Choiix Air-Through Stash Gets Upgrades
The original Choiix Air-Through Stash offered an interesting concept, embedding a place for a 2.5-inch hard drive into a laptop cooler. It was a good idea, but it was not without its shortcomings.
The people at Choiix must have read my review, because they tackled the exact pitfalls of the original for its upcoming successor.
They didn't have the new version on display, but I was told that the plastic construction was ditched in favor of aluminum and the hard drive slot would now be on the side rather than the bottom. The hard drive will also be hot-swappable.
Swapper 1.2.3. Makes Portable Hard Drives Easier
While you could certainly invest in a portable hard drive that already comes with an enclosure, many people still prefer to use their own drives in their own enclosures. For those folks, Choiix has the Swapper 1.2.3.
Compatible with 2.5" hard drives and SSDs up to 500GB, the enclosure is designed to allow for quick swapping of the drive contained within. You'll notice that there are no screws, since you open up the case by removing the little rubber pieces instead.
Totally Adjustable Cooling for All Your Hot Spots
Not all notebooks are built the same way, so not all notebook coolers are going to be equally effective on all of these different laptops. I like the adjustable fan locations offered by the Vizo Ninja HS, but even that design was limiting.
Choiix goes further with its latest notebook cooler. Featuring a brushed aluminum design, you'll notice that the main portion has a honeycomb-like configuration. That's there not only to help dissipate heat, but the two provided fans can be mounted just about anywhere.
They can be all on one side, in a perfect line with one another, or completely off-kilter. It's completely up to you. There's also that raised portion in the back to provide a more ergonomic typing angle.
The stand seems to be carrying Cooler Master branding, but I anticipate that the final product will more likely be introduced as part of the Choiix line instead.
Always More to See
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