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- Free UPS Ground shipping for Continental US orders.
- Discounted DHL Express shipping for International orders.
- SVALT is an Oregon company and does not collect sales tax.
- 30-day return and 1-year limited warranty for US customers.
- Lifetime support for anyone with a SVALT product.
- D2 with black finish ships 1-2 days after receiving order.
- See  Policy page for details.


    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display workstation
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock air flow MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display workstation

    Get more work done without a laptop meltdown.

    When running high-demand applications a laptop’s built-in cooling system can fail to keep up, leading to processor throttling and slower performance. Heat meltdowns often occur at the office when using the laptop like a desktop, where the improved ergonomics of high-resolution displays and full size keyboard and mouse can help maintain your productivity. Learn more about throttling.




    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with 2015 to 2012 MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with 2015 to 2013 MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina display
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with 2013 to 2012 MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina display
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with MacBook Air 13-inch display
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with MacBook Air 11-inch display

    Turbo charge your laptop’s cooling system.

    The SVALT Cooling Dock’s two-pound aluminum heat sink houses a desktop fan that drives cooling air directly onto processors to turbo charge the laptop's built-in cooling system and help maintain peak performance. The D1 uses a fixed speed red fan, while the more powerful, advanced and customizable D2 uses a laptop temperature sensor and variable speed black fan to intelligently provide silent to overwhelming cooling power. Learn more about design.




    • SVALT D2 cooler temperature and no throttling CPU Celsius test charts
    • SVALT D2 faster speed and max Turbo Boost CPU MHz test charts
    • SVALT D2 better GeekBench score performance test charts
    • SVALT D2 more graphics power GPU Watt test charts

    Unleash your laptop’s peak performance potential.

    SVALT performs testing under controlled conditions to explore and demonstrate peak performance capabilities for high-demand applications. In CPU testing the D2 helped deliver up to 154% higher Turbo Boost speed and up to 21% higher Geekbench Score, while in GPU testing the D2 delivered up to 97% higher graphics power and up to 30% faster frames per second. Learn more about performance.




    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock with opened screen MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock LED activation with Apple MacBook Air 11-inch display
    • SVALT D1 Performance Cooling Dock black finish MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina display
    • SVALT D1 Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Air 11-inch display

    Seamless integration without any laptop modifications.

    The SVALT Cooling Dock’s adjustable pad accommodates a wide range of devices, such as Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops in closed screen clamshell mode, and offers the flexibility to fit laptops with thin covers. The leaning configuration allows for quick and secure opening of the laptop to access the power button, Touch ID, and keyboard without removal from the support cradle, protecting against accidental cable disconnection or laptop drop. Learn more about compatibility.




    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display Cinco workstation
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display Cinco workstation
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display Cinco workstation
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display Cinco workstation
    • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display Cinco workstation
    • SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Air 11-inch display
    • SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display
    • SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display and Apple Thunderbolt Display
    • SVALT Cooling Dock packaging
    • SVALT Cooling Dock with Apple laptop
    • SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock with Apple Magic Keyboard and Trackpad 2
    • SVALT Cooling Docks with Apple laptops

    Performance workstation for design professionals.

    Precision-crafted from solid aluminum in Portland, Oregon, USA, as an object of substance, the triple patented SVALT Cooling Dock not only provides a best-in-class performance solution, but creates a more modern, open and productive workstation. Learn more about quality.



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  • The triple patented SVALT Cooling Dock is the first and only product of it kind, giving it features and advantages over other laptop stands and cooling accessories.

    Design Features (D1 and D2)

    • Transforms laptop into desktop workstation.
    • Does not require any laptop modification.
    • Adjustable pad accommodates wide range of devices.
    • Stable leaning clamshell support configuration.
    • Access to power, Touch ID and keyboard while in dock.
    • Quick transition between desktop and mobile.
    • Compact product footprint for more open desktop.
    • Improves ergonomics with external displays and keyboard.
    • See Innovative By Design to learn more.


    Performance Features (D1 and D2)

    • Turbo charges laptop’s built-in cooling system.
    • Expands cooling capacity and reserves.
    • Drives cooling air directly onto laptop processors.
    • Reduces/eliminates processor heat throttling.
    • Reduces/eliminates system overheating.
    • Restores power and performance potential.
    • Reduces internal laptop fan load/noise.
    • Disables and preserves built-in laptop screen.
    • Increases available power for processors.
    • Reduces/eliminates limited power throttling.
    • Optimizes graphics for multiple external displays.
    • Increases productivity and return on investment.
    • Powerful 12 volt fan actively cools CPU/GPU.
    • Massive 2 lbs heat sink passively cools CPU/GPU.
    • External power supply reduces laptop heat gain.
    • See Performance By Design to learn more.


