Case Functionality
  • Supports Up to 19" Gaming Laptops
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Learn more about the Cooler Master R9-NBC-U3PK-GP

Model

Brand
Cooler Master
Model
R9-NBC-U3PK-GP

Spec

Accessory Type
Cooler

Features

Color
Black
Maximum support size
Support up to 19-inch Laptop
Fan Numbers
3
Fan Size
80mm Fan

Spec

Specifications
Material: Aluminum, Plastic, Rubber
Weight: 2.43 lbs. (38.8oz)
Dimension: 435 x 333 x 76 mm (17.1 x 13.1 x 3.0 inch)
Fan Dimension: 80 x 80 x 10mm (3.2 x 3.2 x 0.4 inch)
Fan Speed: 950 - 1800 +/- 15% RPM
Fan Airflow: 15.42 CFM (each fan)
Fan Noise Level: (dB-A) 21 - 23 dBA
Power: USB 5V DC
USB: USB 2.0/1.1 x 1 (Extension)
Current (Ampere): 0.24A - 0.46A
Power consumption: 1.2W - 2.3W
Compatibility Supports: up to 19" laptops

Features

Features
Patent Moveable Cooling Fans
Three patented quick release fans can be adjusted to your specific laptops layout, target and eliminate your laptop's heat zones

Slim and Lightweight
NotePal U3 Plus is made from a lightweight aluminum material that has been hairline to a smooth surface. It's clean, elegant and will fit in wherever you put it.

No More Messy Wires
Wrap excess cables around two built-in cable management loops. Now your desk looks neat and clean.

Transforms Into a Laptop Carry Case
Carry and protect your laptop in the NotePal U3 Plus with the included safety belt.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Michael W.
  • 2/10/2015 6:07:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLove the Product, but not the Warrany

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: Product is solidly built, well designed, quiet, and keeps my Dell Precision Mobile Workstation cooler. And at a great price.

Cons: Unfortunately, Cooler Master, the manufacturer, is having warehouse issues, and can't honor the warranty in a timely manner, in my case for fans that are stuck on low setting. Apparently the knob adjustment has failed.

Other Thoughts: Even w/ the warranty, I love the product, hence I gave it a three. Would have given it a five if the warranty issue hadn't occurred.

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  • Jerry R.
  • 1/18/2015 1:15:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot terrible, but not what was expected.

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: Before I start, some system specs:

Toshiba Qosmio x875
3gb Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M
16 GB Ram

-Sturdy metal base
-Movable fans
-Adjustable speed
-Design is simple yet efficient

As advertised, it does allow you to move the fans where you need them most which I feel is its best feature. Though it's simple, I think the simplicity of the design is one of it's high points.

The Carrying Case "Feature" of this is great if you are packing all of this into a bag or another, larger carrying case, as you can simply slide your computer into slot on the pad and save yourself the room.

Cons: -"High performance" fans, aren't.
-Speed control dial housing doesn't stay put.
-Fans can be easily broken in transport.
-Carrying Case is scarier that it is helpful.
-Holes for ventilation and securing the fans on the pad end right before where I really need them (Heat exhaust and vid car are on the extreme right-center of the laptop)

The short version of this is that I need a stronger unit/stronger fans. I go into greater detail below.


The Fans (Strength):

My biggest gripe with the product, and why I'll be searching for another one, is the fans are fairly weak for what I need. This may be more of my fault as the consumer than them as the manufacturer, but I truly believe that the fans are just not that efficient. They are essentially 3 small standard computer fans (What you would see in a tower, on top of the processor or on a vid card), wired together.

I had another, less costly cooling pad and it performed better, moving air more efficiently. This one performs roughly, about 75% as well, and I say that as I get overheating about that much more frequently than I did before. (The other fan rarely ever let it get to that point, though the computer would still get hot)


The Fans (physical and transporting issues):

My other issue with the fans is that they are not very sturdy themselves, and the metal meshing in the back is easily deformed, rendering the fan inoperable until you are able to push it back, which is also easy enough but still doesn't sit right with me.

The fans, when transported have to be detached before you can place your computer in (duh, I know), but this leaves them on their own and vulnerable to damage. They should have come with their own, small, simple carrying case.


The Cooling Pad/Carrying Case:

The carrying case part of this, is that they send you a elastic strap which is not adjustable and is nowhere near taut enough to hold in your computer during transport reliably. The rubber on the case is enough to keep your laptop from sliding free most of the time, but even though slipping is minimal it's still there.

The elastic band has way too much give, allowing you laptop to "bounce" while you walk. It's not nearly enough to damage my computer, but it just feels like it's going to fly out of the "case" if you do anything more than a very slow, gentle, walk.

Speed Adjustment Dial:

I feel like they were just lazy with this. The dial housing has a clip on it, which is not very strong, causing it to be prone to slipping and re-adjusting more than i'd care for. It feels sloppy.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I don't believe this to be a bad product, but I definitely do not believe it to be suited for a higher end gaming laptop. The movable fans sold me on the product, but in the end it proved to not be enough as the fans don't put out that much air.

If they could be a bit stronger, or 1 larger fan and two smaller ones, I would have no problem recommending this product. The fans are modular by the way, so that would be very easy to do.

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  • Stuart L.
  • 11/8/2014 10:47:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT LAPTOP FAN!

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: -Light
-Easy to setup
-Easily moveable fans to place where you have the most heat from your comp
-Great job of keeping your comp cool
-Respectable brand that delivers high quality
-Great for gaming on your laptop

Cons: Don't have any cons! Great product. Would recommend.

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  • Hovig A.
  • 10/21/2014 4:01:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product!!

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: -19 inch, perfect for 17.3 inch laptop
-3 moveable fans, very quiet
-Quality Build
-Price

Cons: None

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  • adam c.
  • 8/27/2014 9:01:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: It has a completely open design so the fans can pull air. Really keeps my laptop cool. The angle is perfect for typing on keyboard. I paid the extra $6 to get the 3rd fan and am very happy with it. I've had junk coolers in the past. They had kickstands which constantly fell. Another bad cooler had a solid base so it had a hard time pulling air. Love this solid metal mesh design. You can move the fans wherever ur laptop needs them. Even works on ur bed/comforter. And the USB plug has a piggyback so you it doesn't take up a port. Just plug another USB on top of it. Great product.

Cons: Could be cheaper? but I don't mind paying $38 to protect my laptop.

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  • Arturas K.
  • 8/26/2014 9:01:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuality cooler

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: Quality build
Configurable fans
Beautiful design
Can be used as a carry case
Descent cooling

Cons: Expected better airflow
A little pricey

Other Thoughts: Bought this for 17 inch laptop and was really satisfied with the design and build quality. So far the best laptop cooler I ever had. Strong aluminum frame, which looks good on any table. The only downside is the airflow provided by fans is not that powerful, but is enough to decrease temps by 10-15 C. I would recommend this cooler to anyone. I owed notepal X3 and this is much better looking and better build cooler.

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  • Jessica C.
  • 8/13/2014 10:40:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks adequately

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: movable fans
adjustable fan speed
holds my 17.3" laptop perfectly
almost inaudible fans

Cons: holds my 17.3" laptop perfectly, would be too small for a 19" laptop.
the wire is connected to the side of the usb so i have to plug it into the outer usb in order to be able to use both.
fan speed adjuster clip is loose, so any movement and it will practically fall off.
not enough traction, laptop can easily slip off

Other Thoughts: I have only had it for a few hours and this is just a preliminary review and i will update it in a few weeks.

First off I would like to say that the packaging is sloppy. I received a huge box and thought it would be well protected, but the cooling pad box itself is not well packaged. The fans are in a separate white box that is allowed to move throughout the box, crashing into the walls- i hope it doesn't cause any long term damage. Even though the box was well cushioned the cooling pad box was still dinged up.

Ive been using it for about an hour and it is working well, i hoped it have a faster fan speed but it gets the job done. When i started, my laptop was so hot that i was unable to touch the keyboard because it would practically burn my fingers, but now it is still warm but significantly cooler.

I have an issue with the rubber pads as they are not adequate to keep my laptop from slipping off so i have to push it up after a while. However, when i have it on the table the bottom rubber pads are good and do not allow any movement.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/17/2014 7:29:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsSlightly Less than Satisfied

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: Just a quick point to make. I just received this today. I have yet to collect any real world data or thoughts about its performance. I hope to eventually update this post with more quantitative and qualitative evidence.

Cons: Initial Thoughts:
-Lightweight (also a slight con)
-3 Fans
-Decent Price
-Free Shipping
-Fits my 15" widescreen laptop
(more to come)

Other Thoughts: The only current negative reaction I have to this product is its flimsiness. Apparently receiving it in 24 hours and choosing free shipping requires the packaging to be somewhat thoughtless. The person who packed this decided it best to not put packaging all around the product. The device’s box was found at the bottom of the shipping box with no cushioning below it, but there was definitely room in the box. I already know that UPS will be rough with items not marked fragile. UPS is not my complaint. Considering how many reviews state this product lacks rigidity, I would expect a bit more care with packing. Sure enough the bottom right corner was bent about 45 degrees and both support legs were bent in. I've decided not to send it back since I corrected it by bending it back. It's sort of depressing though to receive a much anticipated item to only see it bent to heck. It's too bad Newegg doesn't have a quality control system in place to hold their packers accountable for either their lack of intelligence or negligence. I would like to offer an honest suggestion. What if packers were simply assigned a number? Then they are given a sheet of paper with multiple stickers of that number. They place this in every box they package, so when something goes wrong then customers can reference the packers number for accountability purposes. Otherwise, this will continue to be a problem for future customers.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer

I am sorry to hear your having issue’s with shipping of your U3 Cooler. Please feel free to contact CoolerMaster we would be happy to exchange the cooler for you at no cost to you. You can reach us at the link below for RMA replacement.

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

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  • Yeeleng T.
  • 6/26/2014 7:56:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat but not really worth $40

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: Cools my laptop great, probably about 12+ degrees at full speed. Looks nice, decent airflow, fan controller works fine.

Cons: The metal is pretty flimsy. It wiggles a bit when you type fast. Also the fan control clamp isn't very strong and tends to slide off easily. The rubber parts aren't as grippe as I would like. Isn't very comfortable using in lap.

Other Thoughts: The intake vents on the bottom of my laptop are directly where my GPU and both heat pipes are so that probably explains why my cooling temps are so good. I really wish that the thickness of the metal was like 2x thicker, the wiggling is pretty bad... well horrible actually, but it's kinda bearable I guess. I got the U3 for my 15.6in laptop and it fits fine, but I should have gotten the U2 just so it fits better with my laptop.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer

I am sorry to hear your having issue with your NotePal U3 Cooler. Please feel free to contact us for part request placement or if you have any questions about our CM products. I would also like to link below out other model designed for Lap cooling.

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

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  • Jason B.
  • 5/29/2014 11:16:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome cool pad!

This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 3 Moveable High Performance Fans – Black

Pros: Very nice cool pad, keeps my laptop cool under multi-hour gaming sessions.

Cons: The feet that hold the fans to the housing break easily. I fixed this with a couple zip ties and have not had any issues since then.

Other Thoughts: I game with a gaming keyboard/mouse and headset. The design of this unit is perfect for cable management. I mounted a small USB hub to the cool pad as well as all excess wires. This makes moving around the house extremely easy. I would definitely recommend this item.

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