Evercool Hawk 1 ReviewPropane - August 30, 2010
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Many laptops these days are comparable to some high-end desktop PCs and packing that much high-end hardware into such a small area can really generate a large amount of heat. As you most likely know, heat is a computer's enemy, and getting rid of it can provide a more stable experience and allow you to even get a little extra out of it. While you typically can't add fans directly to a laptop, there are things you can do to try to whisk away some of that heat. One of those things is to get a laptop cooler, a device that your laptop can sit on, which usually has fans inside it to increase airflow around the laptop's chassis. The Evercool Hawk 1 is one of these coolers and is fairly unique in how it is designed to be ultra thin.
The packaging that the Evercool Hawk 1 comes in is the fairly standard cardboard box that is covered by a protective plastic shrink wrap. On the front of the box is an image of the product and a few features. The back has a larger image and also describes several of the features in greater detail.
Opening the box shows the cooler wrapped in another piece of plastic and a single piece of paper which comes with it. The USB power for the fan in the cooler is connected directly to the cooler and attaches to channels in the back. This is a great design feature as you'll never lose the cable. The top of the Evercool Hawk 1 is perforated, allowing cooling air from the fan on the bottom side of this cooler to blow through the top providing airflow onto the bottom of the laptop when in use. There is a 'v'-shaped indention on the top side of the cooler that make a reference to the wings of a Hawk. In this 'v' there are a series of ribs on the right and left sides that can be used to hold your notebook computer in place. While some laptop coolers tilt up for use as a laptop stand, the Hawk's main goal is cooling. Because of this, the tilt of the cooler is minimal, but the laptop still can fit comfortably on it while providing some ergonomic benefit.