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Better for some Laptops than others,
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This review is from: Zalman ZM-NC3 Ultra Quiet Cooler for Up to 17 inch Laptop (Accessory)
I bought this product on brand recognition as I had heard good things about Zalman cooling products.
The Laptop I am using this on currently is a Dell Vostro 1700 Laptop (17") and it fits on top very well.
The cooler is very quiet (not the quietest I have ever heard, but close, and far far quieter than when any Laptop fan spins / speeds up.
Edit: During the Heat Wave in the Summer (room around 30c) I choose to switch to my enormous (near £90 imported from France) Antec Gaming Cooler for .H264 encoding.
This was because the heavy CPU usage for prolonged periods caused the Laptop fans to spin up and the Laptop got quite warm.
This was never a problem, but as I had the Gaming Cooler thought I would use it.
So for Encoding or Gaming in a heat wave there are better coolers out there.
My Mum also bought one as well for her new 15.6" Samsung Core i5 Laptop.
1. Very quiet.
2. Supports the Laptop well.
3. Does a good job at keeping the Laptop cool.
1. The USB pass through cable has the lead coming out of the side of the plug. Where this lead is positioned smaller laptops with side by side USB ports, will likely have either a port blocked by the lead, or the CD-DVD drive inaccessible as it gets in the way.
(Solution use a USB extension cable, I had a small one I got with a flash stick.)
2. The position of the rubber feet on the cooler's surface.
For smaller Laptops 15.6 inch and below they are not ideally placed, though have not tried to move these as they are screwed in, so maybe they can be moved.