Date: November 14th, 2005
Article by: Jeff Caldwell (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & WALKTHROUGH
The black low profile fans are under the metal grating and are whisper quiet even while set to the highest speed setting. As you can see in the photos, the fans are more like a turbine for greater flow with less noise. No one will ever want a roaring cooling pad under their quiet laptop.
Under the unit you can see the bottom half of the fan pods, as well as four wide gripping feet and what to most people looks like a place you would install batteries.
But actually the compartment is not for batteries, but for the USB power cord. This compartment is actually a very helpful little addition to the cooling unit. When not in use, you don't have to worry about losing the cord or finding a place to store the cord in your laptop bag.
The cooling pad is powered through the +5volt signal in the USB ports. The USB power cord itself is about a foot long, and instead of just taking up a USB port for power, Antec was smart enough to design it with a USB pass-through. Since most laptops only have one or two ports, this was an excellent design feature.
On the side of the Notebook Cooler there is a very bright blue LED to show if the unit is getting power and a switch to change the fan speed between low and high. Seeing that high setting is so quiet, I would just stick to using it and allowing the laptop to breathe as well as possible. The only situation which I would use the low setting would be if you were on strict battery power.