CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler ReviewWesstron - August 5, 2013
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CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Introduction:
In 2008, Cooler Master established the CM Storm subsidiary brand with a focus on the gaming crowd and an objective of "Arming the Gaming Revolution". Cooler Master offered the consumers a solid performing line of products ranging from cases to mice to power supplies. The CM Storm brand did not neglect the gaming laptop owners and previously offered the SF-19 Strike Force cooler. This was an expected move since the mobile computer industry is eating away at the market share of the desktop computers; any manufacturer with some forecasting skills will want to get a piece of the pie.
Today I will be looking at the latest CM Storm entry in the realm of portable computer cooling, namely the SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler that was unveiled at Computex 2013. The CM Storm SF-17 has the same rugged look and feel that's very unique to the CM Storm products. Supporting laptops up to 19" in size, this all black behemoth is built around a 180mm, low RPM - and hopefully silent - eleven-bladed fan. It also offers a USB hub with four USB2 ports and fan speed control. Let's take a closer look at this giant of a cooler and see how it performs.
CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Closer Look:
The CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler comes in a sturdy box that stays true to the CM Storm brand. I was a bit surprised by the absence of the red accents in the color theme; it seems that Cooler Master opted for more subtle purple highlights this time. The front of the box displays the brand and a large picture of the unit, with the name and the main features toward the bottom. The back provides more detailed specifications and features in no less than eleven different languages.
Flipping the lid open unveils the unit and the very slim accessories bundle that comes with it. The CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler is covered by a quite thick plastic bag, then secured by two large pieces of foam to avoid any possible damage during transportation. The box also contains a user guide and a USB to Mini-B USB cable. There was no package content list on the box, so I was a bit surprised when I emptied the box and still no power adapter to be seen. Going through the user guide, I found the list and as you might have guessed by now, no power adapter is included.
Let's get this big boy out of its box and see what it looks like.