NZXT Cryo E40 review: NZXT Cryo E40

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good The NZXT Cryo E40 adds movable fans to the usually bland world of laptop cooling desks.

The Bad The smallish size means it's not good for big, hot desktop-replacement laptops. The fans need to be positioned carefully to avoid rattling.

The Bottom Line For under $30, the NZXT Cryo E40 provides efficient cooling through its movable fans, and its metal body makes it look like a more expensive accessory.

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Several years ago, we would regularly review laptop coolers, lapdesks, and stands . Some would use fans, other passive cooling, and most provided a reasonable amount of heat reduction, or at least protection from the dreaded scourge of hot-lap.

Since then, not much new has happened in the world of lapdesks, and our interest waned. NZXT, however, has an interesting new idea that at least got me to fire up a high-end gaming laptop and put the $28 NZXT Cryo E40 to the test.

This understated-looking cooling desk, with a metal top panel and plastic base, containes two 40-millimeter cooling fans, powered via USB. What makes it different is that the fans are not set in a fixed position. Instead each fan has four tiny magnets, one in each corner, attaching the fan to the metal top panel. This allows you to remove that top panel (also held in place magnetically) and reposition the fans as needed.

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Where to Buy

NZXT Cryo E40

Part Number: CNETcryoe40

MSRP: $29.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

About The Author

Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.