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SVALT Cooling Dock model D, D2 Pro and D1 Pro with 16-inch MacBook Pro and SVALT Cooling Stand models S and S Pro with 16-inch MacBook Pro and model S Mini with Mac Mini
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  • Rankings

    Model Cooling Audio
    D2n Pro 3rd 1st (best)
    D2 Pro 2nd 3rd
    D1 Pro 4th 4th
    D1 Legacy (prior Mac laptops) n/a 5th
    D 6th (no fan)
    S Pro w/ closed-screen 4th 2nd
    S w/ closed-screen 6th (no fan)
    S Pro w/ open-screen 1st (best) 2nd
    S w/ open-screen 5th (no fan)
    1st (best) is the top ranking for cooling performance with lowest/coolest laptop temperature while the cooling system is set to the highest speed, or top ranking for audio performance with lowest/quietest noise level when the cooling system is set to the lowest speed. Ranked with current generation Mac laptops.

    Summary
    Cooling and Audio performance rankings depend on a number of variables, including whether the laptop screen is open or closed, and the cooling system configuration.

    For passive cooling: All models work with a laptop’s built-in cooling system (see Laptops) and so can run with the cooling fan off for passive cooling, while the Cooling Stand model S and Cooling Dock model D offer purely silent passive cooling.

    For open-screen active cooling: The Cooling Stand model S Pro with the laptop screen open and the cooling system set on high-speed helps to provide the most overall cooling performance with low to moderate noise levels, and when set to low-speed helps to provide quiet cooling. The S Pro provides the best cooling with the screen open but has the flexibility to also work with the laptop screen closed in clamshell mode.

    For closed-screen active cooling: Running the laptop with the screen closed in clamshell mode tends to trap heat and raise temperatures. The Cooling Dock product line has been designed to help manage the extra heat of dedicated closed-screen workstations. The D2 Pro model with the cooling system set to max-speed helps to provide maximum closed-screen cooling performance but with higher noise levels, while the D2n Pro model prioritizes low-speed audio performance for noise critical environments and the D1 Pro model provides a single speed with balanced cooling and audio performance for simplicity of operation. The D2 Pro uses a 800-4200 RPM speed range that delivers significant cooling airflow along with higher noise levels. The D2n Pro uses an ultra quiet Noctua fan with a 500-2200 RPM speed range that offers strong cooling performance at higher speeds and silent operation at lower speeds. The D2n offers quieter operation compared to the D2 at overlapping 800-2200 RPM speeds and compared to the D1 Pro at the 1700 RPM speed.
  • Specifications

    Compatibility D2nP D2P D1P D1L   D   SP   S   SM
    designed for all laptops yes yes yes yes yes yes
    MacBook Pro Apple Silicon 20+ best yes yes yes best yes
    MacBook Pro TouchBar 2016+ best best yes yes best yes
    MacBook Pro Retina 2012-15 yes yes yes best yes best yes
    MacBook Pro Unibody 2008-12 (yes) (yes) (yes) (yes) best yes
    MacBook Air Apple Silicon 20+ best yes yes yes best yes
    MacBook Air Retina 2018-20 best best yes yes best yes
    MacBook Air 2008-17 yes yes yes best yes best yes
    MacBook Retina 2015-18 best best yes yes best yes
    PC laptop - large/gaming (yes) (yes) (yes) (yes) yes yes
    PC laptop - medium/standard (yes) (yes) (yes) (yes) yes yes
    PC laptop - small/compact (yes) (yes) (yes) (yes) yes yes
    PC laptop - ultra compact (yes) (yes) (yes) (yes) (yes) (yes)
    iPad and tablets yes yes yes yes
    Mac Mini 2005-20+ best
    Setup D2nP D2P D1P D1L   D   SP   S   SM
    laptop with screen open best yes
    laptop with screen closed best best yes yes yes yes yes
    Mac Mini desktop best
    Cooling D2nP D2P D1P D1L   D   SP   S   SM
    passive heat sink cooling yes yes yes yes best
    passive air cooling yes yes yes yes yes best yes
    active air cooling best best yes best
    active internal air cooling (yes) (yes) (yes) (best) best
    Airflow D2nP D2P D1P D1L   D   SP   S   SM
    light 0-35 CFM lo-md lo-md md md
    medium 35-45 CFM hi hi
    high 45-55 CFM max low low
    strong 65-75 CFM hi hi
    Acoustics D2nP D2P D1P D1L   D   SP   S   SM
    ultra quiet 5-10 dBA low
    quiet 10-15 dBA med low low
    low 15-20 dBA hi med med low
    moderate 20-25 dBA hi med hi hi
    loud 45-50 dBA max
    System D2nP D2P D1P D1L   D   SP   S   SM
    cooling modes 6 6 1 1 2 2
    fan speeds low-hi low-hi med med low/hi low/hi
    fan color black black red red gray gray
    fan Noctua yes yes yes
    Modularity D2nP D2P D1P D1L   D   SP   S   SM
    model conversions yes yes yes
    modular cooling system yes yes yes yes yes yes
    modular speed control unit yes yes
    user replaceable fan yes yes yes
    user adjustable laptop pads yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
    Availability D2nP D2P D1P D1L   D   SP   S   SM
    release year 2020 2020 2020 2015 2019 2019 2019 2019
    2020 release / update month Nov Sept Sept Sept July July
    (_) parenthesis indicate conditional compatibility, see product page specifications to learn more.
  • Model D2 / D1 Pro

