Cooler Master Notepal Ergo 360 Laptop Cooling Pad Review




Testing notebook coolers can be a bit tricky, as we have yet to find a reliable fan speed controller for our Dell XPS laptop (readers, throw us a comment if you know of something we can use!).  Fan speeds on notebooks often work like this:  a load is applied and temperature goes up, then the fan kicks up a bunch and cools the CPU back down, so the fan speeds relaxes, then the temps go up, and that cycle tends to oscillate during temperature testing.  As a result, we've been better off monitoring the fan activity of the notebook, which has its own benefits.  If the fan in your notebook (which is highly integrated and difficult/expensive to replace) isn't working as hard, it's a fairly safe bet you should see some lifetime improvement from it.  Our old torture-test notebook has since succumbed to a graphics card failure, and so we'll observe fan speed behavior in different usage environments.


During stress testing and gaming, when the fan is usually automatically at full speed, we saw a slight reduction of the fan speed, where it would frequently dip to around 90% fan speed.  Since only one of the fans is near the CPU and the GPU is located a bit farther forward, we didn't see quite as much of a reduction when compared to the coolers which had larger fans.  The fans have a more noticeable noise because it's higher-pitched than larger fans, but with a notebook sitting ontop they're still very quiet.  The vanes, which push the airflow slightly forward, created airflow that could be lightly felt on my wrists, which is a nice auxiliary benefit.  The notebook surfaces were notably cooler, albeit only slightly, but the bottom was significantly cooler to the touch.  The large aluminum top creates a large heatsink area as well, and combined with the airflow helps wick heat away from the critical components.


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