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Cooler Master Storm SF-19 Strike Force Laptop Cooler 11-05-2010

The Cooler Master Storm Strike Force SF-19 appears no different in basic design from most other notebook coolers. It features a generally wedge-shaped base with some venting and fans housed inside, some rubber non-slip feet and a smattering of controls on either side. The Storm series of products is geared towards gamers and the SF-19 claims compatibility with up to 19" laptops. Additionally it supports USB 3.0 and offers some variable lighting effects.

Thermaltake Massive23 LX Notebook Cooler 09-24-2010

Laptop coolers are almost as common as cell phone cases or other "generic" items that are easy to produce. The key is to stick with a well-known company that has a reputation of producing quality cooling products. Today we are taking a look at the Massive23 LX from Thermaltake. Thermaltake is a well known name for their cooling products and various PC accessories so it will be interesting to see how this product balances performance and portability.

Cooler Master NotePal U2 Notebook Stand 07-10-2010

The NotePal U2 comes equipped with a pair of 80mm low profile fans measuring only 10mm thick. They also have a grill on the intake side to prevent injury from the fan blades. The unique advantage this unit has over many competitors is the ability to move the fans to a more advantageous position like under an inlet vent or where a hot hard drive sits. Worth considering is that many notebook manufacturers pay little to the cooling of the hard drive which can significantly shorten its lifespan. The ability to cool this area of the notebook could increase its life.

Cooler Master NotePal ErgoStand 06-10-2010

Most of us spend quite a bit of time picking out just the right chassis, case fans and coolers for our desktops but notebooks are often left out of the cooling game. There are, however, a few products out there that try to address this. One such product from Cooler Master is the NotePal ErgoStand that we have for review today. We have seen several different versions of notebook coolers, most opting to be a bit more portable than the ErgoStand which can be described as a more stationary stand. The ErgoStand comes with a fan speed control and a 4-port USB hub built into the stand.

Thermaltake Massive23 ST Notebook Cooler 10-05-2009

A little more than a month ago, Thermaltake sent over one of their latest notebook coolers for review, the Massive23 CS. Utilizing a rugged aluminum frame, huge 23cm fan and selectable multi-colored LED lighting, the Massive23 CS earned our Bronze Seal of Approval. While the aluminum cooler is definitely a high quality and attractive piece, it also carries a bit of a hefty price tag with it, listing at $59.99 retail. Today we take a look at the Massive23 ST, a plastic version of the CS that shares most of its features with the more expensive CS, all except for the price.

Thermaltake Massive23 CS Notebook Cooler 08-16-2009

As the move towards smaller and lighter netbooks begins to gain in popularity, the dominance of older high heat-producing full size notebooks may eventually ebb over time. True, there will always be those users who want a larger screen size, or need the full performance of a high-end, multi core processor, and for as long as there are laptop computers making the tops of our thighs uncomfortably warm there will likely be coolers designed to combat it. Today I have a product for review from Thermaltake with the descriptive title of Massive23 CS, which makes use of a single, large 23cm cooling fan. How effective are laptop coolers at actually reducing operating temperatures though? Join me as I put the Massive23 CS through its paces.

NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller 07-27-2009

The Sentry 1 controlled five fans, featured a monochromatic screen and fit a 5.25" drive bay. The Sentry LX also controlled five fans, but featured a multi-colored display and took up two 5.25" drive bays. The new Sentry 2 combines a multi-colored LCD of the LX with the compact form of the Sentry 1 and adds a touchscreen display. Let's take a closer look!

NZXT Cryo S Laptop Cooler 07-14-2009

There are all sorts of laptop coolers on the market, but has only seen a few of them. Back in February of last year, our reviewer Frank Stroupe had a chance to check out NZXT's high end, aluminum laptop cooler, the Cryo LX, which fits up to 19” wide-screen laptops. NZXT was born into the case market, so designing for style on top of functionality is the name of their game. This design process proved thoughtful and effective as the Cryo LX earned our seal of approval. Today, NZXT is at it again, as I have a look at their Cryo S aluminum laptop cooler.

OCZ XTC Cooler Rev 2 07-13-2009

From the first time I laid eyes on the original OCZ XTC ram cooler, I knew I had to have one. With my habit of overclocking, RAM heat was always a concern and I had been primarily keeping chips cool with an 80mm fan and some zip-ties. When I spotted the first XTC cooler in a case mod picture thread, the chrome polished body and LEDs attracted me like a moth to a flame. Within a week I had located and attained my XTC cooler, and it has been in my main system for generations of builds.

Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400 Thermal Paste 03-18-2009

While it may be difficult to get excited over a thermal paste, especially when there is a seeming myriad of different brands and types available, it is a necessary and often overlooked commodity. Cooler Master's new ThermalFusion 400 arrived in this plastic blister pack, unusual packaging for thermal paste. Included with the paste is an applicator, the first I've ever seen included with any brand interface material. This is a welcome addition, as it is common for thermal paste makers to give instruction to spread the product around without actually touching it or the surfaces to be covered. The thermal paste itself is in the typical syringe type container with plunger to control the amount of product released.

NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller 08-26-2008

Until now, these two worlds have gone surprisingly separate ways with their cases and peripherals; the flashy-type modders had their bright, intense LCD screen fan controllers, while the classier of builders had the plain vanilla, brushed aluminum rheobus. Today, however, we have for review NZXT’s Sentry LX fan controller, which hopes to break that divide. Inset in a classy, brushed aluminum faceplate is a bright, detailed screen. This has potential to be the best of both worlds.

GELID Solutions GC-1 Thermal Compound 07-09-2008

Today we have for review one of GELID's first products ever, their thermal compound, GC-1. I’ve seen a lot of thermal compounds hit the market and pass it by, and often times it seems as though it will take something absolutely astonishing to overshadow the great name of Arctic Silver 5. Even though many pastes out there perform better, have better features (not electrically conductive, doesn’t have a burn in period, etc.) and are cheaper than Arctic Silver 5, it seems impossible to knock it from its thrown.

Thermaltake iXoft Notebook Cooling Pad 03-18-2008

The material inside is sodium sulfate decahydrate, Na2SO4·10H2O, also known as Glauber's salt. This material changes phases (from solid to liquid) at 32 C (90 F), which makes this product excellent at storing heat and is commonly used to store thermal energy for solar heating systems.

NZXT Cryo LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler 02-06-2008

This isn't something you'd expect to see under the notebook of some guy in a dress shirt and tie sitting next to you on a plane, or of someone in a business suit at Starbucks. More likely, you'd see this under an Alienware gaming laptop at a LAN party. I have no problem believing this is something from NZXT.

OCZ Freeze Thermal Compound 12-20-2007

Last month I did a thermal compound review where I pitted the venerable Arctic Silver 5 against the latest stuff from Tuniq, the TX-2. Well here we are, almost exactly one month later, and we have a new contender in the arena, the OCZ Freeze.

Thermaltake NBcool T500 and T2000 USB Notebook Coolers 12-12-2007

I looked at the little 1.5” intake hole, then looked at the bed, the carpet, the dining table (which has a tablecloth with some brocading on it), the sofa, all over the house. I found very few spots that I might use it without some kind of interference with the fan intake.

Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound 11-23-2007

All thermal paste is relatively the same, and as long as you use something between your processor and heatsink (besides a thermal pad) you're good. Or is it?

Ultra Products Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler 11-18-2007

For those of you who are concerned with the longevity of your data, though, there are plenty of low-quality, rackety hard drive coolers out there. I don’t know about you, but I know I don’t want any more noise coming out of my box. Ultra Products proposes to solve those problems of hard drive heat and noise with their aptly named Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler.

Zalman ZM-MFC2 Multi Fan Controller 11-01-2007

There are times I’d like to be able to turn the fans up to the max for short periods of time, like when overclocking. And to be honest, there are times I miss the look of those analog knobs on the front of my rig. Call me old skool, call me old man, I’m sorry, I like dials and knobs.

Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound 09-23-2007

The debate of the paste rages on! What makes one thermal paste better than another? Is it the little features in these so-very-essential products, or is it sheer performance? In my everlasting quest of the answer, I have come across Arctic Cooling’s MX-2 thermal compound, which appears to be a promising contestant in the goop challenge.

Coollaboratory Liquid Pro Thermal Compound 08-27-2007

Coollaboratory’s Liquid Pro and Shin Etsu’s X23 have been fighting for the lime-light for the past few years, but only tested by a few American (or other English speaking language countries) review sites. Everyone seems to get different results, all with a “clear winner,” which brings into question the idea that thermal compounds really do differ from one another. Today, we’re reviewing Coollaboratory’s Liquid Pro to see for sure if this difference exists.

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