Cooler Master’s Comforter Air – built for your lap top
Most notebook PCs are called “laptops” although they are not really designed to sit on a lap. There are few notebook PCs that can sit for extended periods on a lap without burning their owner’s legs. For this evaluation of Cooler Master’s Comforter Air, we used a Sony Vaio 15″ notebook which otherwise would be impossible to use while setting on a lap.
Many PC users will use their notebook PC on their lap when a desk is not readily available, or perhaps when sitting on a couch, or in bed. The biggest issue for non-nearsighted users is the heat generated by the notebook’s CPU and graphics that are usually exhausted right onto the legs. Using a notebook PC positioned on ones lap for hours has even been linked to male infertility. Still, perhaps on the go and where finding a desk is impossible, many users resort to using their PC while it balances uncomfortably on their lap.
Cooler Master has changed this with their $30 super-lightweight Comforter Air which is designed to securely hold a notebook PC on ones lap while removing heat from the equation. As an added bonus, the Comforter Air uses a very quiet 100mm fan to cool any notebook PC up to 15.6″ which will ensure its longevity by allowing it to run cooler. Cooler Master sent us the Comforter Air nearly a month ago for evaluation, and we would like to share this review of it with our readers.
Notebooks tend to run hot including this editor’s 15” Compaq, powered by a 2.0 GHz Athlon X2/GeForce 8200M combination. As a notebook gets older and dust builds up, internal temperatures will rise and there can be serious thermal issues and a premature failure of components. This Compaq notebook is still working after 5 years of long hours of daily usage only because it has been cooled by a Cooler Master NotePal ErgoStand.
Notebooks Run Hot
We appreciate Cooler Master’s dedication to excellent and well-priced PC cooling solutions in everything that we have reviewed by them. If cooling is important for desktop PCs, then it is critical for notebook/laptops, tablets, and netbooks. These small PCs often lack room for cooling their components and they also use small fans which are easily clogged with dust.
It is not unusual for many notebook CPUs regularly run in the 80sC, but often they run much hotter. We saw 105C without a notebook cooler while running thermal tests with CoreTemp in preparation for this review. The Sony Viao that we are testing uses an Intel CPU and integrated graphics and it runs much cooler than this editor’s old Athlon X2/GeForce notebook.
Let’s unbox and take a closer look at the Cooler Master Comforter Air.