Date: March 12th, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHOUGH
I wish that they had mounted the power cable on the rear of the connector. Through using this cooler on two different laptops, I found that the cord will get in the way of various connections including other USB ports. This is just a minor oversight, but it is something that can be easily fixed and will make this product ever easier to use.
PRODUCT USE & IMPRESSIONS
Once the laptop is propped up on the cooler, the added tilt to the laptop's base makes for a rather comfortable typing experience much like when you elevate your keyboard on your standard desktop computer. You could even call it ergonomic. It was a lot more comfortable and would be a good feature for laptop manufacturers to add natively to their laptops if it hasn't been.
Another advantage was the nice cool airflow that will flow around where you will be using an external mouse. The airflow kept my hand cool, dry and comfortable. Far more comfortable than a hot, sticky and slimy hand that I am used to when I am hard at work. I used this product throughout my CES experience and it was a gift from heaven.
When it comes to the two speed settings, the low fan option was more than adequate for the job and it significantly reduced the amount of CPU fan spin up under high loads. In fact, it cut it by 50%. The low setting is barely audible thanks to the silent turbine fans. The high speed option did increase the amount of air flow significantly, but it also raised the noise levels as well. It was loud enough to be deemed a little annoying. Overall, the product works as intended and beyond.