Evercool Hermes Notebook Cooler ReviewPropane - March 30, 2009
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Laptops are fast becoming one of life's necessities. Many people are even beginning to use them in place of a normal desktop computer by leaving them on their desk 24/7. However, running a laptop full power day after day can really begin to wear on it. One way to help reduce the amount of wear on it is to use a laptop cooler to help whisk away some of the heat that the internal components generate. Pretty much every company that has made a cooling device for a computer or a mobile accessory has made a cooler to help preform this task. The bottom line is to reduce the operating temperatures to try and enhance the lifespan of the components contained in that plastic and metal enclosure. Manufacturers have continued to come up with innovative and functional solutions to do just that. The Hermes from EVERCOOL is one such cooler. The wing design looks appealing, but the question is how will it perform against the competition?
The packaging of the Hermes is a standard clam shell packaging with a glimpse of the cooler. The front panel highlights the fact that the Hermes is designed to be used with notebooks that fall into the 9 to 14 inch range. The air inlet and outlet distribution points are highlighted to show the direction of the airflow into and out of the Hermes. The rear panel illustrates the features of the Hermes, including the antislip pads, the flip-up legs and the USB power connection for the fans. The specifications and features table is highlighted under the pictures of the features.
While the cooler itself isn't impressive looking, it still looks like it will do its job well. The look is that of a set of angel wings, but as you know, Hermes was the messenger of the Gods and the wings are meant to play on the wings of Hermes, not angels. Weighing in at only 156 grams makes it fall on the light side of coolers. Some people I know will be wanting that extra light weight bonus. The top has two vent holes for the air discharge from the two fans that sit inside the cooler. The anti slip pads on each side of the Hermes help hold your notebook in position on top of it. On the flip side are two feet that can be opened up to raise the cooler slightly. In the center of the Hermes there is an opening that allows the USB plug to be stored. The ability to store the USB cable right in the cooler is something I had not seen elsewhere and is a feature I find to be quite useful.
Let's see just how well the Hermes does by comparison.