Most of the time when you think of cooling, PCs pop into the forefront of your mind. What about that TiVo in the living room or the HD DVD Blu-ray player in the den? These media components, although they serve different purposes than PCs, also put out quite a bit of heat. In order to take care of this problem, we have another product from Antec’s Veris series, the A/V Cooler.
“Antec, Inc., is the leading global brand of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in these industries and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of efficient, quiet, and reliable products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.”
- Air flow:
- 5.5 CFM on low
- 8.0 CFM on high
- Input power:
- 3.6W on low
- 5.04W on high
- 1.8″ (H) x 16.9″ (W) x 14.2″ (D)
- 4.6cm (H) x 42.9cm (W) x 36cm (D)
As the name suggests, the A/V Cooler decreases the temperature of home theater system. The cooler is designed to be set on top of your hottest media component. Using its two 2-speed 80mm fans, the A/V Cooler pulls the hot air out from underneath and blows it away from the heat source through the rear vents. As with all Antec products, this cooler is extremely quiet, ranging from 22.5dBA when fans are set to low and 28.7dBA when set to high.
Antec’s Veris line is known for its great eye-catching designs and the A/V Cooler is no exception. The top of this cooler has a very attractive dark grey brushed aluminum plate with Antec’s logo embossed in the center. On the bottom of the A/V Cooler we find two fans beneath their metal cages.
The front of the cooler, which is the only part of this cooler you will interact with, sports a wide blue LED so you can tell when the cooler is on since it’s so quiet. Also on the front is a switch with three positions. The left (L) being the low setting, middle (O) being the off position, and right (H) as the high setting. Finally, the rear features the power input and two air out-takes.
Included with the cooler is a power adapter. Antec has designed the power adapter so that it can be used on a power strip or in a wall without blocking any unused sockets. This is a big plus as his cooler will be in your home theater, where you can never have enough sockets.
Unfortunately, with all this good comes a few little problems we spotted. Due to this cooler’s large size, it cannot be used with smaller media components such as the Apple TV (which really needs cooling) and most game consoles. With all due respect, the A/V Cooler is not advertised as a gaming console cooler. The A/V Cooler will work very well with most Media Center PCs, providing it doesn’t have too small of a form factor.
If you’re looking to keep your home theater system’s temperatures under control, the Antec A/V Cooler is what you’re looking for. Though the suggested retail price is over $100, if you do your research, you can find the A/V Cooler going for under $60 in online stores. Other than the couple quirks noted earlier in this review, we think the Antec A/V Cooler is a solid product and receives our Editor’s Choice award.
- Great design
- Minimal noise output
- Low power consumption
- Too big for smaller media components