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Learn more about the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd ZM-NC1500 mini

Model

Brand
ZALMAN
Model
ZM-NC1500 mini

Spec

Accessory Type
Cooler
Specifications
Base Material: pure AL, ABS, rubber synthetic, silicon
Noise: 20dBA ± 10 %
Input Voltage: 5V(USB powered)
Color: Black

Fan:
Type: Centrifugal Fan
Units: 1 unit
Bearing Type: Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB)
RPM: 1,600rpm ± 10 %

Features

Features
Elegant and Sophisticated Design

Dynamic Air Flow Design for Reinforced Cooling

Centrifugal Fan for Quiet Operations

Ergonomically Designed for Minimum Fatigue

USB Powered for Convenience

Rubber Grip-Strips Prevent Notebook from Sliding

Compatible with Notebooks up to 12 Inches

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd ZM-NC1500 mini

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  • Paul R.
  • 11/17/2010 9:34:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice size but cheap fan

Pros: This fits my 12" netbook almost perfectly so the size is fabulous for people that have small laptops. The big aluminum plate gets nice and cool with the fan blowing air through it. I've got the larger Zalman cooler (the 1000) and this performs pretty similarly (though with a single fan rather than 2).

Cons: The fan is pretty cheap and doesn't have any speed control. I find that the fan also occasionally "rattles" as it spins. Not sure what causes that even after taking the cooler apart (which is pretty easy).

Other Thoughts: Can't beat the size and weight for people who want to keep their laps from being "toasted" by a warm netbook but don't want to carry around an oversized hunk of aluminum.

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  • Razvan N.
  • 11/8/2010 10:59:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPortable airflow keeps it cool

Pros: Bought this portable mini cooler for my Dell XPS M1210 three months ago. In conjunction with a fan controller software (I8kfanGUI), I have managed to lower my average idle CPU temps by 6-8C. Great while doing office work or internet browsing.

Don't expect to see a huge difference in load temperatures on the CPU or GPU. In other words, crysis will still melt your notebook.

Here's the caveat:
The bulk of my idle CPU temperature reduction comes from using the software to actually turn on my CPU fan, since before it wouldn't start until the CPU hit 55C or so. But, without the fan control, the cooler by itself manages to lower my idle CPU temp by about 2-3C.

Where this cooler makes the biggest difference:
Memory, chipset, and hard drive temperatures can be reduced by as much as 8C due to the added airflow entering the bottom of the notebook.

Most noticeably:
The notebook surface is no longer warm to the touch. Finally, cool palm rests! Couldn't have asked for mor

Cons: The USB power input connector at the back is now very loose and shorts out. Will RMA it back to Zalman for replacement.

Other Thoughts: Also noticed my optical drive area is a lot cooler while it's running.

The fan is quiet. Unnoticeable to me over common background noise.

Fan speed is NOT adjustable on this model.

I would have traded a noisier fan for more air flow :)

As others have mentioned, keep cooler on level surface.

The cooler surface is about the size of a piece of paper. Great for smaller laptops.

Notebooks should be manufactured with perforated bottoms to allow for greater airflow or something.

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  • Claud D.
  • 8/24/2010 4:44:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFabulous!

Pros: Unbelievable! I don't have any device to measure exact temperature of various areas of my Toshiba netbook but I know where the hot spots are and the Toshiba certainly had them - before I used this little gadget. The bottom used to get VERY hot where the memory card access door was and fairly warm where the hard disc door was. The keyboard used to get moderately hot just in from the left side; well above body temperature. I know that you probably will not believe this, but using this cooler while doing some fairly heavy processing for about an hour, at the memory card door, it only got a little warm and all other areas were so cool, I couldn't feel any heat at all. This doesn't jibe with what I have read about in other cooler reviews but that is the way it is. I'll never run this laptop again without this cooler being engaged!!!
Also; Thanks NewEgg for the super fast, safe delivery.

Cons: Maybe a little noticeable noise from the fan but not objectionable or distracting. Fans just have to make a little noise to work, right?
Also, one of the bottom front feet kept falling off and I think that it was never properly attached at the factory. Finally dabbed a little contact cement on its mounting point and that solved the problem.

Other Thoughts: Also, DON'T use this flat on your bare lap! I made a little square base out of Masonite to set this on and now don't worry about my trousers blocking the fan intake.

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