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Review: NZXT Cryo V60 Vortex Notebook Cooler

Today we are taking a look at NZXT?s latest offering for notebook cooling, the Cryo V60, which uses a bladeless fan design.


  • Fan Specifications ? Dual low RPM 75mm Fans
  • Fan Speed ? 1000-1600 RPM
  • Features ? Supports up to 16? Notebook, 3 USB Charge Ports, Power Button, Built-in Fan Control, LED On/Off, Rubber Feet
  • Materials ? Plastic, Rubber Grommets
  • Color ? Black or White

The NZXT Cryo V60 comes in two color options: black and white. The coolers came in identical boxes with a small designator on the box referring to it as a black or white V60. The packaging was simple but effective, and the box conveniently had a carry handle on the top for easy transport.

The coolers are very sleek looking, and we had a bit of trouble deciding if we liked the cooler better in black or white. The V60 is also very light, and the bladeless design is certainly aesthetically pleasing. The fan works by pulling cool air in through the back of the cooler, and blowing it onto the bottom of the notebook through the ring in the middle of the cooler.

The set up for the cooler is very easy and straightforward. Just place the notebook on top of the cooler, plug in the USB cable from the cooler to the notebook, and turn on the cooler using the switch on the right side. The fan speed control is on the right side of the cooler, it can be scrolled towards the user to increase the fan speed (maximum of 1600 RPM) or away from the user to decrease it (minimum of 1000 RPM). The cooler has a total of 3 USB ports, one to connect the cooler to the notebook, and the other two can be used as powered USB ports to charge devices (though they do not provide any data transfer).

We tested the cooler using an Alienware M14X (R1) notebook.

M14X Specs:

  • CPU ? Intel Core i7 2630QM 2.0 GHz
  • Memory ? 16GB (2x8GB) Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600 MHz Kingston HyperX
  • Graphics ? 1.5GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT555M
  • SSD ? Kingston HyperX 240GB

We tested the laptop both on a tabletop, and on the cooler, and tested it both at idle, and during a few games of Starcraft 2.

No Fan, Computer Idle

No Fan, Computer Idle

Fan 1600 RPM, Computer Idle

Fan 1600 RPM, Computer Idle

When idle, the cooler certainly made a difference. The temperatures when checked were a few degrees cooler with the laptop on the fan, and the maximum temperatures varied greatly.

No Fan, In Game - Starcraft 2

No Fan, In Game – Starcraft 2

Fan 1600 RPM, In Game - Starcraft 2

Fan 1600 RPM, In Game – Starcraft 2

During gaming the results were very similar, with the cooler only making a degree or two of difference.

Overall, this notebook cooler is not meant as a heavy-duty cooling device. It is a relatively inexpensive cooler that has an innovative design with a look that is certainly much nicer, sleeker, and more attractive than traditional notebook coolers. It provides a good surface for a user to place their laptop upon and provide extra airflow to laptops that can benefit from better cooling.

Many laptop users have the tendency to place their notebooks on surfaces such as carpets, couches, and other soft airflow-limiting materials which can easily cause a notebook to overheat. This stylish and light cooler is excellent for mainstream users as a dedicated platform upon which to place their notebooks. At an MSRP of $32.99 USD /?29.99 Euro, this is a very reasonably priced notebook cooler, and we highly recommend it for mainstream users who do light gaming. Users that have gaming powerhouse laptops/desktop-replacements however, may want to look into heavier-duty options.