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Pros: Light weight for having 4 fans
Nice build quality, even though very light does not feel cheap
Cools the laptop
Keeps my lap cooler
USB powered HDD worked fine through coolers USB port (but is USB 2.0 speed)
Cons: No real cons, but several nit picks with it.
First is the plug for the usb is on the exact opposite side as my laptops, cooler is on lower left, laptop is on upper right. Since the bottom of this is completly flat and level, I just rotated it, so now both are at the upper right. If you were using this on a desk or table and were using the flip up legs, you could not do this, but you could probably run the USB cable under the cooler and it would reach.
I kind of wish I had better control of fans. I really need just 2 fans on, upper left for airflow to the CPU intake, and lower right blowing on the RAM and SSD which gets real hot (no idea on how hot, no temp sensor there). If it had a bush button for each fan it would be nicer, but not an egg off just for that.
It is also a bit thick, but being a active cooling unit, that is needed to fit the fans.
Other Thoughts: Testing this on my old Gateway laptop with a core 2 duo.
I actually use this laptop on my lap when sitting in my recliner all the time (typing this on it now).
Prior to using this, idle temps were around 50° C, normal use temps were high 50's into the low 60's, and would max out at 70°C when the built in thermal limit of the motherboard control would slow the processor to prevent overheating.
Using just the cooling pad with no fans on, idle temps were the same, load temps were about 1-2° cooler, max temp still 70°. I think the regular use temps were lower because the laptop fan had better airflow being off my lap. I do know my lap itself was cooler and more comfortable.
When I turn the fans on (either just 2 or all 4), idle temp drops to 44°C, a good 5°+ cooler, normal use temps also saw the same drop. Full load temps dropped 3° C, but my cpu was no longer being throttled, so a huge plus there.
I think this would be great for hot running laptops used as a desktop replacement. For use as an actual "laptop", it is a bit big, but still useable. Not really something to carry around in a laptop bag IMO.
I will use it especially in the summer, not sure how much I will use the actual fan part, but nice to have if needed.
Seems well built and sturdy
Fast on USB 3, OK on USB 2
Lots of backup features (Time Machine, Flicker, Facebook, portable devices)
Small while LED on top for power notification (not too bright at all for once, does not flash when accessing)
Cons: need separate driver for it to work on Windows.
Other Thoughts: The separate driver issue is not enough of a con to take an egg off for (it is a software/OS/formatting issue), but a bit of a hassle if you switch between mac and PC. I had no download/install issues with the software like another review did.
Problem I see with this is if you use a Mac at home and save files then bring it to work that only has PC; if you can't install the needed driver due to install restrictions on the work PC, you can't access the files.
If you only have PC's, then just reformat the drive and your good to go on any PC. (what I ended up doing, I don't have a Mac).
Transfered almost 1tb of files and drive was barely warm, and is inaudible from 18 inches away (and just a minimal whisper 6 inches from your ear).
I am using this for a server backup device, my old drive ran warm and made a little buzzing noise most of the time.
If your looking for a great out of the box Mac compatible drive for Time Machine plus a few extras, then this is a great drive for that. If your a Windows/Linux user that does not need the extra features, there are cheaper options out there for you.
improved speed over wireless g
Cons: Green blinking light
Other Thoughts: I am using this on a older laptop that only has built in wireless g.
I have upgraded the CPU, RAM and the HDD to a SSD, wireless n was the last step in upgrading it.
My download speeds on my laptop are now double what they used to be.
old wireless g: ~ 17-20 Mb/s
new wireless n: ~ 40-42 Mb/s
Ethernet: ~ 50 Mb/s
No change in upload speeds (~ 5-6 Mb/s), but that is what my wired speeds are.
So far no connectivity issues, wakes up like it should. no random disconnects, hopefully it lasts a long time.
This is a great little nano USB adapter for an older laptop. There are other options for around the same price that perform better if you need something for desktops. No need to take off any eggs for that.
Setup was easy. Plug in the adapter, put the CD in the drive and it autoruns the setup file. go into the adapter settings and turn off your old wireless and your good to go.
The green activity light is a little annoying, but not real bad or bright, just depends on where your USB port is. I may put a little piece of black tape over it if it bothers me (has not so far).
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