Once they actually tried the solution they had in mind, they found it not to be viable.
For the volume the promised case brings, one would ask of GPD to arrange its internals to meet the promise they made. Yes users can understand why that didn't pan out, but that makes it no less upsetting.
But it could have been redesigned, like they tried to do with the metal bottom. You could argue that it turned out too expensive, and that they ditched a speaker in the internal design to cram in a fan after the fact, making it not a good passive, nor a good active, but a combination of the two.As I said, the passive cooling only got better, not just because of the change to copper, but also because they have now added a lot of extra vent holes.
If it was "possibly passive", any improvement on a claim you are supposed to gauge yourself is positive, this is good, as in better, than coming up shorter, but nonetheless unfortunate.
The Pandora is passively cooled. Holes would mean active convection if done right.It's not a passive cooling computer once you introduce a fan. Then it's actively cooled.
[doublepost=1472023586,1472023475][/doublepost]Is my Pandora passively cooled? What if I drill holes in the case and add a fan inside the case to vent out heat (and hopefully not recirculate it)? What is it then?
The WIN has a manual switch for the fan, so you can use it with, or without the fan. It has the option for either passive only or active . You said they ditched the passive cooling , they didn't . It's still there and a very real option to use.
Mind you, just to be clear, I wasn't having a go at you, What you said is something I've seen a number of people say . For some reason, it seems to be an association thing that people automatically assume the addition of the fan means the passive cooling option is gone. That's no ones fault, to be honest, GPD should have explained things better once people started making that assumption.
The dedication to it is gone.
"The passive cooling", isn't GPD's idea of what that entitled, at some point, its how the system was sold. Now its like a electric car with a generator onboard. You buy an EV, you get a hybrid.
If what you want is an EV, and you get a hybrid with a generator in place of stereo sound, it is not only more options added.