The Notepal S is made to not only keep your notebook cool by providing better airflow to the underside, but to elevate the monitor so it is at the eye level of the typical LCD monitor of your every day desktop computer.
So sure, the iXoft might look like a small quilt or over sized pot-holder to throw on your lap so you can use your notebook in comfort, but a quilt's just going to make your notebook run hotter. At $25 to $30 retail, the iXoft Notebook Cooler from Thermaltake isn't cheap. But it keeps your lap comfortable and your laptop cool.
The Micro Temp MTPRO is a fun tool. Essentially point it at something you want to know the temperature of and it will tell you. Take one of these bad boys to a party and things will really get interesting. People will start taking the temperature of their drinks, the wall, the light bulbs.. even each others heads.