Enermax Aeolus Laptop Cooler

Posted by on Monday, July 6, 2009 - 5:55am

 Enermax Aeolus Laptop CoolerThe Aeolus is Enermax's attempt to bring high performance cooling to laptops. When I say high performance, I refer to the massive 250mm cooling fan the cooler is built around. Yes, you heard it right, 240mm. This has to be the largest fan on a laptop ever. Besides the fan, the Aeolus shares the same theme we saw in the Aurora keyboard. Smooth and flowing aluminum is the binding structure that supports the cooler. When I first read the specifications on the cooler, I thought it would look grotesque because of a over-sized fan. Yet, the aluminum brings the cooler back down to earth and in a fashionable way.

 

 

Introduction

There is a 99.9% chance you know Enermax for making some of the best power supplies on the market. If that is all you knew about Enermax, I don't think they would be upset. They provide the world with a majority of its 1000 plus watt power supplies. However, if you have been around Pro-Clockers for awhile, you will know that they make cases, fans and keyboards. The one item they are least known for is laptop coolers and one will be the subject of my next review. With the laptop fast becoming a replacement for desktop, there is no better time to explore new territories.

The Aeolus is Enermax's attempt to bring high performance cooling to laptops. When I say high performance, I refer to the massive 250mm cooling fan the cooler is built around. Yes, you heard it right, 240mm. This has to be the largest fan on a laptop ever. Besides the fan, the Aeolus shares the same theme we saw in the Aurora keyboard. Smooth and flowing aluminum is the binding structure that supports the cooler. When I first read the specifications on the cooler, I thought it would look grotesque because of a over-sized fan. Yet, the aluminum brings the cooler back down to earth and in a fashionable way.


Packaging and contents

A large image of the cooler adorns the front of the retail box. Besides the photo, just a few features are mentioned. The rear of the box tells all about the Aeolus in great detail with images. The cooler comes well protected by plastic and Styrofoam. There isn't too much more to protect in the box as there is only the USB cable needed to attach the cooler electrically to the laptop.

Specifications

Model CP001-B
Material Brushed aluminum and steel mesh
Fan Dimension 220x220x17mm (8.66"x8.66"x0.66")
Fan Speed Low (650R.P.M) High (850 R.P.M)
Noise Level 17dBa (low) to 20dBa (high)
LED Indicator 5 blue LEDs with ON/OFF switch
Power Source USB power +5V
Cable Length 500mm/19.68"
Colors

Black

Dimensions (DxWxH) L350 x W330 x H45.5 mm(L13.78” x W13” x H1.8”)
Weight

1.3kgs/2.86lbs

Features

Steel mesh and brushed aluminum with diamond-cut edges.
Integrated slim monster fan with adjustable speed to eliminate hot spots.
Efficiently cool your notebook by 22 C.
Ergonomically angled with full size wrist-rest to reduce neck and wrist strain.


Closer look

The design of the Aeolus is pretty simple and plain. It comes in just two colors: black and silver. With laptops coming in a wide range of colors, one of these two colors should be easily a match for you. Enermax markets the Aeolus suitable for laptops that measure up to 17 inches. Today, we will be testing the cooler using a 17 inch laptop. The numbers should be interesting. If you use your laptop on the go, you will be pleased to know that the Aeolus weighs a mere 2.86 pounds.

The brushed aluminum makes up the four sides of the cooler with the bottom taking up double duty as a lip to keep the laptop from sliding off and a wrist rest. The Enermax name highlights the aluminum outline. The rest of the top half of the cooler is made of steel mesh. Due to the large fan of the cooler the mesh area makes up 75% of the top. The aluminum backup allows for better cooling as it helps with heat dissipation. Clearly you can see the fan through the mesh.

Looking at the Aeolus from the side, you can see another reason why the cooler is so light. The panels that make up the cooler are pretty narrow, making for easier transporting.

The rear of the cooler is where all the connections are located. A single USB port connects your PC to power the fan. You will see the Aeolus does not contain a USB hub like the NZXT Cryo, we reviewed a few weeks back. I would say that at the asking price of $50-60, one should be included. One thing the Aeolus does include that the Cryo does not is the ability to turn the fan off. Besides the off you can also set the fan to spin at 650 and 850 RPM respectively. You can even turn off the LED that surrounds the fan via a simple push of a button.


Testing

Testing Hardware:ASUS W2JB

Testing Software:
CPUID's HWMonitor
Hyper PI

In the testing of this cooler, I found that our 17-inch ASUS laptop was way too big for the Aeolus. Once we placed the laptop on the cooler in the proper position the back end of the laptop hang over the rear of the cooler. This resulted in the laptop becoming back heavy and tilting awkwardly. I would suggest only using the Aeolus for laptops measuring 15-inches or less.

Results

Even though we were not comfortable with the fit of our laptop on this, we did manage to cool off the CPU by 5 degrees. Yes, this is not anywhere near the claims of Enermax but then again our laptop is not suitable for this cooler.


 

Conclusion

The Enermax Aeolus is a good notebook cooler, built with quality in mind. The style is plain and simple, but looks very attractive. It does not have an overbearing look like some laptop coolers I have seen on the shelves of my local electronic stores. The brushed aluminum and the mesh center adds to the sleek look of the cooler as well.

If you are fortunate to have a laptop that fits atop the cooler just right, it should provide very good cooling. In the case of our ASUS laptop, the back of the laptop hung over the edge of the cooler making it unstable. One advantage I see with the Aeolus compared to the Cryo from NZXT that I tested awhile back is it is lighter. This is great for someone that travels a lot.

Another advantage the Aeolus has over all other laptop coolers is the cooling fan. The massive 250mm fan underneath the mesh should cool any laptop in need of a fresh breeze. The blue lighting is attractive as it give the cooler and the laptop on top a neat glow.

The only thing that I would like to see on the Aeolus is a USB hub. This would definitely add to the functionality of the cooler.

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