Thermaltake Massive23 LX Laptop Cooler

Posted by on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 4:55am

thermaltake massive23 lxThermaltake is one of those companies that is very serious when it comes to cooling products. Don’t believe me? Hop on over to their website and you will see everything from CPU cooling, to laptop cooling, and even personal cooling. And coming from Thermaltake's laptop cooling products is their very successful Massive line. The Massive series is aimed at persons whose laptops are of the larger and higher performance variety, like the Sony F series I currently have. It is today that we will be taking a look at their latest incarnation: the Massive23 LX. Does it have what it takes to keep a beast like the Sony F series cool? Read on and we shall see!

 

Introduction to the Thermaltake Massive23 LX

Laptop coolers are one of those accessories that you tend to pick up when you purchase that new laptop. Just like a laptop bag, its one of the items that you need in order to keep your laptop in perfect working order. Yes, there are many to choose from so how do you determine which one to buy. You can read one review after another telling you how well a particular cooler performed but most of the time it comes down to cost and personal preference.

Thermaltake is one of those companies that is very serious when it comes to cooling products. Don’t believe me? Hop on over to their website and you will see everything from CPU cooling, to laptop cooling, and even personal cooling. And from their laptop cooling department comes the very successful Massive line. The Massive series is aimed at persons whose laptops are of the larger and higher performance variety, like the Sony F series I currently have. It is today that we will be taking a look at their latest incarnation: the Massive23 LX. Does it have what it takes to keep a beast like the Sony F series cool? We will see. Read on.

 


 

Specifications

Compatibility    For 10" ~ 17" Notebook
Heatsink Dimension    376 (L) x 300 (W) x 51.5 (H) mm
14.8 (L) x 11.81  (W) x 2.03 (H) in
Heatsink Material    Aluminum & Plastic
Heatpipe    ----
Fan Dimension    200 x 200 x 20 mm
Fan Speed    600 ± 10% RPM
Bearing Type    ----
Noise Level    17 dBA
Max. Air Flow    54.6 CFM
Max. Air Pressure    0.32 mmH2O
LED Fan    Blue-Color LED Fan
Power Connector    USB
Rated Voltage    5 V
Started Voltage    3.5 V
Rated Current    0.21 A
Power Input    ----
MTBF    ----
Weight    900 g / 1.98 lb

Features

   

Ergonomic angle design

 

2 USB Ports & USB powered

 

230mm blue LED fan

 

Fan On/Off control switch

 

Black metal mesh stylish design

    USB cable storage drawer           
   

Anti-slip rubber

   

Supports laptop size from 10" ~ 17"

 


 

Closer look
The Massive23 LX, which is made to suit laptops ranging from 10 to 17 inches, actually is fairly light in weight and that is all thanks to it's makeup consisting of aluminum, rubber and plastic. The top half of the cooler consists mostly of a large aluminum mesh, of which a large 200mm cooling fan sits behind.

The pictures don't quite do the fan's size justice, but do not let that dissuade you as it is extremely quiet! When the fan is on it tops off at just 17 dBA, which is achieved by it spinning at a mere 600 RPM. We were unable to hear the whir of the fan during our testing, and that leaves for a pleasant working environment.

The Massive23 utilizes rubber strips to prevent the laptop from sliding all over the place, and the same type are used on the back side of the cooler to keep it from sliding when used on top of a slick surface.

Thermaltake has also equipped the cooler with handles on each side, just in case you need to transport everything.

While the Massive23 is not the thinnest cooler we have ever seen, it is by no means the thickest either, as you can see from the image below. Power to the cooler is supplied through your standard USB slot, which Thermaltake has included a cable for this. Also as to not take away from your available USB ports, there is an auxiliary port on the cooler itself. Residing above the USB ports are an ON/OFF push-button for the fan and it's LED lighting. There is also a small LED as a visual indication that the fan is on since it operates at such a quite level.

Finally, we have the reverse side of the cooler, and a better perspective of the huge 200mm cooling fan. For a nice added convenience there is a small compartment to house the USB cable when not in use.


 

Performance

Our test rig consisted of the Sony VPCF11FX and it's system specs are comprised up of an Intel Core i7 Q 720, 4GB of DDR3, Nvidia GeForce 310M and Fujistu 500GB 5400 RPM HDD. Software applications used to measure and test the system are SpeedFan and Hyper PI.

We normally would not test the coolers and log any data, but we felt it was time for a change. From now on all laptop coolers that pass through Pro-Clockers will be tested for their performance. In the case of the Thermaltake Massive23 LX there was a 4C drop in temperature across the board, when compared to no cooler at all.


At idle using the Massive23 LX


Load using the Massive23 LX

 

Conclusion

The Thermaltake Massive23 LX is a very nice looking laptop cooler, and it's combination of aluminum and plastic make for a very durable and lightweight product. Many may think that because of it's ability to accommodate up to a 17" laptop, it would be heavy and bulky, but that is not the case with this cooler. If you are one that likes devices that are virtually noiseless, then this one is a real winner. At no time did we hear a tone from the 200mm fan, as it only spun at 600 RPM. When it comes to the fan's LED lighting, that is really a matter of taste. During the time I spent with it I only ran the lighting while gaming, the rest of the time the LED was inactive. One last nice thing about the Massive 23 LX is it's retail price of $29.99. Not bad for such a cooler!

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