    The Cooling Dock models D2n Pro (D2nP), D2 Pro (D2P) and D1 Pro (D1P) were designed with the following innovative features to deliver the best vertical closed-screen cooling performance for current generation Mac laptops, such as the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as bringing universal laptop support and cooling to Mac and PC laptops:

    Performance - Powerful Airflow
    All three models include ten side vents that drive cooling air onto the laptop’s metal enclosure at the processor location and then sends cooling airflow to the sides of the laptop enclosure. The side vents combine with cooling airflow from a lower vent that drives cooling air at the laptop’s central processor location and then sends air upward along the laptop enclosure. The combined airflow generates significant cooling without high noise levels. Typical laptop cooling devices do not deliver high cooling without also generating high noise levels.

    Performance - Directed Airflow
    Raised laptop pads on the leaning vertical face allow for more effective airflow. The pad design and placement works with the ten side vents and single bottom center vent to direct airflow for optimal cooling, as well as house the D2’s laptop temperature sensor. Pad size is minimized to reduce contact area on the laptop, reduce heat trap and maximize cooling. The managed airflow helps generate more efficient and quieter cooling. Typical laptop cooling devices do not manage airflow with low noise levels.

    Performance - Heat Sink Cooling
    Locating the cooling vents along the side edges of the Cooling Dock’s interior air chamber generates maximum cooling airflow while leaving the center portion of the 1.8 pound aluminum heat sink solid to better absorb heat from the laptop processors. Typical laptop cooling devices are made of plastic or thin metal and do not provide heat sink cooling directly at processor location.

    Performance - Fan Screen
    Design extends the fan screen out away from the fan intake and uses a more open screen pattern for higher airflow with minimal noise generation. Typical laptop cooling devices place a fan screen right against the fan, and use high-surface area screens, which results in reduced airflow and increased noise.

    Performance - Fan Unit
    Use of a high-quality and thick fan with long bearing life. This single fan configuration efficiently generates more cooling power with less noise, and for this particular application the smaller fan size more effectively builds pressure to push cooling air through the exhaust vents. Typical laptop cooling devices use a cheap and thin fan, and when multiple fans are used, the system often creates inefficient air turbulence with compounding noise levels.

    Performance - Fan Power
    Use of 12-volt fan with wall outlet power supply for more power and more cooling performance. Typical cooling devices use 5-volt power and often pull power from the laptop’s USB port, which not only results in reduced cooling power, but results in additional heat generation within the laptop to supply power to the fan, and when maxing out laptop systems, can result in processor power throttling, which in turn leads to reduced performance.

