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Posted June 23, 2009 by Jake in Cooling







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Closer Look

Getting down to what the Cryo S offers:

Built with thick, brushed aluminum, the Cryo S houses two adjustable 120mm fans that provide powerful cooling to any notebook up to 15 inches. Its rubber finish lifts the notebook up slightly to remove heat pockets and enhance airflow. The Cryo S can be powered via USB or the included AC adaptor and provides two additional USB ports to give users even more options for media, storage and input devices.

  • Built with 3mm thick aluminum with sturdy construction
  • Cools your notebook with two controllable 120mm fans
  • Two USB ports for your input and usb thumb drives
  • Non-slip rubberized plastic surface keeps notebooks from sliding
  • Tilted surface allows for comfortable and relaxed typing
  • Support for all types of notebooks from netbooks to 15" notebooks
  • Ideal for eliminating and reducing heat in performance notebooks

Upon first opening, the device looks HUGE, over double the thickness of my Vostro 1000, instantly telling me, that this is not a very portable cooler, and is likely designed to sit on a desk. Once on the desk, it puts the laptop in a natural, slightly-inclined position for your hands. The top of the device sports a Silver/Black theme, which happens to be two of my favourite colours, so it fits in perfectly. The bottom of the cooler features two large 120mm fans, and ventilation holes on the bottom of the chassis. The grip feet work well, and are sturdy; we’ve seen a couple other designs that were rather flimsly and thankfully the Cryo S is not one of them. The build quality here is very good, and the Cryo S looks to be sturdy, with no apparent creaking in the metal joints and such.

Inside the box also includes a small power pack, plug, and USB port. These are to power the dual cooling fans, but also the USB ports featured on the rear of the cooler, as we’ll see below.

The NZXT Cryo S notebook cooler looks to be very professional, finished in a nice matte aluminum and black color. It does look rather sleek and should work aesthetically with just about any notebook on the market. There are feet to prevent your notebook from sliding around your desk. The Cryo S isn’t very heavy, coming in under 2 lbs. It probably goes without saying, but due to the cooling fins on the underside, it’s not terribly comfortable if you expect to sit it on your lap to use. Unfortunately, it’s primarily designed for desk use.

NZXT has done an outstanding job on keeping this cooler quiet, it is completely inaudible, even in the quietest of environments. It does move quite a fair amount of air directly to the bottom of the laptop, however, the fans are not able to be moved around on any sort of adjustable sliding mechanism, so if your laptop has a hotspot other than in the centre, you’re a bit stuck. This shouldn’t really be much a problem, however, as the dual 120mm fans do provide a good range of airflow with little gap between them. This is however, not a problem for my Dell Vostro Laptop which shares the same chassis as the Inspiron 1501 laptop computer.

As you can see, the rear of the Cryo S has a couple handy USB ports. Very nice feature right there.

Let’s now see how this cooler performs.

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