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Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler Testing:
If any of you remembers my rant in the conclusion of the CM Storm SF-17 review, you will understand why I'm so eager to put this unit through some testing. I always was, and still am, very skeptical about the performance of the standard laptop coolers. They all work the same and not so great if you ask me, even when some manufacturers get "creative" with variable fan speeds, movable fan positions, and fancy light shows. The external fans will cool the surface of the laptop efficiently in most scenarios. Internal cooling, on the other hand is pretty much left to the performance of the system's integrated fans. No matter how much cool air we blow towards a laptop, high temps and loud fans are unavoidable, if the stock cooling setup can't keep up with the load. For an external cooling module to be efficient, it has to somehow actively move air through the internals of the laptop. This is where Evercool's AIOLUS might just make a difference. The unit brings all the basics of laptop cooling such as an aluminum body, dual fan setup, and USB ports. Then innovates, with the integration of a variable speed blower module that can be mounted with a certain degree of flexibility on each side of the cooler.
Today's review is starring the Toshiba NB200 10.1inch netbook. Some might consider it outdated, but this little portable computer was the only system I had access to which was smaller than 15inch and sported side vents. First, let's put one thing out of the way, anything larger than 14inch will look out of place on top of the AIOLUS. It simply doesn't have the bulk for it and my failed attempt to fit an Acer 15.6inch laptop on top of this cooler with the blower installed, made the smaller system an obvious choice.
- Toshiba NB200 Netbook
- Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler powered with the included USB cable plugged into a USB 2.0 port on the Netbook
- Blower module powered with the included USB cable plugged into a USB 2.0 port on the Netbook
- Ambient temperature 24 ºC
- Load temperatures measured after a minimum of 15 minutes running Prime95
- Idle temperatures measured after a minimum of 25 minutes of laptop idle on desktop
- Test system was plugged to the charger and set on High Performance power setting
Results in ºC, lower is better.
Results in ºC, lower is better.
I was expecting a boost in performance from the blower module and the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler delivered it. I was BLOWN away by the fifteen degrees temp drop under load. With the blower module installed, the AIOLUS is on a whole different level of cooling prowess compared to the standard coolers. The air is actively sucked out through the internal cooling system which seems to create negative pressure leading to a faster fresh air supply than usual. This impressive performance boost comes at the price of loud operation unfortunately, and some users might consider it a deal breaker. The hardcore gamers with noise-cancelling headsets or users operating in an already loud environment could ignore the jet engine like noise to a certain extent. Otherwise, for any standard situation, the blower fan's low speed setting is very noisy and the high speed setting is the stuff of nightmares. If you have ever heard a noisy blower-style GPU fan running at max RPM, add a few levels of discomfort to that feeling, and you get what I had to go through during the testing phase.
The two 1500 RPM fans integrated in the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler do not seem to make a whole lot of difference in terms of cooling performance. On the bright side, they are extremely silent for their size. I even fired up the cooler, without the blower module, very late at night when the ambient noise is virtually pure silence and was very pleased to hear only a very faint breeze like sound.