Evercool Hawk1 NB Cooling Pad (NP-511)Nov 22nd, 2010 | By Jared
Installation is as simple as any notebook cooler, just route the USB cable to the side you need, plug it in and you are ready to go. There is no speed control on the fan though while running it is barely noticeable.
While the Hawk1 is certainly large enough to use on the D630 here, it is better suited for a netbook in size.
The following system was installed and used to gather temperatures:
- Control: Dell Latitude D630
- CPU: Intel Core2Duo T7300
- GPU: Intel GMA X3100
- RAM: 2GB DDR2-667
- HDD: Toshiba 80GB 5400RPM SATA
- OS: Windows XP Professional SP3
For testing I decided to use real world scenario testing rather than the usual method of running the machine at full load with a synthetic benchmark or letting the machine sit idle. Instead I monitored temperatures throughout the day while at work for four days. Two days using the Hawk1 and two days without any additional cooling in a room with four other users.
Nearly across the board the Hawk1 keeps temperatures on average 2 degrees cooler. I did see a higher peak on CPU temperatures but on average the Hawk1 still kept the notebook around 2 degrees cooler.
Operating the Hawk1 is just a matter of plugging in the USB connector. The Hawk1 is lightweight and due to its thin profile can easily fit inside a laptop bag without causing any issues.