I am going to combine this post into both a pick of the week and a review.
Here in the UK, the summer is in full swing. With the summer comes hot weather with temperatures of up to 30 degrees celsius (86 in fahrenheit). If you are taking your laptop outside onto a makeshift desk, then keeping it cool in the heat might be a challenge. If you are working in an office that does not have an air conditioner then good luck trying to keep your laptop cool.
This is why my pick of the Week is the Zalman Notebook Cooler(affiliate link). In particular I have the ZM-NS2000 model which will support a laptop with a screen of up to 17 inches.
I have been using this cooler for a month now and I am ready to give you my thoughts.
It connects up via USB and will require 2 free USB ports (i’ll get to why this does not matter in a moment).
Of course, it has a huge 200mm fan which is controlled by a circular knob on the right-hand side. Also on the right hand side is a 3-port USB hub.
First of all, the fact that you need two free USB ports does not matter. This is because you get a three-port USB hub on the cooler. So in reality if your laptop has three USB ports then you are actually gaining a port back.
Another interesting feature is that you can also adjust the gradient of the stand. There are also two flaps at the front of the cooler that come out to prevent your laptop from accidentally falling down onto the floor.
I think that this is quite a useful cooler/stand for your laptop. Even though it is for laptops up to 17″ in screen size and it just about fits my 17.3″ machine.
At least in my testing I have found this to be a convenience for me to have. The three USB ports on the side of the cooler are really useful for me because I like using an external keyboard and mouse with my laptop. Therefore, being able to plug in another USB device like an external hard drive or a USB flash drive is pretty nifty.
As far as the cooling is concerned, I feel like the Zalman ZM-NS2000 has allowed me to use my laptop for a little bit longer than I normally would. Even when the fans on the laptop are spinning away to keep it cool, this cooler does a good job in aiding those internal fans.
Some of you might find this cooler slightly on the large side, so you would probably use it when sitting at home. It’s not something that you would put into your bag (unless if you have a really large one).
Overall I would give this a score of 8 out of 10. If you do a lot of intensive stuff on your laptop (such as having lots of web browser tabs open or gaming) or plan on using it outside during the summer, then I would highly recommend picking one up. The Zalman ZM-NS2000 notebook cooler (affiliate link) costs £20. Yes, this might sound slightly expensive but it’s worth every penny.