Like many other laptop coolers on the market, the Massive23 CS is designed to handle notebook sizes ranging anywhere from 10" up to a 17" widescreen. The physical dimensions of the base are roughly 14" x 12½" x 2" and other than the fan, is constructed entirely of aluminum, tipping the scales at around 3½ pounds. The only controls present on the cooler are located at the back corner, and consist of a power indicator LED, power jack and fan LED color control switch.
Generally shaped like an upside down U, the Massive23 forms an arch from front to back, with the entire center ventilated by mesh and the single, oversize fan mounted underneath. A rubber strip along the lower edge prevents laptops from sliding off the angled top surface, while four rubber pads on the bottom corners keep the unit planted stationary on your desktop. The fan, rated for a respectable 57cfm at only 17dBA, blows air up through the mesh and over the bottom of your portable computer. A heavy-duty grill keeps objects from coming in contact with the spinning fan blades.
The Massive23 is powered at 5v via your laptop's USB port. The cord is a relatively short two feet in length, and although it has a standard type A male USB plug on the end connecting to your computer, the other uses a round pin style connector. In other words, it's a proprietary cable and may be difficult to replace, so don't lose it. The fan is a tri-color LED unit, with selection switch to change from blue to green to red illumination, plus a few auto-sequencing selections as well. Similar to a string of ornamental holiday lights, either a slow or rapid blinking of alternating colors in a couple different patterns can be chosen. The red is slightly dimmer than the blue or green, as typical due to LED voltage requirements.
Next let's see how the Massive23 CS performs under testing and usage.