Akasa AK- NBC01 notebook cooler
Posted by: Rchiilleea on: 10.05.2006 00:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
The first thing you notice when opening the package is how well made it looks, also you notice that the whole pad is grooved which should improve airflow a lot. It is also very well packed inside the package with no chance of movement when the box is sealed.
Inside the box is the laptop cooler itself, along with the USB cable for powering the fans on the pad.
Taking a closer look at the fans it looks like they are blowing towards the laptop rather than sucking away, at first if thought this was a bit strange until you actually think about it. Basically once the laptop is in place, because it sits on grooves there are channels left under the laptop, the air then blows along these grooves to escape, this should help cool the laptop a lot more efficiently.
As you can see Akasa have thought about the damage this could do to your laptop if it just laid on the metal base. They have put rubber strips across the cooler to prevent this, a simple yet effective idea.
Underneath the cooler you can clearly see the fan inlets, I am personally not a fan of the punched hole intakes as these create extra noise when in use. But in a laptop cooler were the intake area sits close to the surface it is probably needed to stop foreign objects getting through.
At the rear we have a USB hub, although stated that only one of these will work when the cooler is plugged into the laptop, this is due to the fact it needs to draw power into the cooler to power the fans from one of the USB 2.0 ports and renders one of them useless. I would have liked to have seen a blanking plate to cover the port not in use.
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