I don't know if you want to call it fair or unfair to the GOrb II that I am bypassing the testing results of it. The reason is simple, but is a two part reason. One reason, the performance was almost negligible, since this cooler did not align with my specific notebook's intake for the cooler. This left the air still blowing up, but as you saw in one of the images, it was blowing up at my speaker. The second reason is, and why I stopped testing notebook coolers, is that I either have the world's hottest laptop, or most coolers just aren't that good to begin with. This is not a slam on Thermaltake or the GOrb II, this product did what it was supposed to do, just that my intake is much closer to the front of the device, and the fans in the GOrb II were left to just help circulate the air somewhat under the notebook.
In the grand scheme of things, I was very pleased with the GOrb II. While it did not directly cool my notebook, it did make the air move around a bit more than say setting a brink in the back of the PC. What I found was that with the laptop sitting flat on the table, versus an actual brick, the CPU was one degree cooler. Even with the offset nature of these fans, I was able to drop a total of two degrees off the CPU temperature while running IBT, so there is some justice for those 70mm fans. On top of that, the bright red plastic and blue LED lighting looks really good, and the sound level is inaudible from the front and back of the laptop. It also allows you to have an inclined angle of attack to the keyboard and brings the height of the monitor up quite a bit, hence helping you sit straighter in the chair - talk about ergonomic.
I have seen everything from $10 cheap POS coolers, and I have seen what near $100 will get you, and in all of the designs I looked at over the years, not one of them would I throw in a travel bag. The Thermaltake GOrb Ii is a perfect travel mate for most notebook users on the go. Considering the price point being set to $29.99, it may be high for some, but I see the value and worth in this design. Thermaltake has finally delivered something I have no issue throwing in my luggage for CES, or even clipped to my backpack, as I travel out to fix family computers.
In the end I think near $30 is fair when it really only comes down leaving a t-shirt at home and taking the GOrb II in the bag. Once you have the GOrb II in your hands, I strongly believe it will travel anywhere your notebook does.
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