    Quality Features (D1 and D2)

    • Leaves a mark of refined style and sophistication.
    • Elevates and prominently displays premium laptops.
    • Seamlessly merges with select Apple laptops.
    • Precision-crafted from solid high-quality aluminum.
    • Ethically and locally made in the Pacific Northwest.
    • Designed and assembled in Portland, OR, USA.
    • Made in the USA, includes foreign electronic parts.
    • Tested design with multiple patents.
    • Lifetime support for anyone with a SVALT product.
    • See Quality By Design to learn more.


    Technology Features (D2 only)

    • Intelligently delivers silent to overwhelming cooling power.
    • Provides simple set-it-and-forget-it operation.
    • External sensor measures laptop temperature.
    • Automatically adjusts fan speeds from 900 to 3600 RPM.
    • Low-temperature auto-off eco-standby mode.
    • Three auto and two turbo speed cooling modes.
    • Fixed speed customizable from 900 to 3600 RPM.
    • Discrete LED signals cooling modes and user input.
    • Up to 2x the cooling and performance with D2 over D1.
    • See Operation to learn more.


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  • To learn what devices are compatible with the SVALT Cooling Dock, see Laptop Compatibility, and to learn how to setup and operate a SVALT clamshell workstation, see Laptop Clamshell Setup.

    Cooling Systems

    The SVALT Cooling Dock is available in D1 and D2 model configurations with the following cooling systems:
    • The D1’s cooling system uses a fixed speed red fan set to 1700 RPM to provide a balance of audio and cooling performance.
    • The D2’s more powerful and advanced cooling system uses a laptop temperature sensor and variable speed black fan to automatically adjust between 0-3600 RPM for simple set-it-and-forget-it operation and to intelligently provide silent to overwhelming cooling power over the course of the workday. The D2 cooling system includes three Auto mode presets to meet a variety of user needs, two Turbo cooling modes for an instant blast of cooling power, and a Custom mode that can be set to any fixed speed from 900 to 3600 RPM for complete user control.
    • Both D1 and D2 cooling systems use a 80mm 12V fans with long life ball bearing and approximately eight years of continuous operation (70,000 hours at 40C).


    Power Supply

    100-240V AC input and 12V output with one of the following fixed or replaceable outlet plugs: Type A (USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan), Type C (Europe, South America, Asia), Type G (United Kingdom, Ireland), or Type I (Australia, New Zealand, China). A Replacement Power Supply is available to purchase separately.


    Aluminum Finish

    The dock’s aluminum cradle comes with a high-end aluminum anodized finish, which is a custom finishing process that may include some color variation between parts. The black finish can pickup oil from fingers, but can be removed with a clean cloth. The bottom surface of product is considered non-cosmetic finish and includes two #10-24 threaded holes that can be used for mounting the dock in a fixed position if desired.


    Dimensions & Weights

    • Product: 4.8” wide x 4.1” deep x 4.1” tall and 2.1 pounds
    • Product package: 6.2” wide x 5.5” deep x 5.4” tall and 2.8 pounds (US power)
    • Shipping package: 8.0” wide x 8.0” deep x 8.0” tall and 3.2 pounds (US power)


    Package Contents

    • SVALT D1 or D2
    • Power supply
    • Cable management strap
    • Hex drive for sliding pad adjustment
    • Reusable product box


    Ethically Made

    • Designed and assembled in Portland, OR, USA.
    • Made in the USA, includes foreign electronic parts.
    • Tested design with multiple patents, see SVALT Virtual Patent Marking page.
    • 30-day return and 1-year limited warranty for US customers.
    • Lifetime support for anyone with a SVALT product.

    Portland Made Logo

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  • 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 Cooling Docks keep them chill and let us use them like true workstations. - Kirk James, President of Cinco.

    Customer Testimonials

    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.”

    See photos of professional SVALT workstations, and learn more about SVALT Corporate, Freelance, and Gaming workstations.

    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.”


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  • If you have any questions not covered here, then please contact us.

    What laptop models does it work with?

    The SVALT Cooling Dock’s innovative leaning clamshell configuration with adjustable retention pad helps to accommodate a wide variety of laptops and devices.

    See Laptop Compatibility to learn more.

    How can I tell if my laptop is throttling?

