Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Of the nu­mer­ous lap­top ac­ces­sories avail­able in the mar­ket, the one that is most of­ten ig­nored is the cool­ing pad. Most ask what it achieves at all. For those who think along these lines, cool­ing pads are meant to pre­vent your lap­top from over­heat­ing by pro­vid­ing heat es­cape routes. An­tec has joined com­pa­nies like Log­itech and Philips now in of­fer­ing af­ford­able cool­ing pads.

The An­tec Notebook Cooler De­signer is a light­weight raised plat­form fin­ished in sil­ver. The colour blends in with most lap­tops and the pad al­most be­comes a part of the ma­chine. It has a flat front and raised back that make it er­gonom­i­cally com­fort­able to work with a notebook. The Cooler can be placed on a flat sur­face and is equally com­fort­able to use on a lap. Its 110 mm blower, hid­den within the sleek body, op­er­ates at 800 rpm to cre­ate a cool­ing power. Sur­pris­ingly, the op­er­a­tion of the blower is so silent that you will not even hear the noise of the fan. But us­ing this means block­ing a USB port on the lap­top.

The Cooler can be used for note­books of up to 15 inches. It is good at what it is meant to do, and, at 700 gm, it is con­ve­nient to carry around too.

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