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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Review Note: This testing section is mostly observation, because the laptop has no working temperature gauges, and Motherboard Monitor's readings were insanely incorrect.
This product made me wonder, I couldn't see how it could do anything noticeable. None the less I put it through a good portion of tests to see if it really could keep my laptop cooler.
To start, I plugged the unit into my laptop, and just held my hand over it to see how much airflow this unit was really pushing. On both settings, I could barely feel anything coming out of the unit. This was obviously making me think my skepticism were right on the money.
To test the unit itself, I left my laptop to idle (with DC power) for 4 hours without the cooler on, then with the cooler on low, then with the cooler on high. Since there were no definite temperatures, I could only go by touch of the main component sections on the bottom of the laptop.
With the fans on the low setting, the change was pretty much insubstantial; all the main components were slightly cooler, so if your laptop was prone to overheating, I would estimate you'd get an extra half hour to hour out of it.
With the fans on the high setting though, the change was actually pretty decent. You could feel the components were a few degrees cooler, which would definitely help reduce overheating issues and overall definitely have your laptop working in a cooling working environment.
CONCLUSIONS & AFTERTHOUGHTS
Antec has created this device to stop over heating issues with laptops, and it does just that if you use the high speed setting. I personally don't like the idea of having to carry another piece of equipment for my laptop; it is supposed to be portable after all.
So if your laptop has heat issues, this is a great buy… if you don't mind carrying something else in your laptop bag… otherwise, there are alternative options you can look into.
Editor's Addition: When I was personally using the device, I found it did indeed fit perfectly in my laptop bag's accessory compartment and seeing it was so light weight, there was no difference in overall bag heft. It is a good addition for a computer that will be static for long period in low airflow environments, but not necessary to bring to your local coffee shop for a large expresso and a cram session.
- Does its job well (on high speed)
- Decent price
- Looks nifty
- Good Build Quality
- Bulky (If using lower profile laptop bags)
- Low speed performance
If you have any further qustions on this cooling device, please feel free to post them HERE.