Date: July 15th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
My first impression was that the cooler was lightweight, yet it still had a solid feel to it. Construction is aluminum on top while the back is made of plastic. There are numerous vent holes on the top (1,300 according to Zalman) to promote even airflow across the bottom of the laptop.
A rubber strip lines the bottom to help keep the laptop in place while using the cooler. There are also two smaller strips in each corner at the top of the unit.
Flipping the cooler over gives us a better look at the large 220mm fan that features adjustable speeds ranging from 620-720 RPMs. More rubber pads are in the corners to assist in keeping the unit stationary. There's not much else to note here, except…
…a retractable stand on each side of the unit for height adjustment. The unit sits at an angle even without the stands flipped out, but it's always convenient to have the option to make further adjustments.
The rear of the unit features all the connectors. From left to right is a port for a power adapter (sold separately), fan speed dial, mini USB port, and three USB 2.0 ports. Without a separate power adapter, these USB ports can be used to connect things like mice, keyboards, and other low power devices. If you want to use a USB device that draws a lot of power (such as an external HDD or printer), you will definitely need to invest in the power adaptor.
That completes the walkthrough portion of the review, so let's move on to installation and testing.