NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler - Closer Looks, Features and More

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NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler
Closer Looks, Features and More
Cryo LX Performance and Conclusion

Closer Look:

The Cryo LX has some nice features that make it worth a second look when you're choosing from one of the 2,003 different units available on the market.   Many feature an extra USB port or two so that the USB powered requirement doesn't leave you short.  The Cryo LX has a total of four extra USB ports that are available if you choose to plug your laptop into the built-in hub.  The beauty of this hub is that it is USB2.0 and works very well.  The Cryo LX is designed to take USB power from a special cable, and then if you want to use the hub, you have to use another laptop USB port to plug into this.  I tried plugging the main data USB into the hub, and then pull power from one of the Cryo LX's USB ports and it worked fine.  In fact it worked fine without having to plug into the power port at all - the device gleans enough power from my laptop through the USB hub that the power connector is not required - this may not be true for all laptops however.

Cryo LX - Ports & Power
Cryo LX - Ports & Power


The three 120mm fans are hooked to a main power distribution center that is speed controlled on the right side of the Cryo LX.  The fan speed was measured with a laser tachometer and reports slow fan speed at ~1000rpm with high fan speed topping out at ~1350rpm.  Even on low speed the fans are audible over my T61 and on high they are almost annoying when you're used to a virtually silent laptop.


 Cryo LX - Fan Power
Cryo LX - Fan Power
Cryo LX - Fan Speed
Cryo LX - Fan Speed


To help avoid vibration with the three fans on a metal notebook stand, NZXT has used plenty of foam anti-vibration pads on the fans as well as other hardware that may have a tendency to vibrate.  This eliminates all vibration noises and the only noise coming from the Cryo LX is the fans - mostly air movement noise.

Cryo LX - Pads
Cryo LX - Pads


Info & Features:

The following information has been pulled from the product page for your convenience.  Take a look and see what NZXT has to say about the Cryo LX.

The days of burning hot notebooks are finally over. Introducing the newest addition to the NZXT's family of products, the NZXT Cryo LX. The Cryo LX features the first notebook cooler to feature triple 120mm adjustable fans and a full 3mm aluminum frame. Designed for transport, the Cryo LX can be folded and stored easily at any time. Four USB ports are in the rear for more accessibility. Designed to host the hottest and most high performing notebooks, the Cryo LX fits a 17" widescreen notebook perfectly and supports a 15" widescreen notebook with room to spare. The NZXT Cryo is perfect for popular notebooks such as the Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro or Dell XPS Series.


  • Built with thick aluminum with sturdy construction
  • Brushed Aluminum finish
  • Rubber finish lifts the notebook up to allow less heat pockets and better airflow
  • Cools your notebook with three adjustable large 120mm fans
  • Four USB ports for your media, storage, and input devices
  • Folding design for easy storage and transportation
  • Support for power notebooks with 15", 17" and 19" wide screens
  • Dimensions (W x D): 16.6" x 11.6"


On the lat page we'll take a look and see how the NZXT Cryo LX performs.