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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [04.13.04]
Manufactured by: Cooler Master

Est. Street Price: $30.00

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The idea behind the Coolpad is not to significantly decrease CPU or Graphics temperatures. Instead, it is to help prevent the main notebook fan from going into 'high' mode under full load. If you have a notebook, you know how annoying these small, high-RPM fans can be when the engage while you're trying to watch a DVD or play a game.

In these terms, the Coolpad did its job perfectly. The only problem is that it tends to be louder than the notebook fan when NOT under load, so it's not always necessary to have. Because there is no USB hub, there are few other reasons to use this product.

We do have a performance chart for you. Flat thermistors were places in 5 different areas on the bottom of my personal notebook (a P4M non-Centrino 1.6 GHz, with powerstep disabled) under full CPU load (using Prime95). The results of all 5 areas were averaged to give an overall temperature score.

As you can see, it's not a significant amount, but enough to keep things as cool as possible.

And there is no denying that the Coolpad is one sweet looking accessory...

Not spectacular performance by any stretch, but as you'll see when we review more notebook coolers, the Coolpad has some advantages. The main one being that it is USB-powered, and does not require an electrical outlet.

Another is that it fits 15" laptops quite well:

And it looks great too.

My main issue is that the MSRP is around $30, which is quite a bit more than some of the competing coolers you'll find (such as these, one of which is just $13). For $30, you'd at least expect a USB cable to power the fans with!

  • Looks awesome
  • Performs pretty well
  • Fits 15" notebooks
  • USB powered
  • Includes carrying case
  • All-aluminum

  • Expensive
  • Performance doesn't blow you away