NZXT Cryo LX
The Cryo comes folded up so as to reduce packaging size and keep it very neat and tidy. The cooler feels quite heavy and once removed from its Styrofoam end protectors the product is certainly large living up to its ‘world’s largest’ reputation.
Unfolded the notebook cooler allows it to slope downwards so the laptop is tilted forwards. Also, atop the black metal finish (which I must say is very smooth) are three strips of rubber – one on each side and at the bottom – so as to prevent any movement occurring when the laptop is placed on top. The bottom strip can also be used as a rest to make it more comfortable on your hands when working at a desk.
The bottom rubber strip also has a small NZXT logo moulded into it on the right hand side.
Turning the Cryo around reveals the ports at the back. Overall there are a whopping five USB ports and a DC connection for the USB to DC cable to power the three 120mm fans.
On one side there is a small fan control to allow the user to adjust the speed of the fans in order to choose their own speed/noise ratio.
From this angle, the smooth slope is made very evident. This smooth unbroken surface is a sure sign of quality as there are no blemishes. Furthermore, you can see the slots which act as vents to allow the air to dissipate from the triple fan combination.
Flipping the NZXT Cryo LX over reveals the triple set of 120mm fans that are all aligned and contained in a black metal mesh to stop anything getting in the way of the spinning fans whilst still allowing plentiful airflow.
Looking more closely at the fans shows that they are all identical with 7 fins all in dark black.
Finally, one more point, on the bottom a number of small rubber spots prevent the cooler from sliding once it is on surface.
Vizo Mini Ninja II
No surprises here as the size of the packaging and the name suggests, the Vizo Mini Ninja II is indeed much smaller; roughly half of the NZXT cooler and constructed out of a single piece of aluminium to maximise sturdiness.
Different to the Cryo, there are not any rubber strips to prevent any sliding. This may be due to the fact that the whole laptop doesn’t sit on this cooler, only a small proportion does and so it shouldn’t really need them. However, if would have been nice to see a few just so to ensure no movement occurs.
Bang in the middle of the unit is the product insignia reading ‘miniNinja’ in bold white letters along with a Vizo logo to the right.
Another feature of the top panel is a large silver vent to allow hot air to dissipate from the cooling units situated below. The Vizo logo from these units is also visible through the vent.
Similar to the NZXT cooler, the ports are situated on the side of one of the fan units. These are:
- 3 x 2.0 USB
- DC 5.0V
- USB Cable In
Despite having less USB ports than its competitor, three would seem to be more than enough as I can’t see many users needing multiple USB drives especially when there are already some on the laptop itself.
The underneath of the aluminium panel is where the fans are located, only two for this product and they are both much smaller than the 120mm counterparts in the NZXT so expect cooling to be less efficient for Vizo.
However, the two fans can be unscrewed and then attached anywhere along the metal bar on the bottom so the user can determine exactly where they choose the fans to be located.
In terms of the fans themselves due to their small size you would expect high RPMs and therefore a bigger noise output despite the manufacturer marketing them as near silent. We shall find out soon enough.