Evercool Hermes Notebook Cooler Review

Propane - 2009-02-05 21:22:34 in Cooling
Category: Cooling
Reviewed by: Propane   
Reviewed on: March 30, 2009
Price: TBD

Introduction:

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?

 

Closer Look:

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.

 

Specifications:

 

Overall Dimension
280x90x28.5 mm
Fan Dimension
60x60x10 mm
Reated Voltage
5 VDC (USB)
Speed
2600 ± 10% RPM
Noise Level
< 20 dBA
Weight
156.5g

 

Features:

 

 

 

All information courtesy of Evercool @ http://www.evercool.com.tw/products/np-111.html

Testing:

To test the Evercool Hermes Notebook Cooler, I simply placed my laptop on the cooler and used the laptop on my desk as a control. I then let the laptop sit idle while running a temperature monitor to find the temperature of both my CPU and GPU cores. This was repeated on the cooler and on the desk. To get load temperatures, I chose to run EVE Online, which heats my laptop quite a bit as it stresses not only the CPU, but the GPU as well. Again, this was repeated on the cooler and the desk.

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Coolers:

As the results below show, the cooler did help with temperatures across the board. The first set of graphs shows the idle temperatures of the CPU and GPU. The second set of graphs shows the load temperatures of the CPU and GPU. Again, to load the CPU and GPU, I will use the popular MMO game, EVE Online.

 

 

 

 

In the above graphs, lower values are better and temperatures are reported in degrees Celsius. While the Hermes wasn't the coolest, it still provided a substantial improvement over the desk temperature. All things considered, this was the expected result and the cooler is still providing benefits to the tune of 6 degrees Celsius for the CPU and 4 degrees for the GPU under loaded conditions. Both substantial decreases that can prolong the life span of your pride and joy.

 

Conclusion:

When comparing the performance of the Hermes to the rest of the coolers, it did not offer the lowest overall temperatures. But it did offer a substantial decrease in the load temperatures when compared to the notebook operating without a cooler. Reductions of 6 degrees Celsius on the CPU and 4 degrees Celsius on the GPU are nothing to sneeze at and show that the concept works. Feature-wise, the Hermes is not loaded up, but really what else do you need in a notebook cooler other than a stable platform and cooling that works? Hermes does both of these things. While the Hermes did have a way to store the USB cable easily, which was nice, this certainly is not a benefit that would sway my decision one way or the other if I was considering a purchase. The Hermes does have a limit as to the size notebook that it can cool, but with the proliferation of netbooks that are much smaller than the traditional notebook, the Hermes is a viable option for cooling these devices. The Hermes offers a lightweight solution to cooling your notebook that is easy to carry around and looks a bit different from the traditional cooling solutions that are just flat and plain, with no style.

 

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