I have had a couple of days to tinker with the SF-19 Strike Force and I am pleased overall. There is one issue I found with the SF-19, vibration. The unit at full speed will vibrate any surface it sits on, and if it is near a sensitive mouse, it may make that mouse "wander". My desk is set up to allow me to use my desktop to game and write on, with the laptop off to the right side of the desktop monitor. As I was typing I would see my mouse start to wander off due to the vibration I was feeling in my arms through the desktop. Proving this point, I turned down the fans and the vibration and "wandering" stopped.
Don't let that fact keep you from considering the SF-19. My sample is a pre release version, and I'm sure slight changes were made, and after they see this, I'm sure Cooler Master will take a closer look at the vibrations I found. With performance like this when it's needed in the middle of a FPS battle or a long hot summer day, I will take the vibration over my system throttling to reduce the heat. So I looked past this to the design, lighting, performance, and portability.
The design is sleek in all black, but has bold lines and a chunky form. Under my Lenovo, it is a real heavyweight when it comes to laptop cooling. With the new shape and design, the LED lighting and customizable settings are better than any other cooler I have looked at. Easily removable fans that cover a lot of surface area don't hurt things either, and leads to the best performing laptop cooler we have seen. Lastly, there is a nice handle for carrying the SF-19 when on the go, but the need for an outlet makes the use of this cooler on the go near impossible.
While the SF-19 does demand a higher price tag than the others we have looked at, it offers the best of all worlds except portability. The cooler is designed to offer great cooling and an attractive lighting and styling package, and it definitely delivers all of that! Considering most gamers tend not to leave the house much anyways, I would venture to say that most of you aren't too disappointed that the unit needs a separate power source. If you are looking for the best in laptop cooling, or the most style and lighting options to go under your laptop, look no further. Since lesser performing coolers fall in about $60, I think the $79.99 Newegg.com is asking is well worth the money.
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