Many of the reviews at Bigbruin.com have focused on products designed to cool a variety of components within a desktop system, but we have never looked at any laptop computer cooling solutions. Laptop computers have unique cooling requirements, as they may have high end components similar to those found in a desktop, but with far less space in order to cool them as effectively. Laptop manufacturers do well to optimize the cooling with innovative designs, but if you have ever actually used a laptop on your lap, you know they can still get hot enough to be uncomfortable to handle.
Laptop coolers are now widely available, as many component manufacturers have realized that there is a market to provide the additional cooling that many really need. Not only do these coolers help keep the components at lower operating temperatures, which can extend their functional lives and improve their performance, but they also allow the operator to use the laptop more comfortably and safely.
Hiyatek is a Taiwanese manufacturer of computer peripherals and cooling components that I was unfamiliar with before being approached to review their laptop cooler model HY-CF-6157-01, shown in the promotional image above. This is more than a simple pad designed to cool the bottom of your laptop, as they have not only integrated three 60mm fans into the aluminum device, but have also provided a three port USB 2.0 hub, and a four slot flash memory card reader. The general style is appealing, but the inclusion of useful additional features is even more attractive in a device such as this.
Before jumping into the heart of the review, here is some published data on the Hiyatek HY-CF-6157-01 Laptop Cooler with Card Reader and USB Hub.
» Triple 60mm silent fans for superior heat dissipation.
» Full aluminum construction, keep your laptop staying cool
» Fan speed adjustable function.
» Built in 4 ports USB 2.0 card reader.
» Embed 3 ports USB 2.0 hub.
» Lightweight and portable cooling solution.
» Adjustable knob design for typing angle
» Extensible construction for portable cooling solution.
» Suitable for notebook with 15" TFT or below.
» Interface: USB Rev. 2.0, OHCI Rev. 1.0a, EHCI Rev. 0.95
» Material: Aluminum / ABS
» Fan: 60x60x10 / 2500RPM
» HUB: 3 ports USB 2.0
» Card Reader: 4 Slots for most popular memory cards
» Power Input: USB bus-powered / DC Adapter
» Dimension: 300 x 168 x 24 / 300 x 249 x 24 ( L x W x H ) mm
» Colors: Black or silver
The HY-CF-6157-01 is sold in the colorful box shown below. The various panels show a few views of the cooler, as well as providing all the information on features, specifications, and typical use that one would need.