Pros Well built, quiet, nice design. Doesn't use up a USB port (comes with a pass-thru connector) doesn't require AC power.
Cons FATAL FLAW: This "cooler" can actually cause your laptop to overheat. Most laptops draw air up from vents in the bottom and blow it UP out side vents - since heat rises, this makes sense. The Antec Cooler sucks air DOWN - defeating your laptop fans.
Summary This otherwise capable laptop cooler has a fatal flaw - it sucks air from the top and blows it downward - contrary to the reviewers notes. The twin fans are centrifugal style (presumably to keep them quiet) and are not reversible. I called Antec about this and they are aware of the problem and their response was that, "not all laptops airflow the same way" which may be true but I have several laptops and I have yet to see one where the air flows top down - it's counter-intuitive. Of course if you have one of these rare birds, by all means by this cooler it's otherwise a nice unit. If your laptops are like mine, (Compaq, Lenovo, Toshiba) this "cooler" will actually make your laptop run hotter (depriving it of airflow) and perhaps damage it.
One big giveaway that this is a design flaw is that Antec's new laptop cooler (200 model) air flows in the opposite direction (from the bottom up.) I asked Antec for a credit toward the newer unit (my unit it also brand new) but they said no way. Due to a lack of customer service, I will not be buying anything Antec from here on out.
Pros It's shiny!
Cons It doesn't work
Summary I bought 2 of these and both failed shortly for the same reason - the mini plug connector for the USB adapter (the only way to power it) failed on each unit! This is because the unit is so poorly made (hey pay people a buck a day and you get 100% failure rates)that the adapter wont align correctly to make a positive connection. You're better off just flushing your money down the toilet then buying this junk. Hey Antec - less money on web sites, more on quality control!Updated
Note that I was the first to comment on this item. Also note that immediately after I commented my negative review "glowing" reviews were quickly posted by people who have never again posted on CNET. Now look at their post dates and come to your own conclusions.
Pros Easy to use. Does it's job. Fair price.
Cons Nothing for me to complain about.
Summary I love this fan. It is quiet for me. The motor occasionally kicks on and off, which is to be expected. I run mine on low power and its never noisy enough to bother me. I've never had a problem with the USB port plug. I leave mine plugged into the laptop 24/7 and never a problem. Pick it up occasionally and blow out the dust and cat hair, and sit it back down again.
Someone complained it doesn't raise the laptop for easier typing. It's not supposed to. It's only a cooling fan - not a table or monitor stand. I have a wireless keyboard plugged into my laptop USB port and occasionally plug my digital camera in to download pictures. I have no problem with anything getting in the way anywhere.
I have the rubber feet on top and my 15-inch widescreen HP Pavilion sits very nicely on there. I'm not constantly moving mine and taking it places. It sits on a little table right by the couch.
I'd say those with problems must have bad devices, which occasionally happens. I'd definitely buy this cooling pad again and recommend it to others.
Pros This is an awesome product
Cons My first one went bad, but it was after two years.
Summary I would buy one of of these again and again. I have two of these and there excellent.
Pros Keeps a constant flow of air, two speeds. The main fan unit holds up well and is a bit easy to clean out.
Cons Connect wire has failed on both ends. I got about two years use out of two that I own. Could have a been built with a better and reliable wiring system.
Summary Antec is a very reliable Company, but this unit has a major flaw with the wire connectors. I have had both ends fail on two different units. I am sure that I could search for a replacement, but this should not be necessary. Would over look this one.