    If you are experiencing slow performance or you hear your laptop’s internal fans running at maximum speed then there’s a high probability your laptop is throttling performance and in need of supplemental cooling. When the computer is throttling the peak Turbo Boost or multi-core processor speeds will drop, which causes performance to slow and temperatures to decrease. Processor speed throttling is a normal occurrence with laptops as they have smaller and often underpowered cooling systems that are unable to keep up with heavy workloads, such as gaming, video editing, photo editing, and 3D rendering.

    The SVALT Cooling Dock has been specifically designed to reduce or eliminate throttling and unlock your laptop's maximum performance potential. A powerful desktop sized fan drives cooling air onto the CPU/GPU processors to reduce or eliminate throttling and unlock your laptop's performance potential. The SVALT Cooling Dock’s two pound aluminum cradle acts as a massive heat sink located right next to the heat generating CPU/GPU to deliver passive cooling.

    See Laptop Throttling to learn more.

    Will it make my laptop faster?

    The SVALT Cooling Dock is a supplemental cooling system that increases the cooling capacity and cooling reserves of a laptop’s built-in cooling system. Since most laptop’s have a comparatively small built-in cooling systems, these systems can struggle to keep up with the heat generated by CPU and/or GPU processors running at or near maximum speed for an extended period of time. When developing photos, editing videos, rendering models, playing video games or running other high-demand applications a laptop’s built-in cooling system can fail to keep up, leading to internal fans spinning at max, heat building up throughout the system, potentially degrading component reliability, processor throttling and slow performance.

    The SVALT Cooling Dock has been specially designed with multiple patents to turbo charge the laptop’s built-in cooling system, help avoid a laptop meltdown, overcome heat induced throttling and maintain peak performance while under heavy and sustained workloads. As a result, a SVALT workstation will be more powerful and faster than a laptop that is throttling. In addition, the SVALT Cooling Dock closed-screen clamshell configuration increases workstation productivity by allowing all of the laptop’s power to be used by the processors and all of the laptop’s graphic resources to be dedicated to driving multiple full-sized and high-resolution displays. The external displays, along with the ability to use any keyboard and other input device of your choosing, will help to improve ergonomics and productivity.

    The SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock includes a more powerful and intelligent cooling system that uses an external temperature sensor to monitor laptop temperatures and automatically adjust speed from 900 to 3600 RPM, keeping things quiet when supplemental cooling is not required and then increasing cooling power as temperatures rise. You can choose from three automatic cooling modes based on your preferred balance between audio and cooling performance. At anytime one of two Turbo cooling modes can be activated for instant cooling power. A custom fixed speed mode allows for any speed from 900 to 3600 RPM to be locked in for ultimate user control.

    See  Performance By Design to learn more.

    Why use the laptop with the screen closed?

    Laptops are essential for handling professional applications and for providing the flexibility to maintain productivity throughout the workday, from meeting at the office to working in the field to working at home. Laptops have become so powerful that many have replaced dedicated desktop computers for even the most intensive computing workloads. However, when professionals, creatives, gamers and others rely on laptops to provide maximum performance and productivity for hours at a time, the laptop’s mobile ergonomics, screen, keyboard, power management and cooling system can fall short. The SVALT Cooling Dock was created to transform laptops into more ergonomic, productive, powerful and professional desktop workstations with the following advantages:
    • Turbo charge the laptop’s comparatively small cooling system to help reduce processor throttling and improve performance when running high-demand applications for extended periods of time.
    • Disable the laptop’s built-in screen to preserve screen life.
    • Disable the laptop’s built-in screen to free up system power and avoid performance throttling induced by a limited power supply.
    • Disable the laptop’s built-in screen to help optimize graphics performance for driving multiple full-sized and high-resolution external displays.
    • Place two or more identical external displays side-by-side to provide a cleaner digital desktop setup.
    • Use two or more large external displays located at eye level to avoid looking down and help improve workstation ergonomics.
    • Use separate keyboard, trackpad, trackball, mouse or drawing device of your choice to help improve workstation ergonomics and productivity.
    • Regain valuable desktop space and help to create a more clean, open and modern workspace.
    See Laptop Clamshell Setup to learn more.

    Will it help preserve laptop life?

    Computers can generate a significant amount of heat, and depending on a number of factors, that heat can reduce hardware life and reliability, so as a general rule, hardware life and reliability can be increased by reducing hardware’s exposure to high temperatures. Clamshell mode uses an external monitor that disables and preserves the built-in display. Clamshell mode also uses an external power supply so does not go through additional battery cycles.

    See Laptop Throttling to learn more.

    Can I use USB power from my laptop?

