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Antec Laptop Cooler Review

skinny    -   May 18, 2006
Category: Cooling, Mobile
GF City Computers
Price: $30 USD


Introduction
In the world of computers, heat tends to be a bad thing. Heat is a major limiting factor in the performance of most computers, especially laptops, which do not have room for large fans or other cooling systems due to their compact size.

This is where an external notebook or laptop cooler, like this one from Antec, comes in handy. The design of this cooler allows a constant airflow underneath the laptop, bringing in cool air and removing the hot air. This constant circulation of air, in theory, helps the performance of the laptop. Anyone who has used their laptop on their legs will also appreciate not having the hot bottom of the laptop resting directly on their thighs.

Antec has been around since 1986, and has experience in providing high quality computer parts to both users and retailers. Their current lineup includes items such as cases, power supplies, cooling fans, lighting components, and other accessories.


Closer Look
The Antec Laptop Cooler comes packaged in a pleasantly-styled cardboard box with a built-in carry handle in the top. Product details and specifications are provided in 5 different languages on the box, with specifications laid out on one side panel. The cooler is packaged in Styrofoam.

 


 

 

 



There is no software included nor required, and the only wiring included is tucked into a small storage compartment in the base of the cooler. This 15" long wire has a pass-through USB plug on one end and a 5V/0.4A plug on the other.

 



The cooler is made of black plastic (a pearl white one is also available) with an aluminum panel coving most of the top. Underneath the cover are two 80mm fans, which pull air from the bottom of the laptop and blow it downward through vents on the back and right side. Four large rubber feet are located on the bottom corners to provide a solid, non-slip feel. The left side is where you will find a dual position switch to control the two fan speeds, a blue LED power indicator, and the plug for the power cord.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation, Specifications, & Testing
  3. Conclusion
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