    Performance - User Control
    The D2 Pro’s cooling system offers multiple user selectable modes, user customization, and an external thermistor to measure laptop enclosure temperatures and automatically adjusts fan speeds. The D2 Pro is available with either a standard D2 cooling system that prioritizes high-speed cooling performance for maximum cooling potential or a D2n cooling system that prioritizes low-speed audio performance for noise critical environments. The D2 cooling system uses a 800-4200 RPM speed range that delivers significant cooling airflow with high noise levels at max-speed. The D2n cooling system uses an ultra quiet Noctua fan with 500-2200 RPM speed range offering quieter operation at overlapping 800-2200 RPM speeds and offering essentially silent operation at lower 500-1200 RPM speeds. The D1 cooling system uses a single speed with balanced cooling and audio performance for simplicity of operation. All three models use a modular cooling system that allows for exchanging cooling systems, as well as easier servicing and maintenance. Typical laptop cooling devices do not bring this level of refinement and consideration for cooling and audio performance.

    Workstation - Leaning Support
    Design uses a leaning support system to accommodate a wide range of laptop models and thicknesses, as well as provide for an easier clamshell mode setup process. The laptop can sit safely within the dock’s padded cradle and stay connected to cables when opening the laptop’s display to automatically start current generation Mac laptops or accessing the power button on older generation Mac laptops. This helps to avoid awkward handling and risking a laptop drop. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands require the user to hold and balance the laptop in hand while connected to cables during clamshell setup.

    Workstation - Flexible Laptop Support System
    High-grip non-slip pads are used throughout the product. A user installed laptop retention pad locks the laptop in place, and three pads are included for reinstallation and use with a laptop of different thickness. A top layer of 1/16” padding on the vertical leaning pads is user removable to help accommodate thicker laptops. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands do not accommodate a wire variety of laptop models and thicknesses.

    Workstation - Desktop Space
    Designed with a compact pyramid shape with high-density mass increases stability and frees up desktop space. The dock’s dimensions are careful set to work with Mac laptop vent locations and for support stability. The bottom of the dock includes two threaded holes for securing to a media cart or workstation theft prevention. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands have a larger footprint and cannot be secured in place.

    Quality - Materials
    Designed and made with high-quality materials to provide a solid support with extra strength and durability. The dock is milled from 6061 aluminum, then anodized to provide exceptional strength and a Made for Mac aesthetic. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands lack the same level of material quality and ability to support larger laptops.

    Quality - Made with Care
    Designed and made locally with care for the intention of lasting 100 years. This care can be found in the high-quality metal materials, local manufacturing, and personal customer service. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands do not go to all of this effort, which can compromise performance, quality, durability, people and planet.
  • Model D1 Legacy

    The Cooling Dock model D1 Legacy (D1L) was designed with the following innovative features to become the ultimate cooling solution specifically for prior generation Retina MacBook Pro and pre-Retina MacBook Air laptops:

    Performance - Direct Internal Cooling
    Design drives cooling air directly onto internal components and processors for instant and dramatic cooling, as well as helping to flush out hot air from the system. A raised lip edge creates an air-sealed connection with a compatible laptop’s intake vent, while an adjustable pad pushes the laptop against the raised lip edge for a tighter seal. A cooling fan creates a pressurized air chamber within the dock, which then pushes cooling air through the laptop vent for internal laptop cooling and to flush out hot air through the laptop’s unrestricted exhaust vents. Typical laptop cooling devices do not directly cool internal components.

    Performance - Fan Screen
    Design extends the fan screen out away from the fan intake and uses a more open screen pattern for higher airflow with minimal noise generation. Typical laptop cooling devices place a fan screen right against the fan, and use high-surface area screens, which results in reduced airflow and increased noise.

    Performance - Fan Unit
    Use of a high-quality and thick fan with long bearing life. This single fan configuration efficiently generates more cooling power with less noise, and for this particular application the smaller fan size more effectively builds the required air pressure to push cooling air through the laptop’s intake vent. Typical laptop cooling devices use one or more cheap and thin fan, and when multiple fans are used, the system often creates inefficient air turbulence with compounding noise levels.

    Performance - Fan Power
    Use of 12-volt fan with wall outlet power supply for more power and more cooling performance. Typical cooling devices use 5-volt power and often pull power from the laptop’s USB port, which not only results in reduced cooling power, but results in additional heat generation within the laptop to supply power to the fan, and when maxing out laptop systems, can result in processor power throttling, which in turn leads to reduced performance.

