Zalman ZM-NC1000 Notebook Cooler

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Zalman ZM-NC1000 Notebook Cooler
Closer Look, Testing and Conclusion

Product: Zalman ZM-NC1000 Notebook Cooler
Provided By: Zalman USA
Price: ~$50 CDN Online

Introduction:

A while back Zalman asked us if we wanted to take a look at their first ever "Ultra Quiet Notebook Cooler" - the ZM-NC1000.  Shortly before the launch I purchased a Centrino power laptop for packing around and was quite interested.  I've heard mixed results coming from notebook cooling users, so I wanted to check out Zalman's offering to see how it stands up and if adding a couple more fans to a running laptop setup can actually make it quieter.

Some companies market their notebook coolers with the premise that running your computer cooler prolongs its life.  Zalman takes things a set further and believe that if you keep your laptop cooler with additional fans, the laptop will be quieter as its own fan won't spin up as much.  Today we are taking a look at the ZM-NC1000 to find out several things.  First, how much cooler does a laptop run when sitting on this cooler?  Second, does it in fact make the laptop quieter running toasty applications?  Finally, what kind of impact does this unit have on battery life?  Keep on reading as all of these questions will be answered.

The Box:

The official request was put out for this laptop cooler about a month and a half ago, but it never showed.  Finally this past week, a box arrived from Zalman that looked a little worse for wear.  I wondered if they shipped the package a month ago and it finally made its way up to Canada.  The condition of the box shows that it's had a tough life - maybe Jim Carey even delivered it - who knows.

Thankfully, Zalman knows how to pack when shipping with UPS, because inside the beat up UPS packaging was a cooler that arrived in pretty good shape.

ZM-NC1000 - Box Front
 ZM-NC1000 - Box Front

ZM-NC1000 - Back
 ZM-NC1000 - Back

 

The marketing information on the back of the box shows that when using the ZM-NC1000, noise levels can be 3db lower - from 35db to 32db.  The graphics also shows lower temperatures, by as much as 12C can be achieved with this cooler.  We'll test that out in a minute.

First Look:

The Zalman ZM-NC1000 cooler is pretty basic and doesn't include (or need) a bunch of accessories.  Inside the box the cooler is wrapped in a thin foam layer to protect against scratchesOnce unwrapped, we discovered that Zalman had included a USB cable and a basic instruction manual.

ZM-NC1000 - Bundle


ZM-NC1000 - Bundle

Zalman claims the cooler features "679 High Capacity Vent Holes" and I'll take their word for it as I didn't feel the need to count all of the holes.  The holes are fed by a pair of 60mm Centrifugal Fans that spin anywhere between 1,100 and 1,500 rpm at very low noise.  These fans can be heard when you're sitting at your notebook computer, but at more than 6 feet away they are inaudible.

On the next page we'll take a closer look and jump into some testing.