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Thermaltake Massive 14 Squared Notebook Cooler Review - Inside the Massive 14 Squared and Setup

Thermaltake Massive 14 Squared Notebook Cooler Review

A pair of new notebook coolers arrived from Thermaltake. First we will have a look at the Massive 14 Squared, and see what it is all about.

| Notebook Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%      Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Inside the Massive 14 Squared and Setup

 

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As with most things that hit the desk here, we tear it down to look to see what is going on inside. Here this single PCB is in charge of the USB ports, the fan controller, and the LED switch.

 

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A NEC choke and a couple of caps are all that is needed. These are used to supply and regulate the fan power to the pair of headers at the top. The USB and LED switch are just wired directly through traces in the PCB.

 

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With the top half removed, we can also now see the 140mm fans. Both are made with clear blades and hubs, and both sport the model number of A1418L05S.

 

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To hold the mesh section into the plastic top frame, there are tabs of steel that pass through grooves, and then get folded over to securely attach the steel mesh. This is done tight enough as not to rattle, and we hear no evidence of this be a source of noise.

 

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We have now put the Massive 14 Squared back together, and have set a fifteen inch laptop on the top of it. The support in the front aren't so needed at this setting of the feet, but there is a bit of the cooler still exposed to offer support for larger laptops.

 

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Playing off the last image, there is a drastic difference in height when adding the first extension of the feet. This setting will allow the monitor to be raised a bit, allowing for better back posture, as well as adding a more ergonomic approach to the keys.

 

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If the table you happen to be using is quite a bit lower, and you still wanted some more height, Thermaltake makes it happen. With both sections of feet now extended, the back is raised well over an inch in height, and allows your hands to float across the higher angled keyboard.

 

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Making the connection is as simple as it gets. Plug one end of the USB 2.0 cable into a free port on the laptop, and then plug the other end into one of the two USB ports on the Massive 14 Squared. At this point we also dialed up the fan speed, and made sure to turn on the LEDs you can see slowing on the glass.

 

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While adding the blue LEDs does add a bit of flash when seen like this, without a laptop on it, the thing is, in reality, you cannot see it from the top and unless you get at a strange angle to the side of it, you cannot see it around the cooler. While attractive in this state, they are sort of pointless when in use.

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