Coolermaster Notepal A200 Notebook Cooler Review



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I tested this pad with an HP Envy 17 (which is notorious for running hot) during both normal use and gaming. The A200 performed beautifully, noticeably reducing surface temperatures of the Envy and making it far more comfortable to use. The typical ‘hot spots’ on the aluminum bodied notebook remained comfortable to the touch, even after hours of heavy, non-stop use with the laptop’s thermal control system (called CoolSense by HP) feature turned off.  The end result is less stress on the notebook's cooling system and better overall acoustics.  Overall, with the lack of specific on-board fan controls, we can't deduce the overall temperature benefit on indidvidual components as the chassis and CPU fans will cycle based upon the BIOS' ramp schedule (which we aren't allowed to touch) so we can't isolate the cooler in the overall cooling system.


Final Thoughts


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Very few laptop coolers are portable, powerful and elegant enough to fit into nearly any environment or setup; Coolermaster’s A200 NotePal does a great job of walking this fine line of business professional and gaming practical. It is a logical addition to nearly any laptop setup and should help prolong the life of your computer by keeping important components cooler without overworking your machine’s built-in fan.  For those with premium aluminum-bodied laptops like the HP Envy or a MacBook, they will pair nicely with the A200.  The A200 leaves little to desire, with good airflow, great build quality, quiet operation, fan control, and good ergonomics, although some might really miss the two extra USB ports that the A200 omits.


The Good

  • Ergonomic design is very comfortable to use
  • Very stable - even when fully elevated
  • Anti-slip pads on the surface of the cooling pad do a great job holding the laptop in place
  • Quiet fans, even when running at full speed
  • Fan speed control dial
  • Two extra USB ports on the base

The Bad

  • Not the best solution for use away from a desk or other hard surface

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# swathi 2013-03-29 01:57
coolers are well suited to laptops that have vents on its base because it prevents these vents from being blocked regardless of what ever surface the laptop is used on.fore,these multi-surface coolers are suitable for use on
and uneven/soft surfaces and outdoors.