Setup & Testing
Getting the NotePal ErgoStand setup is pretty simple. First you are probably going to want to install the 2 anti-slip props. You will notice 2 grooves towards the bottom of the ErgoStand. Take the props and place them in the grooves then either push them to the left or right to lock them in. These will keep your laptop from falling off the ErgoStand when you have it in a vertical position.
You can see the ErgoStand with the recently reviewed Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13-inch laptop and my Dell XPS M1210 laptop. Both are smaller laptops, I would assume a 17-inch laptop would extend over the ends of the ErgoStand but it would still work.
To test the Ergo stand we will be using the Dell XPS M1210 laptop. I have turned the fans on it all the way up and we are using Prime 95 to put a full load on the CPU to generate heat. We are going to run 3 different tests. The first is going to be without a notebook stand at all, then we are going to use the NotePal ErgoStand on its lowest vertical setting and then it’s highest. The fan on the ErgoStand is also turned all the way up. Here are the results from that test…
As you can see the NotePal Ergo stand did a great job keeping our laptop cool. A 5-7 degree difference during idle and a 15-16 degree difference during load! Not bad at all!