7 Notebook Coolers Compared and Tested

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by jmke @ 2008-04-07

With the majority of PC shipments being laptops it is time to find out how you can effectively keep them running cool. In this comparison review we test seven different notebook coolers from Zalman, Vantec, Spire, Sunbeamtech, Revoltec and Antec.

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Antec Notebook Cooler

Antec Notebook Cooler

The aptly named Antec Notebook Cooler is our last compact unit in the roundup; it slightly larger as the previously mentioned Vantec and Spire models, but still has a rather small footprint.

Weighing in at 682 gram it becomes borderline heavy to carry around with your laptop; its design is different from the other laptop coolers so far, which tilt your laptop in order to blow cool air under it.

With the Antec model your whole laptop has to sit on the cooler, with no forward tilt action to speak of.

The topside if covered with aluminum for better contact (and heat transfer) so state the specifications; but since most laptop have rubber feet, not a lot of direct contact to be had…

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The bottom side reveals the cut-out for two fans, which draw in cool air and blow it towards the laptop sitting on top.

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The USB power cable is a pass-through model, allowing you to keep using that USB port; the cable is stored inside the Notebook Cooler:

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The power plug and fan speed selector are hidden on the other side, the fan switch is very small and hard to reach when using a larger laptop.

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No tilting with this cooler, so your whole laptop sits higher:

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When hooked up a bright blue Led indicates that the cooler has power:

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Comment from grs1961 @ 2008/04/09
Good comparison, but, for me, it left out one important test: How do the coolers behave when used *on* a lap. Are they even *usable* in that sense.

Some of us still use our laptops (even the aircraft carriers) on our laps.
Comment from jmke @ 2008/04/09
check the bottom of each cooler to see how it's formed. I think of the ones in the review only the Antec is flat enough at the bottom to be used on your lap. The others are either too small, or made to be used on a desk
Comment from Kougar @ 2008/04/09
The Antec cooler should be avoided, I tried one. As you said, it is to small for 17" laptops. Additionally one of the fans wore out after exactly 1 year, makes an insane racket to try and use it. Still under the 3 year warranty, assuming you kept the original purchase receipt which I didn't. I wouldn't want to even pay shipping to warranty it anyway, not worth it in my opinion.

 

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