|CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Wednesday, 02 February 2011|
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Strike Force SF-19 Detailed Features
Just as with the HAF X, Cooler Master again sets the precedence by designing in USB 3.0 ports to the SF-19. There's no need to complain about compatibility or power issues. The SF-19 is powered by an AC adapter which MUST plug into the wall in to power the fans. Without the AC adapter the USB ports and LEDs still work, but the fans won't even turn on.
The four USB ports on the right side of the cooler are located next to the power port. To my dismay the USB input port is a micro-B connector. I understand that it's supposed to be a step up in quality, but it bugs me for compatibility. The laptop end is UAB A connector which will fail earlier than the micro-B end, and when it does I can't just grab another cable because I don't have micro-B cables lying around. OK, rant done, it's just fine ... a cheap replacement if the cable ever wears out. I'm more likely to lose a cable than have it wear out.
The left side of the model SGA-6000-KKYF1 laptop cooler has the LED and fan controls. There is a large push-button to toggle LED lights on and off, and a smaller push-button to toggle between LED colors. Next to those switches is a potentiometer which allows a large range of continuous fan speeds as well as turns the fans off.
The SF-19 sports two 140 mm fans. When the speed control is set at it's highest setting the laptop hums. These babies turn FAST. Fans can be easily replaced or swapped by opening the back panel. Both fans are mounted at an angle which matches the slope of the topside.
Looking further into the case you can see the power connectors for the fans. Each side of the laptop has a pair of 3-pin molex connectors. So the stock fans each use only one connector on each side leaving two extra connectors open. I wonder if Cooler Master played with different fan arrangements and sizes before deciding upon dual 140 mm fans. Unfortunately I didn't have any larger fans on hand to perform some additional tests to try and optimize my performance. Here's the point: YOU CAN! That's a big win for me. So much stuff these days uses preformed molds and special connections that you can't really do anything to fix bad products. But here there is a chance to potentially improve upon a good base.
For added style there are 7 different colors for the LED's. Each color is a solid light, nothing fancy here. The images here show white, green, purple and yellow modes. The other three (blue, dark blue and red) can be found elsewhere in the article.