    Performance - User Control
    The original D1 Legacy uses a fixed speed cooling system for simplicity of operation at a fan speed that balances audio and cooling performance. Typical laptop cooling devices do not bring this level of refinement and consideration for cooling and audio performance.

    Workstation - Leaning Support
    Design uses a leaning support so that when opening the laptop display to access the power button or Apple Touch ID the laptop can sit within the dock’s cradle and stay connected to cables. The leaning configuration and adjustable pad help to accommodate a wide variety of laptop models and sizes. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands require the user to hold and balance the laptop in hand while connected to cables if they need to power on the laptop or access Touch ID.

    Workstation - Desktop Space
    Designed with a compact pyramid shape and high-density mass for increased stability and smaller desktop footprint. The dock’s dimensions are set for compatibility with laptop vent locations and for leaning support stability. The bottom of the dock includes two threaded holes for securing to a media cart or workstation. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands have a larger footprint and cannot be secured in place.

    Quality - Materials
    Designed and made with high-quality materials to provide a solid support with extra strength and durability. The dock is milled from 6061 aluminum, then anodized to provide exceptional strength and Made for Mac aesthetics. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands lack the same level of material quality and ability to support larger laptops.

    Quality - Made with Care
    Designed and made locally with care for the intention of lasting 100 years. This care can be found in the high-quality metal materials, local manufacturing, and personal customer service. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands do not go to all of this effort, which can compromise performance, quality, durability, people and planet.
  • Model D

    The Cooling Dock model D was designed with the following innovative features to become the ultimate silent vertical closed-screen passive cooling solution for current generation Mac laptops like the 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the industry-leading vertical closed-screen accessory for all Mac and PC laptops:

    Performance - Passive Cooling
    Design uses a sculpted 3.3 pound aluminum heat sink to pull heat from the laptop, and facilitates natural cooling airflows to silently and passively cool the laptop. The large aluminum heat sink sits next to laptop processors to extract heat through the laptop’s metal enclosure. An air hole through the aluminum heat sink channels air currents from behind the dock and up between the dock and laptop. The narrow padding creates a larger central open air channel for hot air to exhaust out the top and pull cool air from below through the hole in the aluminum heat sink. The passive cooling system works with the laptop’s built in cooling system to silently help cool the laptop. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands do not encourage passive cooling performance, and instead often inhibit passive cooling and/or block laptop vents.

    Workstation - Leaning Support
    Design uses a leaning support so that when opening the laptop display to access the power button or Apple Touch ID the laptop can sit within the dock’s cradle and stay connected to cables. The leaning configuration also helps to accommodate a wide variety of laptop models and sizes. The model D includes a steeper angle laptop support shelf and grippy non-slip padding to accommodate an even wider range of devices. An optional user installed laptop stop pad locks laptop in place. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands require the user to hold and balance the laptop in hand while connected to cables if they need to power on the laptop or access Touch ID. They also tend to support a more limited range of devices.

    Workstation - Desktop Space
    Designed with a compact pyramid shape and high-density mass for increased stability and smaller desktop footprint. The dock’s dimensions are set for compatibility with laptop vent locations and for leaning support stability. The bottom of the dock includes two threaded holes for securing to a media cart or workstation. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands have a larger footprint and cannot be secured in place.

    Quality - Materials
    Designed and made with high-quality materials to provide a solid support with extra strength and durability. The dock is milled from 6061 aluminum, then anodized to provide exceptional strength and Made for Mac aesthetics. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands lack the same level of material quality and ability to support larger laptops.

