Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler ReviewWesstron - November 5, 2013
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Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler Closer Look:
The Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler seems to get its name from Aeolus, ruler of the winds in Greek mythology. There is already quite the confusion amongst mythographers about who Aeolus really is and Evercool adds its own twist by spelling the name differently, while stating that the product is inspired by the Ancient Greece myth.
The unit is made of aluminum, feels very sturdy, and is light weight at only 720g (1.6 lbs.). Measuring 324 x 260 x 30 mm, the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler supports only laptops smaller than 15inch. While test fitting with my Ultrabook that's 14inch in size, it appears to me that optimal functionality will be achieved with systems that are smaller than 14inch. I ended up testing the unit with a Toshiba NB200, which is only 10.1 inches diagonally, since the AVATAR Ultrabook I had at hand wasn't equipped with a side vent and the 15.6inch Acer laptop I had access to was too big for the unit.
The Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler is equipped with two 70mm fans rated at 1800 ± 15% RPM. Listed as the EC7015XL05E model, these fans sport Evercool's EL (Ever Lubricate) Bearing. The design of the unit prevents from changing the fans positions and there isn't a fan speed control either. The top of the cooler is adorned with a blue design that in my opinion, could've been more subtle for a better look. The user facing side has a beveled edge to keep your laptop from sliding, even though the fixed angle of the AIOLUS will not cause any sliding. Also located here is the Evercool brand name with its "Design for COOL" value proposition. The right side contains the fans ON/OFF switch and two USB 2.0 ports. One of these ports will be used to power the fans up and the second port is there to compensate for the loss. More USB ports could've been installed, for better connectivity and an upgrade to USB 3.0 would be more than welcome in this day and age.
The back of the unit is pretty plain and serves the lone purpose of giving a slight angle for better typing experience. There is no dedicated cable management, but if needed the extra length of cables can be tucked in under the cooler for a neater look. Located on the bottom side is the fan assembly, which is made of the same thick aluminum material. Those of you with keen eyes will notice that the fans are oriented to blow air towards the desk surface and away from the bottom of the laptop. Quite confusing, since looking at the graphic on the back of the box it shows that the fans are supposed to suck air from underneath the cooler and funnel it towards the bottom of the laptop. It could be that the unit that I received is an early prototype and the fans are positioned the wrong way. The Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler is also equipped with two small round rubber feet on the back, to avoid unwanted movement of the unit and the laptop placed on top of it.
On each side of the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler is a locking mechanism that slides on a four inch rail. Following the instructions on the back of the box is a straight forward process, at the end of which your laptop side vents should be aligned with the blower intake. First step is to pull the locking plate out which will lock it in place. Then adjust the slider on the cooler to roughly align with the center of the vents on the laptop. Next, the blower is positioned and the screws are tightened, which will lock the slider in place and prevent accidental misalignment. All that is left to do, is install the rubber adapter then release the lock underneath the blower by pulling slightly back. The unit will then push against the side of the laptop and form a tight enough seal for optimal airflow. The USB cable intended for powering the blower module provided with the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler is not very long. In case there aren't any USB ports available on the side that the vents are located in, it might be mandatory to use an extension or a USB hub.
The following picture shows the Toshiba NB200 installed on the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler with the blower module in place.