PROS / With a max airflow of 76.6 CFM, this cooling pad offers exceptional cooling performance.
CONS / It lacks the features that allow for lap use and angle adjustment.
VERDICT / The Cooler Master NotePal X3 offers unrivalled airflow and a sharp gamer-oriented design. However, some users may feel limited by its lack of additional features.
The NotePal X3 is an impressive laptop cooling pad from Cooler Master with best-in-class cooling abilities that have earned it widespread popularity. With is aggressive, gamer-oriented design and large 200mm fan, it's no wonder that many gamers have made the X3 their laptop cooler of choice.
While analyzing the design of this laptop cooler, it becomes obvious that Cooler Master has placed a priority on maximum cooling performance. While it does a great job at cooling, it is also missing some additional features.
These missing features are mostly related to the ways you can use the cooler. For example, many coolers have some sort of integrated kickstand that can be employed to elevate a gaming laptop to eye level. This isn't the case with the X3. Other coolers use neoprene and rounded edges to make the cooler comfortable for lap use, which is a feature that is missing here.
For gamers who prioritize cooling ability and aren't concerned with the extra features, the X3 may be the best choice of laptop cooler. Its singular fan delivers an impressive airflow of up to 76.5 CFM – the most of any cooler we reviewed – and it still manages to keep noise levels down to a respectable 23 dBA.
Because it sits at only a slight angle, there is no need for any sort of grip to keep the laptop in place. The top of the device is instead covered with a metal mesh panel that is durable but allows for maximum airflow to your laptop. The controls for this cooler are found on its left side and they allow you to adjust the fan's speed, turn it off entirely and toggle the blue LEDs that illuminate the interior of the cooler.
Also on its left side is the mini USB port that is used to connect the cooler to your laptop for power. Next to this mini USB port is a USB out port, which conveniently replaces the one required by the cooler for power.
As for help and support, Cooler Master offers a one-year warranty on all of its cooling pads and does a great job of making information on its products available via manuals, FAQs, forums and more. Accessing much of this information requires a free account, but it's not too much trouble. If you'd prefer to contact Cooler Master directly, you can also get answers to your questions via email, phone, live chat or one of the company's many social media outlets.
The Cooler Master NotePal X3 is a simple laptop cooler. While it lacks some additional features, it also offers impressive cooling performance. You can't adjust its height or use it comfortably in your lap, but it is the most powerful cooler that we reviewed – a distinction that makes it a great option for gamers.