    Quality - Made with Care
    Designed and made locally with care for the intention of lasting 100 years. This care can be found in the high-quality metal materials, local manufacturing, and personal customer service. Typical vertical closed-screen laptop stands do not go to all of this effort, which can compromise performance, quality, durability, people and planet.
  • Model S Pro

    The Cooling Stand model S Pro (SP) was designed with the following innovative features to become the ultimate active cooling solution and stand for current generation Mac laptops like the 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the industry-leading cooling solution for all Mac and PC laptops:

    Performance - Directed Airflow
    Design directs fan airflow for optimal passive and active air cooling performance. Once the cooling air leaves the fan, it is initially directed by the laptop’s raised angle that sends the majority of the cooling air towards the back of the laptop to cool processors and to then exhaust hot air away from SVALT’s cooling fan intake and the laptop’s intake vents. This directed airflow not only results in improved initial cooling, but it also avoids hot air recycling. Next the support arms use an upward and outward angle to direct the air upwards at the laptop’s underside surface and outwards to the laptop’s back. The Cooling Stand includes new laptop support arms and adjustable laptop pads that shift the laptop position forward, have 77% larger air channel cutouts for improved cooling airflow along the surface of the laptop’s aluminum enclosure, and use adjustable padding for a tailored laptop fit that only covers 0.1% of a 16-inch MacBook Pro’s bottom surface area, which leaves 99.9% of the laptop’s aluminum enclosure exposed for improved heat extraction and help the Cooling Stand exceed its previous unmatched levels of cooling performance. Typical laptop cooling devices do not direct ether passive or active cooling airflow for efficient and quiet cooling, and often create inefficient air turbulence along with hot air recycling, which results in reduced cooling and additional noise. They often also cover up all or a larger percentage of the laptop’s bottom surface, which reduces cooling efficiency.

    Performance - Open Space
    Design creates 1-3 inches of open space above the fan and 2.5 inches of open space below the fan. This open space allows the fan to operate without lost performance or the generation of additional noise. Typical laptop cooling devices provide little to no open space above or below fans, which stalls out the fan resulting in reduced performance and increased noise.

    Performance - Fan Screen
    Use of a fan screen with maximum open space and a smooth round structure for higher airflow with minimal noise generation. The fan screen is also raised above and below the fan with a 3/16 inch gasket so that air moving through the fan does not hit the guard when at maximum velocity, which further increases airflow efficiency and decreases noise. Typical laptop cooling devices place fan screens right against the fan, and use high-surface area screens, which results in reduced airflow and increased noise.

    Performance - Fan Unit
    Use of a high-quality, large and thick fan with long bearing life. This single fan configuration efficiently generates more cooling power with less noise. A bolted/snapped modular system also allows the user to install a different fan per their preferences and cooling system requirements. Typical laptop cooling devices use one or more cheap, small and thin fan, and when multiple fans are used, the system often creates inefficient air turbulence with compounding noise levels.

    Performance - Fan Power
    Use of 12-volt fan with wall outlet power supply for more power and more cooling performance. Typical cooling devices use 5-volt power and often pull power from the laptop’s USB port, which not only results in reduced cooling power, but results in additional heat generation within the laptop to supply power to the fan, and when maxing out laptop systems, can result in processor power throttling, which in turn leads to reduced performance.

    Performance - User Control
    Designed to provide an effective and simple to operate speed-control interface. Extensive research and testing was performed with a variety of fans at different speeds to create a speed control systems that meets cooling and audio performance requirements. A front user facing push button switches the system between 1) off for silent passive cooling, 2) low for standard all-day cooling and 3) high for when maximum cooling is needed during intensive tasks. A bolted/snapped modular system also allows the user to install a different fan per their preferences and cooling system requirements, as well as installing a new speed-control cooling system if SVALT were to release a different system in the future. Typical laptop cooling devices do not bring this level of refinement and consideration for cooling and audio performance, much less include top-spec components with the ability for component changes and upgrades.

    Workstation - Raised Height
    Design elevates laptop display approximately eight inches above a work surface, which brings the display closer to eye level for improved screen viewing ergonomics with less neck / back strain and improved workstation productivity. This higher display height also helps to align the laptop display with an external display. Typical laptop cooling devices and/or stands raise laptop one to six inches, which does not bring the center of the screen to sitting or standing eye level.

    Workstation - Leveled Stability
    Design includes four adjustable height feet, one at each corner, for leveling out uneven work surfaces and creating a more stable laptop support. The adjustable feet are integrated into the base support that includes additional non-slip pads so the adjustable feet do not need to be deployed if working on a level surface, or can be removed in order to secure the base to a media cart or workstation. Typical laptop cooling devices and/or stands lack adjustable height feet which compromises stability when working on a desk that isn't perfectly level, and do not offer the ability to secure the device in place.

