On paper this was, and still is a good idea, we just feel it needs a little bit of work to be something that would fly off of the shelves. Over time we have come to expect lackluster performance with most coolers like this; in Auto mode, things are leaned to silence over cooling, and if you are gaming with a notebook like ours, Auto mode will do you little good other than offering a variable angle stand for the notebook. We took things up with Turbo mode and found the fans do spool up quite a bit, and unless you are really listening for it, the Massive TM can barely be heard. Even in Turbo mode, over various test rounds, we were only able to lower the CPU and VGA by a degree (and by only two degrees in one run).
One thing that got sort of frustrating is that the feet, once extended, offered no grip. So when we would use the Massive TM, we had to constantly readjust to bring the cooler closer. Coming from the same sort of issue with grip, we also found that the face of the cooler is very slick. With the feet extended, one simple bump sends the notebook sliding right down the front and the cooler shooting out of the back. Definitely no bueno. So even though we really loved the concept behind what brought this cooler forward, in short: it is too much of a pain to work with to be of much use.
The pricing of these Massive TM coolers is reasonable enough that you can try one for yourself; you may have better luck with your notebook than we did with our pair of Lenovo computers. Even when we went to the older 15" version, we still found the same issues with sliding around of both the cooler and the notebook. The controls are nice and solid, and the readout is easy to see, but for all the fighting we went though over the past week or two with the Massive TM, we will be removing it from the desk shortly. We will trade it in for something much more gripping.
This is one of those designs that if done right could really take off, and we hope that Thermaltake reads this as more of what needs to be done to seal the deal, rather than just slamming the cooler, because we do think if you are going to have a laptop cooler, why not have one that does more than just light up. Thermal readings are always helpful, even to those who have no idea why they should be concerned in the first place.
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United States: The THERMALTAKE MASSIVE TM NOTEBOOK COOLER retails for $39.99 at Amazon.
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