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NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler Review

A Closer Look
Fully removed from the packaging you’ll finally see the Cyro E-40 in its full glory. The E-40 is designed for laptops 15”’s and smaller. The biggest laptop I personally own is 14.1”’ so this cooler is perfect for anything I’m going to set on top of it.

NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler

One of the first things you’ll notice is how solid the metal grate is and how high the rubber bumpers are that surround the grate. I imagine the bumpers are elevated to make a significant air gap between the grate and the bottom of the laptop. The lack of overall contact with the surface of the bottom of a laptop is an excellent way to cool your laptop regardless of if fans are involved.

NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler

From the side and back view you can see the slope designed into the E-40. You can also see how thick the unit it. This cooler is deceiving in the sense that it is much thicker than it seems when looking at it from a top down view. From the side you can also see how elevated the bumpers actually are. The grip provided by those bumpers is enough to hold any laptop regardless of size/weight in place.

NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler

The bottom of the cooler you can see how the grid is much more open to allow flow. The base is also made of plastic and if there was any spot on the E-40 where the unit felt cheap this would be the spot. The base has 4 large rubber bumpers to act as feet but regardless of the composition they don’t seem to provide much grip to the desk.  From this view you can also see the holes where the USB cord that powers the fans emerges from.

NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler

Once you take the top grid off (which is also held in place with magnets) you can see how the fans are attached to the underside. The most unique feature of the Cryo E-40 is the ability to move the fans to “whatever location” you desire on the underside of the grid. This allows you to line the fans up with graphics cards, power suppliers, or CPU vents that preside on the bottom of the laptop. The reason I put “whatever location” in quotes is because the space in which you can locate the fans isn’t open to the entire grid. From the side view you can see that the cooler isn’t as thick at the front of the unit. If you place the fans towards the bottom of the grid you can’t reattach the top grid to the base. The fans prop the grid up and won’t allow it to close.

NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler

The USB cord attached to the fans is lengthy enough to reach pretty much any USB port your laptop has. Sometimes you have to spend a bit of time trying to tuck the coiled part back into the base or the cooler won’t sit flat on the desk but with a little work the cord tucks away nicely.

NZXT Cryo E40 Notebook Cooler