And now for the problems. The main issue I have with the 360 Intercooler
is the on/off toggle switch on the unit. When I saw that it had this, I saw several possibilities that all had promise. One possibility was that you could leave the Intercooler
on all the time, allowing you to keep air constantly moving in your entertainment cabinet. Another was the ability to turn it off when you didn't feel like you needed the extra cooling while you were playing the game (though I don't really know when that would be). At first I was hard pressed to find a purpose for this switch because it didn't seem to serve either of these purposes.
Let me explain. I first tried the "fan's on all the time" possibility, simply put, the Xbox has to be on for the Intercooler to run. So then I decided to see what would happen if I had the Intercooler off with the 360 on. As a result, I got the three red lights (having just seen these bastards with my last 360 I immediately turned off the console in a fit of panic). After doing some research, I realized that the console was trying to tell me that it wasn't getting enough power. This means that while it is plugged in and not turned on, the Intercooler acts as a resistor of sorts and doesn't allow enough power to pass into the console for you to turn it on. So, if you can't have the Intercooler on while the console is off, and you can't have the console on while the Intercooler is off, that means that both have to be on for either to work ... so why is there a switch?!? At least this was my first impression. I later tried the switch again and my 360 didn't have any problems running with the Intercooler switched off. Frankly, this bit was iffy. I found that the system had trouble starting up about 25% of the time if the Intercooler's power switch wasn't turned on.
Since you don't have to physically flip the Intercooler switch every time you want to turn on your 360, you can just leave it in the On position and ignore it. Because of that, the fact that there is a switch is more of an annoyance and source of confusion rather than a functional drawback so its weight on the product's score isn't all that great.
So if you are seriously worried about the system's overheating issues, at $19.99 the 360 Intercooler definitely seems like a viable option. It can't hurt, that's for sure.