Top positive review
Underwhelming at first, but performance seems adequate for the price.
April 21, 2017
Initial Review 4/21/17 ~ Will revisit in a few months
Simple and adequate.
Light weight. Mesh is metallic, but flexible. Frame and feet/kick-stands are hard plastic; seem to be sturdy. USB connection cord is ~18 inches. No obvious defects. I would say overall build quality is average and the unit might withstand light to moderate abuse.
I plugged in the unit and turned it on and immediately I thought the fan power was very, very low. Much lower than I was expecting. I double checked the speed setting to ensure it was set to max; Yes. Plugged in correctly; Yes. To the touch, the air flow felt like less (far less) air movement than an adult could produce by blowing air from the mouth onto the palm. My first thought was I could move more air with a paper fan. However, despite the underwhelming sensation of the fans, all the lights were working and all the fans were spinning very silently. The surface did feel cool compared to the environment. I decided to reserve judgement and measure the unit's performance.
See the images. They include the key specs of my laptop. There are also captions indicating the run conditions.
Image 1 ~ 30 minutes of moderate gaming on a flat, hard surface. No cooling pad. ~85C-90C
Image 2 ~ 30 minutes of moderate gaming with cooling pad at max fan and tilt. ~70C-75C
Image 3 ~ 5 minutes of idle time (after gaming) with cooling pad at max fan and tilt. ~40C-45C (non-cooled is ~50C-55C)
Overall, with a delta of -15C ~ -20C, I would say this performed much better than I was expecting. As long as my laptop does not consistently exceed ~80C while gaming with this cooling pad at max settings, I would say I'm getting what I expected to get for less than $30 USD.