Antec Notebook Cooler Designer

Posted by on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 7:41pm

Antec DesignerAntec has just released a sleek little cooler that is bound to drop the temperature any laptop up to fifteen inches. Which is an ideal size since most of the laptops sold today measure fifteen inches and under. Along with its stylish looks the Designer features a 110mm blower-fan and operates at 800RPM, making it whisper quite.


Introduction to the Antec Notebook Cooler Designer

Not just one of the top producers of cases and power supplies, Antec has also manufactured a few other products over the years, one of which are laptop coolers. With the abundance of laptops being sold every day, along with the amount of work we do on them, we need a way to keep these things cool.

Enter stage right: Antec, who have just released a sleek little cooler that is bound to drop the temperature on any laptop that measures up to fifteen inches. Which is an ideal size since most of the laptops sold today measure fifteen inches and under. Along with its stylish looks the Designer features a 110mm blower-fan and operates at 800RPM, making it whisper quite.

Antec's take on the Notebook Cooler Designer

Antec presents the latest in its line of stylish notebook accessories: The Notebook Cooler Designer. Fashioned with unparalleled comfort and elegance in mind, the Notebook Cooler Designer is the slim, lightweight way to keep notebooks up to 15" cool. It boasts a 110mm blower that spins at a quiet and effective 800 RPM and a slim-line design for improved ergonomics, minimizing wrist and eye strain. Add Antec's Notebook Cooler Designer to your accessory repertoire. With its effective cooling and sleek, stylish aesthetics, it's the perfect complement to almost any notebook.


Specifications

Air Flow - At rated voltage zero static pressure (minimal value)

0.13 m³ / min (4.5CFM)

Static Pressure - At rated voltage At zero air flow

2.5 mm-H2O (0.10"-H2O)

Speed (Max.)

800RPM±200%

Acoustical Noise

23 dBA

Life - Continuous operating under normal temperature (25 °C or 77 °F)

20,000 hours

Features

  • Suitable for all Mac and PC notebooks with screens up to 15"
  • Efficient 110mm blower quietly operates at 800 RPM
  • Slimline design helps improve ergonomics
  • Low power consumption USB connector has a minimal impact on the life of your notebook's battery
  • Stylish aesthetics and subtle coloring complement nearly any notebook design
  • Unit Dimension
    - 42mm (H) x 330mm (W) x 280mm (D)
    - 1.7" (H) x 13.0" (W) x 11.0" (D)
  • Package Dimension
    - 283mm (H) x 345mm (W) x 45mm (D)
    - 11.1" (H) x 13.6" (W) x 1.8" (D)
  • Weight
    - Net : 1.1 lb / 0.5 kg
    - Gross : 1.5 lb / 0.7 kg

Closer look

Out of the box I see why Antec labeled this cooler the "Designer" as it is definitely one of the best looking coolers we have seen. The sexy curves and silver tint speak class. It would look great underneath a Mac Book or one of those new Sony Z series laptop, but unfortunately I can’t afford either so we will be testing it under my wife’s netbook.

The unit weighs only a 1.1 pounds thanks to the light weight composite plastic material and the lack of any extra features like USB ports.

Looking at the top of the cooler the only thing you will see are the vented slots for the air to escape through, and the Antec logo that resides at the bottom of the cooler. Antec meant for the Designer to be simple, but functional as to provide adequate cooling, and that is evident by looking at its surface.

Turning the Designer over we see an extra large Antec trademark. Surrounding their insignia is a channel which the USB cable can be routed through to best fit the location of an open USB port on your PC. With two in the rear and one on each side, they are in the ideal spots so no matter where your USB port is located on your laptop you won't have any slack dangling around while powering the fan. Also provided is a fifth channel to retain the cable and plug in during transport.

The Designer’s sexy curves are more than just looks; Antec intended to make the Designer comfortable while sitting on your lap. Inside the Designer is a 110mm cooling fan that spins at 800 RPM, and yes during our testing we did determine the fan to be very quiet. Finally, to keep the cooler from sliding around there are four rubber feet are present underneath.


Test and results

In order to test the cooling aspect of the Designer we used a Lenovo S-10 netbook and performed daily tasks like browsing the web. to playing simple online games. to streaming video from Netflix. At load we saw the netbook’s temperature range in the mid-30s Celcius, topping off at 37C with the use of the cooler. Without temps reached as high as 41 degrees centigrade. This equates to a four degree drop in load temperature, which may not seem like much but keep in mind that is the difference between having 98.6F and 105.8F sitting on your lap!

Conclusion

The Antec Notbook Cooler Designer is a simple but very functional cooler. There is not any extra functionality to the Designer; its sole purpose is to cool your overheating laptop, which it did exceptionally. If you are looking for a laptop cooler with all the goodies like USB ports, fan controls or built-in speakers you will need to look elsewhere.

The Designer weighs in at 1.1 pounds making for easy transport wherever you need it. The Designer uses a 110mm blower-style fan powered by a single USB cord, which may be smaller than any of the recent coolers we have tested, but it's blower design can move just as much air as the larger axial fans you typical see. Then again the others are made to combat heat output from very high-powered laptops. The Designer is great for laptops with mid-range CPUs (like the i5) which are mostly equipped with integrated graphics. In other words what you would use mostly for general purpose computing.

Starting at around $22 the Designer is indeed a rather good buy.

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