Friday, March 16, 2012

Laptop Cooling On the Cheap!

Portable Notebook Laptop Foldable USB 2 Fans Cooling Cooler

This is notebook or netbook cooling fan. You can set you device directly on top of this tiny unit and it’s two fans will circulate air to keep your device cool. One of the things I learned in my 25 years in the computer business was that two of the biggest equipment killers were heat and dirt. This obviously does nothing for dirt but it can keep your laptop cool. That cooling will have a measurable impact on it’s longevity.

This unit is so cheap it is almost laughable. It cost $4.05 which included shipping. There are a surprising number of similar solutions on both Amazon and eBay. I didn’t find similar prices at New Egg or This unit had a USB pass through which was the main reason that I purchased it over similar units without a pass through. It seems like you can never have enough USB ports on your equipment. (If you have been into computers long enough, serial ports were once as important.)

The unit is constructed in about the manner you would expect for something so inexpensive. The fans are very quiet though. That was a pleasant supply. Here is an interesting factoid, I have a Cooler Master unit that cost me $24.00 with two fans. The fans are getting noisy after a years use and I wanted to replace them. Cooler Master offers the replacement fans for $6.99 plus $9.98 shipping. So $17.00 vs. $4.00 for two fans seems like a no brainer. I can replace the fans four times for the cost of what Cooler Master charged. I plan on using the fans under the nice, sturdy stand that the Cooler Master fans were affixed to. I am dismayed that Cooler Master used the easily replaceable fans as a selling feature and then charges approximately 75% of the cost of a complete new unit for easily replaceable fans. This type of behavior encourages the “throw it away, don’t fix it” philosophy that has encompassed so much of our industry. Shame on Cooler Master but Kudos to whoever put together such a great MONEY SAVING TECH TIP device as this very portable little cooling stand.


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