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Thursday, 03 February 2011 11:00

Zalman ZM-NC3000U notebook cooler tested - Closer Look

Written by Muamer Odobasic
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Review: As cool as cucumber with a 220mm fan


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ZM-NC3000U was made using aluminum and plastic. The aluminum grill with 1300 vents is placed on the top part whereas plastic was used for the rest. The aluminum grill also has a rubber pad that will keep your laptop from sliding.
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The fan is pretty large and is placed in the center beneath the aluminum grill. This means the 220mm fan will do an equally good cooling job on smaller as well as larger laptops. You can regulate fans peed via the wheel on the back (picture below), which we didn’t quite find as practical. The fan’s RPM ranges from 620 to 720 whereas the loudness goes between 17 dBA and 23,5 dBA.

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The fan can be turned off via the power button. The ZM-NC3000U can be powered via your laptop’s USB port but you can also choose to power it directly from the 5V connector. If you find your laptop to lack enough USB ports, then you’re in luck as the ZM-NC3000U acts as a USB 2.0 hub with three ports.
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Zalman ships the USB/power cable with the device. If however you are using all USB ports at the same time, it is advised to use external adapter which unfortunately does not come in the package.

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ZM-NC3000U is made to keep your laptop at a slight angle. Of course, the angle can be adjusted the way you see fit via small feet similar to those found on keyboards.

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0 #1 ghelyar 2011-02-03 14:14
1) These are nothing new. Someone didn't suddenly have a brainstorm and realise that there were more notebook users.

2) I actually see more and more desktop users now, realising that they always leave their laptops plugged in 24/7 anyway.

3) The numbers are pretty insignificant. I bought a $5 cooler from a manufacturer I had never heard of once and the numbers were better than that. It was significant enough to actually stop the notebook from overheating.
 
 
+1 #2 Bl0bb3r 2011-02-03 17:51
That's because notebooks have finally come down in price and gone up in performance just enough for the average faceboob &/ facebook user and offices.

However, the way they count the things probably offers irrelevant data, as 90% of the surveys only include US-based citizens, neglecting the billions in EMEA, Oceania, South America.
 
 
+1 #3 123s 2011-02-03 22:35
i woudlnt want a notebook that needs a extra cooler :S
 
 
0 #4 D31337Antics 2011-02-07 21:51
To be completely honest I think notebooks in general need a massive overhaul in the cooling department... All notebooks I have used when you get a moderate/heavy load on them run so hot that it either kills the laptop within the first year of ownership or it flat out kills the laptop due to over heating. Coolers only seem to delay the inevitable.
Laptops have their place but they will never fully replace a desktop, but I am pretty sure you guys know that it's just too bad the companies that produce the hardware don't seem to fully understand it. -_-
 

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