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SANOXY Laptop Notebook Cool Pad-Portable Cooler
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This LED USB Laptop Cooler is designed with 3 built-in fans and it can cool down the overall temperature and extend the life of your notebook. The USB Laptop Cooler is powered directly through USB port, no power adapter necessary. Designed with the clear plastic construction and four leg pads, with 3 built-in fans in the middle of the cooler. SANOXY brand has been awarded trademarks by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Exclusively marketed by authorized resellers on amazon to ensure product warranty.
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First, if you're trying to feel how much suction the fans are providing and put your hand over one, you can easily stick a finger down in there and get nipped by the fan blades. You won't lose a finger, but it will give you enough of a surprise that you'll only do it once.
Second, the fans just aren't that powerful. The enclosures that surround each fan are about 1/4" off the hard surface the pad rests on, assuming you aren't trying to balance a laptop on this cooling pad on your actual lap. This severely limits the ability of the fans to draw heat away from the bottom of the laptop. If you simply lift the edge of the cooling pad while it's on, you can put your hand over the fans and feel the difference in suction power when there's more than 1/4" clearance under the fan enclosures. This is a design flaw.
When my laptop is resting on a cooling pad, I don"t expect to feel hot air still coming out of the side. The Targus I had kept the machine so cool that no hot air came out of the laptop. With this pad there is always hot air coming out so it makes you wonder if it's even doing any cooling at all. I wouldn't buy another one, even at 5 bucks. I'll be picking up another Targus cooling pad soon...They are just better designed and more effective at cooling a laptop.
Many reviewers have complained about the plastic being "flimsy": I see what they mean, and I also wonder what the heck their problem is. The plastic is thin and somewhat flexible, but it's not load-bearing; your laptop sits on the pedestals and the plastic is only to connect the pedestals and house the 3 fans. Yes, if you want to hammer nails with your cooling pad, get something else certainly, but this pad is built just fine for what it needs to do. I thought I might find the blue lighting annoying, but it's very discreet and doesn't bother me at all (in dim light, they give the illusion of your laptop floating on the surface below). The USB cable is long enough to easily reach a USB port but not so long as to create wire clutter.
Mine came in sufficiently sturdy OEM display packaging, so I had no worries about any breakage in transit.
Yes, the fan blades ARE exposed and will clip you if you stick your fingers under them (I had to try, of course). If you like to have your laptop on your lap, you'll need to put it on a breakfast tray or one of those laptop work trays you can buy at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Many of the reviews have mentioned this, so if a customer wrote a bad review because he or she was surprised by this, then that customer either didn't read the reviews, or can't read English well enough to be trusted with sharp objects!
And did I mention the price? At under $10, this cooling pad is almost free! My recommendation is "Buy it and enjoy!"
When looking at the cooling pad, it does have 3 fans - but they are open on the bottom and partially open on top. This cooling pad MUST be on a piece of furniture or wood, or something solid. I have a computer tray table so that is fine. This pad lifts my Sony Vaio 1.5 inches up off the table. That's a big step up while I am trying to type right now! The cooling pad seems to slip only slightly, but that only slight movement is irritating. It does light up blue underneath, which to some may be cool, but to me it is irritating. There is a USB cable to connect to your laptop, and when you plug it in, there is another USB port on the other side of it to plug in your mouse. My mouse does not work plugged in to this. Thankfully I have more then one port.
One of the things that really bothers me is exposed wires. There are 3 wires that go to each fan and they are just out there for anyone to touch or get tangled. And the wire that plugs in to the USB is very long and is constantly in the way of my mouse. Trying to move that wire, the fan almost ate it up. The other thing that bothers me is that the fans are not better protected, for lack of a better word. At least on top of the fans there are 3 pieces of plastic, but there's nothing underneath. If you have small children and they think it's a play thing because of the "pretty blue light" and try to pick it up, their fingers will get caught in the fans. I'm still deciding whether to keep it and use it only at home on my tray table or just throw it out and get a better one.
I guess for $5 I shouldn't complain as the fans do work at cooling, but I would have definitely purchased another, more expensive one, if it were built better and not be a potential hazard.
I would absolutely NOT recommend this product to anyone, unless you want to save money.