Because they advertise this for Macbook, I am going to review it on my Macbook using iStat to see my temperatures. I will run three tests: the first, on a flat surface playing World of Warcraft; the second is the same but on the cooler without the fan; the third is with the fan. I waited for the temperatures to remain constant for 5min before recording.
The results are exactly how I expected. Because the fans blow in –and not out– a sort of cyclone is formed preventing any cooling from actually happening. While the temperatures are about the same, my laptop fans actually sped up only when I used the coolers fans. Pay attention to the CPU and Heatsink A.
|Before the Cooler||The cooler with no fans||The cooler with fans|
Users need to understand that engineers design machines a specific way and using an alien form of cooling changes their original design. The best results in this test are from using the cooler sans fans, which can easily be achieved by elevating the laptop a few inches off the desk, or by widening your legs so that there is a space for heat dissipation.
Overall, I can’t recommend this product. While it looks nice, it has a flawed cooling design which makes your machine hotter, not to mention the factory scuff I had. In general, I don’t recommend any laptop cooler unless you are truly having over-heating issues. If you liked what you saw though, the Choiix Air-Through it’s available online for ~$27.