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Thursday, 03 February 2011 11:00

Zalman ZM-NC3000U notebook cooler tested

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


It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that number of laptop users is on the up and experts claim that notebook users will overtake regular PC users by 70% to 30% in only a few years. This has prompted many manufacturers to start launching various notebook accessories.

Our today’s guest is a laptop cooler made by Zalman, the company that surely needs no introduction by now.
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In general, laptops should handle their cooling in optimum conditions, i.e. when placed on a hard and flat surface. Naturally, optimum conditions are no fun and most users use their laptops in their laps or on the bed. Such usage scenarios, as you’ve surely noticed by now, tend to result in the laptops exhaust vents being blocked, leading to overheating and in the worst case scenario damaging some components. Thankfully, that’s where cooling passive or active accessories come in.

Zalman has several laptop coolers in its offer, our today’s guest being the model ZM-NC3000U. This is a universal laptop cooler/stand and will take care of laptops from 9’’ to 17’’ format. The active part of cooling is performed by one 220mm fan, whose fan speed can be regulated manually.

 

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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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