Evercool Fit Notebook Cooler Review

Propane - 2009-11-02 15:22:56 in Cooling
Category: Cooling
Reviewed by: Propane   
Reviewed on: December 3, 2009
Price: TBD

Introduction:

All laptops generate heat, and usually a lot of it. Heat is typically a lot bigger problem in laptops since they have the same hardware in a smaller space than their traditional counterparts. While most operating systems do allow you to turn down the clock speed of your processor, this comes with a performance hit and isn't ideal. The other solution to laptop heat is to use a piece of hardware like the Evercool Fit. The Evercool Fit is an external fan that sucks air out of the fan vents in the laptop. This provides extra airflow inside the laptop chassis, which is unique compared to other coolers that just increase airflow around the chassis. It should be interesting to see how this unique design works in comparison to other, more traditional, coolers.

 

Closer Look:

The Evercool Fit comes in a cardboard box which is fairly easy to open; a nice change from the blister packs that so many products come in these days. Through the front you can see the physical product through a piece of clear plastic, and on the back there is a list of features, specifications, and a graphic representing Evercool's testing data. The side of the box shows the several different configurations that the cooler can be placed in.

 

 

 

 

 

The contents in the box are a USB to DC converter, a bag to carry around the Fit, three different angle brackets so you can align the fit with your laptop if it is slanted, and, of course, the Fit itself. The USB to DC cord is the retractable kind, so if you travel with the Fit, you won't have another long cord to carry around with it.

Closer Look:

The Fit itself is rather small and has an opening on one side to exhaust the hot air. The opposite side has the DC input and the front has the intake. On the bottom there is a small "foot" that can be adjusted so the Fit can work on several different height levels. The angle brackets just slide on to the front of the cooler to help make a tighter seal with the laptop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Evercool Fit fits right under the fan vents in the back of my MacBook Pro. As you can see, I used the angle bracket to help the Fit line up better with the contour of my laptop which should provide improved results as it will be drawing more air out of the laptop. When the cable is connected, it is very easy to keep it short enough that it doesn't get in the way but long enough that it should be able to reach most USB ports.

 

 

Let's see if the Fit delivers on the promise of improved cooling.


 

Specifications:

Outline Dimension 55 x 85.3 x 25 mm
Rated Voltage 5VDC(USB)
Rated Speed 3500±15% RPM
Noise Level <25 dBA
Bearing Type Ever Lubricate Long Life Bearing
Weight 60.5g

 

Features:

 

 

Information Courtesy of Evercool @ http://www.evercool.com.tw/products/nb_ft1.htm

Testing:

To test the Evercool Fit notebook cooler, I used it to help cool my Macbook Pro. For a control I am using the laptop sitting on the desk, then, I am letting the laptop run in an idle state while running a temperature monitoring application (iStat Pro) to get both my CPU and GPU temperatures. This was repeated with the cooler and the control. To get load temperatures, I chose to run World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, which stresses the hardware inside my Macbook Pro, generating heat. Again, this was repeated on the cooler and the desk. The results from this laptop are going to be very specific to a Macbook Pro as other laptops will have different vents and different internal configurations.

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Coolers:

 

The results below show that the Evercool Fit does indeed cool off the laptop to some degree when compared to the desk temperature. While some coolers do beat out the Fit for amount of cooling, it also is very mobile which is a unique quality in itself.

 

 

Lower numbers are better.

The Fit does offer improved cooling over no solution at all in an ultra portable design.

Conclusion:

The Evercool Fit Notebook Cooler does provide a decent amount of cooling power, but not as much as some other coolers. However, a cooler can have more benefit than just cooling, mobility for instance. The Fit is small, comes with a retractable cable, and also comes with a small bag to carry everything in. In other words, very mobile which is great for people that are constantly on the go. While the cooler doesn't provide some benefits such as ergonomic benefits that many other coolers offer, some people would rather keep their laptop flat which would make the Fit a great solution for that. All in all, this is a unique cooler design and it does its job very respectably and could, in fact, be a better cooler options for some people who prefer flat laptops or are always traveling.

 

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