Evercool Royal

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SUMMARY: An attractive unit, questionable performance

Box

Great packaging!

The good guys at Evercool were nice enough to send a sample of their Evercool Royal notebook cooling pad. This is one of the few I have seen which uses three fans.

Key Features:

  • Aluminum construction
  • Size: 400 x 300 x 40 (15¾” x 11.8″ x 1.6″); Weight: 1380 grams (3 pounds)
  • Three fans, 80 x 15 mm, 1500 rpm, <14 dBA, USB powered
  • Two USB Hubs
  • Two storage drawers
  • One USB patch cable
  • On/Off switch

This is a large pad which should accommodate larger laptops of the DTR type. The top cutouts are decorative and the whole appearance is well above anything I’ve seen in laptop coolers – although in use it will be hidden under the laptop.

Bottom

The bottom shows a very simple layout – basically three fans and two storage drawers:

Side

The side shows the On/Off switch and USB ports:

Drawer

The fans are 80x15mm, low noise:

Fan

Performance Test

I tested the Evercool Royal using a Compaq Presario 2200 laptop, with the following results:

Test

Stress (Prime 95)

Idle

CPU Die Temp – Fans ON

59-65ºC

49ºC

CPU Die Temp – Fans OFF

59-65ºC

51ºC

The temp range is due to the laptop’s fan cycling on and off. I would have expected to see more of a difference based on the difference in idle temps, but it is what it is. I even tried switching the fans from blowing out under the unit to blowing air onto the back of the laptop:

Fan

Fan

I found performance to be the same, so fan orientation is not an issue

CONCLUSIONS

An attractive unit, but I did not find cooling to be any better with it; I think the low-flow fans do not move enough air to make a substantial cooling difference.

Thanks again to Evercool for sending the Royal our way.

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