Budget Aluminum Notebook Cooler Review

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Mujtaba Tarihi, Iran

Reasons for buying

Anyone who owns a Tablet or laptop knows about their heat issues, especially during intensive tasks. It’s impossible to use a laptop directly on your lap due to this problem.

I had an older cooling pad, but it was noisy and made completely of plastic. It also wasn’t very successful at cooling the laptop. So this time around I wanted to try my luck with a full aluminum cooler.

How Purchased

I had bought my laptop and all of its accessories from a well known computer market in Tehran called Paytakht (Capital) Computer Center, which is the largest notebook market in Tehran. I also bought this cooler from there, it cost 22000 tomans, which is equal to about $24.

The Cooler

The package came with just a USB cable, the cooler itself wrapped in a plastic air bubble bag and a piece of paper titled "user manual" which also contained a detailed spec. sheet. There was no sign of a manufacturer other than the "made in China" label that can be found on thousands of laptops and their accessories. My digging for data revealed the original maker to be "TianYuan Technologies" and the model number is AL05, though it says A05 in the spec sheet…

The specification is as follows :

  • Size : 300*256*31mm
  • Weight : 900g = 1.9lbs
  • Fans : 2 pieces / 70*70*15mm / 1800RPM / Ceramic bearing / 23db noise/ 25CFM flow/ single-speed
  • Power supply : 1 x USB port / 5.0VDC external power supply (either of them didn’t try using both of them but I think it works)
    USB Hub : 4-ports USB 2.0 version.

Various shots:


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Cooling pad’s performance

I tested the temp’s under three different categories.

1) Idle temps: Let the laptop cool down – boot – wait until the temps stabilize

  CPU temp GPU temp HDD temp Local temp
Without the cooler 51 60 42 46
With the cooler 51 60 41 46-47

 

2) Stress Prime 2004 Orthos: Blend test (Stresses both CPU and Ram), I ran it for 2 minutes, the temps recorded indicate the last 30 seconds

  CPU temp GPU temp HDD temp Local temp
Without the cooler 72-73 70 47 52
With the cooler 72 70 46 52

 

3) 3DMark05 on FS AA 4x + Antistropic Filtering (Stresses GPU) the temps indicate the last 30 seconds

  CPU temp GPU temp HDD temp Local temp
Without the cooler 75-80 70-75 44-45 55
With the cooler 75-78 70 44-45 54

As you can see, the temps did not vary much, though the difference between the temp’s on 3DMark was noticeable. (The W3J I tested with has a single fan, with the GPU connected to the CPU though heat-pipes and sadly, there is a single window at the bottom of the laptop and a single vent on the right – much to the pleasure of left handed people.)


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The W3J, placed on the heat vent : (notice the rather blinding blue indicator)

The USB Hub

As I stated earlier, the cooling pad comes with a USB v2.0 hub. The hub works as long as the cooler is connected via USB, it does not require the cooler to be turned on. The hub worked with everything until I tried my brother’s HDD 2.5" USB Enclosure, the drive simply refused to worked and made beeping and clicking noises (both describing a failure at hand). However it worked with every other USB hub I have. That issue aside, the USB Hub worked while the LED mouse, the older 256MB Kingston data traveler and my Sony Ericsson K510 were connected and the fan was on.The two latter devices worked at their full speed, meaning there were no power issues.


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The USB-in and 5.0VDC input :


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The structure

Just as the pictures show, the cooler comes in two pieces, the pad and hub/fan which are held together by four screws. Each fan is also connected to the smaller part by the means of four screws. The fans are replaceable and are connected to the PCB by a connector rather than being soldered. One interesting thing I found out about the cooler is that since the screw formation is symmetrical the lower part of the cooler (including the connections and the fans) can be taken out, rotated 180 degrees, and reattached, so you can have the hub on the right hand and the supplier on the left hand.


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Noise & Power Consumption

The difference in the power consumption of the fan was about 1 watts, which for my 6 month old Asus W3J translates into about 10 minutes of battery life. The noise is certainly less than my older cooling pad, but it’s still audible.

Conclusion

Even though the cooler didn’t have much of an effect on my W3J, people with larger laptops can expect better results than those I got with my laptop.

Since much of the more expensive and advanced notebook equipment still aren’t being offered in young notebook markets such as Asia, this cooler will be a great and cost effective choice for people who want to cool down their notebooks or use them on their laps.

Pros

  • Full Aluminum body, dissipates the heat better than plastic.
  • Looks very good.
  • A useful 4-port USB v2.0 hub.
  • USB/External 5.0VDC supply.
  • 1 watts power consumption is battery-friendly.

Cons

  • Little noise.
  • The blue indicator is a little too bright. It can be distracting.
  • It’s a little heavy to be used on laps.
  • The USB hub didn’t work with the HDD enclosure.
  • Single-Speed.


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