Antec Notebook Cooler Basic

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July 20, 2010
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Antec Notebook Cooler Basic
The Antec Notebook Cooler Basic offers a simple, low-priced way to cut a few degrees off your temperatures while making no noise, though it should be noted that air-cooled solutions are available for a little more.

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Introduction

In the past, notebook coolers have featured a few fans wrapped together in a block of plastic. While relatively effective on paper, not all designs were functional or ideal for all laptops. Today, Antec provides a solution that is aesthetic in appearance, yet simple and functional in design with the passively cooled Notebook Cooler Basic.

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About Antec

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Antec, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of quiet, efficient and innovative products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.

Antec’s offering of enclosures includes a wide range of cases, such as its advanced Performance One Series, economical New Solution Series and VERIS family of media components designed for the home theater PC market. Antec’s products also include front line power supplies, such as its premium Signature Series, powerful TruePower Quattro Series and EarthWatts, one of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are designed for the gaming demographic, like the premier gamer enclosure: the Nine Hundred. Antec also offers a line of computer accessories comprising many original products, including its patented LED fans and notebook cooling solutions.

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/index.php?page=info_about


Packaging

The Notebook Cooler Basic comes in a simple cardboard box, fairly small and thin compared to most coolers. Not much else to it here.

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Marketing Summary

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Slender and durable, the Notebook Cooler Basic offers a versatile and portable way to cool up to 14" notebooks anywhere, reducing the operating temperature of your notebook through a lightweight passive cooling solution. Its aluminum construction dissipates heat, and a perforated design facilitates natural airflow for silent and effective cooling, ensuring more durability and stability for your notebook. Plus, the flip-up stand angles your device, providing wrist relief. Stay cool the easy way with Antec's Notebook Cooler Basic.

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjIyMA==


First Impressions

Upon our first glance, we had high regards for the solid construction and simple, yet effective design. The Basic utilizes perforated aluminum to let air pass through and dissipate heat. This also keeps the cooler lightweight and amazingly slim (being only .4” thick when closed) which allows it to slip into your existing laptop bag with no issues. Additionally, it features a flip-up stand. This raises the angle of the notebook to improve airflow. The 10-15 degree angle increase gives typing a slightly more natural feel which can help reduce wrist strain over an extended period of time.

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Unlike most competitors in the notebook cooling market, the Notebook Cooler Basic uses no fans and relies on passive cooling. The benefits of passive cooling are appealing: lowering temperatures while adding zero noise to your setup. While it's well known knowledge that air-cooling would achieve better results than passive cooling, the market for passive cooling is on the rise.

Features

  • Suitable for all Mac and PC notebooks with screens up to 14”
  • Perforated aluminum construction promotes passive cooling
  • Slim, lightweight design for ultimate portability
  • Flip-up stand angles your notebook and minimizes wrist and eye strain
  • Weight: 0.7 lb
  • Dimensions: Open: 1.1” (H) x 10.6“ (W) x 9.4” (D); Closed: 0.4” (H) x 10.6” (W) x 9.0” (D)
  • Amazon Link


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Testing

So we set out to see what the Notebook Cooler Basic could achieve. Our test involved using Handbrake to convert a 4GB, 720p HD file to a suitable MP4 format for use on an iPod.

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      Idle	Average		Max. temp.
NBC:	43	62		69
Stock:	47	65		71


Conclusions

The Notebook Cooler Basic was able to lower temps several degrees across the board. Our idle temps dropped 4° C alone, which isn't too bad! Thanks to the aluminum construction, the Notebook Cooler Basic acts as a heatsink to dispel the heat, which seems to work fairly well.

The current street price is about $20 on Amazon, which is a fair price in our opinion. It is worthy of note you can get an air-cooled solution for just a little more cash, but if you're looking for a quiet, yet simple way to cut a few degrees, the Antec Notebook Cooler Basic is a great deal.

ASE Labs would like to thank Antec for making this review possible.

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