Zalman ZM-NC1000 review

Stylish brushed metal cooler

TechRadar Verdict

Solid, sleek and it's oh so quiet


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    Keeps old machines cool

    Not too noisy


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    Of limited use for most would-be purchasers

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Our battered old Athlon XP-powered laptop is a prime example of why you might well be in need of an external cooler, because it sounds like a overstuffed vacuum cleaner on the verge of going the way of Monty Python's Mr Creosote.

Zalman's notebook cooler isn't quite 'waffer theen', but its brushed metal look is certainly stylish, and the raised attitude keeps your machine RSI-friendly.

The most important thing is the decibel level however, and Zalman's ZM-C100 keeps the noise down significantly while still pumping out the seriously chilled vibe your laptop needs to keep cool. PCFormat staff was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.