As well as cooling your notebook, the NotePal has another useful function. It angles your notebook in to a much more comfortable position for typing. For people who use their notebooks as a desktop machine, this is pretty handy.
From the bottom you can see the intake for the fans. There is also a small compartment for storing the USB cable. This is probably the only poorly designed aspect of this device. It's too small and it takes a lot of jiggery pokery to get the cable to actually fit. It's such a hassle, that I would end up just throwing the cable loose in to my bag.
The NotePal P1 is stylish, functional and well priced. Aside from the small compartment, it's well designed. If you're after protecting your investment, this would be worthy of consideration.