When it comes to cooler pads, laptop is the first thing that came to the thoughts of many. We're going to review a cooler pad today, but not for laptops - it's the GELID Solutions IcyPad compact design universal silent cooling pad, huge thanks to GELID Solutions for making this review possible.
Cooling laptop is not something you can do with the IcyPad, but it's well suited for networking devices (routers, modems, network switches), media player, tv box, etc that might requires some extra cooling.
The IcyPad comes in a clear plastic shell that doesn't hide anything so to speak. Users will be able to inspect the IcyPad in full view before making their purchases.
At the back of the package are some feature highlights of the IcyPad, specifications and installation instruction, accompanied by a small and simple illustration.
Taking out the contents, you will get the IcyPad unit, a USB to DC-in cable, a power plug with USB out and a case badge.
The Icypad unit is actually no larger than a modern day tablet and is made of plastic for the most part. The matte black & white scheme divides the top and bottom part while a fan grille is in the middle, also are two greenish rubber strips to hold onto any devices one plans to place on. Construction is overall good albeit the plastic material.
Turning to the bottom of the IcyPad, you'll find four foam feet that will keep the unit slightly elevated for the unit to breathe.
As the IcyPad is rather compact, we placed it under a modem/router that operates 24/7.
The temperature of the router/modem does drop but only slightly; though as a bonus (we weren't expecting any improvements from this but..) somehow or rather the connection speed and stability have also improved when the router/modem is being cooled by the IcyPad.
The GELID Solution IcyPad while it worked as intended, is one of those products that only some would find uses for. This is mainly due to the size of the unit as there are just not many things to pair with a such a small cooler. The small stature also means that you would need one IcyPad for every other device you intend to cool, not really practical considering that now you would need another power source for each device.
I would only recommend the IcyPad to people who really only have one or two devices that needs cooling, such as the modem/router or a compact media player because other than those, there are practically not much the IcyPad can cool off.
- Good build
- Cools components well enough
- Inclusion of wall plug
- Too small
- Limited area of usage