2. A closer look, installation
The pad can be used with laptops 17" laptops or smaller. Its weight is around 1.2kg - possibly the heavier notebook cooler we have ever tested.
The Glacialtech X-Wing R1 was packaged in the large box showed below. The retail price of the product is around $48, making it quite competitive among other cooling pads.
Let's open the package. The cooler is placed into a bag and two foam holders keep it in place so there is no case it would be damaged during transportation. Besides the main device, the package includes just a USB cable and a printed manual. The USB cable is long enough to reach the USB ports of your laptop. However it would be more handy for users if this USB cable was retractable connected to the the main body of the cooling pad.
The cooler has uses a 7x7cm fan to keep the produced heat away from your laptop. The fan's speed range is 1000~1600 R.P.M, with a six-speed scale available for you to adjust the rotation speed using the touch-sensitive keys of the device. This is probably the first time a company equips a laptop cooler with such a nice 'control panel.'
The LED-backlit buttons look great at low lighting conditions. However, there is not an option to turn the backlighting off.
Starting from the left you have back, play, stop, forward, volume up, volume down, power, fan speed, temperature, lock, auto fan speed, and the fan speed adjustment. You also have two 7-segment displays that will show the temperature as well as show the speed of the fan. The media buttons allow you to start the installed media player software, forward, play, stop, back, volume up and volume down. Note that you won't need any driver to get everything working, at least under the Windows 7 x64 operating system.
The red sides of the pad make it look cool and stylish. The X-Wing Laptop cooling pad also comes in silver, white & yellow colors:
Flipping the pad over there is a large ventilation section in the middle right under the fan.You will also notice 4 rubber feet that will help keep the X-wing in place on your desk or even when you are using it on a glass surface:
Looking closer, we can see two adjustable feet that that put the pad at an even more extreme angle, even though the X-Wing’s design puts your laptop at an angle:
Moving around back you will find the inputs: a mini USB connection for power and connectivity, and 3 USB 2.0 ports . There is also an AC power connection, although no AC power adapter was included. Also on the back is a large vent:
Placing a laptop on the notebook cooler is easy although we had to carefully set our Sony Vaio SR19 laptop on top in order to have the maximum cooling efficiency. We plugged it into our laptop via the USB connection. As we previously mentioned, Windows 7 automatically recognized the pad and installed the necessary drivers. Then we turned the power on.
As you can see the 38x35cm pad offers enough space to set your laptop on: