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Customer Testimonials

SVALT is proud to have Cinco, one of Portland’s leading brand and product design agencies, using the SVALT Docks. Kirk James, Principal and CCO of Cinco, uses a dock for his personal workstation:
“They’re the solution to a problem I didn’t realize I had.”
And he had this to say for the office:
”At Cinco our laptops are workhorses. We’re pushing them day-in and day-out. Heavy imaging, editing, rendering… Some days it was like they were literally cooking. But no more! Our Svalt D's keep them chill and let’s us use them like true workstations.”

Robert S. from United States, 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (see Robert's independent graphics testing results at 3DMark):
“I have been looking for something exactly like the SVALT D to give my rMBP proper cooling when I'm gaming, and now I am not getting throttling of the GPU anymore, even when playing Elite Dangerous with GPU overclocked and set to maximum 15% boost at 45 FPS. I wouldn’t have tried overclocking with the throttling I was seeing before, I was too afraid of melting my laptop hardware. Now my in-game experience has been flawless! Bottom line, you’ve saved my laptop and improved my gaming experience, I love it! I think the SVALT D is one of the only true ways to cool these laptops, plus it is very well designed. The level of quality and solidness really impresses me. Others would have likely cut corners in places, such as the weight, aluminum manufacturing and design aesthetics, but SVALT did not.”

Ross G. from the United Kingdom, MacBook Pro:
“Just wanted to say thank you for my new SVALT Cooler. I received it today, a day ahead of schedule. International shipping was faultless and speedy and I was eager to set it up with my late 2013 MacBook Pro and my external monitor, I had been using a generic cooling pad with it and was only seeing a tiny temperature difference, but with my new SVALT I'm seeing consistently lower temperatures both in OS X and Windows 10. Gaming under windows is much better with cooler temps and more space available on my meagre desk. To save the hassle of opening my Mac to switch on every time, I have started using "sleep" and I only need to press the Bluetooth trackpad or keyboard to wake up and get to work. Or play! On a technical side, the build quality seems high, and it really suits the design aesthetic of Apple products. The fan is whisper quite, more so than the built in fans themselves. Well done on a great little product.”

Marek B. from United States, MacBook Pro Retina:
“I received the first order only today, but from what I saw thus far, the dock is very convenient and effective at keeping the MacBook Pro from revving up the fans, even with the cooler fan off. The dock also shows very good stability, fit, grip, and its fan noise with the silencer plugged in is low. The recent iteration of Apple's operating system, El Capitan, enabled the 2013 MacBook Pro's with NVidia graphics to support two 4k monitors or one 5k screen, just like the 2015 models. Unfortunately, connecting high resolution external monitors increases temps and fan noise of the laptop even at light workloads, and more so with additional thunderbolt peripherals plugged. With the Svalt dock, the laptop fans are not spinning up higher while doing everyday office work on two 4k screens with other thunderbolt peripherals plugged. I'm getting 50-60C-level temps without the dock fan running. That's what I sought, the elimination of high temps/noise for everyday office-type of work and music/video playback on high resolution external screens with the Mac used as a closed lid workstation. I've used 2 other brand docks before, but they seemed to increase the temp/noise issues, and did not keep the laptop with good grip or in optimal position. To be sure, I'm already very happy . . . Best dock ever!”

Robert S. from United States (Amazon customer), MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina:
“I am using it without the adapter, and not noticing any sound anyway, so all is great with that, and the system overall is functioning amazingly!  No more super loud fan noise kicking in from the the internal fans on the computer.  What a relief, I used to get a bit of anxiety every time they would juice up!”

Eric S. from Canada, 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro:
“I have been using the SVALT D for a couple days now and I am pleasantly surprised! I’ve owned multiple MacBook Pro’s, and all of them overheated like crazy. I’ve owned cooling mats before and now I realize how useless they were. I used to unscrew the bottom of my laptop and place it on the cooling pad! This is like a computer version of an automotive cold air intake! So great! I wish I had this years ago! It reduced my computer lag, and it’s much better at keeping it cool! This should be sold at the Apple Store, seriously! Thanks again for all of your help!”

Heath H. from United States ( LinkedIn Comment):
“Great product, I look for perfection in everything I use and this certainly hits the mark!”