    The SVALT Cooling Dock has been designed to unlock maximum laptop performance when used at the office. USB power can drive a smaller 6-volt fan, but it cannot drive the larger, more powerful and more efficient 12-volt fan used in the SVALT Cooling Dock. Using USB power has another disadvantage, as the power must be pulled from laptop’s system and this has the potential to generate additional internal heat, as well as using power that otherwise could have been used by the computer system for improved performance. Laptops with the top-end CPU and GPU configurations often require more power than the external power supply can provide when running at maximum speed, which requires supplemental power to be pulled from the battery and can lead to processor performance throttling. Disabling the built-in screen frees up more power for the processors so that the system can maintain maximum speed. The SVALT Cooling Dock is about maintaining maximum performance so robbing the system for USB fan power would be counter productive. Finally, the SVALT Cooling Dock has been designed as a solid piece of desktop furnishing for your laptop, not as light-duty accessory for mobile use.

    See Innovative By Design to learn more.

    How does it provide laptop stability?

    The SVALT Cooling Dock’s substantial two pound aluminum dock with non-skid feet create a stable and elegant support for your premium laptop, while the innovative leaning support configuration provides easy laptop operation. With the laptop securely in the dock and connected to external displays, keyboard, mouse and power, the laptop screen can be easily opened to quickly power on the laptop. This avoids dropping the laptop when attempting to enable clamshell mode operation by picking up the laptop, opening the screen, pressing the power button, and then quickly closing the screen. The upright leaning position with the dock’s compact form also helps to regain valuable desktop space and create a more clean, open and modern workspace.

    See Innovative By Design to learn more.

    What’s different between the D1 and D2 models?

    The SVALT Cooling Dock comes in two model configurations. The SVALT D1 Performance Cooling Dock model includes a fixed speed cooling system with red fan. The more powerful, advanced and customizable SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock model includes an intelligent temperature based variable speed cooling system with black fan. The SVALT D2 is the culmination of years of development. It adds technology to the performance of the D1 while staying true to the fundamental design goal of creating a simple product of substance, a raw physical object that communicate value simply by holding the product in your hand. The SVALT D2’s technology provides simple set-it-and-forget-it operation that intelligently delivers silent to overwhelming cooling power. An external sensor measures laptop temperatures and automatically adjusts fan speeds from 0 to 3600 RPM over the course of the workday. The cooling system runs in auto mode by default, but at any time Turbo mode can be activated for an immediate blast of extra cooling power, or a number of advanced and customizable cooling modes can be selected for even more user control. A black and more powerful high-quality fan is used to create a more understated and professional workstation, as well as deliver additional cooling power when required.

    See the Features tab on the SVALT Cooling Dock product page to learn more.

    Does dust need to be cleaned?

    As with any air cooled computer it is recommended that you inspect your laptop for dust and remove dust build up on a regular basis. Dust accumulation with or without supplemental cooling will vary depending on operational hours and the amount of dust in the environment. A MacBook Pro with 15-Inch Retina Display laptop was opened to inspect for dust after approximately 4,000 hours of operation with a SVALT Cooling Dock in an environment considered to be dustier than a typical professional office. Only a slight amount of dust was found, and a quick blow from a hand pump blower easily removed the dust that had lightly accumulated around the internal fan, at the air intake and adjacent fan blades. The same laptop with same SVALT Cooling Dock setup was found to have virtually zero dust accumulation after approximately 2,000 hours of operation. If you attempt to clean dust from your laptop then take care and seek professional services as required. iFixit is a great resource with Mac laptop repair guides and repair tools, such as P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver, anti-static wrist strap and mat, dust blower, as well as a guide to electrostatic discharge.

    Why do you manufacture locally?

    SVALT is based in Portland, Oregon, USA because it is a city in the heart of the Pacific Northwest that combines our two favorite things, close proximity to wilderness and robust design culture. We manufacture locally because it allows for immediate in-person communications with the diverse group of people involved with part supply, part manufacturing, product assembly, and beyond. This results in a manufacturing process that helps to ensure that products are made to SVALT’s exacting standards, and ensure that people and the environment are treated with respect in a lawful, humane, non-discriminatory and sustainable manner. Ultimately, this is a project of passion, and it is our goal to share and inspire passion from Portland to the rest of the world.

    See Quality By Design to learn more.

    Where else can I buy SVALT products?

    You can checkout and purchase the SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock in-person through Made Here PDX at their downtown Portland, OR (40 NW 10th Ave Portland, OR 97209) retail location next to Powell’s City of Books. SVALT also sells through Amazon, where the D2 and D1 Cooling Docks are available. Black aluminum finished docks are only available directly through SVALT at this time.

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