I have an older Sony Vaio (6+ years old) which I had a clunky home made wood dowel/block base for to help with natural air flow prior to receiving my Laptop Cooler Base. Despite my old fashioned DIY attempts, my laptop was usually quite warm after a short period of time.
I was pleasantly surprised by the lightweight structure of the laptop cooler base – it is a metal mesh with plastic framing. I can see the plastic breaking if the base is dropped, thus I don’t recommend testing that hypothesis out!
Other than the plastic base, it’s quite a nice accessory for any laptop. There are two legs that can pull down at the back if you want your computer angled, and two posts at the front that can pull up, again, for another angle. I prefer a flat surface (carpal tunnel prevention), therefore do not use the legs.
There are 4 fans – and two options – all fans on, or two fans off. The fans circulate enough air that my laptop is kept cool whether it’s on my desk or on my lap – so nice compared to not having a base, as my legs tended to get REALLY warm with my laptop even sitting on a pillow on my lap.
The fans are also super quiet – a must for me, as I have misophonia (insane disliking of sounds when I can’t tune them out) – so you can barely tell it is on.
A thick braided USB cord attached from the back of the fan base to the laptop – so there are no clunky cords, so it leaves a nice clean look. For me, I plug in my wireless mouse, iPhone charger, and keyboard (when I’m not at a desk) and have no extra USB spot for the fan base….but this is solved by the fan base having an extra USB port at the back for plugging in another USB cord into. My laptop only has 3 ports – but I assume that newer laptops have more ports than mine does.
So overall, I am quite pleased with this base, and would recommend it to anyone with a laptop. For the price point and lifespan of the unit, it is a worthwhile investment!
*** I received this product at a reduced cost for my fair and fabulous review ***
I wasn't expecting much from this, but I actually love it! My one concern is that when a laptop is running it's already pretty noisy and I was worried that it would be really irritating to have noisy fans on top of it, but I was pleasantly surprised. These fans are incredibly quiet.
You can choose to have just the top set or both running and you control the speed, but at top speed with both sets running it is almost completely silent!
Protip: If one of your fans is making an audible noise, tap the case lightly as could be a small piece of debris hitting the fan and this will fix it.
Not only does this look really cool with the blue backlights and fancy shape, but it angles your laptop to keep it even cooler on top of the extra airflow from the fans. We all know that laptops are incredibly hot and this actually makes them run down faster over time, so it's great to have a quiet, easy solution for this.
It also has a USB port on it so that you still have access to a USB even when using it.
-Lightweight, but sturdy and able to support a laptop.
-Fans cool the laptop, keeping it good for longer.
- Fans are adjustable.
- Height is adjustable.
- Cool backlights and design.
- Extra USB port
- Very quiet.
Note: I received this product at a discounted rate in exchange for an unbiased, honest review as provided here. As a consumer advocate, I believe in providing quality and honest feedback and receiving a product at a discounted rate will never affect my opinions.
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