Terry D. from Australia, MacBook Air:
“My little MacBook Air has a very, very cool new home.Thank you for your fantastic support, quick shipping, and such a superb product!”

Ben G. from United States, 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro:
“Running architecture modeling software on Windows virtual OS was always jamming up and lagging before I had my SVALT D. The SVALT D resolved those issues, and now my computer has become snappier and I have regained my productivity.”

Andrey M. from United States, 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro:
“I like its simple and clean design, and functionality as a stand and active cooling unit. Thank you SVALT for the great and promising product!”

Enzo D. from France:
“Just got the Svalt today. Awesome piece of hardware. Great packaging. Transit delays are so short, that is a good surprise.”

Yann H. from United Kingdom:
“Looks great on my desk. Keep up the good work!”

Guillaume D. from France:
“I like the design, full weight and small footprint on my desk.”

D2 Press Publications

Macs Go An Extra Mile With the SVALT D2's Hot Cooling Dock
Engadget by Gotham Chandna on November 2, 2016:
“After using the SVALT D2 cooling dock for just over a week, I have noticed an increase in the speed of my macbook pro and a huge decrease in the fan noise. I am able to do my work considerably faster than before. If you're looking at preventing your macbook from throttling, this is a safe buy.”

SVALT D2 Cooling Dock creates a more environmentally friendly space for your laptop.
Mac Sources by Nicholas Calderone on November 8, 2016:
“The first thing I noticed is how heavy and solidly built the product is. The dock weighs approximately two pounds, which is a lot when you consider that a 2014 MacBook Pro is only 2.9 pounds. The dock is very sturdy and extremely secure for laptops to rest in. The set-up is a very easy.... The SVALT D2 Cooling Dock is an impressive piece of equipment and great for professional-level computing. I see this being a huge benefit when there is limited desk space and the need for additional ventilation.”

The SVALT D2 is a cool (literally) Mac laptop accessory
Apple World Today by Dennis Sellers on October 25, 2016:
“…when running high-demand apps (such as Final Cut Pro X), a laptop’s built-in cooling system can get a bit toasty, leading to processor throttling and slower performance. If you’ve experienced this — or simply don’t want to take a chance that you will — the $295 SVALT D2 is worth the $295 investment.”

SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock
PLuGHiTz Live! by Kelvin McDaniel on November 26, 2016:
“The D2 is incredibly well built. The first time I touched this unit I KNEW I wouldn't have to worry about my device sitting safely in this nearly vertical dock (when used as expected). It does a great job of circulating cooler air when my device needs it…. The design of this unit is gorgeous and this thing feels HEAVY. I don't recall having seen anything combining functionality with both flair and style as the D2 does…. As mentioned earlier this thing is HEAVY. When you pick it up it feels like a solid block. That's because it's machined from a single block of aluminum that ends up being about 2 pounds.”

SVALT D2 dock cools notebook for higher performance: Clean up your workspace and get a power boost at the same time
COOL TOOLS via Network World by Keith Shaw on January 12, 2017:
“Users who continually experience slowdowns due to high-performance activities on their notebooks ... performance did improve when the notebook was in clamshell mode, indicating that the dock was doing its job and helping to keep the notebook cool.”

Keep your MacBook Pro cool as a cucumber with the SVALT D2 Cooling Dock
The Gadgeteer by Julie Strietelmeier on October 27, 2016:
“The new SVALT D2 Performance Cooling Dock has been designed to keep professional laptop workstations like high-end Apple MacBooks cool when doing CPU intensive tasks like video, image editing, etc. You know what happens when you push your laptop to the max, the fans come on.”

SVALT High-Performance Cooling Dock: Prevent Workstation Meltdowns
Gear Diary by Judie Lipsett Stanford on October 11, 2016:
“Do you use your laptop as your main computer, hooked to a monitor and keyboard when you’re working at your desk? Then you probably know it doesn’t take much before the fan starts whirring and your laptop starts to get hot. If that’s your experience, then you’ll want to take a look at the new SVALT High-Performance Cooling Dock.”

SVALT Cooling Dock men’s gift guide
dcrefined by Michael J. Solender on November 30, 2016:
“Avoid laptop meltdown when running high demand apps like developing photos, editing videos, rendering models, or playing video games. Your dude can chill while the SVALT Cooling Dock’s aluminum heat sink desktop sized fan drives cooling air directly onto laptop CPU and GPU processors helping avoid crash-city.”

