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Havit HV-F2068 laptop cooler review: Checking all the boxes

The Havit HV-F2068 is flashy, big, and has five fans. It seems to check all of the boxes. See if it does in our full review.
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December 5, 2020
Havit HV F2068
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Havit HV-F2068

The Havit HV-F2068 is an able cooler with all of the power user features such as USB pass-through and fan controls. The cooling capabilities are above average, but not outstanding. For the most part, the price tag is mostly justifiable. Havit designed this thing to cater mostly to gamers and the gamer crowd should get their money's worth out of this one.

What we like

Five fans delivery adequate cooling
Large enough to support 17-inch laptops
USB pass-through
Two tilt options
Braided, detachable USB cable helps long term durability
You can control fan speed

What we don't like

Plastic construction feels a little cheap
Lights are single color and a bit bright in dark rooms
Flashy design caters mostly to gamers

Havit isn’t the biggest name in PC gaming or in PC peripherals in general. However, we would bet our bottom dollar you’ve seen the company listed on Amazon every time you search for a laptop cooler. The flashy aesthetic and lights draw the eyes in. Additionally, the promise of five fans seems like overkill. Luckily, the Havit HV-F2068 mostly delivers on its promises. Here is our full review.

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What is the Havit HV-F2068?

Havit HV F2068
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The Havit HV-F2068 is a laptop cooler. It features five bright lights in either red or blue, and you can choose your lighting color before you buy it. The design caters to gamers more than the productivity crowd. The ABS plastic construction has tons of little ridges and accents to give the cooler an aggressive look. Underneath the metal grate are five fans, each with two lights.

The left side of the device contains two USB ports and the fan control slider. You need one of the USB ports to plug the cooler into your laptop, while the other functions as the USB pass-through. The cooler comes with a braided USB cable to connect it to your laptop. Next to those is a control wheel for your fan speeds. The wheel is red or blue depending on your light color choices. The lighting gets brighter as you increase fan speed with the wheel. Unfortunately, you cannot turn off the lights without also turning off the fans.

The Havit HV-F2068 obviously caters mostly to gamers, but the power user features and wide compatibility make it good for most people.

Underneath the device rest two feet that you can pop out to tilt the cooler. The feet give the cooler two tilt options: flat and elevated. The tilt isn’t too aggressive, and I had no discomfort while using my laptop with it. It easily fits my 17.3-inch machine with only a bit of overhang on the back. It should fit most 17-inch laptops.

The design is actually quite good but is subject to individual preferences. Some folks may feel uncomfortable using this in a professional setting. Gamers, on the other hand, should feel right at home. The cooler’s fans comprise of four 85mm fans in the top and bottom corners with a 110mm fan in the center. Havit claims the fans push out a maximum of 65 CFM of air. That’s above average.


How to set up and use the Havit HV-F2068?

Havit HV F2068 fan controls and USB port
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The Havit HV-F2068 is a fairly standard laptop cooler without any weird components. You simply sit your laptop on top of it, plug in the braided USB cable, set your fan speeds with the wheel, and you’re off to the races. You can also pop open a tab on the front of the cooler to hold your laptop in place. I didn’t see this as overly necessary since the laptop doesn’t slide without it, but it’s a nice touch. In any case, everything here is self-explanatory. The Havit HV-F2068 doesn’t pack any surprises.


How well does the Havit HV-F2068 perform?

Havit HV F2068 front lip
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I tested the Havit HV-F2068 with my Asus ROG G731GW 17.3-inch gaming laptop with 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia GTX 2070, an Intel i7-9750H, a 500GB NVMe drive, and a second 500GB SSD. Havit’s five fan setup hit my intake vents in the top right and left corners. However, my laptop’s heat pipes are in the top center and the center fan doesn’t hit it quite so well. The bottom two fans are useless for my purposes, but they might not be for yours.

We ran a total of four tests with the Havit HV-F2068 Plus:

  • BIOS test The BIOS is often very poorly optimized. We see if the cooler can keep up with it.
  • Windows 10 idle Once the laptop is fully booted, we test the cooler to see if it affects idle temperatures and leave it on idle for ten minutes to ensure it can hold those temperatures.
  • CPU stress test We use Intel XTU’s native stress test because we can easily identify things like temperature, whether or not it thermal throttled or power throttled, and the average CPU clock speed. We ran the test for ten minutes.
  • One game of Halo Wars 2 Halo Wars 2 is a surprisingly heavy game and, on my Asus ROG G731GW, temps often spike up to the mid-90C range with GPU temps reading the mid-80C range. It’s a good benchmark for a heavy game on a powerful gaming machine.
  • Something to note During the explanations below I often refer to power throttling and thermal throttling. Thermal throttling is the laptop forcibly lowering CPU speeds to cool itself down. Power throttling limits the CPU to its base TDP and prevents it from drawing extra (boost) power. We expect laptop coolers to prevent thermal throttling at least.

