We tested the cooler using an Alienware M14X (R1) notebook.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 2630QM 2.0 GHz
- Memory – 16GB (2x8GB) Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600 MHz Kingston HyperX
- Graphics – 1.5GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT555M
- SSD – Kingston HyperX 240GB
We tested the laptop both on a tabletop, and on the cooler, and tested it both at idle, and during a few games of Starcraft 2.
No Fan, Computer Idle
Fan 1600 RPM, Computer Idle
When idle, the cooler certainly made a difference. The temperatures when checked were a few degrees cooler with the laptop on the fan, and the maximum temperatures varied greatly.
No Fan, In Game - Starcraft 2
Fan 1600 RPM, In Game - Starcraft 2
During gaming the results were very similar, with the cooler only making a degree or two of difference.
Overall, this notebook cooler is not meant as a heavy-duty cooling device. It is a relatively inexpensive cooler that has an innovative design with a look that is certainly much nicer, sleeker, and more attractive than traditional notebook coolers. It provides a good surface for a user to place their laptop upon and provide extra airflow to laptops that can benefit from better cooling.
Many laptop users have the tendency to place their notebooks on surfaces such as carpets, couches, and other soft airflow-limiting materials which can easily cause a notebook to overheat. This stylish and light cooler is excellent for mainstream users as a dedicated platform upon which to place their notebooks. At an MSRP of $32.99 USD /€29.99 Euro, this is a very reasonably priced notebook cooler, and we highly recommend it for mainstream users who do light gaming. Users that have gaming powerhouse laptops/desktop-replacements however, may want to look into heavier-duty options.
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