The Week in Mac Accessories
Macworld by Joel Mathis on November 1, 2016:
“The D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock ($295 MSRP) transforms your Mac laptop into a desktop workstation that resists overheating thanks to a high-power fan—with speeds up to 3,600 RPM—keeping things cool.”

SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock
COED by Phil Villarreal:
“This device can be a game-changer, keeping your laptop cool in a nearly silent manner, keeping the loud, annoying distraction of your rig’s fan from overwhelming your audio during intense gaming sessions. It will also extend the life of your machine by stopping it from overheating.”

D Press Publications (special launch edition, similar to D1)

Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks
MacRumors by Juli Clover and Matt Gonzalez on August 4, 2015:
“We went hands-on with the Svalt D to test the claims that it reduces temperature and speeds up performance, and we were impressed with how it worked. Made up of a two-pound block of aluminum, the Svalt D is an attractive, sturdy stand that matches well with Apple's line of MacBooks.” - Juli Clover
”Overall this is a really good way to keep your macbook cool while working with an external monitor and also functions as a nice looking stand.” - Matt Gonzalez

Svalt D keeps your MacBook from falling victim to heat exhaustion
designboom by Piotr Boruslawski on July 15, 2015:
“the latest apple macbook laptops have become so thin, they’ve started to leave behind important heat distribution fans that end [up] reducing the general performance due to extremely hot temperatures. the svalt ‘d’ performance cooling vertical dock helps prevent all that by making sure macbooks of any size are always the right temperature. anchored by a two pound aluminum heat sink, a powerful fan flows fresh air over the laptop’s processor unit to reduce cpu throttling which will help when working with intensive photo and video editing software.”

The Week in Mac Accessories
Macworld by Joel Mathis on June 10, 2015:
“A fan on the back keeps the computer cool, and performance high.”

The Unique SVALT Laptop Stand Removes Heat From The MacBook
Back To The Mac by ONE on May 22, 2015 (translation):
“For those with covered MacBooks, the summer season is when you worry about the heat. The SVALT offers a rare vertical cooling platform, with massive heat sink and fan to remove air and per the manufacture accelerate cooling.”

CES 2015: SVALT Launches Stylish Cooling Dock for Apple MacBooks
MacRumors by Juli Clover on January 8, 2015.

CES 2015 - Svalt D Laptop Cooling Dock
Good Dog Digital on January 8, 2015.

Svalt al CES 2015 || Un dissipatore per i MacBook
Tom’s Hardware by Roberto Buonanno on January 12, 2015.

CES 2015: Svalt zorgt voor een koele MacBook
Dutch Cowboys by Rob Blaauboer on January 9, 2015.

SVALT D – a stylish stand for cooling MacBook
UNLOCKPWD on January 2015:
“Her body is made of anodized aluminum and is like no other design merges with laptops from Apple. In places of contact with the laptop stand has rubber parts to avoid the possibility of scratches and abrasions.”

CES 2015: SVALT Cooling MacBook Dock
iappletech128 on January 8, 2015:
“MacBooks are great, but sometimes they get a little hot. There are many fan cooling stands available, but very few docks. Those who want to connect their Mac to an external display and close the lid could benefit from this. If you’re doing something taxing on your system like exporting a video you may have noticed that the fans kick on not too long after the export process starts. That’s where the SVALT D comes in. It’s a dock for your MacBook that has one big cooling fan to make sure your Mac’s fans don’t start.”

CES 2015 : SVALT D, un support qui refroidit aussi votre MacBook
Macg by Nicolas Furno on January 9, 2015 (translation):
“The designer of this product has shrewdly added fan support. The Mac is positioned hinge down and back against the fan. Thus configured, the SVALT D not only serves to keep the Mac logo upright right, but also cool. On all MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the hinge is also where the built-in fans vent. The fan in the stand is bigger and it thus amplifies the cooling phenomenon by increasing the volume of hot air extracted from the computer.”

Interesante dock para el Macbook: SVALT D
Soy de Mac by Jordi Gimenez on January 9, 2015 (translation):
“It can surely be a good ally for those more demanding users with MacBook as it allows a more effective cooling of the machine and its internal components, getting extended the longterm life.”


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