It's been quite a while since we've seen anything from our friends at Zalman
. They recently sent us a box of goodies that included the item to be covered in this review; the Zalman ZM-NC3000U ultra quiet notebook cooler. This notebook cooler my weigh in at just 1.2kg, but it is big enough to hold a 220mm cooling fan and can support up to 17" notebook computers.
Just as we've seen in previous reviews of Zalman products, we look for this unit to meet their strict standard of providing great cooling performance and whisper-quiet operation, all wrapped up in a rugged chassis.
Before taking a closer look at the sample provided for review, let's cover the basic published information found on the official product page
on the Zalman website.
» Dimensions: 365(L) x 400(W) x 60(H) mm
» Weight: 1.2kg
» Base Material: Aluminum, Plastic
» Noise: 17~23dBA ± 10 %
» Input Voltage: 5V(USB powered)
» Color: Black
» Size/Type: 220mm/Axial Fan
» Units: 1 units
» Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing
» RPM: 620~720rpm ± 10 %
» Sleek Design Incorporating High Quality Aluminum
» 220mm Fan For Maximum Cooling Performance
» 1,300 High Capacity Vent Holes Cooling the Entire Notebook
» Ergonomically Designed to Minimize User's Fatigue
» Compatible with Notebooks up to 17 Inches
» Rubber Grip-Strips Prevent Notebook from Sliding
» Fan Speed Controller According to User's Environment
» Height Adjustable Riser for User Convenience
» USB Powered for Convenience
» USB Hub Supporting up to 3 USB Ports
The ZM-NC3000U showed up in a nice, big retail box. The graphics are quite fetching and the design is certainly on par with previous Zalman products we've reviewed. The front of the box lists the features of the cooler, and provides enough angle shots to show you all the important parts without having to crack open the box. On the back there is a more detailed summary of the finer points regarding the ZM-NC3000U cooler. Also to note, Zalman has included a comparison chart in the lower right corner to give you an idea of the performance you might expect from this particular unit.