These may not be the top of the line notebook coolers but they are inexpensive and work pretty well under pressure, so to speak. I look at three notebook coolers from EverCool that are decent coolers for take along ease in keeping your notebook cool. I compare the EverCool Legend, Space Station and The Zodiac and see how they do at keeping my sons Acer Aspire notebook computer cool and happy.
The first up for my cooling is the EverCool Legend that is a bit small for my sons notebook at about 9 inches by 12 inches and about ¾ inches tall. The cooler is made from plastic with two fans inside that are run from a USB connection. The cord connects to the laptop and does supply power to the fans but does not add any USB outlets so it will take up one USB connection on your notebook.
The Legend has feet on the bottom to leave some room between it and the surface you place it on and is hollow inside with the two fans that blow air in from the top of the pad and out the vents in the front. This airflow is enough to give a nice gentle breeze to help cool a notebook. Setting a larger notebook such as a 17 inch widescreen on it may require some positioning as the vents or hot spot under my sons computer do not match up well with this notebook cooler. I have access to another notebook that this cooler pad worked very well on, an Averatec.
The EverCool Legend worked pretty well in bringing the heat away from the notebooks but works better for smaller notebooks like the Averatec. It performed about as you would expect lowering the temperature by about three to five degrees while running SiSoftware’s Sandra.
The EverCool Space Station is a larger notebook cooler measuring 15 ½ by 12 inches and a half inch to an inch and a half thick. The Space Station is angled so that your notebook sits at a decent typing angle for use and is made from plastic with two fans.
The fans plug into your USB connection but there is an extra USB outlet so you do not loose a USB connection while using the Space Station. The fans blow air from the bottom of your notebook and out the vents located on both sides of the cooler. The Space Station cooler also has an on/off switch so you can shut it off when you don’t want to use it.
The Space Station is designed for larger wide screen notebooks and is perfect for traveling. The Acer notebook computer sat nicely on the cooling pad and the cooler has some nice rubber bumpers so you will not scratch up the bottom of your notebook. There is plenty of airflow and the cooler worked equally well while running SiSoftware’s Sandra getting about four to six degrees of cooling.
The Space Station is angled nicely for typing and has rubber pads on the bottom that will not slip or slide on smooth desks or tables. The cooler is roomy enough for wide screen notebooks and is nice for using even on your lap while working on your computer. The Space Station is hollow for plenty of air flow and it does not get so warm that your notebook on the cooler on your lap would get uncomfortable.
The EverCool Zodiac is the last in this review and the most expensive but best built. It is made from aluminum and has two fans as well as two drawers on the underside. The one drawer has a cutout for the self retracting USB cable that plugs the fans into the notebook cooling pad.
The other draw is open for your use and can hide another cable or smaller items, each drawer is about 5 ½ inches long by an inch and a half wide and a half inch deep. They both push in to close and push in to open with a small clip that is in the center of the two drawers. Both drawers are positioned on each side of the cooler pad near the top and open on each side.
The two fans plug into your notebook using the enclosed USB cable that retracts for easy storage. The USB cable plugs into one of the two USB ports on the cooler pad so you don’t loose the USB connection on your computer. There is an on/off switch on the Zodiac for convenience and the cooling pad is angled for typing comfort.
The pad is one piece of aluminum that is bent at the top and bottom with the fans in a plastic frame snapped into two slots of the aluminum base. The Zodiac is a very sturdy pad and would take a lot of abuse being made from aluminum. The cooler performed the best of the three with about four to eight degrees of cooling while under a load and worked well with both notebook sizes.
The Zodiac is about eleven inches by thirteen and angled from an inch at the bottom to an inch and a half tall at the top. The Zodiac would not be good for setting on your lap or any other uneven surface as the cooler is one piece of aluminum with out any body other than the fans.
All three cooling pads have nearly silent fans and are very quiet. They all work very well for regular cooling of a notebook computer that was under a load using a benchmark program to heat the notebook up.
Overall for the smaller notebooks I would recommend the EverCool Legend and for a good portable option for notebook cooling. If you want to use your notebook on your lap I would suggest the Space Station for nice portable cooling. The best for overall cooling is the EverCool Zodiac with its two drawers and aluminum good looks.