As far as cooling technology for notebooks goes, it is not implausible to argue that cooling options are much more limited than they are for desktop computers. Where water-cooling was once seen as a form of extreme measure devised by enthusiasts for cooling performance processors in desktop computers, these days they can be readily purchased off the shelves and available in a host of reputable brands. Sadly, such bold yet efficient cooling apparatus are not yet available to notebook owners and while stock cooling modules found in modern notebooks are competent in keeping operational temperature of notebooks under check, aftermarket products such as the Titan G3T notebook cooler are what notebook owners need should they want to have an additional piece of mind from future heat related complications from their notebooks.
With a picture of two dragons beautifully painted on the surface of the cooling pad, it seems Titan's design principle for its G3T notebook cooler had not just performance in mind but aesthetics as one of its priorities as well. However, we would have preferred that Titan had gone with a generic design rather than a picture of an oriental mythical creature to beautify an otherwise mundane and flat piece of jet-black aluminum. Titan should also have either buffed away the exposed metal edges on the sides or have them covered up with rubber trimmings, as they are just a nasty hazard waiting to happen.
Due to the unique way in which notebooks are designed, feverish components such as memory modules, hard disk drive and processor cooling units are almost always positioned near to the undercarriage of notebooks. Hence, it is not surprising that the belly is usually the hottest surface area of notebooks.
Like many other coolers designed for cooling notebooks, the Titan G3T works on the basic principle of heat convection and the most commonly used method is to have ventilating fans to circulate and remove the hot air packets that have accumulated at the chassis level. Two fans were built into the Titan G3T for this purpose and these were engineered to draw current directly drawn from any unused USB port on the seated notebook, thereby allowing the cooling pad to be just as mobile as notebooks.
The pair of fans was intentionally positioned close to the rear of the cooler to minimize any possible distractions caused by the spinning of the fans – not that the fans are noisy to begin with anyway. With the USB power cord plugged in, the fans switched on and a notebook seated on the Titan G3T, a faint whirr was the only audible giveaway that it was working its cooling properties. A point to note here is that surface on which the entire setup is placed will also determine how quiet or loud the Titan G3T is in operation and it was found that the quietest setup was one where a tablecloth was inserted between the cooler and the surface of the tabletop.
Apart from the sharp edges that are left exposed and therefore posing as a potential hazard for unknowing users, the Titan G3T was an efficient notebook cooler with very little for us to fault. Basic convection cooling design is faithfully adhered to and the result was evident in its ability to really keep mercury from rising into the red zone. If your laptop is giving you a hot lap, perhaps the time has come for you to invest in a notebook cooler such as the USD$35 Titan G3T.