Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler ReviewWesstron - November 5, 2013
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Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler Introduction:
The moment I put my eyes on the box holding the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler, I thought "Well, someone out there is thinking outside of the box!" The cooler per say is nothing new, an aluminum body with two integrated low speed fans and a couple USB ports. It’s the usual setup that can be found in the legion of laptop coolers out there. What makes this Evercool product unique is that it combines the standard approach with a side blower module. The idea of the side blower is not really a novelty, you can find cheap units on Ebay that function pretty much the same way. In this review, I will show you Evercool's first take at modular laptop cooling and its clever implementation of the side blower module.
For the history lovers, Evercool is a Taiwanese Corporation that was established in 1992. Mostly known for it's fans, laptop coolers, and thermal compound products. In terms of philosophy, the company focuses on innovation, quality, and affordability. Let's see what the folks from the R&D team at Evercool brought to the market. Will the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler live up to the cool name that Evercool boasts or is it more hype than heat dissipation?
Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler Closer Look:
The Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler comes in a pretty colorful, slender, and sturdy box. The white background and the blue highlights make for a nice color theme, by contrasting with the blue and black look of the unit. On the front are located the Evercool logo, a picture of the cooler with the side blower module attached, and the name of the unit on the bottom right corner. The back of the box has more meat to it and actually doubles as an installation manual. On the left side we find a performance comparison chart, showing the superiority of the AIOLUS against a stock setup. The features of the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler are listed on the right side with thumbnail style illustrations. The bottom section is the actual installation manual, that will walk the user through setting up the side blower module.
Inside the box there isn't much in terms of padding. A double layer of cardboard on the bottom and a single layer on top are all what stands between the AIOLUS and any possible damage. To the right are located the blower unit and the accessories bundle, which consists of two USB cables and two rubber adapters for the blower. The blue rubber adapters feel quite durable and nicely made. These huge grommets will serve as a seal between the blower and the side vents on the laptop for optimal performance and airflow. The side that clips into the blower is thicker and even though soft, it will bounce back to shape after being folded or squished. The thinner section intended to form the seal, might be more prone to damage and I would advise against letting pets put their paws on it. My cat showed quite the interest on one of the adapters and I would only imagine the damage if it ended up being her playtime partner!
The blower unit is rectangular shaped and measuring 4" x 3.25" x 1". The external side is equipped with an exhaust vent, fan speed control with three options (OFF, High, and Low), and a green power led light. The top and sides have some detail to enhance the look of the unit and provide a better grip. The side facing the laptop vent is completely exposed which allows us peak at the blower-style fan installed inside the enclosure. The bottom side contains a spring mechanism, which makes a tight fit against the laptop vents possible. The whole blower unit will spring back against the laptop side, which helps the rubber adapter seal function.
I really have high hopes for this modular approach from EVERCOOL. Let's take a look at the actual cooler, then jump into the testing!