    Workstation - Hidden Clutter
    Design hides cable / cord clutter and can hide user accessories, such as hard drives and docking stations per product specification requirements. A solid front panel screens cables and other items from forward view, while cable straps along the support arms hide cable routing, as well as hold cable ends in place of quicker laptop setup. Typical laptop cooling devices and/or stands do not hide cables and users accessories, or ease the setup process.

    Quality - Materials
    Designed and made with high-quality materials for rigid no-bounce laptop support with extra strength and durability. The base is milled and formed from quarter inch thick 6061 aluminum, then anodized to provide exceptional support strength and Made for Mac aesthetics. The arms are cut and formed from heavy gauge steel with a beam design to create an exceptionally rigid laptop support. The cooler support frame is also cut and formed from heavy gauge steel, which provides a strong support for the S Mini configuration. The cooling system’s pushbutton switch is milled form 6061 aluminum and anodized with heavy spring action for a satisfying click interface. Typical laptop cooling devices and/or stands are made from plastic or thin metal, lack a high-level of material quality and durability, bounce when typing, and cannot rigidly support large PC gaming laptops.

    Quality - Modular System
    Designed from the ground up to be a modular system for increased product flexibility and longevity. The modular system uses top-spec components with bolted and snapped connections for easy non-destructive disassembly. This modular system allows users to easily convert their model into one of the other two model configurations. It also allows users to change the fan per their preferences and per cooling system requirements, or to work with SVALT on servicing components, either by sending the component in for serving, installing a replacement provided by SVALT, or performing DIY serving. Typical laptop cooling devices and/or stands are not designed for modularity and so lack workstation flexibility. They also do not use top-spec modular components, and when a component failure occurs, repair will be more difficult or impossible.

    Quality - Made with Care
    Designed and made locally with care for the intention of lasting 100 years. This care can be found in the modular system, high-quality metal materials, top-spec components, user upgradeability and repairability, local manufacturing, and personal customer service. We’ve even designed the packaging so that the customer can use the same packaging with any Cooling Stand model configuration. We also used post-consumer recycled packaging materials that can be recycled at end of lifecycle, and designed the product packaging so that an outer shipping box with additional interior cushioning is not required when shipping. Typical laptop cooling devices and/or stands do not go to all of this effort, which can compromise performance, quality, durability, people and planet.
  • Model S

    The Cooling Stand model S (S) was designed with the following innovative features to become the ultimate passive cooling stand for current generation Mac laptops like the 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the industry-leading stand for all Mac and PC laptops:

    Performance - Passive Cooling
    Design facilitates natural cooling airflows that silently and passively cools the laptop. A large open space under the laptop allows for cooling air to freely circulate, while the laptop’s upward angle helps exhaust hot air out the back and pull cool air from the front and sides. The support arms use an upward and outward angle to direct airflow upwards at the laptop’s underside surface and outwards to the laptop’s back. The Cooling Stand includes new laptop support arms and adjustable laptop pads that shift the laptop position forward, have 77% larger air channel cutouts for improved cooling airflow along the surface of the laptop’s aluminum enclosure, and use adjustable padding for a tailored laptop fit that only covers 0.1% of a 16-inch MacBook Pro’s bottom surface area, which leaves 99.9% of the laptop’s aluminum enclosure exposed for improved heat extraction and help the Cooling Stand exceed its previous unmatched levels of cooling performance. Typical laptop stands do not aid passive cooling, and instead often inhibit passive cooling.

    Performance - Active Cooling
    Design uses a modular system that allows user to purchase and install an active cooling system to convert their S model into a S Pro model. Typical laptop stands do not offer modular flexibility and active cooling upgrades.

    Workstation - Raised Height
    Design elevates laptop display approximately eight inches above a work surface, which brings the display closer to eye level for improved screen viewing ergonomics with less neck / back strain and improved workstation productivity. This higher display height also helps to align the laptop display with an external display. Typical laptop stands raise laptop one to six inches, which does not bring the center of the screen to sitting or standing eye level.

