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NZXT Cryo LX Aluminum Notebook Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | Notebook Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 14, 2011 2:35 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: NZXT

The NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler - Continued




Under the unit you find a lot more of the steel mesh that was on the sides of the fan box. You can see that all the fans are screwed right to the steel mesh, and you can see just a bit of wiring at the top. Now how do we get this apart for cleaning purposes?




Looking for that solution, I started at the top near the wiring. What I found is this 3-pin header that at this point I can't disconnect. The boxes shell sits too close to allow for me to pull out the plug.




Aha! Here we go; I found the screws that hold the fans in place. Right next to the hinge you will find four small screws that need to be removed. These screws pass through an extruded aluminum tab, and the threads are in the steel mesh covering. Once all the screws are out, slide the fans to the right or to you in this image, and then carefully lift the box out of the way. Don't forget about that 3-pin wire!




Once the fans are removed from the aluminum structure you can simply wipe this part down with a damp rag to remove the dirt and dust that can build up after a few months of use.




The fans included in the Cryo LX are a trio of 120mm fans. These fans are all connected to one point which allows for the single 3-pin connection to be used on the outside when you put these back after cleaning them. With all this steel mesh so close to three fans, I am glad to see lots of foam padding used to keep any vibrations at bay. This attention to detail along with the tight fit of this completed cooling unit left my time and usage very quiet.




Placing a 15" notebook onto the Cryo LX, you can see there is plenty of room to spare. This will definitely work for a 17" notebook as well, but trying to use a 19" on here is a definite stretch of the coolers surface area. I simply don't think it will support the feet of the 19" laptop.




I noticed with my notebook that it doesn't sit just anywhere on the cooler. You need to move the notebook around and be sure that the rubber feet of the computer are supported; this will eliminate any wobbles you may run into.




Opened up and ready for some typing and testing. I found the angle of the cooler is much like many others I have tested. One thing I noticed is that this cooler is not very comfortable on my lap. The pointed edges on the front make for annoying pressure points. On a desktop or tabletop is where this unit shined, making my time some of the quietest and most comfortable to use over the week or so I gave it to gauge the "feel" for it.


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