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Supplier: Kingwin
Price: $12.99 from newegg.comReviewed: Nov 1, 2007

Taichi Notebook Cooler
Author: faceless105 -- Posted: 2007-11-01
We all know that cooling is one of your largest concerns with any pc. Laptops especially are extremely vulnerable to heat. With an extremely compact design there is generally only a small path for airflow that can easily become clogged with dust from laying your laptop on the floor. What most people generally suspect is the system slowly dying is more commonly just the heatsink becoming jammed.

Now that we've been educated on such a common killer of laptop hardware it's time we learn how to fight it. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use a laptop cooler. This will prop the laptop off the ground and keep it supplied with a steady air flow. Tonight I'll be reviewing the Taichi notebook cooler by Kingwin.

Now I think I can safely say that this is one of the most stylish stock notebook coolers I've ever seen before.

The cooler is powered by a 1 ft USB cable that powers the two 70mm fans. This cooler has a power adapter style plug-in so if you were really desperate for your USB ports I'm sure with a little hunting you could probably find a wall adapter.

The construction of the cooler is very simple. Essentially it's an elevated piece of metal with two fans below it. This is where the problem lies though. After using this cooler I've found that the cooling power is pretty weak. This comes in part from such a low clearance from the fans and the ground.

Over all, this cooler isn't anything spectacular. It's better then nothing, but it won't do much for performance. I'd recommend using it only if you regularly use your laptop on surfaces such as a bed or on carpeting. I've actually placed it below my gaming console for just a little extra cooling.

So like I said, this cooler won't give you any real performance boosts. It has a very low cooling ability, but at the same time, it's better then nothing.
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