    Workstation - Leveled Stability
    Design includes four adjustable height feet, one at each corner, for leveling out uneven work surfaces and creating a more stable laptop support. The adjustable feet are integrated into the base support that includes additional non-slip pads so the adjustable feet do not need to be deployed if working on a level surface, or can be removed in order to secure the base to a media cart or workstation. Typical laptop stands lack adjustable height feet which compromises stability when working on a desk that isn't perfectly level, and do not offer the ability to secure the device in place.

    Workstation - Hidden Clutter
    Design hides cable / cord clutter and can hide user accessories, such as hard drives and docking stations per product specification requirements. A solid front panel screens cables and other items from forward view, while cable straps along the support arms hide cable routing, as well as hold cable ends in place of quicker laptop setup. Typical laptop stands do not hide cables and users accessories, or ease the setup process.

    Quality - Materials
    Designed and made with high-quality materials for rigid no-bounce laptop support with extra strength and durability. The base is milled and formed from quarter inch thick 6061 aluminum, then anodized to provide exceptional support strength and Made for Mac aesthetics. The arms are cut and formed from heavy gauge steel with a beam design to create an exceptionally rigid laptop support. The cooler support frame is also cut and formed from heavy gauge steel, which provides a strong support for the S Mini configuration. The cooling system’s pushbutton switch is milled form 6061 aluminum and anodized with heavy spring action for a satisfying click interface. Typical laptop stands are made from plastic or thin metal, lack a high-level of material quality and durability, bounce when typing, and cannot rigidly support large PC gaming laptops.

    Quality - Modular System
    Designed from the ground up to be a modular system for increased product flexibility and longevity. The modular system uses top-spec components with bolted and snapped connections for easy non-destructive disassembly. This modular system allows users to easily convert their model into one of the other two model configurations. It also allows users to change the fan per their preferences and per cooling system requirements, or to work with SVALT on servicing components, either by sending the component in for serving, installing a replacement provided by SVALT, or performing DIY serving. Typical laptop stands are not designed for modularity and so lack workstation flexibility. They also do not use top-spec modular components, and when a component failure occurs, repair will be more difficult or impossible.

    Quality - Made with Care
    Designed and made locally with care for the intention of lasting 100 years. This care can be found in the modular system, high-quality metal materials, top-spec components, user upgradeability and repairability, local manufacturing, and personal customer service. We’ve even designed the packaging so that the customer can use the same packaging with any Cooling Stand model configuration. We also used post-consumer recycled packaging materials that can be recycled at end of lifecycle, and designed the product packaging so that an outer shipping box with additional interior cushioning is not required when shipping. Typical laptop stands do not go to all of this effort, which can compromise performance, quality, durability, people and planet.
  • Model S Mini

    The Cooling Stand model S Mini (SM) was designed with the following innovative features to bring the Pro to the Mac Mini with the ultimate active cooling solution and stand for all Mac Minis:

    Performance - Direct Internal Cooling
    Design cools a Mac Mini with or without the Mac Mini’s bottom cover removed. With the bottom cover in place, the upper level of support pads elevate the Mac Mini above the fan so that cooling air flows around the bottom and sides of the Mac Mini’s metal enclosure. With the bottom cover removed, the two levels of pads lock the Mac Mini in place with the Mac Mini’s opening centered directly over the fan. This coupling allows the fan to drive cooling air directly onto components for instant and dramatic cooling, as well as helping to flush out hot air from the system. Typical cooling devices do not directly cool internal components.

    Performance - Open Space
    Design creates 2.5 inches of open space below the fan. This open space helps the fan to operate without lost performance or the generation of additional noise. While having open space above the fan would also help with airflow and noise levels, the open space below the fan plays a more significant role in the fans efficiency and noise generation. In addition, by coupling the Mac Mini directly onto the top of the fan, an even higher cooling performance can be achieved by building pressure that flushes out hot air from within the Mac Mini enclosure. Typical cooling devices provide little to no open space below fans, which stalls out the fan resulting in reduced performance and increased noise.