The laptop was set to Windows Balanced for all tests with no modifications. The laptop cooler was at its maximum setting for the highest amount of cooling. The temperatures were recorded and double-checked with HWMonitor, Asus Armoury Crate, and Intel XTU.

Without further delay, here are the results of the tests.

TestCPU tempGPU tempFan speed
Test:
BIOS test without cooler
CPU temp:
50
GPU temp:
NA
Fan speed:
2800RPM

Test:
Idle in Windows 10 without cooler
CPU temp:
45C
GPU temp:
39C
Fan speed:
2400RPM

Test:
CPU stress test via Intel XTU without cooler
CPU temp:
85C
GPU temp:
42C
Fan speed:
6400RPM (max)
Power throttle after 60 seconds, thermal throttle after 90 seconds. Throttled CPU speed was 3.2Ghz
Test:
One game of Halo Wars 2 without cooler
CPU temp:
90C
GPU temp:
80C
Fan speed:
6400RPM (max)
CPU temp spikes up to 96C, GPU spikes up to 84C
Test:
BIOS test with cooler
CPU temp:
49C
GPU temp:
NA
Fan speed:
2800RPM

Test:
Idle in Windows 10 with cooler
CPU temp:
39-41C
GPU temp:
36C
Fan speed:
0-2400RPM
Laptop fans turn off when under 40C, causing temps to rebound to 41C
Test:
CPU stress test via Intel XTU with cooler
CPU temp:
79C
GPU temp:
46C
Fan speed:
5400RPM
Power throttle after 90 seconds. No thermal throttle detected. Throttled CPU speed of 3.6-3.9Ghz
Test:
One game of Halo Wars 2
CPU temp:
84C
GPU temp:
77C
Fan speed:
6400RPM (max)
CPU temp spikes up to 93C, GPU to up 78C

The Havit HV-F2068 had a decent showing in terms of thermals. It cooled my laptop to a point where the laptop turned off its fans, but couldn’t hold it there on its own. The CPU stress test and Halo Wars 2 test both showed changes of 6C in CPU, much lower CPU temp spikes, and lower GPU temps overall.

Laptops generally take extra thermal headroom and use it to run itself even harder. This is readily apparent in the CPU stress test where the temperatures were 6C different, but the CPU clock speed remained 0.4-0.7Ghz higher without thermal throttling. Additionally, the fan speeds didn’t max out as they did without the cooler, resulting in a quieter experience. The Halo Wars 2 temperature spikes for the CPU were concerning, but the cooler did a nice job holding GPU temperatures in check. The cooler does, in fact, work.


What I liked about the Havit HV-F2068

  • The five fan setup provides adequate cooling. It should hit most laptop intake vents, and the cooler fits my 17-inch laptop without concern.
  • USB pass-through, tilt option, and fan controls cater to power users.
  • The braided USB cable, fan control wheel, and lights are all the same color. It’s not much but we like the small touches.
  • Simple to use without any weird or complex instructions.

What I didn’t like about the Havit HV-F2068

  • The aggressive plastic design and lighting cater to a specific crowd. At the very least we would’ve liked to turn the lights off without disengaging the fans. Thankfully, the lights honestly aren’t all that bright. 15-inch and larger laptops will cover them completely.
  • Red and blue are the only options for light and accent colors. An RGB option would modernize the product tremendously.
  • USB pass-through is only USB 2.0 and that limits its usefulness.

Is the Havit HV-F2068 good?

Havit HV F2068 braided USB cable
Joe Hindy / Android Authority
The Havit HV-F2068 is a good laptop cooler. It runs for $34.99 on Amazon (most of the time) and I think it’s a fairly reasonable price for what you get. The cooling is good but it does struggle a little bit when performing tasks that strain both the CPU and GPU simultaneously. The design, lighting, power-user features, and accessories all cater more to the gaming crowd than anyone else so obviously we recommend this most to gamers.

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There are some quirks aside from the design, however. Thin laptops may be too short for the front lip and portability is a bit of a question mark depending on your backpack size. Still, for the price, the compromises are more than reasonable. Who cares if people in your office think blue or red lights are juvenile? It’s a safe recommendation and it should work fine for most people.