Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM) Reviewmrwooshoo -
Price: $37 (TM), $38 (SP), $24 (V20)
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Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM): Introduction
Thermaltake. You all know Thermaltake. Or at least everyone should. Since its conception in 1999, Thermaltake has been growing at an alarming rate due to its well known quality. It is one of the largest companies in the computer component industry now and considered pioneers in the CPU cooling industry, developing the Golden Orb (which was the first turbine CPU cooler), and developing the first liquid CPU cooler. Thermaltake currently produce some of the highest quality cases, power supplies, fans, mice, keyboards, CPU coolers, and more. Thermaltake kinda gets involved in everything it can. It even make computer travel bags! The point is that Thermaltake produce tons of components and these components can filter into the hands of almost any computer user. With this gigantic variety of products, nearly everyone interested in computers should have heard the name (I am sure all OCC users know everything there is to know about Thermaltake). With that name comes great responsibility, and in the pretty flaky notebook cooling world, hopefully, it remains untarnished with the Thermaltake Massive V20, SP, and TM.
Keeping a laptop cool while gaming on it or stressing it in any way has always been nearly impossible. This is due to the enclosed nature of the laptop. There is generally only one way for air to get in and one way for air to get out. Both are entirely dependent upon the laptops internal fan or (if you sold your car for your laptop) fans. High end laptops (the aforementioned car replacements) tend to stay at acceptable operating temperatures even when heavily stressed; however, mid-range laptops with a single fan cooling both the CPU and the GPU tend to turn into fire itself when gaming on them. This can make the keyboard uncomfortable to touch and play on, as well as hurt your computer in the short and long run.
Thermaltake's latest and greatest notebook coolers from the Thermaltake Massive series are about to come under scrutiny for their performance and utility in trying to tame laptop temperatures. Follow me on this heated adventure and to see whether or not the Thermaltake Massive coolers are worthy of the Thermaltake name.
Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM) : V20 Closer Look
Simply looking at the coolers together, there are some easily visible differences; the first is that the V20 box seems small. In addition to the smaller size, the V20 is also lighter than the other two coolers. When you open the box the first thing you see is the V20; the second thing you see is that there is no insulation. There is nothing other than the box itself to protect the cooler, so don't thrash it around or it will certainly get damaged.
Back on the bright side of things, the cooler looks awesome. The black color scheme is very well accented by the silvery Thermaltake logo extending out at you from the cooler. The hexagonal metal mesh seems very breathable while being very sturdy (plus it does look very nice). With the cooler came an instruction slip and a warranty information slip. Also, on the top of the cooler are four rubber grips for keeping your laptop from slipping off the cooler.
Flipping the cooler over shows the model and the enclosure for the bottom of the fan. The enclosure is very overkill in my opinion. I realize Thermaltake probably wanted a solid structure for the underside, but there is going to be a massive (hah) amount of air loss due to the surface area of the enclosure. There are other spots from which the fan can draw air. These look a bit like teeth and are directly next to the fan enclosure. Like the front, there are four (six, technically, but only four can be utilized at once) rubber grips. The feet fold up and down allowing for a higher or lower angle of incidence.
The USB connection cable is very well hidden on this cooler. This is due to the very impressive cable management on the underside. Additionally the length of USB connector and the arrangement is such that it would (in my opinion) fit any laptop 17" and under. If you have noticed the USB connector looks a little bit weird; this is because it is also a USB expansion thus removing occupational load (not electrical) on your USB slot.
The last piece of the V20 that I will mention is the fan speed control and the LED on/off. They are both located on the edge of the top left hand corner of the cooler. For being the lowest on the totem pole of the coolers I am taking a look at, the ability to adjust the fan speed and turn the LED lights on the fan are very nice features. Overall for being ~$22, this cooler has a very great look and is quite variable. The cooler I am comparing it to was ~$30 and has no LED or fan speed control (though it does have a cushion for actual lap use). Finally, I will talk explicitly about the 200mm fan. Unfortunately, my last words about the V20 are not quite good ones. The LEDs appear fairly bright, but can't light past the laptop in a lit room. As you can see, it looks like they would be plenty powerful, but they, unfortunately, turn into more of a gimmick. Despite the LED light shortcomings, overall the look and feel of the cooler is very satisfying and I anticipate very impressive features for its bigger brothers.