Thermaltake Massive23 LX Notebook Cooler

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Product: Thermaltake Massive23 LX
Provided By: Thermaltake

Price: $29.99 USB (Find Lowest Price Online)


Introduction:

Today we have a look at the Massive23 LX notebook cooler from Thermaltake.  This is not their first cooler - nor is it likely to be their last as they seem to have a pretty decent handle on how to cool a laptop.  The Massive23 LX is the lowest-cost of the "Massive" series and it retails for a mere $30 and provides the same cooling performance as the other coolers from Thermaltake.  This once isn't as fancy as the others, but if you need a cooler to be just that - a cooler, it might be the best bang for the buck.

Massive23 LX Box

About Thermaltake:

We live in a world where most things seem to move at the speed of light. At Thermaltake, we feel the same way and that is exactly how Thermaltake conducts itself to deliver innovative, reliable and customer-centric solutions to the worldwide market.

Since the beginning of Thermaltake in 1999, it has been at the forefront of creating new and exciting products at a time where most computer users were provided little to no choices for components that may seem irrelevant, but in reality crucial to the performance of a PC.

Thermaltake Server Series solutions, with years of thermal experience and industry leadership, sets its goal on reforming total thermal management in server segment by formulating the perfect mixture of versatility, efficiency and thermal management with each respective server product category: Rackmount Chassis, Server Fixed & Redundant Power Supply and Server CPU Cooling Management Solutions.

With its comprehensive line of products available, it enables Thermaltake's core customers to enjoy a one-stop-shop experience, reduce product design-in evaluation period and most important of all, flawless integration process. Each of Thermaltake's strengths enables its customer to focus on their core business while taking advantage of the skills and efficiency of a single thermal management solution partner.

 

Massive23 LX - First Look:

I never actually requested to look at the Massive23 LX from Thermaltake - it just showed up randomly one day.  I'm honestly glad it did.  This is perhaps one of the most affordable coolers we've see, and this is due in part to its aluminum/steel/plastic construction.  Many laptop coolers that are much more expensive are made from thick slabs of aluminum.  The Massive23 LX has a very solid feel to it and uses three different materials to save money, maintain light weight and provide a low-cost product.

Top View
Top View
Bottom
Bottom View

 

Another thing that saves the Massive23 LX a few bucks is the lack of adjustable fan and USB ports.  This is a very serviceable cooler, but it's a little low on features.  That being said, it has a couple of features that are worth noting.  We'll take a closer look on the next page.


 

Closer Look:

As I mentioned previously, the Massive23 LX has some nice features that make it well worth the $30 price tag.  You'll find that it is one of the most affordable coolers available that works on full-sized notebooks.  That alone makes it worth checking out.  What makes it even handier is that there is a single USB cable to power the device and it's stored inside a compartment on the device.  While this looks like a perfect solution, the compartment door feels a little flimsy and could fail if used roughly.  Still, this is a great idea and an easy way to keep the power cable with the unit.

Cable Storage
Cable Storage

 

This cooler doesn't have a variable speed fan.  It is either on or off and this would be a big deal if the fan was noisy at full speed.  It isn't.  The 23cm fan is very quiet and still provides decent cooling.  To liven things up, Thermaltake has included a switch that lets you turn the LEDs in the fan on or off as well.  LEDs add a nice touch, but if you're using this cooler while watching movies in your dorm room, you may want to kill the lights so you can enjoy the movie without seeing blue.

 Controls
Controls & Ports

 

The only real downside to this cooler is the fact that it doesn't provide you with any extra USB ports.  It is powered by a USB-to-USB cable and the extra USB port on the Massive23 LX merely replaced the one used by the cooler.  At least they replace it instead of leaving you one short.

 

Info & Features:

The following information has been pulled from the product page over at Thermaltake for your convenience.  Take a look and see what Thermaltake has to say about the Massive23 LX.

  • Ergonomic angle design
  • 2 USB Ports & USB powered
  • 230mm blue LED fan
  • Fan On/Off control switch
  • Black metal mesh stylish design
  • USB cable storage drawer          
  • Anti-slip rubber
  • Supports laptop size from 10" ~ 17"

 

  Specs

On the last page we'll take a look and see how the Massive23 LX performs.


Massive23 LX Performance:

To get some baseline temperatures for the laptop we first ran it on the Lenovo Advanced Dock doing some Prime95 to get things heated up.  While many may say that this is not a typical situation for a laptop to be ran at 100% load, many people today use their laptops for 3D Modeling and light workstation rendering.  This puts the laptop under huge amounts of stress and things heat up quickly.  CPU temperature was recorded with SpeedFan and was logged to record the maximum temperature reached.  The full-load was applied for 1 hour and then all applications were closed for 20 minutes to gain an idle temperature.  This load/idle situation was repeated with the computer on the Massive23 LX.  The results are displayed below. 

Under The Laptop
Under The Laptop
Blue LED
Blue LED

 

 

Please keep in mind that the ThinkPad T410 runs a toasty Core i7-620M 2.66GHz processor that "Turbo's" up to 3.1GHz.  Also the temperatures recorded below are CPU Core temperatures and these are always reported much warmer than "standard" CPU temperatures.  With that in mind, take a look and see how much the Massive23 LX cools when compared to the stifling Lenovo Dock.

Chart 

Because of the small heatsink on the CPU and the fact that Speedfan now records CPU Core temperatures, we don't see a lot of cooling gains when running full load on the Core i7 CPU.  At idle though, the Massive23 LX makes a huge difference.  It drops the idle temperature a whopping 17°C.  It does this while being virtually silent.

 

Final Thoughts:

The Massive23 LX does exactly what it's supposed to do - cool down your laptop.  I use my T410 as my main workstation and it sits in a pretty fancy dock that allows me a bunch of extra USB connections, eSATA ports, 2 Display Ports, 2 DVI ports and a lot more.  The only downside to this dock is that it hinders airflow and cooling.  This was never more apparent than when I pulled it out of the dock and used in on the Massive23 LX for a few days.  The laptop is kept in place thanks to the "grippy" rubber details on the top.  The Massive23 LX is certainly worth the $30 price tag as it is a good cooler, but the lack of any additional USB ports cramp the style a bit and don't give you any extra value when using this unit.  Still, if you've got a toasty hot laptop, this cooler will probably perform better than many other coolers on the market.  Overall, this is how we feel it breaks down:

Pros:

  • Very solid, lightweight construction
  • Rubber accents on top keep laptop raised for better cooling and provide non-slip surface
  • Cable storage inside the unit
  • Very quiet and good cooling

Cons:

  • No extra USB ports

 

  BCCRating

Silver

 

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending out the Massive23 LX for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them at the "Comments" link below.