Cooler Master NotePal LapAir Cooler - Performance and Conclusion

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Performance and Conclusion

NotePal LapAir Performance:

LapAir Used To get some baseline temperatures for the laptop we first ran it on the Lenovo Advanced Dock doing some Prime95 to get things heated up.  While many may say that this is not a typical situation for a laptop to be ran at 100% load, many people today use their laptops for 3D Modeling and light workstation rendering.  This puts the laptop under huge amounts of stress and things heat up quickly.  CPU temperature was recorded with CoreTemp and was logged to record the maximum temperature reached.  The full-load was applied for 1 hour and then all applications were closed for 20 minutes to gain an idle temperature.  This load/idle situation was repeated with the computer on the LapAir and compared with the same numbers from the Thermaltake Massive23 LX.  The results are displayed below.  

 

Please keep in mind that the ThinkPad T410 runs a toasty Core i7-620M 2.66GHz processor that "Turbo's" up to 3.1GHz.  Also the temperatures recorded below are CPU Core temperatures and these are always reported much warmer than "standard" CPU temperatures.  With that in mind, take a look and see how much the Cooler Master LapAir compares to the Massive23 LX and the to the stifling Lenovo Dock.

 Temperatures

Because of the small heatsink on the CPU and the fact that we are recording CPU Core temperatures, we don't see a lot of cooling gains when running full load on the Core i7 CPU.  At idle though, the LapAir makes a huge difference.  It drops the idle temperature a whopping 12°C lower than the Massive23 LX and 29°C lower than the Lenovo Dock.  It is the loudest solution of the bunch, but if cooling and stability are important, this could make all the difference to your system.

On Lap
On Lap
Side Profile on LapAir
Side Profile

 

 

Final Thoughts:

The Cooler Master LapAir does exactly what it's supposed to do - cool down your laptop.  I use my T410 as my main workstation and it sits in a pretty fancy dock that allows me a bunch of extra USB connections, eSATA ports, 2 Display Ports, 2 DVI ports and a lot more.  The only downside to this dock is that it hinders airflow and cooling.  This was never more apparent than when I pulled it out of the dock and used in on the LapAir - both on my desk and when watching some NHL playoffs for a few days. The LapAir is probably worth the price, but with the extra noise it adds to your system, it may not be the best choice.  While it may not seem like much, the noise is very noticeable and reminds me of working with a large desktop PC instead of a quiet laptop.  Still, if you've got a toasty hot laptop, this cooler will probably perform better than many other coolers on the market.  Overall, this is how we feel it breaks down:

Pros:

  • Pretty durable, plastic construction
  • Removable Fan grill to clean unit
  • Cable storage and management
  • Excellent Cooling
  • USB Pass-Through doesn't hog a port
  • Easily fits up to 17" laptops

Cons:

  • Loudest Laptop cooler we've tested

BCCRating

Silver 

 

I'd like to thank Cooler Master for sending out the LapAir for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them at the "Comments" link below.