Lapworks Attaché Laptop Stand ReviewPropane - March 11, 2008
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When testing a laptop cooler like the Lapworks Attaché Laptop Stand, there are many things to take into consideration. Even though the main goal of the Attaché is to cool the laptop, there are many other goals too, like to provide the user with additional USB ports and allow them to have a more comfortable computing experience, whether it is making their typing easier, or raising the laptop's screen to eye level.
To test the Attaché, I will run certain tests to get temperature readings off my laptop. The temperatures will be gathered at idle and at load. To get the idle temperatures, I will make sure I have no running processes on the laptop, then leave it in that state for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes is up I will get the temperature then do the same process on the stand. To get the load temperatures, I will run World of Warcraft for 15 minutes in each configuration. World of Warcraft will be used because it can stress both the CPU and GPU instead of just testing the CPU like most synthetic Macintosh benchmarks. These temperatures will be reported as they were recorded and compared to another laptop cooler: the NZXT Cryo LX. I will additionally use my laptop while it is on the stand in each of the positions to see if I can tell if the Attaché Laptop Stand provides any ergonomic benefit. Between these, we should get a pretty good idea of how well the Attaché preforms.
- Apple MacBook Pro 15" Generation 3
- 2.2Ghz Core 2 Duo
- nVidia GeForce8600M
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM SDRAM
- 120Gb SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
- AirPort Extreme 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n
- 8x Slot Loading Super Drive
Let's first look at the temperatures that the Attaché produces. In the below comparisons, the temperatures from the NZXT Cryo LX will be retaken in the same environment as the Attaché. This is to allow for changed in ambient temperature which will effect the ultimate, final result.Temperatures are shown in degrees Celsius and of course for this test lower is better.
The first set of graphs show the temperatures when the laptop is running at idle.
The next set of graphs is the temperatures of the laptop when it is under load.
As can be seen in the above results, the Lapworks Attaché cools the laptop by several degrees in all situations and in most cases cools the laptop slightly better than the NZXT cooler does. The second factor that I want to look at is the comfort and ergonomic factor that Lapworks talked about. After using the stand in several of the different positions offered, I can honestly say that it was slightly more comfortable typing on and also more comfortable looking at whatever I was working on. The added tilt to my MacBook Pro's keyboard felt very nice and made it feel easier to type on. However, if you are used to typing on a flat laptop keyboard, it might take a few days to get used to having the keyboard raised. Also, on the very highest height, my MacBook's screen could not tilt back enough to be parallel with my face. This is a problem that only seems to effect MacBooks and MacBook Pro's so most people need not be worried about this situation happening.