The Cooler Master Note Pal U Series of laptop coolers is designed with cost and simplicity in mind.
When I first looked at the Cooler Master Note Pal U3 laptop cooler I have to admit my first thoughts were ‘this is it?’
A basic metal frame housing a few fans, there didn’t seem to be very much here for me to review. A few minutes later though, I began to realize that despite the lack of functionality, the Cooler Master U Series is not actually designed with functionality in mind, instead it has been designed for simplicity and cost effectiveness. Despite how often words like this secretly hide poor design and unreliable components, the Cooler Master U Series seems to be fairly high quality, and very well designed.
But before I get ahead of myself, lets cover the basics. The Cooler Master U Series comes in three forms.
Cooler Master U1 Laptop Cooler
The Cooler Master U1 is designed for laptops up to 14 inches in size and has one cooling fan powering it.
Cooler Master U2 Laptop Cooler
The Cooler Master U2 is designed for laptops up to 17 inches in size and has two fans powering it.
Cooler Master U3 Laptop Cooler
The Cooler Master U3 is the big daddy, supporting laptops up to 19 inches in size, and with three fans providing copious amounts of airflow!
Cooler Master U Series Laptop Cooler Review
Now that I have the brief description of the small differences in the series out of the way, lets get down to the nitty gritty.
The Cooler Master U Series laptop coolers are very simplistic at first glance, a thin aluminum frame houses one to three fans. The aluminum frame helps dissipate heat away from your computer’s hotspots.
What is particularly unique about these Cooler Master laptop coolers is that the fans can easily be positioned in different areas underneath the laptop cooler, this helps to ensure the airflow is where you need it to be. Adjustable fan positions are a rare and unique feature in laptop coolers, which is surprising since they really do help you get the very best laptop cooling per fan.
The fans which come with the Cooler Master U Series are average 80mm fans. These are more than sufficient enough for most people, but it might not be enough for gaming laptops, or people who are looking for silent running fans.
The Cooler Master U Series also comes with an adjustable clip on fan speed controller, this also helps keep the cables tidy and will allow you to position your laptop cooler wire right by a spare USB port.
While in some ways the Cooler Master U Series laptop cooler is fantastic, it’s lack of features such as a USB pass through port may be an issue to some. The thin frame does also feel a little flimsy when compared to many of it’s more sturdy brethren.
Despite these minor drawbacks the Cooler Master U Series is a fantastic set of laptop coolers that is extremely low cost considering the flexibility and quality it provides