“The NOTEPAL ERGOSTAND II is an ergonomic laptop cooling stand that will make using your laptop fun again” claims Cooler Master, a Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer specializing in coolers, chassis and other specialties. Well if your laptop has recently stopped being fun due to it constantly crashing from overheat problems or because of neck pains from your monitor not being at an adequate height, then perhaps Cooler Master is justified in making such a bold claim. The ERGOSTAND II is a 2-in-1 piece of hardware acting as both a powerful yet quiet laptop cooler and a 5 position laptop stand for ergonomic optimization.
If your PC is having trouble beating the heat, then maybe it's time to enlist the help of some cold-blooded professional hardware. Meet the Assassin, the flagship of Deepcool's newly christened Gamer Storm line of enthusiast products. It doesn't take long to appreciate this CPU cooler's killer looks, but how does it stack up against the other heavyweight performers in our charts?
Fractal Design's products have always been about blending functionality with clean, simplistic styling. However, for those looking for a front fan controller on their clean Fractal case, there's something difficult about taking the clean brushed metal look and adding something with chunky knobs, flashy lights, or a cheesy plastic aesthetic. Fractal makes this transition easy for those who are adamant about maintaining a clean appearance with their Adjust 108 fan controller. Control up to six fans with a front face that sports the same brushed metal look we've long loved from Fractal, an elegant compromise.
be quiet! is, not surprisingly I'm sure, a company about removing the burden of noise from power hungry, heat-producing, and noisy components that make up the high performance computers of today. They brand themselves as a "premium manufacturer," and our first impressions of their Silent Wings 2 fans didn't leave us questioning that. The Silent Wings 2 promise quality construction and components and thoughtful design to deliver a fucntional case fan that moves plenty of air but is, for all intensive purposes, silent. And boy, are these a treat for tired ears.
Just when you thought liquid cooling was outside your budget, in comes this: The Kühler H2O 620. The 620 is the smaller option in Antec's all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU cooling line, but still offers all the benefits of a low profile maintainance free watercooling unit. Boasting near-silent operation and minimum interanal airflow interference, the Kühler 620 presents the option of liquid cooling to smaller cases, which would make it ideal for budget builds and/or LAN boxes. Regardless of its smaller pump assembly, a thinner radiator and one fewer fan than its big brother (The Kühler 920) , the Kühler 620 will still keep you cool when things start to get interesting.
Few things scream "buy me!" like the brightly colored fins of this Phanteks PH-TC12DX. Packed full of very fancy sounding technologies and garnished with colorful heatsinks and fans, the Phanteks PH-TC12DX looks to be a strong contender in the high end air-cooling segment. Hassle-free installation, respectable temps, and quiet operation prove that this cooler has the performance to match its killer looks. The price is a bit steep at first glance, but you can continue reading to find out what other tricks this product has up its cable sleeves to keep it paying out long after future upgrades.
Elegant simplicity and sleek design make this cooling pad a great solution for most laptop users. Powerful enough to cool down high performance gaming laptops while also maintaining a professional appearance for business use; Coolermaster has struck a balance with the Notepal A200 that few other laptop cooling pads do.
Cooler Master's Seidon 240M will be their first 240mm all-in-one (AIO) watercooler, and it differentiates itself from its numerous competitors with a lower profile, quieter, and more efficient pump and contact base which will please your eyes just as well as your overclocking aspirations. Cooler Master has paired the 240mm radiator with a pair of very quiet fans that allow 4.0GHz overclocks without being much noisier than someone whispering to you, and it's a relative breeze (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) to install.