Vizo Mini Ninja Laptop Cooler - Performance and Final Thoughts

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Vizo Mini Ninja Laptop Cooler
Closer Look at the Ninja
Performance and Final Thoughts

It’s Cool:

To get some baseline temperatures for the laptop we first ran it on our lap doing a couple of instances of Prime95 to get things heated up.  While many may say that this is not a typical situation for a laptop to be ran at 100% load, many people today use their laptops for 3D Modeling and light workstation rendering.  This puts the laptop under huge amounts of stress and things heat up quickly.  CPU and HDD temperatures were recorded with HWMonitor that logs and records the maximum temperature reached.  The full-load was applied for 1 hour and then all applications were closed for 20 minutes to gain an idle temperature.  This load/idle situation was repeated with the computer on a desk and then placed on the Attachè and the mini-Ninja with the fan off, and then finally with the fan on.  The results are displayed below.

Ninja vs Attache
Ninja vs Attachè (Click for Larger Image)

 

You`ll notice that the Attachè performs better than the mini Ninja and that is because of the overall design of the Ninja and the Attachè.  The Attachè has a concave surface that provides a larger gap between the bottom of the notebook and the surface of the laptop cooler. The Vizo Mini-Ninja has a convex design that provides less clearance than the other cooler.  The result is higher temperatures on the Ninja with the fan turned off on both coolers.  Even with the fans on, the Attachè provides better performance than a stock laptop and even the Vizo Ninja.

Under full load the mini-Ninja is a mere 1.5C warmer than the Attachè but is 5C better than with no cooler at all.  Please keep in mind that all of these temperatures are taken with CoreTemp  which always shows high CPU temperatures.  Comparisons were always with an ambient room temperature of 21C.  At idle, the performance is very close and there is only a 1C degree difference between the mini-Ninja and the Attachè.  The Ninja comes in second but it is much cheaper than the Attache.

Final Thoughts:

While the Vizo Mini-Ninja isn't a miracle worker and doesn't provide an insane amount of cooling prowess, it does do a better job that no cooler at all although it comes in second place to the Lapworks Attachè.  A laptop is made to be used on a lap, but you can see by the temperature chart above that it gets pretty uncomfortable and temperatures uncomfortably warm.  When used on a desk the laptop runs much cooler, and this is even enhanced by the Mini-Ninja.  When moving from a lap to the actively cooled Vizo unit we see a drop of 10C on the CPU when running full load and as much as 14C at idle.

If you've got a 7" - 15" laptop, the mini-Ninja will be a nice addition to your setup and provide a nice small platform to put on your desk.  Heat is a killer when it comes to computers, and the mini-Ninja helps tame the heat a little bit and every little bit helps.

 

Pros:

  • Low profile doesn't cause wrist strain when used on desk
  • Helps cool down a warm laptop (and lap)
  • Passthrough USB doesn't hog a port
  • Sturdy aluminum framework
  • Adjustable position of fans


Cons:

  • Poorer performance than other coolers
  • Doesn't provide extra USB ports
  • Fan grill is taped in

 

The Vizo Mini-Ninja isn't the best performing cooler we've seen but it can be found online for under $30 which provides the consumer with some pretty good value.  It doesn't have the best overall build quality, but it's not a bad unit to leave on your desk and rest your laptop on.  Overall, it scores 8.2/10.

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I'd like to thank Vizo for sending this unit over for us to review.  If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please post it in the forum at the "Comments" link below.