- Category: Mobile
- Published: Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:46
- Written by Chad Kirchner
Today we are going to take a look at Cooler Masters new Notepal U Stand. It’s similar in design to a few of their previous models, but with the stand functionality paired up with the Notepal’s adjustability it has the potential to be great product. Rather than do the same-ol laptop cooler review, our new writer JD will be taking a look at the Notepal U Stand. JD will be covering the Notepal U Stand from a consumer point of view rather our typical technical perspective. Combined with the Notepal U Stand’s features it should make for a good read, click to find out how it turned out.
Laptop cooling products are something we have seen more and more of on the market. You can usually find something designed for your purpose just by looking around. You might be going for cooling, comfort, or some combination of the two. The Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim aims for the cooling side of things with an emphasis on being compact and portable.
Recently we reviewed a few items from Arctic Cooling that help gamers stay cool under pressure. A gamer won't get the opportunity though if their rig can't do the same. You don't have to have a top-of-the-line gaming laptop to worry about its temps; the nature of all that hardware in such a little space is cause enough to create concerns. Arctic Cooling has also has a solution for your mobile computing companion, and today we sit down with the notebook cooler to put it to the gamer's test.
Verizon and other carriers may subsidize your initial phone purchase but you may not know that your fancy new DROID Incredible would cost you $529.99 to replace at retail price. That is a great reason to invest in a quality case to protect your new toy phone. Notice the key word, invest. A case can be far more than a way to decorate or distinguish your phone. OtterBox, a company we have seen before a few times, is known for their ultra-durable cases. When you’re talking about protecting a $500+ portable computer you want the best right? We are going to take a look at their Commuter Series case for the Incredible, let’s jump in.
With today’s smartphones costing up to $600 bucks to replace without insurance it’s amazing that we all just throw them around without a worry in the world. It doesn’t help that manufactures are using large glass panels on the full touch smart phones making them even more susceptible to breakage. That’s where company’s like Seidio come in. Seidio manufactures cases and accessories for popular phones. Today I have the chance to put their Innocase II Surface Combo to the test on the HTC Incredible.
With 14 other notebook cooling solutions just posted up here on LanOC Reviews currently and more coming, there is no question that the notebook accessory market is growing quickly. Even with so many notebook coolers on the market, it’s still rare to find many that are made specifically for the gaming crowd. NZXT did just that with their Cryo S cooler for 10-15 inch laptops. Let’s take a closer look at it
Fresh out of the testing for the CM Storm Inferno, Senior Editor Wes was enlightened to the need of a cooling solution for his newly purchased 18.4" gaming laptop. His plight isn't an uncommon one: gaming notebook users often find standard coolers insufficient, especially for widescreen models. When we heard the Storm line was introducing a laptop cooler designed to fill that very void, Wes jumped at the opportunity. You may ask yourself why he isn't writing this article; he's too busy playing an uninterrupted game of Civilization V. Thanks Cooler Master!
Convenience is a large deciding factor when it comes to a laptop purchase, so it only makes sense that a company would want to appeal to that notion when designing accessories for one. A great way to tackle this challenge is to improve upon a restriction or set-back, which is exemplified by a cooler's ability to reduce the high heat factor in a notebook. Today we look at the NC2500Plus, a cooler that has set out to do just that and fulfil another demand that laptop users often run into.
A while back, we had the opportunity to review the Notepal U2, a simple laptop cooling base constructed of light aluminum. One of the most appealing features of the cooler was the unique adjustable fan system, which was effective and convenient to use. On my desk now sits the U3, the former's larger brother designed for widescreen models, which is perfect for a gaming notebook such as mine.
With the flood of high-performance gaming mice on the market today, each contending with a myriad of features designed to provide the greatest aid in performance, it's easy to underestimate just about anything else. This reviewer, one who often games on a laptop in a recliner, using the nearest lamp stand as a mouse surface, can appreciate all the factors that create a good experience with a smaller factor wireless mouse. Today I kick back with Choiix's newest entry, the Cruiser, to see how it stacks up.
Palm is a company determined to bring the power of mobile devices to the consumers, but also have a specific way of doing so. Focused on providing the best way interface for the use of their products, working with user instincts has been a goal of their latest projects, as seen in the Palm Pre and Pixi. Today, we have received a sample of each of the new Palm Plus line, including both the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus.
Being on both the host and attendee side of numerous LAN parties, portability becomes just as important as power. That conundrum, paired with being a full-time student, prompted me to purchase a custom built gaming laptop. My editor, however, took a different route, building a miniature 'LAN rig' the size of a lunchbox. That's when our testing lights flicked on: which is the better solution?
Cooler Master is well-known for their Notepal line of notebook cooling options, a family of products most of which we've had the pleasure of reviewing. Furthering their coverage of mobile computers, the Choiix brand from CM offers several new designs including cooler, sleeves, and mice that focus on portability as well as comfortability. Today I sit down with such a hybrid, the Comforter Lapdesk.
The notebook cooling market has lately been flooded with makes and models, each attempting to tackle the heat issue that often comes with portable computers, especially in those used for gaming. Antec sent us out their Notebook Cooler To Go, which is designed as you may have guess to be portable. Having reviewed similar products in the past, that portability is often acquired through the sacrifice of performance. Given Antec's reputation for effciency, I was anxious to see how the Cooler To Go stacked up against not only it's similar-sized competition but also the bulkier models that are often required for higher cooling rates.
The NotePal laptop cooling line from Cooler Master has several options in it's arsenal, many (if not all) that we've had the pleasure of reviewing. However, when we saw their latest addition to the series at CES 2010, we we're anxious to get our hands on it. The ErgoStand boasts many of the features that have made past models so popular, and sports some great new additions of it's own. Fresh to the market, today I sit down with a sample to put to the test.