Balmuda’s X-Base- 09.01.07
This heatwave in California needs to stop. It’s seriously hot out ~ although gorgeous beach weather for sure… but one thing that is unnecessary is having my macbook pro function as a space heater in this weather while i work. Not sure about you, but nearly everyone i know and work with has a 15” macbook pro ~ and it is HOT, literally will burn your precious lap after an hour or so of serious working… which is where this overdue product review comes in.
So, i’ve had this Balmuda X-Base the last few weeks and we’ve all hovered around this gorgeous slab of aluminum with a giant heatsink, and really just weren’t sure what to say about it exactly. But tonight i just realized, it is PERFECT for moments like this. It is far too hot to let my laptop overheat my room right now, and that heatsink works its magic the moment you set the laptop down on it. “X-Base is composed of parts machined from blocks of aluminum and stainless steel (except for the heat sink) bolted together.” See more pictures and i’ll continue my review below.
So as you can see, the key here is in the simplicity and quality of the materials and design - considering it makes no noise, has no moving parts, and doesn’t need to be plugged in! (Afterall, it’s a giant heatsink) Great workmanship, it’s a design that would look great with any techy/engineering/metallic looking desks/decor. It certainly has a very transformers/robotic feel to it. It is ideal for those who work sitting at a desk, because (and believe me i tried) without doing some DIY mods to this pieces, it’s not good for laps and soft surfaces/couches ~ you either end up with an unstable surface (where your laptop might slide a little and scratch! Seriously, be careful about this.) or your thighs gets heatsink impressions. If adapted to also allow for it to have the same heatsink/airflow setup, but perhaps mounted on a cushion so you could use it on your lap or couch, i think the market for this would open up greatly.
Currently, with a $345-$375 price tag, you’d certainly have to factor it into your desktop decor and computer lifespan preservation budget… but if you need some serious cooling with no added noise, this works great.