Xena Notebook Cooler by Vizo

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Xena Notebook Cooler
(Model NCL-220)
by Vizo
Introduction
November 2, 2007


Xena Notebook Cooler: Introduction Xena Notebook Cooler: What's In The Box
Xena Notebook Cooler: A Closer Look Xena Notebook Cooler: Specifications
Xena Notebook Cooler: Conclusion



Xena Notebook Coolor
Model NCL-220

by Vizo
Features: Drawable SATA 2.5" HDD bay. Includes 3 USB 2.0 ports, dual cooling fans, one-touchh backup of hard drive operation, and an all aluminum housing.
Official Website: http://www.vizo.com.tw/
MSRP: $99.99
Current Price: Search Google
The Xena Notebook Cooler by Vizo is a unique product, in that it is designed to draw the heat from your laptop, allowing your laptop to transfer the heat off itself, and into the Xena. Rather than building up heat as it normally would without any protection, the laptop now has a solid conductive piece of aluminum to suck the heat from laptop. But there's more to this notebook cooler than just the solid piece of aluminum. The Xena also feature two 70mm fans to push out the heat drawn from the laptop, and out the underside. Combined with the solid piece of aluminum and the two fans to further the process of cooling, the Xena is a product designed to reduce the common symptoms of laptop overheating which occurs more often because they typically sit flat on a surface, creating an especially warm (or even hot) area between the laptop and the surface it is on.

Do I Need A Notebook Cooler?

This is a good question because there will be some laptop owners who won't benefit from owning such a device as the Xena Notebook Cooler. You'll have to ask yourself after this review, if you would need such an accessory. For those who are extremely mobile, there is the factor of bringing along the cooler with you. It's an extra piece of equipment to shuffle around in the car or wherever you go, and the Xena does require external power to run its two fans and the extra USB ports. This might seem inhibiting, but a rather inexpensive device like the Xena could prolong your laptop's life.

Acknowledging there could be a few perceived drawbacks for an extremely mobile laptop user, let's also focus on the situations where a laptop owner should consider a notebook cooler. The average laptop user may not be aware their notebook is exposed to extreme temperatures on a regular basis. As soon as the laptop is placed against a surface, the heat vacuum begins to form. Ideally, laptops would be several inches from any sort of surface, but how realistic is this. It isn't realistic at all. Somekind of surface must be used to prop the laptop up to use it. More often than not, this surface is a conductor of heat. A table, the top blanket of a mattress, and even something as trivial as a newspaper, can be the catalyst to a heat increase which will, over time, decrease the hardware performance and lead to hardware failure.

Unfortunately, the way most (if not all) laptops are designed, are the hard drive and battery being located underneath the laptop, being separated by only the thin casing of the notebook itself. Currently, there hasn't been much revolutionary design with regards to battery placement and hard drive placement in a laptop. This is probably due to the inherent lack of placement options.


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