As laptops become more and more powerful the traditional cooling methods begin to fail, as we saw with the nVidia GPU and MCP fiasco. Granted, nVidia was to blame in this case as they had a defective chip design and had over estimated the ability of a notebooks cooling system.
Still, we find that newer notebooks are running significantly hotter than their older counter parts. This has sparked a rise in third-party notebook coolers. These handy devices move cool air under your notebook in a effort to reduce the heat trapped inside and not only improve day to day performance but also to help lengthen the life of your mobile office.
Today we take a look at GlacialTech’s entry into the notebook cooling arena. This is the X-Wing notebook cooler with touch controls and digital display. We will see if it actually helps, or if it is just a neat looking accessory.
The GlacialTech X-Wing comes in a large and sturdy box complete with a carrying handle. The information and images on the front and back are more than enough to grab your attention and hold it.
The X-wing survived our drop and kick testing without missing a beat, as you can see from the pictures we managed to inflict a healthy dent on one corner but did not bother the X-Wing nested inside.
Once we were through having fun beating up on the X-wing we pulled it from the box and were pleasantly surprised to find that GlacialTech had forgone the use of a plastic wrapper for the actual cooler but we instead using woven fiber bag. This bag is reusable in addition to be very green. The rest of the packaging is also fairly green, with the usual exception of Styrofoam inserts and a couple of plastic bags. But these are becoming less of an issue as more and more areas are offering recycling services.
GlacialTech includes everything that you need to get the X-Wing running including a two-input USB cable… yup that is really all you need as the X-Wing pulls its power direct from your notebook.
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