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New Cooler for 360, it won't kill your machine
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Old 19 Jun 2007, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pelican Air Flo 360 Review
This feature rich add-on does quite a bit more than just cool the console.
by Gerry Block

June 19, 2007 - Everyone knows the Xbox 360 has a bit of a heating problem that can result in consoles kicking the bucket rather prematurely. Since launch we've seen numerous add-on cooling systems come to market, like Pelican's The Cooler (review) and Nyko's Intercooler 360 (review). Even Microsoft is somewhat surreptitiously working on making the console cooler via retrofitting additional heat sinks on repaired consoles, at least in Europe (story). Though the first consoles off the assembly lines (those manufactured before 2007) seem to be the most prone to developing the Red Eye of Death, newer consoles still encounter the issue, which will likely not be directly fixed by Microsoft until the long awaited 65nm CPUs go into full production, which speculation suggests will happen sometime this year.

Among the many add-on cooling solutions that have come to market, the differences between them have been pretty much restricted to how they draw power (USB or AC) and how they attach to the console (bottom or back). One, however, aims to do quite a bit more, and we've had our eye on it for months. Now finally shipping to retail, Pelican's Air Flo 360 goes where no add-on cooler has gone before and actually provides some rather interesting extra features in addition to a pair of cooling fans.


These extra features are, in fact, dedicated video outputs for each and every format the Xbox 360 supports, namely composite, S-Video, component, and VGA. Whereas owners in need of various outputs would previously have had to shell out a considerable amount of cash for specific dongle cables, the Air Flo 360 offers each and every output with no need for individual purchases. As such, all it takes to see if VGA looks better on your HDTV is a male-male VGA wire that is probably already kicking around the house. The diverse range of outputs are also useful for 360 gamers on the go, as carrying all the dongle wires to make sure you can play on your grandmother's ancient CRT as well as your computer monitor at work would be a serious hassle. The Air Flo 360 also expands the 360's single rear USB port into four, in case you're running short for some reason.


The install process is as simple as pressing the cooler evenly against the rear of the 360 so that each of its three connections (video, USB, Ethernet) seat properly in the 360's outputs. Once attached, a pair of sliding switches is used to designate the desired output format as specified by a chart printed on the Air Flo. The two cooling fans draw power from the 360's USB port, and as such are lower RPM than alternative cooling solutions that tap power from the 360's AC supply, like Nyko's new Intercooler EX (review). Though lower RPM fans move less air, they're also significantly quieter, and in the Air Flo 360's case are only slightly louder than the console's own cooling fans.

Pelican added a nice touch to the Air Flo 360 package by including a component video wire so as not to force owners to buy extra if they happen not to have a spare male-male wire on hand. The Air Flo 360's retail price of $29.99 is about $10 more than competing products, though considering the added features the Air Flo boasts, the price seems pretty reasonable. 360 owners feeling the need for some extra cooling and diverse video outputs are advised to check it out.
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When I finally get my 360, I'm fucking putting that thing in a refridgerator with fans blowing on it.
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Good....more things to buy for the 360....why does everything for 360 and PS3 cost so damn much...aren't the companies rich enough?
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Won't that bring in a ton of dust, I didn't read the whole thing but I'm assuming it's still bad
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