From Silverstone in Germany comes the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01, a smart notebook stand and cooler, designed to raise a laptop for more ergonomic use on a desktop, as well as provide quiet fan cooling.

The Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01 is built around a sturdy all-aluminium extrusion smartly anodised in black, with three 92mm fans pointing up towards the underside of a mounted laptop.

The bottom and sides of the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01 unit are finished in a metal mesh, helping to hide the internal wiring that connects the fans together while providing maximum possible airflow under and through the stand.

Around the back are two USB ports, with one used to connect the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01 to the laptop to provide the fan's power, while the second acts as a repeater so that you don't lose out on a USB port. In our tests, this spare port still provided enough power to use USB memory sticks.

The Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01 stand itself is designed to support laptops up to 15.4in screen size, although a large model could still sit on it if you don't mind some overhang. A deep ledge at its front stops your computer sliding down from the stand's 12 degree slope, and here we found a problem when using the test notebook.

An Apple MacBook Pro has a front-loading slot drive, and perched on the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01, it was not possible to insert or eject optical discs without first lifting the laptop by hand.

And while the all-metal construction might additionally assist cooling through conduction, in the example of a metal-cased notebook there is also the tendency for scratching and marking of the notebook's case through metal-to-metal contact every time it's placed on the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01.

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From Silverstone in Germany comes the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01, a smart notebook stand and cooler, designed to raise a laptop for more ergonomic use on a desktop, as well as provide quiet fan cooling.

We tested the efficacy of the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01's fan cooling, by deliberately stressing the MacBook Pro with a number of tasks. While playing two video files (1080p HD plus MPEG2 SD), and web browsing, emailing and word processing, the notebook's dual-core processor was running at around 120 percent (for a total of 200 percent maximum, both cores combined).

After 15 minutes use, temperatures had stabilised with the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01 case underside rising from 30 to 34ºC, and the CPU had heated from 47 to 81ºC.

Switching on the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01's fans, the CPU dropped after a further 15 minutes to 78ºC, while the laptop's underside was unchanged.

So while the fans remain in essence silent as advertised, the cooling ability in this test was unremarkable. But it's worth noting that the MacBook Pro has a sealed underside, where some notebooks have cooling vents here – we would expect a bigger difference if the Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01's fans were able to drive air directly through the laptop's internals.

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Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01: Specs

  • Aluminium notebook stand
  • 3 x 92mm fans
  • 1000rpm ±20%
  • 360x296x78mm
  • power consumption 5V 300mA
  • noise 10-20dBA
  • Aluminium notebook stand
  • 3 x 92mm fans
  • 1000rpm ±20%
  • 360x296x78mm
  • power consumption 5V 300mA
  • noise 10-20dBA

OUR VERDICT

The Silverstone Noble Breeze NB01 is a a sturdy and well-finished unit. In our tests the Noble Breeze didn't make a significant difference in keeping a laptop any cooler, although other models may benefit more, especially if they have underside vents.

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