MacBooks may be the top of the laptop food chain, but there’s one thing they share with their [sarcasm] inferior Wintel brethren [/sarcasm]: they get hot after a while. Bad for your lap, worse for all that delicate circuitry contained within. Even worse, when a MacBook gets too hot, it can suffer from CPU throttling. Scorched groin PLUS under-performing? Not cool.
Ah, there’s the magic word: cool. And cool is what’s provided by Moshi’s Zefyr 2 cooling system. It’s a pair of USB-powered ventilating fans built into a foldable aluminum case. Unfolded, it doubles as an angled rest for your laptop (which, along with the aforementioned fans and aluminum case, help suck performance-robbing heat away from your MacBook). And before you start moaning “Do I HAVE to give up a USB port just to cool my laptop?” — chillax, the USB connector is of the pass-through variety. The US$80.00 Zefyr works with a variety of MacBook models and sizes, including original Macbooks, MacBook Airs (2010 and 2011 versions), and MacBook Pro’s 13, 15, and 17.
Check out our hands-on review below: