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This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim - Ultra Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160 mm Fan
Pros: Fan IS silent, and item is durable. USB cable is well placed to be out of the way and the pass-through is nice.
Cons: Does NOT fit 17" laptops. My 17" laptop hangs off on all sides.
Also, doesnt seem to actually effect cooling that much. Maybe 4 or 5 degrees C.
Pros: The machine is excellent, it can handle every game I've thrown at it on highest graphic settings, has a large screen with excellent resolution and a durable case. A very good gaming rig.
Cons: The machine has two major drawbacks however.
First, it runs HOT. Cooling pad required. Playing a cpu intensive game without a cooling pad I hit a cpu temperature of 90 degrees celsius, so it seems whatever cooling the machine has is inadequate. The left side in particular, where the fan is, gets hot, and the space between the mousepad and keyboard often gets untouchably hot.
Second, it seems that it either has a bad wireless driver or that its wireless capabilities are simply bad. While the specifications page advertises high connection speeds, in reality after unboxing and setup I was unable to get past 250Kbps. Using the disk that came with the device, I uninstalled and reinstalled the WLAN driver and it was a little bit better, getting me to about 500 Kbps, but still no where near what was advertised or what would be appropriate for a gaming computer. My suspicion was that the provided WLAN driver was bad and that if I found a better one it would be acceptable. I emailed MSI customer service, and never heard back from them, which shocks me because MSI is usually good about their customer support.
Other Thoughts: The machine itself gets 4 eggs. A cooling pad can minimize the heat problem, and I suspect a WLAN driver update would fix the wireless issue. The customer service was bad and nearly convinced me to give this 3 eggs, but this review is on the machine, not poor customer service.READ FULL REVIEW