One of the annoying things about owning a laptop (there are a few) is that often your adapter will get damaged from constant packing and unpacking. The simple act of wrapping up the cord can damage the wires over time. This has led to more than a few useless adapters sitting in the drawer and a long wait while a new one arrives (not to mention the extra cost of buying a new one).
Even buying a third party adapter can be a pain. Many of these are bulky and fail faster than the original one. So what are you to do? Well, Cooler Master has a good answer for many of you out there. This is their line of USNA adapters; USNA standing for Ultra Slim Notebook Adapter.
The latest one of these is a tiny 95 Watt marvel that allows for the safe removal and storage of both the wall power cord and the cord that runs to your notebook. The USNA 95 also includes a 5 Watt USB charger (sorry for you iPad users); all this in a very small package. So without much delay, let's see if the USNA 95 can take the place of your existing adapter.
Package and Contents
The USNA 95 ships in a small box that none the less manages to convey almost everything you need to know about it. The front box is the usual purple and turquoise that Cooler Master uses (although the only Turquoise that is present is in the CM Logo). The front gives you a clear view of the actual power supply along with some rather obvious icons for what you would use it with.
We also find out that the USNA 95 won an iF product design award for 2010 (not sure how much that means to you, though), but the "up to 150W" emblem is a welcome site. This means that you would be able to at least power devices that require 150 Watts. We will be certain to test this out later.
There is one last item I want to draw your attention to; this is the "Designed by CHOIIX" badge. CHOIIX is a sub company of Cooler Master that is working to blend peripherals with style. They have had some success with this focus and it piques our curiosity to see that they had their hands in the product design.
The back of the USNA 95's box has more information for you. You find out about the dual mode LED, some additional features of the device (up to 90% efficiency) and also get a look at the number of charging tips available for you to use.
After tearing open the box, you find that Cooler Master has packed everything up for you nicely.
Of course, the type of internal packaging is not as important as the items that are inside it. Here we find the USNA 95 power block, the wall cord, the PSU to computer cord, a rack of charging tips, a cable management clip and a nice bag to carry it all in. Not a bad haul really.
The row of tips is color coded and really does bridge a large array of systems. The one down side to this is that while you might be able to get one of these tips to fit your Dell laptop, it will only provide power to it. Due to the way Dell sets up their charging systems, the USNA 95 is unable to charge it.