It has been quite a heated debate regarding which cooling pad to buy this summer, which can actually take care of your overheating Laptop. We've been testing a lot of cooling pads up till now and we have shortlisted two cooling pads that not only performs well but also doesn't costs you an arm and a leg!
As you've already read from the title, the two monster cooling pads we'll be comparing are Cooler Master's Notepal X3 and Thermaltake's Massive 23 LX cooling pads. Before we present to you the results, let's take a look at the specifications of both cooling machines.
Cooler Master Notepal X3:-
- Mesh surface that enables the proper amount of airflow to cool down your notebook when you most need it.
- Controllable High speed 200 mm fan with a blue LED and a hands cooler to provides a gentle breeze.
- Works with most laptops from 15 to 17 inches
- 2 height settings give you the right level of play so you can have it set at your ideal angle.
Thermaltake Massive 23 LX:-
- A massive controllable 230mm fan, that is effectively quiet as possible and has an attractive blue LED.
- Low power consumption uses a USB connection from your laptop to make it function.
- Suitable for any laptop that’s from 10 to 17 inches.
- Built in storage compartment comes in handy for carrying extra cables or small objects.
Here are the benchmarks for both the cooling pads on Lenovo T410:-
Further more, we tested these both coolers on Dell's Inspiron 15R SE and found out that CoolerMaster X3 worked quite great as compared with all other tested coolers.
We tested it for 15 minutes while playing Crysis 2 with and without the cooler. The X3 was our top performer, dropping our average notebook temperature from 88 degrees to 84.1 degrees.
Without a cooler, the Dell Inspiron 15R SE's hottest spots were on the bottom of the notebook, at the upper middle and the lower left as well, both of which measured 94 degrees. With the X3, the upper middle area was only 81 degrees and the lower left 83 degrees. The keyboard temperature decreased slightly, measuring 91 without a cooler and 90 with the X3.
Our favorite feature on the X3 is the front vent, which helped keep our hands cool. This was fantastic when we used a trackpad or typed, as our hands remained cool and dry even as our notebook heated up.
UPDATE: It has been few years now since we have been using the X3 cooler. It turns out that it works great and even has become a necessity for our aging laptop (Dell's Inspiron 15R SE :P) which has experienced dusty vents. ,It proved to be really useful to prevent overheating of the laptop during normal usage!
Keeping in view all the results, Notepal X3 is the clear winner. Despite the fact that Thermaltake Massive 23 LX has a larger fan, it's airflow performance is weak which is why Notepal X3 takes the lead!