Vantec Lapcool 2 Laptop Cooler
Published: 16th February 2007 | Source: Tekheads | Price: |
The test results were as follows (ambient 21.9-22°C):
The laptop got very hot indeed on the glass surface and indeed actually turned itself off after 40minutes of Prime95 stress test. The LapCool 2 was incredibly effective with the fans off, giving a difference in idle temperature of 4°C. At load the LapCool without fans shaved off 10.7°C.
Putting the fans on did not results in a huge decrease at load over the LapCool without the fans on: only 1.8°C. At load I was very surprised to see that the fans actually made the temperature increase over the LapCool with the fans switched on - 0.4°C higher. Perhaps the LapCools fans were disturbing the airflow under the laptop?
Certainly pretty strange results, but in all honestly having the fans off saves your ears the sound of air rushing through the fans.
With the fans at maximum the LapCool certainly omits a concerted whoosh, although this was not audible above the laptop I was using.
After some adjustment I found that the best balance of airflow, cooling and noise was just above halfway on the sliding adjustment wheel. I would not say that the LapCool is very loud, although you may want to turn the fans down a bit if your own laptop is fairly quiet.