The Thermaltake Massive 14 Squared has been a pleasure to use. I found myself typically using it with the legs fully extended in the back, and in this orientation, the front supports at the top definitely earn their stripes as they keep the much heavier laptop securely placed above them. There is a high level of air flow that is coming through this cooler, but with it being allowed to blow anywhere it wants, it seems to follow the paths of least resistance. The good thing about that with this design is that the fans are placed so close together, that with something like our fifteen inch testing laptop, there is no escape, and the air is forced through the venting, and could even be felt through the gaps in the keys. During the testing, the Massive 14 Squared is able to lower the thermal results running Prime95 for an hour by four degrees. With the results taken into average, this is one of the better performing solutions out there.
The design and build are strong, well thought out, and in its finished product, very easy to use. Setup could not be easier. Once that is done, you also will realize you now may have lost the port on the laptop, but have gained it back with the coolers two USB 2.0 ports. The dial is easy to use to set the fans at any level we needed, but even when allowed to run at full speed, the audio result was at 36dB with our meter. The only thing I can really pick on with this design was the addition of LEDs. While cool to look at, when the laptop cooler is doing what it is intended to do, all real views of the LED lighting are blocked, and really isn't needed. That being the only gripe, I still found myself liking this cooler and what it offers in features and functionality.
To be honest, there are plenty of $30 to $40 offerings out there that may look great, may have fancy trim and an uber-display of LED lighting, but the real question is: will they do their intended job? In most instances, this can be answered with a simple, maybe. While they do have a fan and they may or may not have extra features, offering only a degree or two of cooling to our system is just not worth it. When you can take a cooler that reduces our furnace four to five degrees, for much newer systems, the results can only get better.
Considering that they are currently selling at $43.12 may sound a tad pricey, but consider that it actually works, and looks good with plenty of features to satisfy anyone in need of some notebook cooling. If it were me putting my money on the counter, the Massive 14 Squared is in my top three notebook coolers that I have had the pleasure to test.
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