    Performance - Fan Screen
    Use of a fan screen with maximum open space and a smooth round structure for higher airflow with minimal noise generation. The fan screen is also raised above and below the fan with a 3/16 inch gasket so that air moving through the fan does not hit the guard when at maximum velocity, which further increases airflow efficiency and decreases noise. Typical cooling devices place fan screens right against the fan, and use high-surface area screens, which results in reduced airflow and increased noise.

    Performance - Fan Unit
    Use of a high-quality, large and thick fan with long bearing life. This single fan configuration efficiently generates more cooling power with less noise. A bolted/snapped modular system also allows the user to install a different fan per their preferences and cooling system requirements. Typical cooling devices use one or more cheap, small and thin fan, and when multiple fans are used, the system often creates inefficient air turbulence with compounding noise levels.

    Performance - Fan Power
    Use of 12-volt fan with wall outlet power supply for more power and more cooling performance. Typical cooling devices use 5-volt power and often pull power from the computer’s USB port, which not only results in reduced cooling power, but results in additional heat generation within the computer to supply power for the fan, and when maxing out computer systems, can result in processor power throttling, which in turn leads to reduced performance.

    Performance - User Control
    Designed to provide an effective and simple to operate speed-control interface. Extensive research and testing was performed with a variety of fans at different speeds to create a speed control systems that meets cooling and audio performance requirements. A front user facing push button switches the system between 1) off for silent passive cooling, 2) low for standard all-day cooling and 3) high for when maximum cooling is needed during intensive tasks. A bolted/snapped modular system also allows the user to install a different fan per their preferences and cooling system requirements, as well as installing a new speed-control cooling system if SVALT were to release a different system in the future. Typical cooling devices do not bring this level of refinement and consideration for cooling and audio performance, much less include top-spec components with the ability for component changes and upgrades.

    Workstation - Leveled Stability
    Design includes four adjustable height feet, one at each corner, for leveling out uneven work surfaces and creating a more stable Mac Mini support. The adjustable feet are integrated into the base support that includes additional non-slip pads so the adjustable feet do not need to be deployed if working on a level surface, or can be removed in order to secure the base to a media cart or workstation. Typical cooling devices and/or stands lack adjustable height feet which compromises stability when working on a desk that isn't perfectly level, and do not offer the ability to secure the device in place.

    Workstation - Hidden Clutter
    Design hides cable / cord clutter and can hide user accessories, such as hard drives and docking stations per product specification requirements. A solid front panel screens cables and other items from forward view. Typical cooling devices and/or stands do not hide cables and users accessories.

    Quality - Materials
    Designed and made with high-quality materials for rigid support with extra strength and durability. The base is milled and formed from quarter inch thick 6061 aluminum, then anodized to provide exceptional support strength and Made for Mac aesthetics. The cooler support frame is cut and formed from heavy gauge steel, which provides a strong support for the Mac Mini. The cooling system’s pushbutton switch is milled form 6061 aluminum and anodized with heavy spring action for a satisfying click interface. Typical cooling devices and/or stands are made from plastic or thin metal, lack the same level of material quality and durability.

    Quality - Modular System
    Designed from the ground up to be a modular system for increased product flexibility and longevity. The modular system uses top-spec components with bolted and snapped connections for easy non-destructive disassembly. This modular system allows users to easily convert their model into one of the other two model configurations. It also allows users to change the fan per their preferences and per cooling system requirements, or to work with SVALT on servicing components, either by sending the component in for serving, installing a replacement provided by SVALT, or performing DIY serving. Typical cooling devices and/or stands are not designed for modularity and so lack workstation flexibility. They also do not use top-spec modular components, and when a component failure occurs, repair will be more difficult or impossible.

    Quality - Made with Care
    Designed and made locally with care for the intention of lasting 100 years. This care can be found in the modular system, high-quality metal materials, top-spec components, user upgradeability and repairability, local manufacturing, and personal customer service. We’ve even designed the packaging so that the customer can use the same packaging with any Cooling Stand model configuration. We also used post-consumer recycled packaging materials that can be recycled at end of lifecycle, and designed the product packaging so that an outer shipping box with additional interior cushioning is not required when shipping. Typical cooling devices and/or stands do not go to all of this effort, which can compromise performance, quality, durability, people and planet.

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