The body of the A200 is a combination of aluminum and sturdy plastic that work together to create a lightweight yet durable housing. Many cooling pads are geared towards gamers with solid black designs and multicolor LEDs. The silver on black combination of the A200, however, is attractive and professional, making this cooling pad appropriate for nearly any environment.
The four rubber grips keep your laptop firmly in place over the large perforated fan vent. Cool air is directed across the whole bottom surface of your laptop, while the aluminum helps disperse heat.
The two 140mm fans have a max rotation speed of 1200 RPMs each, meaning plenty of cool air to the areas your laptop needs it most yet is relatively low for good acoustic performance. This setup offers plenty of opportunity for air movement while elevated or flat. Despite how much air is being moved by these fans, the unit is whisper quiet and runs only slightly louder than the standard laptop fan with both fans on the A200 are on their highest speed.
The ergonomic feet offer a very comfortable amount of elevation and provide more space for improved air movement. The feet collapse towards the center of the unit, making them less likely to collapse while pushing or pulling your laptop across the desk, a common flaw of many notebook cooling pads and keyboards alike.
One slight downside to the A200 is it is difficult to use away from the desk. The fans are flush with the bottom of the unit, making it impossible to use on your lap without choking them. The feet lack much surface area or elevation to work correctly when placed on your lap or on a soft surface like a couch. This does not come as much of a surprise, however, as this is a fairly common issue with most cooling pads, and the cooler itself will allow the built-in fans to work more efficiently and shield your legs from the laptop's heat at the very least.
The A200 is USB-powered and comes with a mini to USB cord. You don’t have to worry about sacrificing one of your USB ports for this fan as there is a 2 port hub built right in. Some may wish for 4 hub ports for more permanent "dock" solutions, but Cooler Master clearly had a reason to keep the number of ports to a minimum, either for keeping price down or based upon customer feedback.
The fan speed control dial is located right next to the ports making it easy to fine tune the speed to match your cooling needs or acoustic preference. Although the fans run quietly even at full speed, having the ability to run at a lower speed when in a quiet environment like an office or library or keep the fans running on max during gaming is a nice feature and one that we've come to expect from Cooler Master and notebook coolers in general.