Gaming peripheral maker Razer has decided to step into the mobile arena again, albeit without a mobile phone like the last two. This time, as with their cases, Razer focuses on mobile phones like the iPhone. When I first saw the Razer Phone Cooler Chroma was up for order, I thought to myself the same thing I always think, “Do I need this?” and fortunately for you, I did.
The last Android phone I owned ironically enough was a Razer Phone 2. The issues with it and abandonment software update wise was the reason for my switch back to iPhone. Now equipped with an iPhone 13 Pro Max I figured I might as well try out something new, like this silly little cooler. Surely, it can’t be that helpful, but it actually is.
Razer Phone Cooler Chroma
Release Date: December 8, 2021
Price: $59.99 USD
As soon as it arrived, I ripped the bag open and slowly but carefully prepared myself. I had to to take the pictures of course. One thing about it that I didn’t expect was seeing the Bluetooth logo on the front since it’s a fan, what use would I have for that? So after neatly and carefully taking everything out of the packaging, I slapped on the MagSafe version of this cooler, connected the cord to power, and turned it on.
Besides the fan sounds, the first thing I noticed was the cool air starting to hit almost immediately. After starting it up, I noticed that my case was on. I took it off for a few reasons; one of them being that it could have insolated some of the heat that the phone produced. Another reason was the instructions say that it works best when connected to directly through to the phone.
As I got more adjusted to using it, I decided to start up some games that I already had and see what would happen in these scenarios. I tested out a slew of games, Minecraft, Pokémon Unite, Arknights, and Jenshin Impac.
Whatever game I had to test it, I did. My phone near the camera got a little warm, so I felt in in my hands. It didn’t get much warmer than about 38 degrees Celsius when I used the cooler on the back. Additionally, when phones heat up from use, they dim the screen to lower the temperature; pleased to say that this didn’t happen here.
The pros of this are very clear from first glance and use. The build quality for this seems better than a good number of their other products. The cooler has some weight but isn’t too heavy; most weight it has is due to the aluminum heat sink and the Electronic Peltier cooling tile. It does add some bulk to your device but not by much that it’s noticeable.
As with mostly every Razer device, Chroma RGB is present. The aforementioned Bluetooth comes in to play with the companion app. When connected, you can see temperature, fan speed, and lighting effects. The process of connecting the fan to the app was the easiest thing ever, actually one tap.
The USB Type C power cord that comes packaged is a decent length as well. When you plug in your phone to charge, cord length is everything – since this will help reduce the heat and allow you to keep playing. Those are the main thoughts after use for the first few hours anyways.
With all good things, there is always a downside. While this isn’t a slight against the product, I would like for the fan, regardless of version, to be compatible with everything. Having a universal set besides the Universal Clamp version would have been more helpful, but again it’s a personal gripe.
While holding your phone with the Razer Phone Cooler Chroma attached, it tends to get in the way a little bit. The center of the back is almost completely taken up, so holding it can be a little frustrating. This isn’t terrible, but if you’re a boomer (myself included here), it’ll probably get in your way depending on how you hold your phone.
Equipped with a 7-blade fan that can go up to 6400 rpm, the Razer Phone Cooler Chroma can produce a good bit of noise. It’s quick enough that you won’t hear it like a box fan, but it’s just slightly quieter than a computer CPU fan on low. It’s a little bit distracting if you’re using it without headphones, but certainly not loud.
Perhaps the most missed opportunity is not having a wireless charging component; however, that would present a whole slew of challenges. The negatives aren’t necessarily deal breakers, but they are they should be addressed. Personally, I find that it’s useful if you’re just around your house and you want to just relax and play.
Overall, for the price, I really liked this little device. Genshin Impact when you do literally anything heats up your device, drops your performance, and dims your screen. Needless to say, these issues are negated with this handy little cooler.
I am an old boomer with needs, and my needs make me hold my phone with both hands (pause). Despite the small caveats of the protrusion and noise, I would say that this is a nice stocking stuffer type of gift for the mobile gamer in the family.
The Razer Phone Cooler Chroma is available directly from Razer and most retailers. The Razer Phone Cooler Chroma was purchased for review by Niche Gamer. You can find additional information about Niche Gamer’s review/ethics policy here.