Notebooks by themselves have always been reliant on their own cooling solutions to disperse heat away from vital components but the size constraints often limit to how much heat-dispersion can be done. This issue has plagued many users and have been the source of many ingenious ways of keeping our notebooks cool, albeit many still rely on the old “desk-fan-blowing-directly-on-laptop” technique. With the inception of laptop cooling pads, the issue has been addressed to an extent but every laptop is different.
Thermaltake has been on the forefront of cooling and chassis development for as long as I can remember and its no surprise they have an expansive port folio of other cooling solutions including cooling pads. For today’s review will take a look at the Thermaltake Massive V20 and Massive 142, both designed to push a lot of air with massive fans. Let’s see some specs:
For 10â€~ 17â€Notebook
365 x 276 x 42 mm
200 x 200 x 20 mm
Mesh + Plastic
For 10â€~ 17â€Notebook
382 x 262 x 26 mm
140 x 140 x 15 mm x2
Mesh + Plastic
The MassiveÂ 142Â arrives in a wide cardboard box with only an extra USB cable as an accessory.
Opening up the packaging, the Massive 142Â is protected by a clear plastic bag and padded with folded cardboard. Examining the cooler from this view, we can see it is a full black design with the large 140mm fans focused in the center. Underneath, the fnas are protected by another shell cover.
The Massive 142Â can be elevated into two levels allowing for very flexible usage positions. The extended stands fold into each other and tuck-away underneath.
The cooler provides two USB slots but you can only use one as an extra port as it is only a passthrough for the fan power and not an actual hub. A fan speed wheel controls the velocity of the fans from 700RPM up to 1200RPM almost 59CFM of airflow an static pressure of 1mm/H2O.
To give the fan more aesthetic appeal, Thermaltake utilizes blue LED illuminated fans. Looks really good underneath a black laptop because the glow it gives.
The MassiveÂ 142Â has stoppers to secure the laptop in place when propping the stand at its highest level.
Similar to the product above, the Massive V20 also comes in a wide box, secured with clear plastic but with no further accessories. Thermaltake has a uniform design to its packaging with large shot of the product and naming highlighted up front.
The Massive V20 has a very aggressive curvy styling with a very modern robotic look with the large 200mm fan sitting in the center. Underneath the pad we see a USB cable looped around cable holder to keep the cable organized. A giant fan-grill protects the fan from large foreign objects.
Unlike the Massive 142, the V20 uses rubber pads to secure the laptop placed on it. Since it does not elevate, this is understandable.
LED and fan control is placed on the upper left corner of the V20 which can drop the fan speed to 600RPM and bring it up to 800RPM.
The USB cable has a pass-through for your other USB devices but no other extra ports are available.
The Massive V20 can easily accomodate up to 14″ laptops.
The 200cm fan is also illuminated in blue and can be toggled by the switch shown above.
User Experience & Conclusion
Both the Massive V20 and Massive 142Â have been great to use. With the Massive V20, we had a ton of airflow in one spot and the large 200cm fan on low speed guaranteed dead silence. The fan controller adds a degree of granular controller allowing for fine tuning of then fan speed for even quieter operation. The MassiveÂ 142Â was the better experience of the providing more versatile usage scenario with its adjustable stands and its slimmer design made it blend well on our desk.
Both cooling pads boast excellent build quality and performance, with the fans pushing a decent amount of air straight through the notebook. Though we didn’t do any formal scientific testing, our 17″ gaming laptop enjoyed a 2-4*C drop in temps during games. Though it was larger, Thermaltake did a great job on the sturdiness providing a solid base that doesn’t feel very flimsy or weak.
We would like to point out a couple of things to improve on. First off, though Thermaltake uses very sturdy plastic the molding process could’ve been much better with some of the edges particularly on the V20 having very sucky edges. Considering it is the value option from the two, this might be a given but still, some more quality would’ve been appreciated.
All in all, the Massive V20 and MassiveÂ 142Â both provide good cooling performance with the latter excelling also in features. While there are plenty out there of cheaper option that provide the same degree of performance or even much more expensive options that offer more features, the V20 andÂ 142 strike a great balance with solid cooling, excellent build quality and features.
We give both the ThermaltakeÂ Massive V20 and ThermaltakeÂ MassiveÂ 142cooling pads our B2G Value Award.