Summary: You are not meant to spread this paste at all, proper application involves putting a pea-sized dot in the middle of the heatspreader, and then directly apply the heatsink on top of it. The plastic tool included is for helping to scrape off old, dried thermal paste.
Pros: Very effective, helped reduce laptop temps by 10C, works very well with my Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo in my main pc. Easy to apply, generous amount in tube for multiple applications. Picked it up for a reasonable price at Best Buy.
Summary: If you use the spread method to apply your paste stay away from this one. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Don't come back later and give a negative review. Rice sized dot right in the middle works best.
Pros: This paste reduced the temperatures by 5c on my i5 4670k 4.5ghz, 1.25v. Before I used the the paste that is included with the 212 evo and this is better by a lot. The 212 evo tends to be softer, almost like mayo, and I don't like it. This thing worked perfect for me as it is a thick paste and it ...
Cons: Not that big of a con, but the price is on the expensive side of thermal compounds but it does a great job.