Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
When it comes to laptop or notebook cooling, the offerings available usually come in the conventional style of the cooling pad, and there are a few benefits to be had with this sort of a cooler. There are things like LED lighting, large fans or a mix of a few smaller fans, extra USB ports via some sort of a hub, and tons of styles to match your personal taste or even the styling of the computer being used on top of them. While most of these coolers are only good for a degree or three, in most cases of added cooling, it does get the laptop off the table, and most are angled to allow a more ergonomic attack on the keyboard.
However, Evercool did not seem to want to keep on delivering the same old ideas since the main purpose of the laptop cooler is to cool a mobile device. That being said, when I travel around with a laptop in a backpack, the last thing I want to do is add the bulky cooling pad that sits on my desk. The reality of the situation though, is that there are not too many options to cool your laptop otherwise. In fact, the only thing that comes to mind quickly is the Thermaltake GORB II cooler we saw some time ago.
What Evercool is bringing forth today is something more like the expansion slot fans we used to see in the late 1990s and early 2000s, nothing like a typical cooling pad, or the GORB. On the most basic level, Evercool had made a box with a blower fan inside of it, which rests against the exhaust port on a notebook to help the internal fans with the eradication of heat while gaming or editing things. There is more to it than just a simple box with a fan in it, but we have to save something for the rest of the review.
If you, like us, are tired of having to lug around a cooling pad while on the go, then the Evercool CARRY NB-EC01 cooler product from Evercool may just deserve your attention and compel you to keep reading. With a couple of handy additions to a unique looking product, we have high hopes for its performance since the Evercool site shows some fifteen degrees of improvement. The time is now to get up close and personal with the CARRY, and see if it can stand up to our test system and perform anywhere near those claims on the box.
Evercool does not really provide much information on the CARRY at all. The chart does offer the 100mm length, the 88mm width, and the 33mm thickness of this device; it also mentions the size of the 75mm by 15mm blower style fan inside of it. It then goes on to state that the fan spins at a maximum RPM of 3600 when set to the highest level, and for the low setting the fan will spin at 2800 RPM. The last bit of information offered gives us the 720 gram weight of the CARRY. Unfortunately, there is a wealth of information to be missed.
How is it powered? What are the specifications of the fan (as in CFM, static pressure, and power draw)? Are there accessories to help this product work? It seems just the basics are fine with Evercool; when we visited the site to see the chart we have used here, you will most likely have all of those questions answered as you look through the images and features provided there. For those reading this review, the fan is not an easy thing to get to without destroying the case of the CARRY, so tracking a model number was not something we could do.
As far as how it works, and whether or not there are accessories -yes there are. This comes with a recoil USB 2.0 power adapter, and scoops for the intake side of the CARRY to help seal off the exhaust port and make the most out of the fan inside this device.
Even after having this bit of kit for a few weeks, finding the CARRY in the retail setting is still rather difficult. As we looked around, we did not locate them at any of the favorite sites, in fact after some digging deep into the interwebs, we found only one location offering stock at this time. What we saw there -well let's just say that we were not pleased. It is going to take near $40 U.S. dollars to buy what is essentially an unspecified fan in a box. Of course, it sounds a bit harsh to put it that way, but considering we already know how this unit performed, our assessment at this point stands now, and it will stand at the end as well.