Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad

Last updated date: October 14, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9

Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad

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Overall Take

The distinctive feature of this pad are the three cooling fans that can be repositioned as needed. This allows users to target the areas on their laptop where heat is produced the most. A handle and safety strap allows it to be used as a carrying case. In our analysis of 18 expert reviews, the Cooler Master Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS Laptop Cooling Pad placed 3rd when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 14, 2020:
Checkout The Best Laptop Cooling Pad for a detailed review of all the top laptop cooling pads.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
1,690 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This usually work pretty well, but all laptops are different and heat comes from different places on each laptop. Knowing this Cooler Master has developed the NotePal U3, which features 3 80mm fans that can be positioned anywhere on the notebook cooler. Let’s take a look at the NotePal U3 and see if this design works well.
- Think Computers
It will keep your legs free of the "hot" most notebook users are used to already.
- Tweak Town
What experts didn't like
if it is sold as a notebook cooler, it fails to do that well
- Tweak Town

From The Manufacturer

Three configurable fans allow you to reposition and target your laptop's specific heat zones

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TECKNET Ultra Slim Laptop Cooling Pad
2. TECKNET Ultra Slim Laptop Cooling Pad
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Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad
3. Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 2
AFMAT Double Blower Laptop Cooling Pad
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Pccooler Angle Adjustable Laptop Cooling Pad
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AICHESON 5 Fan Laptop Cooling Pad
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An Overview On Laptop Cooling Pads

Most of us love the satisfying click-clack of a laptop keyboard, whether it’s the result of a day’s hard work or a hardcore gaming session. But there’s one sound we don’t want to hear coming out of our laptop, and that’s the internal fan. If you hear that fan on full blast for long periods of time, and still feel your computer heating up? Chances are you’re either running too much software on old hardware or you’re pushing a gaming laptop to its limits.

In either case, there’s one relatively cheap way way to bring down the heat: A laptop cooling pad.

The concept behind these pads is simple. They use tiny fans to blow cool air directly onto the underside of your computer, where heat normally gets trapped. That gives the internal fans a break and reduces the chance of overheating. It’s not likely to improve your processing power by leaps and bounds, but it can certainly help if you’re testing the limits of your laptop.

Mind you, there are cooling pads that are simply made of heat-resistant materials or have grooves to promote airflow. Unless you’re on a strict budget, give these pads a miss. Despite their name, they won’t do much to bring the temperature down.

When it comes to the cooling pads with fans, the criteria is much the same as if you were buying a regular ceiling fan. You want something that pushes a lot of air, and ideally does it quietly. Many pads will advertise powerful fans and cite the RPM as a measure of their speed. A more useful stat is CFM, or cubic feet per minute. That actually measures how much air is being moved by a fan, and a good cooling pad should be able to reach at 50-60 CFM at the highest setting.

Bear in mind that unlike your laptop, those fans will be running constantly. That’s where efficiency comes in. Loud whooshing noises can be a buzzkill on intense gaming sessions, so you’ll want to make sure your pad isn’t louder than your laptop itself. Most high-powered pads operate at around 50-55 dB, though they can be much quieter on the lower settings.

There’s a variety of configurations on cooling pads, so don’t just consider the interior workings. Make sure to pick the pad that suits your environment. If you work at a desk, a flat or slightly inclined pad may be all you need. If you use your laptop on your actual lap most of the time — say, in bed or on the couch — you may want a cooling pad with a tapered frame around it, or side vents so that the airflow doesn’t get hampered by your sheets.

DWYM Fun Fact

Laptop cooling pads are one imaginative way of improving your tech through a simple temperature change, but they’re hardly the first. In techie lore, a busted hard drive could sometimes be fixed by putting it inside a plastic bag and leaving it in the freezer. This would constrict the metal enough to allow any “stuck” disks to spin. While this may have worked once or twice, don’t try it at home: The formation of ice crystals would do more harm than good to most modern drives.

The Laptop Cooling Pad Buying Guide

One thing to remember, especially if you’re a multi-tasker: Cooling pads don’t run on their own power. Most of them need to be docked into one of the USB ports on your laptop, which means you’ll have one less slot to charge your phones or power other peripherals. If that’s an issue, look for a cooling pad that has a pass-through USB port, or possibly even several if you need the extra hook-ups.