Zalman ZM-NC2000 Notebook Cooler Review

The Zalman ZM-NC2000 Notebook cooler is awesome. It has a uber-cool design: skinny 3mm thick aluminum panel, ergonomic parts without protruding edges or senseless details, non slip rubber tracking, blue LED glow and well hidden USB ports and power. It doesn’t just look good. It performs exceptionally well too.

The Zalman ZM-NC2000 accompanies my laptop during my adventures in World of War Craft and long hours of web surfing without a single whimper. It’s not completely noiseless, all you’ll hear is a slight whirring sound but that’s about it. Zalman ZM-NC2000 is really quiet compared to my previous laptop coolers. I like to leave my computer on throughout day and night only letting it hibernate while I sleep, but most of the time it’s downloading and running programs.

Only the best quality materials are used to build the Zalman ZM-NC2000. Much like high quality cookware, it’s made from premium grade aluminum which has been processed using D.S.A Surface processing (D.S.A = Diamond Cutting, Sand Blasting and Anodizing). When you hold it in your hand you’ll notice how its material is something different from other cheaper and more flimsy/plasticky laptop coolers.

I’ve spent a hard time trying to look for a laptop cooler to fit my 17″ laptop, and the Zalman cooler fits perfectly for it. It isn’t bulky and clumsy because it has a very slim profile (much like the Macbook AIR or other ultra-slim laptops). In fact it’s so slim that I can fit both my laptop and cooler into my travel case. The cooler itself is large but its slim-ness helps a lot when you’re packing it in a back with your laptop.

If you are planning on using the laptop cooler with a netbook or smaller laptop, try the Zalman ZM-NC1000 instead, this is the smaller version of this Zalman notebook (which is the NC2000 model). The engineering of Zalman ZM-NC2000 is made so that the fans faces the back in the area where there is the most abundant in airflow. When the cooling legs are propped up you can feel a little of the cool air coming out from underneath the unit.

zalman silver zm-nc2000 notebook cooler

Yes, the Zalman ZM-NC2000 also comes in a cool silver color.

My laptop feels so much more comfortable to touch and use when I’m using this laptop cooler. With Zalman ZM-NC2000 turned on there’s a real drop in temperature and isn’t that hot to the hands anymore. My palm used to feel tired from the heat but right now its all relaxed because much of the my laptop’s heat has been sucked away by the Zalman’s powerful fans.

The LED light can be too bright for some folks but I didn’t find it too piercing to the eye. It’s actually kinda cool to have it shining a scifi-ish blue light in a darkened room. Actually the Zalman’s LED goes perfectly with my LaCie 1TB hard disk (another sleek black gadget with a blue light emitter). Don’t worry, the LED will probably be the least of your worries, it isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Pros:

  • Powerful cooling fans help to reduce heat consistently
  • Excellent build quality makes it sturdy and not flimsy
  • Extremely quiet despite its strong airflow
  • Large enough to support a 17″ laptop and a little room for more

Cons:

  • It’s a little expensive.
  • Could have been outfitted with an extra fan or two.
  • The surface may leave marks if you scratch against it too hard (treat with care or buy the silver color version).

Here’s a video review of the Zalman ZM-NC2000 Notebook Cooler if you want to get a better feel of how it looks:

One thing though that you ought to know: The Zalman ZM-NC2000 isn’t as cheap as other laptop coolers. But you’re really paying for quality. Maybe Zalman could have been more generous to us customers by throwing in an extra fan or a USB hub while they are at it but seriously, this laptop cooler is value-for-money stuff that’s worth every cent.

The Zalman ZM-NC2000 is a high quality laptop cooler with a great design. It does its job well and is built to last for a long time (many years) so it’s a smart investment. This is one of the cases where you really get what you paid for. Highly recommended.

Price Alert: Right now Amazon.com is offering a 20% discount for the Zalman ZM-NC2000 Notebook cooler. This means their current price is $14.50 cheaper than the usual retail price.

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