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As more people continue to abandon (or supplement) their desktop computers with notebooks, these same people are starting to recognize the importance of keeping their systems nice and cool. There are a lot of passive solutions on the market that say they are able to lower the operating temperature of laptops, but ultimately I have found the performance to be much better on units that have actual cooling fans. VIZO is a company that has been producing a number of different laptop coolers over the years, and one of their latest creations also happens to be one of their smallest. The VIZO Mini Ninja (NCL-230-BK) takes on much the same styling and utility as the original VIZO Ninja and the larger VIZO Ninja II (Sumo Size), except Mini Ninja is a fair bit smaller. The naming scheme makes pretty good sense, wouldn’t you say?

Features and Specifications

If you have had the opportunity to try the original VIZO Ninja Notebook Cooler or the Vizo Ninja II, then the feature set on the VIZO Mini Ninja will sound pretty familiar. By and large, they have kept everything the same. They just made the Mini Ninja shorter so that it can be a little more portable.

Some of the key features and specs include:

  • Dimensions: 350 x 170 x 40mm
  • Weight: 600 grams
  • Compatible with 7-inch to 15.4-inch notebook PCs
  • Dual 70mm fans with adjustable positions
  • Fan speed: 2000 rpm
  • Maximum air flow: 13.72 CFM
  • Ergonomic designed angle
  • Low dBA level
  • Powered by USB via provided T-adapter
  • Compact, space saving, lightweight, easy to carry
  • USB bus power: 5V / 500mA
  • Easy to install

With the noted exception of the adjustable fan locations, this is pretty much a miniature version of the original VIZO Ninja. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The fans are far from being the most powerful things in the world, but this also ensures that they remain very quiet and non-intrusive. They may not be able to reduce the regular operating temperature by much, but they do help to reduce instances of overheating. I know this was the case with test I ran through Speedfan.

What’s in the Box?

You’ll find that the contents of the box are pretty lacking. Aside from the actual notebook cooler yourself, all you get is a handful of extra screws to adjust the position of the fans and a USB bus power cable for, well, powering those fans. There is no instruction manual, but given that there is really only one cable to deal with, you have to be an absolute dunce to not know what to do.

The provided USB bus power cable has a T-connector. What this means is that while the Vizo Mini Ninja draws power from an available USB port on your laptop, the USB port is effectively still made available for your other peripherals. Do you have a webcam, a mouse, or a USB flash drive that you want connected? No problem. Just because you want to keep you laptop cool does not mean that you need to sacrifice a USB port.

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