Anyone who's ever operated a laptop computer, well... on their lap, for any extended period of time knows that after a while the bottom of that shiny new notebook starts to get uncomfortably warm. Despite all the latest cooling techniques like copper heatpipe sinks, blower fans and processors that use less voltage and automatically reduce speed, the fact still remains that you're cramming a whole bunch of heat-generating components into the smallest space possible. It just makes sense that things are bound to get a little warm.
My Compaq Presario 900 notebook is no exception to the rule. I recently replaced the 1600+ Thoroughbred core with a 2400+ Barton that uses less voltage despite its faster clock speed, and it seems to run a bit cooler too judging by how often the fans come on, but it can still chase you back to a desk after only a half-hour or so of use. Certainly you'd be hard pressed to withstand the life of a full battery charge, unless there was some way to keep the thing from direct contact with your thighs.
Of course laptop coolers of various forms have been around for years, from special insulating pads to stands to things with fins and fans, but for every different type you see there are a myriad of mixed reviews over whether they're actually very effective or not. I must admit I'm a bit of a skeptic and never bought into these kinds of products, but when Cooler Master, who's been in the PC cooling business for 10 years, said they were sending over one of their new Notepal P1's, I couldn't wait to try it out.
Think the Notepal can keep things cool? Let's find out!