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CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Review

Wesstron    -   August 5, 2013
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CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Conclusion:

The more laptop coolers sit on my desk for reviewing, the more I realize that the heat dissipation gain is minimal at the best. Manufacturers of laptops and coolers should sit down and come up with some kind of innovation that enables the internal cooling system to take advantage of the extra horse-power provided by the external fans. The mobile computer market is growing at an explosive rate and innovation is the key to keep the pace. That's why I was a bit disappointed by the choice of Cooler Master to equip the CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler with only USB2 ports. Devices that are USB3 compatible are pretty much the standard in this day and age, even more when talking about high end gaming laptops. The bundle of accessories is also missing a power adapter, so providing enough juice for a 4-port hub might be a bit problematic if power hungry devices are connected simultaneously.

That being said, Cooler Master did a good job with the CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler. Great build quality and looks that will definitely appeal to those that like a rugged style make this cooler very unique. The fan speed control is a welcome feature that will enable users to bring down the generated noise to acceptable levels. And the four height adjustment settings provide some flexibility depending on your typing style. The anti-slip material used on this cooler is simply great; even at the highest setting the laptop did not move the slightest. Finally, the cable management integration is more efficient than what was available on other laptop coolers.

 

Pros:

  • Great build quality
  • Fan speed control
  • Extra connectivity
  • Cable management
  • Adjustable typing angle
  • Rugged CM Storm look

 

Cons:

  • No wall power adapter included
  • Vibration
  • Noise at high fan speeds
  • No USB3
  • Limited portability
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  1. CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Introduction & Closer Look
  2. CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Closer Look (Continued)
  3. CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Specifications & Features
  4. CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Testing Setup & Results
  5. CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Conclusion
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