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Written by Mark Pedersen   
Saturday, 24 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Cryo X60 Notebook Cooler RN-CRX60-B1
Closer Look: NZXT Cryo X60
Cryo X60 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Notebook Cooler Final Thoughts

The Cryo X60 cooler works well and looks more professional then other laptop coolers out there. Its very slim, only 1.8" at the widest point and easy to fit into a laptop carrying case. It is very strong, you could accidentally step on it and not damage it. Maybe NZXT could have consolidated the cords down, It does come with three cords although they are short they can get tangled up especially when you have a mouse, a power cord, and three little cords stuffed into one compartment. I am slightly concerned with the fact that the chip and all its circuits are visible exposed through the vents on the right side, these components might last longer if they protected better from spills.

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NZXT Cryo X60 Conclusion

The NZXT Cryo X60 performed well for cooling, it knocked off an average of 8 degrees Celsius from the cpu cores and maintained low temperatures of all other areas of the laptop. The Usb 2.0 hub is nice to have, comes in handy when you have multiple items to plug in, mouse, flash drive, heatset, phone, external hard drives etc. Note that to run an external hard drive from the hub a power cord must be plugged in, as with all usb hubs.

The Cryo X60 is all black with a white led power light, the design gives the cooler a professional appearance. The edges are all rounded so theres no sharp corners to scratch anything, and all the contact surfaces on the bottom are plastic as well.

The Cooler has a shape that allows air to flow in through the vents and out the backside where that slight indentation is. Its very sturdy all around, The top surface is anodized aluminum and the rest is plastic. The power button is a soft rubber push button. The usb ports are a little tight, I have to push hard to plug things in. The 120mm fans used are very quiet and evenly disperse air. There are no visible screws on the cooler, they are all sunk and hidden with rubber pads.

The cooler has 5 fan speeds and a controller built in, its easy to turn up and down but difficult to know what setting your on since there is no indication. The cooler works better with the tabs out on the bottom to give it extra space to draw in air. The option to have a Usb power cord or wall adapter is convenient when short on outlets or running completely on battery power.

Priced for $54.99 (NewEgg / Amazon), there are other notebook coolers around the same price range with similar features however the NZXT Cryo X60 is a premium notebook cooler designed for laptops with 16" screens and is easy to transport.

The power indicator lights up when the NZXT Cryo X60 is plugged in, instead if when its turned on. I would rather have the power indicator light up when I turn the cooler on because the cooler is so quiet that when I push the power button on the side I'm unsure of whether I'm turning it on or off. Or perhaps some additional LEDs on the side would be useful to indicate what level the fan speed is on and whether it is on or off to be certain.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval

+ Quiet
+ Asymmetrical Cooling
+ Sturdy
+ 4 Usb ports
+ 5 speed fan controller
+ High air flow

Cons:

- Shows scuffs easy
- No fan speed indicator
- Tight Usb ports
- Price

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 8.00
  • Value: 8.00

Final Score: 8.55 out of 10.

Recommended: Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval.

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# laptop cooolingLaptop cooling 2012-12-28 02:09
Thank You,

The information you shared is very informative laptop cooling
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# RE: NZXT Cryo X60 Notebook Cooler RN-CRX60-B1Deciduous Sprue 2013-02-05 11:24
I'm sure this is a great accessory. However, you repeatedly stress how hot all laptops get. This simply isn't true. My current laptop does not get hot, even after 6 or 7 hours of sitting on my lap. You shouldn't open a review with a blatant fallacy.
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# RE: RE: NZXT Cryo X60 Notebook Cooler RN-CRX60-B1Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2013-02-05 11:24
That's not how I read it. More of a loose opening statement to which most readers can relate. If your laptop does not get hot then you won't need to look at laptop cooler reviews.
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# RE: NZXT Cryo X60 Notebook Cooler RN-CRX60-B1Rick Coleman 2013-02-05 11:25
I like it but for $50+ bucks I think it should have had at least two fast USB 3.0 ports. The trend is away from the much slower USB 2.0 so in order to get the best longevity out of this product it really needed to have a future forward feature. My new Alienware laptop has 3 USB ports (1 x 2.0 & 2 x 3.0. It gets my skin simmering very quickly sitting on my lap while playing Skyrim and Crysis 2, so I use a TV dinner folding table. But I'm looking for a laptop cooler to make my couch dwelling more comfortable. This advert caught my eye, however, I'll keep looking. Btw, my external hard drive is USB 3.0 as is my 64 GB USB flash drive.
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