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Friday, August 26, 2011

Cooler Master Notepal U2 Notebook Cooler with Two Fans R9-NBC-8PBK-GP--A Disappointment


Simple, 25 years in the computer business I saw more machines killed by heat and dirt than any other cause. This little baby has quietly dissipated the heat from my notebook for well over a year with no negative issues. The big three; data protection,power protection and heat protection are not addressed by this unit, just heat and it does it well. If you don't have one, get one!
Model R9-NBC-8PBK-GP(Black) Dimension 343 x 266 x58.6mm
13.5” x 10.5” x2.3”
Material Aluminum andRubber
Weight 582g; 1.3lbs
Compatibility Supportsall 14”-15” laptops and up to 17”
Fan Dimension 80 x 80x 10mm (two fans included)
UPC Code 884102006180(Black)

Addendum 2/5/12:

I still think this unit does a nice job cooling but I am grossly disappointed in Cooler Master’s customer service. Admittedly the unit does a good job but the original fans now groan like Eagle fans watching old Donovan McNabb throw a bullet to TO’s feet.

To me, a major selling feature of the unit was the “easily replaced” fans. They snap out and are readily available. Well they do snap out, they are NOT readily available and Cooler Master parts was the only place I could find them. The price is reasonable, $6.99 for a pair of fans but the shipping of $9.98 simply means that you are putting out $16.97 to replace the now very noisy fans.

What is frustrating is that you can go to Amazon, New Egg, Buy.com or E-Bay and replace the entire unit for as little as $5.00 including shipping. I found a Targus unit that was very similar for $6.99 and free shipping at Amazon. (free shipping with a $25 order) My beef is that I ship things, the shipping and handling should not be $10. Cooler Master obviously wants you to buy a new, complete unit rather than repair the old. Shame on you Cooler Master for contributing to the throw away society.

My solution is to buy the $5.00 dual fan set at Amazon and slide it under the very nice Cooler Master notebook stand that used to be a notebook cooler before the fans died. Stop back to see if the $5.00 including shipping fans work.

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