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CMStorm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | Notebook Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 15, 2013 8:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: CMStorm

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




In the chart provided by CMStorm above, we can see that the SF-17 also goes by the name of R9-NBC-SF7K-GP, if you need to look it up by the model number. This cooler supports up to 19" laptops, and just like Henry Ford said, you can have it in any color you want, as long as it is black. The body of this cooler is plastic, and it uses thick rubber to house some of the features, used as padding to help secure the laptop, and it is even just used to add some of the styling that this SF-17 offers.


There is also a large steel mesh top on this to allow the 180mm fan to push air into the laptop. There are four levels of adjustment from flat, as the top rests on the base, or it can be elevated to seven inches tall in the back in the fourth setting. There is not an AC plug included; the SF-17 is sent instead with a 5V DC USB plug that draws power from the notebook.


What the chart doesn't cover is that this SF-17 is designed to be silent, as well as having some wire management features that the SF-19 never had. They also, since this cooler can rise to high in the back, decided it was a great addition to add two flip up legs to actually rest the front edge of the laptop against, so you aren't depending on friction alone to keep your laptop on top of this cooler. One other thing about the SF-17 is that this time there is a long light bar applied to the front edge that glows red from two LED bulbs to add some ambient lighting to the surrounding area. They also offer expanded connectivity to your laptop with the 4-port USB 2.0 hub on the right side of the SF-17, right next to the step-less fan control dial.


So, what is this new notebook cooler going to set you back? Well, that depends entirely on where you decide to buy yours from. For instance, while Amazon is asking right near $75 for this with free shipping, a better deal can be had at Newegg for $59.99 and that also includes shipping. Right out of the gate you can easily save $15 on the SF-17, and that is just the first two places I looked.


For the purposes of this review, I will be basing my writing on the latter price tag, and even while a bit pricey compared to many other solutions out there, I think that CMStorm put enough into the SF-17 that users who desire a notebook cooler with hits kind of feature set, the pricing becomes more irrelevant as the SF-17 from CMStorm is worthy of a price like that in my humble opinion.

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