Specifications, Availability and Pricing
What used to be a design that was 46mm in diameter and weighed only 50 grams has turned into a much larger design. In the GOrb II, the weight has increased six fold, and the diameter has more than doubled to now 100mm at its widest measurement. This design is less of a ball as well then the previous design. Here you will get a large rubber pad on the curved side, both halves are not magnetically connected for transport, and in this design, the sides are open to allow maximum airflow to travel through each half. That's right, this time the GOrb is actively cooled, and to add a little extra, they are also LED lit with blue LEDs. The original GOrb would fit any sized notebook, but since the GOrb II is USB powered, the cording only allows for a spread to hold a 17-inch notebook as its largest supported size.
Jumping back to the active cooling bit I mentioned above, we are given a pair of 70mm fans, one in each half of the GOrb II. These fans draw only 0.19 Amps at 5 Volts. Once powered, these fans will spin near 2200 RPM delivering 23 CFM of airflow out of each section with 0.78 mmH2O of static pressure. Something really nice, and uncommon in most fans of this size, is the very low sound rating given to these at 21.7 dBA. Something I almost forgot to mention is one of the slick features that the GOrb did not offer, you can buy the GOrb II in White, Classic Black, Solar Yellow, and the version we received, Speedy Red.
At the time of writing it has only been ten days since the April 18th launch of the GOrb II, and in that time I am sad to say, I still do not see listings of this product in stock anywhere. Through a few conversations with my Thermaltake contact, I was given their MSRP on these new units. It was then that they told me that these GOrb II coolers would hit shelves at $29.99.
While it may be a bit pricey when you compare the size of this versus a normal full sized notebook cooler, the point with this design is to try to offer similar performance and features that you can get with those type of coolers, but to also not take up half the suitcase, or the majority of your backpack. Personally before an idea like this, I left all of my notebook coolers at home for this exact reason.
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