Xena Notebook Cooler by Vizo

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Xena Notebook Cooler
(Model NCL-220)
by Vizo
A Closer Look
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
Now let's take a closer look at the NCL-220 itself. Vizo makes it clear, the Xena Notebook Cooler has a few extra features which aren't seen on other notebook coolers. A button located on the rear of the unit, will transfer files from the laptop to the HDD hooked up via the SATA HDD Tray with a single press. Additionally, there are three USB 2.0 ports and one "USB IN" port. If a person ever needed additional hookups to their laptop, the Xena can take care of it, reducing the battery drain of the laptop itself, considerably. And this is one of Xena's major benefits. While providing communications ports on the cooler itself, your laptop will work less, meaning longer battery life on the road. Since the Xena is AC powered, it just makes sense to make the Xena do more of the work when it comes to external attachments.

The top and bottom of the Xena have been looked at on the previous page, so it won't be shown here. However, we will take a closer look at other areas of the NCL-220.

The Back Of The Xena

On the back of the Xena, you can see the three USB 2.0 ports and one "USB IN" port. The Power ON/OFF switch, data transfer button, and the status indicators are also seen.

USB 2.0 Support

Basically, Vizo installed a USB 2.0 Hub into the Xena. As such, an "upstream" port is offered, which connects to your laptop. The USB ports obviously won't work without the upstream port being connected. When an independent device such as this is featured, it reduces the battery drain on the laptop itself. So for example, if you have a few USB devices which need to be connected to the laptop, you can save your laptop's battery life while connecting those USB devices to the Xena itself.

Power, Data Transfer, Indicators

A simple but effective rocker power switch is installed, and just beside it, is where the power adapter is plugged in. Placement of the one-touch data transfer function could have been better. I would have preferred the button further away from the power switches and inputs. Next are the green and red LEDs. These are status indicators of the Xena Notebook Cooler. When the Xena is powered on, the green LED lights solid. And when the hard drive installed underneath is being accessed, the red LED flashes accordingly.

Air Power

This is an image of one of the 70mm cooling fans. A close-up of the exit area of the fan displays how the fan is protected by stylish aluminum cuts, but still provides plenty of room for air to be pulled out.

SATA HDD Tray Slot

Of course, the Xena is not your typical laptop cooler. Supporting an external SATA 2.5" hard drive, moving files from your laptop to the external drive can be done with ease. The slot you see below is where the HDD tray (shown on the previous page) slides into.


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