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My son's old Netbook was overheating as the internal fan wasn't working properly. After about 10 minutes use the thing was freezing up and not working. Browsing in Pound Land I came across this Signalex USB Laptop cooling fan. Poundland do a few computer accessories of this make and I have bought and used them before with usually good results. Costing only a pound I thought the cooling fan might tide him over until we could replace or fix the netbook.
The fan isn't bad quality, it even comes in a good box. It's see through hard plastic and stands on four little cushioned feet. It holds the netbook at an angle as the back feet are slightly higher than the front. There is one fan unit in the middle of the stand along with a couple of blue LED lights, it's only 5 volts and doesn't seem to drain the battery. The cooler is labelled as a notebook cooler, I can't comment on if it would work on a laptop.
Our 11" netbook sits on top of the foam pads stuck down in each corner, these adequately hold it in place even though it slightly overhangs. It's very easy to use you plug it's lead into a USB port and off it goes. The quiet fan comes on and blows cool air into the vents underneath cooling the netbook down.
It basically did just that meaning prolonged usage out of a netbook that otherwise would have been unworkable. A bonus for my son was the LED lights shining bright blue light from under the netbook, nice to look at but also indicates that the fan is still on.
In all it's a great little cooler, it cooled the netbook down enabling it to run smoother, it's fan is quiet and it has quirky blue lights. My son used it for a few months until he got a new Laptop.
mmmm I might dig it out and use it myself I fancy lights under my netbook..
5 stars from me mainly for the price.
I was browsing my local Poundland when i came across this Signalex fan cooler for laptops. I was not sure if it would be too good with it only costing £1 but i bought it anyway just to try it out, as my laptop had been overheating lately.
It came in a cardboard box about the size of a notebook (computer) and was so light it felt empty.
On opening i was quite surprised by the look of the device. It is made of clear plastic with a fan in the middle and a fixed USB lead. It features LED lights - mine are blue but i am sure there are a range of other colours available - and has rubber feet to prevent slipping. I thought it looked quite nifty!
I plugged it in that night and i was in awe. Everything worked perfectly and the LED lights allowed a serene glow from underneath my laptop. It looked amazing in the dark. And the fan is so quiet i had to check it was working!
I use this every night now, I will never be without it. The light in the dark also helps me sleep!
Poundland have really exceeded my expectations with this product. I hope i will find another bargain like this in store someday. Thanks Poundland - one very happy customer!
When my husband and I visit my parents in Salisbury we always make sure that we do a bit of shopping. Strange as it might sound in such a nice little town full of slightly up-market shops, the place we always want to visit is the local Poundland. We don't have one near us and it's always fun to have a nose around and see what bargains we can find. We have a running challenge to make our visits more interesting. Can we find an item that's Level 1 on dooyoo which will earn back its cost by reviewing it? I'd achieved that with their super little memory card reader and we decided to buy their little Signalex USB Netbook cooler. At one pound it would at best be a handy thing to have (I have two small 10-11 inch netbooks) and at worst we could enjoy telling dooyoo readers just how rubbish it was. Sadly, the latter is closer to what we found because this product truly lives up to the old saying 'You get what you pay for'.
Netbook overheating is a really significant problem. Both my ASUS and Samsung netbooks are prone to getting overexcited and warm in use, especially if they're on my lap or on top of the duvet. Yes, I know it's shameful but I do use them whilst sitting up in bed. The idea of the cooler is that it has a little fan underneath which is powered by plugging it into your USB port. It blows air across the base of the computer and keeps it cooler. Simples!
The problem is that this particular netbook cooler is just a nasty little piece of cheap plastic tat. The fan is set into a curvy transparent base plate that stands on four short 'feet' at the corners. If you place the stand and the computer onto a desk top or a hard surface, it can pull air in from all sides to whir around and cool the computer. If that's what you need it for, then it might just be the greatest bargain of all time. However, I've never found that my computers GET over warm when sitting on solid surfaces. If you try to put the stand on a soft surface - your lap, your duvet, a cushion, a compliant pet dog or whatever - it sinks into that soft stuff and there's no air available to suck in. On your lap it's just awkward and uncomfortable. On a cushion or duvet it doesn't work, and the only thing I can think of to use if for pet-wise would be to plug it in, turn it on its side and use it as a kitty cooler to keep your cat ventilated on a warm day.
If you have a netbook you probably bought it because you want portability and that means anything you use with it needs to be equally portable. I've not tried carrying my cooler around with me because I think it's rubbish and I abandoned it after about 10 minutes of use. But if I did carry it around, the build quality is so poor that I assume it would break very quickly. Due to the four footed design, if you damage one foot, the whole thing will become unstable.
In addition to the possibility to use it for cooling family pets, we have found one other use and that is as a 'conversation piece'. Ours has been sitting unloved and forlorn on our giant coffee table and is regularly picked up by visitors who ask us what it is. We tell them it's a piece of cheap tat that we bought with the intention of me challenging myself to write about it more than six months ago but it's completely rubbish and pointless. It's only stayed around so long because I just couldn't get up the enthusiasm to review it. Thanks to Geek Week on dooyoo I've now reviewed it I can chuck it in the bin. I feel so relieved.
As many of you are probably aware, Signalex is a brand that can frequently be found in Poundland at - yes, you've guessed it - £1. I first bought one of these a couple of years ago when my laptop had started to get excessively hot whenever I used it (most probably because of the fact that I use it on my lap rather than a desk, in fairness).
These come in a cardboard box that is a little smaller than A4 paper, and the cooler itself is slightly smaller than this. It was a perfect size for my old 10 inch laptop, but I now have an 11.6 inch laptop and it's a little bit on the small side. I wouldn't recommend them for full sized 15.6 inch laptops though, as I would say they would definitely be far too small, unless you wanted to perhaps power 2 of them at once. (They're powered using a USB slot on your laptop, by the way, which is really handy as you can take it with you wherever your laptop goes!).
I have seen these in either white or blue. The white ones are actually a see-through plastic for the stand itself, with white fan blades. The blue ones have a stand that is made of the same sort of plastic, only blue. It is still see through. The fan blades are a murky grey kind of colour rather than white on this fan as well. Either way, the little light that it produces as the fan blades turn will be blue. It's quite a bright light, actually, which I think is a nice added feature. It seems there is no way to turn the light feature off, unless you want to remove the bulb, though, which might get annoying to some people.
Now, onto what the product actually does! It cools your laptop, of course. Well, it should do. I must admit that on my old laptop which could end up getting very hot sometimes, it was rather difficult to keep that cool anyway. Even if I had put it in the freezer I would imagine it would've been far too hot still! My new one though is cooled easily with this laptop cooler. It takes about 5 minutes, but then my entire laptop is nice and cool, and running smoothly again. One thing that does annoy me about this cooler though is that you have to have something to stick the cooler on, otherwise the fan blades are constantly catching on things and can't run smoothly. You can use it either way up of course, meaning that technically you can use the flat side of the cooler to stand it on your lap, but I find it cools better the other way up, so I stand mine on a book. Not conventional, perhaps, but it does the job!
I've had 3 of these over the past year, and only one of them has actually broken through usage. The wire became disconnected from the fan blades, meaning it wouldn't turn any more. The other one that ended up broken only broke because it was clear and see through, and I simply didn't see it when I sat on it. It was broken through no manufacturing fault there, but it was rendered unusable. The other one, well, I've had it about 4 months and it's still going strong. Can't complain at that for £1!