Antec Notebook Cooler 200 ReviewPropane - November 25, 2008
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Laptops are getting more and more popular, especially at institutions for higher learning and with business people that are on the go. As the popularity of laptops rise, so does the demand for accessories and computer companies have taken notice of this trend. One of the many popular laptop accessories are laptop coolers. These are typically designed as a pad that the laptop can then sit on top of, to provide extra airflow to the chassis. While this typically only helps the laptop cool when it is on a desk and not when it is mobile, they can still be an important accessory to lengthen the laptop's life and increase the laptop's performance.
The laptop cooler that we are going to take a look at today is the Antec Notebook Cooler 200. This cooler features a giant USB powered fan set on a slightly raised platform. Unlike most laptop coolers, it is designed in such a way that the cooling benefits can be received even when the laptop is on your lap. The look, which we will look at in depth in the next section, is very sleek and aesthetic. Enough about the generics though, let's dive in.
The Antec notebook cooler comes in pretty standard packaging consisting of a cardboard box and plastic carrying handle. This combination is pretty common in the computer world and isn't the first laptop cooler I have seen packaged this way. On the front is a nice large picture of the actual cooler, giving you a feel for its size and the size of its fan. The back of the box lists the Notebook Cooler 200's specifications and features in English, Spanish, and French.
The box opens in somewhat of a clamshell format and reveals the cooler sitting protected in a foam casing. There is also a small form that Antec placed on top of the cooler.
Pulling the cooler out of the foam shows the device as it will be used. There is a protective plastic film over the four corners of the cooler. The four raised platforms are to support the laptop and allow airflow to move rather than stay static and offer no benefit. As an added bit of bling the platforms are reflective. The fan used in this laptop cooler is 200mm in size and is a dual speed fan. On the high setting it turns at a low 600 RPM and pushes 115 CFM, on the low setting 88CFM and 400 RPM are the fan's specifications. With such a large fan you have to wonder about the noise factor, between 23.8 and 27.1dBA, respectivey, between the high and low fan speed settings.
On the back of the cooler is the USB plug, which is hardwired to the body (a nice feature since you wont be able to lose the cable used to power the fan and LEDs) underneath the two switches. The switch on the left is used to change the fan speed between high and low settings and to turn the LEDs on or off.