The Cryo LX from NZXT offers a very sophisticated looking cooler that will make an attractive addition to any surroundings. During usage and even today I find that the cooler is not only comfortable for normal use, it is very quiet and once the notebook is placed properly, it is a solid unit. The three 120mm fans offer a fair amount of cooling capability, and the larger fans running at a lower speed helps reduce noises from the Cryo LX. This combined with padding in the right places, a tight fit of the fan box, and a long secure hinge make for a notebook cooler that I have a real hard time finding fault with.
The one fault that some may bring to the table is that there is no USB 3.0 connectivity. Lacking a notebook with said capability, or any devices that use it, it fits my needs just fine. I use my notebook for mostly surfing, running TeamSpeak3, and keeping up to date with emails. The four USB 2.0 ports are more than enough for my needs. The fact that the Cryo LX offers cooling along with additional USB connectivity; more than my laptop offers, and only needs one USB port from the laptop if you are using the wall outlet adapter. For those on the go, NZXT offers a second cable that will take power from one of the notebooks USB ports to supply power to the Cryo LX when power isn't available on hot summer days.
The NZXT Cryo LX does require a bit more cash to be invested over a lot of the options in the market. Testing a few of these now, I have the Cryo LX taking its rightful place on my desktop. Does it perform better than the SF-19? No, but the noise level is nowhere near the same, the Cryo LX even at full speed, makes very little noise audible from even just an arm's length away. This unit doesn't have much in the way of flash or LEDs either. What you do get for your investment is a seriously solid unit with plenty of cooling and super good looks. At this point I can't say run out and spend $70 on a laptop cooler, as it may not be for you. For those in search of an elegant and quiet solution, the pricing at $67.99 at Newegg.com, I can't say the price is unreasonable for what you receive in looks, stability, connectivity, comfort, and silence.
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