Product: Moshi Zefyr 2
Although we know it's sort of a bad habit, some of us like to work off our laptop sitting on the couch. However, with older laptops, even working at a desk, our machines can get awfully hot, ironically making them uncomfortable to use on the lap. We started to look for something small, sleek and well designed to keep our laptops cool and also work as a nice little stand, which is how we stumbled upon Moshi's Zefyr 2, a high efficiency MacBook cooler.
We love the design of the Zefyr 2. It's foldable and comes with a nice felt case making it easy to take wherever we go, crucial for laptop users who are always on the go. There isn't any space wasted with the Zefyr 2, everything has its right place including the back of the cooler that has a compartment designed specifically to fit the USB and wire neatly. The Zefyr 2 is made of solid aircraft grade aluminum that makes it sturdy and lightweight at the same time. We like the twin convection funnels on the end that prevents overheating keeps our laptop from sliding off. Because the fans are USB-powered you lose, you would think you lose an open port. However, the back of the USB acts as a port.
The Zefyr 2 comes with 3 selectable fan speeds that you can change based on the type of work you're doing on your laptop. If you're continuously loading, you can slide the lever to the highest fan level or to the lowest when you're doing light work. On the lowest and middle fan speed the Zefyr 2 is relatively quiet, however when cranked up to high, the fan noise is definitely audible. The fans are USB powered, so once you unplug it, they automatically turn off. Luckily, it doesn't eat up much battery life. An added bonus is the tilt the Zefyr 2 provides with our laptop sitting on top of it. The angle puts our laptop at a comfortable position for better ergonomics.
We liked the Zefyr 2 so much that we took it to work and then back home to use. It's portable, easy to set up, and most importantly it actually works. It is effective both on a tabletop and while sitting on the couch (an extra bonus to us!)
Overall, we think the Zefyr 2 is a great product. The only main setback is the price. We know $80 is on the higher end of the price spectrum. However, if you're looking for a well-designed, portable laptop cooler and don't mind shelling out some extra bucks for its good looks, you should go with the Zefyr 2.
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