Overall, the cooling performance of the Notepal X3 should be more than adequate for a wide variety of high performance laptops. If you really need more than what a 200mm fan offers you, Cooler Master also has their high-end SF-19 cooler available as well. The styling adds a bit of personality to a relatively simple accessory, and the blue LEDs and accents add a splash of color to it as well. The mesh top is sturdy and airy, and the LED and fan switches are in a convenient location on the left side. We would like to see more than a single USB 2.0 port on the side, but it's nice to at least not lose a port when using the cooler.
The little details which add moreso to Cooler Master's offering are the cable management posts and clips on the underside, the ability for an additional tilt setting, and venting of some of the airflow out front intended to keep your palms and wrists cool and sweat-free. Ther overall build quality is quite good, as there is little creak or flex, and all of the components fit together cleanly. The ability to accommodate 17-inch laptops with gamer styling at a reasonable $39.99 price tage rounds out the package.
- 200mm fan provides quiet operation and good airflow
- Gamer-pleasing color scheme (and ability to toggle LED and fan)
- Solid construction
- Relatively bulky
- Only one USB 2.0 port
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