As a long-time laptop user, I’ve gone through my fair share of laptop coolers, and I must admit I’ve come to the point where I find them as interesting as, say, non-rechargeable flashlight batteries – that is, you only pay attention to them when they stop working, and then the best solution that comes to mind is to throw them away and get a new set.
Recently, though, a rather novel laptop cooler has come up and made a few waves despite (or perhaps, partly because of) its relatively low price: the NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler, which was released late April 2012.
For an entry-level laptop cooler priced at a mere $30, the NZXT Cryo E40 is a pretty innovative little gadget. It’s characterized by these two fans that you can actually reposition beneath the grill so that they’re directly underneath that part of your laptop that needs cooling the most.
To take off the top grill or reposition either of the 80-millimeter fans, you don’t need to fiddle around with screw drivers and tiny little screws that always manage to get lost. Everything is held in place with low-power magnet clasps, which keep everything positioned securely without interfering with any nearby technological devices, as higher-powered magnets are wont to do.
Like the fans, the USB cable is also easily moveable to the right or left side of the device. Be careful when positioning the cable, though, as it is certainly possible for it to get caught in the fans.
For noise level, the NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler registers between 31 and 40 decibels. The average human whisper can go between 20 and 50 decibels, so yeah, if you’re using it in the middle of the night, it can be noticeable, though it probably won’t cause anybody to lose sleep.
This lightweight device is a mere 60 millimeters thick, so it’s easy to pack and carry along anywhere you like. It works best with laptops with vent grills directly under the shell, so your fan can suck heat right from the computer’s innards. In such cases, it can cool your laptop by as much as 4 °C.
The downside, though, is that it’s only good for small 15-inch laptops. If you’re using one of those desktop-replacement monsters, you’ll probably need something bigger and more powerful than this.