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LEPA Announces Laptop Cooler With Built-in Speakers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 8 comments

LEPA's new notebook cooler can roar through its speakers.

LEPA has announced a new notebook cooler -- the creatively named Lepad S17. This notebook cooler will serve three purposes: angle your laptop for a more comfortable typing experience, cool it, and improve the audio quality.

The first two purposes are something we find on most laptop coolers, as they are almost all angled and feature a vented base with a fan below there. The 140 mm fan in this unit will spin at speeds ranging from 800 RPM to 1300 RPM. Considering that most decent modern laptops are capable of cooling themselves, this addition should be enough to prevent most other systems from throttling.

Most notable is the built-in speaker set. LEPA mentions in its press release that "Notebook sound systems will not always fulfill the expectations of audiophiles," and while we can certainly agree with that, we doubt that any speaker solution found in a laptop cooler will impress genuine audiophiles. Still, the quality is likely still much better than what you'll get from most notebooks, so our criticism will end there.

The Lepad S17 is priced with an MSRP of €39.99 incl VAT and is already available on the European market. Expect U.S. pricing of about $40, though there isn't word on U.S. availability yet.

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    danwat1234 , April 17, 2014 10:13 PM
    The MSI GT60 and GT70 gaming laptops could probably match or beat the sound quality and volume of the speakers in that cooler. They have a subwoofer. The Alienware I think it's the 17" and 18" model has even louder speakers than the MSI I've read.
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    ferooxidan , April 17, 2014 10:26 PM
    way too late. many chinese manufacturers already make it from a long time ago for a cheap price.
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    hangfirew8 , April 18, 2014 5:31 AM
    Bluetooth speakers, or USB/3.5mm cable? Not interested in the latter. What size laptop can it handle? Not a lot of facts in this article. At least they put a big low-RPM fan in there.
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    Blazer1985 , April 18, 2014 5:34 AM
    Yes, the alienwares have pretty nice klipsch speakers although they lack subwoofer.
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    warezme , April 18, 2014 7:13 AM
    I was expecting some hideous mashup but it's no that bad looking at all.
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    Quarkzquarkz , April 18, 2014 10:01 AM
    Listen, is the speaker better than the Lenovo y510p speakers? And lastly, any USB slots on that cooler like other coolers? Thanks in advance! ^^
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    rwinches , April 18, 2014 9:36 PM
    For those who have not learned about or how to use Google:

    http://www.lepatek.eu/lepad-s17/
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    hangfirew8 , April 21, 2014 6:39 AM
    Thanks for that link and suggestion to use Google. Now I don't need Tom's Hardware or its press release copying editors any more. I'm free!!! Thanks!!!!!!

    (Or... maybe TH's writers can learn to be more useful than other press release hacks.)