Getting your portable Apple Silicon Mac to get really warm is going to take some tough work—it has to be gaming or AI tools. If you want to ensure that the system stays nice and cold in these situations, you can now use a new type of cooling system that combines a heat sink and/or fan with a MacBook stand.
cooling fins or fans
The hardware from the specialist manufacturer Svalt, which also offers other docks, power supplies and components, is available in four variants, three of which have come onto the market in the past few weeks. The simplest is the $220 Cooling Dock DHC. It is placed at the level of the motherboard of current MacBooks and dissipates the heat via powerful cooling fins. The Cooling Dock DHCR works similarly, but has even more cooling fins. Both devices come with a “thermally conductive interface” that is supposed to dissipate heat ideally. If that’s not enough, you can also purchase an active cooler called Cooling Dock DHCX. There is also an integrated fan for 270 dollars, the model of which can also be exchanged later.
All three cooling systems are designed to run the MacBook closed while attached to one monitor (or multiple). The cooling docks are recommended for MacBook Pro models from 2012, MacBooks with 12 inches (from 2015) and MacBook Air machines from 2010 – whereby the hardware is apparently optimized for MacBook Pro M1 Pro / M1 Max and M2 Pro / M2 Max seems to be.
For accessories, Svalt, which is based in Portland, sells replacement fan power supplies, as well as a number of different fans themselves, including high-end models. Also on offer are MacBook stands with built-in coolers. The company also runs some benchmarks of what temperature reductions can be expected from using a cooling dock.
The devices are sold in different colors. Currently, Svalt products are only available on their own website, which also ships to Europe – although postage costs including import fees and customs from the USA apply.
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