|Zalman ZM-NC2500 PLUS Notebook Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Sunday, 11 July 2010|
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Zalman ZM-NC2500 Plus Detailed Features
A closer more detailed look now at the top of the Zalman ZM-NC2500 Plus notebook cooler. There are a total of 970 ventilation holes on this top of the cooler, covering just under 50% of the total surface area of the top panel. I wondered if the vented area had any flex so I applied a little pressure and there was good resistance thanks to a support just above center. The Zalman logo and slogan is centered between the top anti-slip rubber pieces that are firmly attached to the cooler body. Down at the bottom is a full width anti-slip rubber strip that is also very well attached. These are important if your laptop has lost its feet or never had any as it prevents the laptop from slipping off of the cooler.
Looking now at the bottom of the Zalman ZM-NC2500 Plus notebook cooler reveals it also has the same glossy finish seen earlier on the side. In the top left and right corners are two 'feet' that give some extra height at the back to suit the needs of the user, more anti-slip rubber is utilized here on the feet and also in the bottom corners. A sticker with the product name and number is underneath a panel secured with one screw, simply remove the screw and slide the door down....
...and you will reveal the Hot-Swap 2.5" SATA Drive bay / USB cable storage compartment. As you can see in the image below the door is where you would secure your 2.5" drive with the four screws provided. I haven't been able to test this feature as I don't currently have a 2.5" drive available for testing. I would hardly call it convenient though, while it is hardly difficult it would certainly be time consuming to install a drive here and to 'Hot-Swap' it would take nearly as long. An open ended design where you could simply 'slot in' your HDD without removing a panel may have been better.
For the air intake of the ZM-NC2500 Plus notebook cooler Zalman have used two 50mm Axial fans with a max speed of 2250 RPM @ 23dBA which are protected by a molded plastic grill. It isn't possible to house bigger fans in here without changing the overall dimensions of the cooler. The height of the back end is 7cm and will increase to 8cm with the use of the feet detailed earlier.
In between the two rear intake fans is the I/O panel from left to right is the fan speed control wheel, mini USB power connector, three USB 2.0 ports, and an auxiliary 5v DC input for when attached devices need more power.
Included with the Zalman ZM-NC2500 Plus notebook cooler is the Y-type USB power/data lead. The mini USB end plugs into the back of the cooler and the other two regular size USB plugs connect to your laptops USB ports.
This concludes the Functions and features part of the review, in the next section we will test the Zalman ZM-NC2500 Plus notebook cooler and put it through it's paces to see how well it performs.