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USB Mug Warmer
Member Name: bhayanid
USB Mug Warmer
Advantages: A great novelty gift
Disadvantages: Does not really warm up your mug as you would expect
Just to make it clear that this is not the type of product I normally by, I am generally into my gadgets and it seems that mug warmers are right near the top in terms of the most wanted, however I still would never buy this. However there must be people out there who know how much coffee and tea I drink at work as the secret santa gift I received last xmas was exactly this. So in that sense I think I simply have to review this to let the world know what I think of the most ingenious invention of all time, the USB mug warmer.
So you may be thinking what exactly is a mug warmer? well it is exactly how it sounds, something that warms your mug up. You know there are those times when you go away for a meeting, or simply forget about your nice warm drink, and then go back to have a sip, and your drink is now cold. Well this device keeps it warm, well on paper it says it does. THe way it works is that the base has a mini heater inside it, and once a mug is placed then it is activated and keeps your drink at an adequate temperature.
Now when I say warm your mug, this is literally what it does, for some reason I expected it to literally heat up the mug like a mini microwave and make it nice and hot again. This is not the case, I found that the temperature went up slightly. Enough to make a difference yes, enough to be amazed at...well no.
Now how does this amazing device work. Is it powered by battery, by a plug, nope as its called USB mug warmer, I am sure you can guess thats its the power of your own computer or laptop by USB. Picture this nightmare scenario. You use the short usb lead to plug it into your laptop, then accidently knock your mug of coffee that is situated near to your laptop due to the short lead over, and it pours all over and destroys your laptop. No joke I have heard of this happening, so please be careful if you choose to buy this.
There is no light to signify if this is on or not, and amusingly or you could say unamusingly the power switch gives no indication to what is off or not, so I would suggest in this case to use the lead as the on off switch, just to be on the safe. So to discontinue using the USB mug warmer, just take out the USB cable.
I guess the only real use I got from this was, that it saved me needing to use a coaster to place my mug, as I just left the mug on the mug warmer, but does it really make this worth using? I think most of you would say no and you would be right. However another positive aspect is that it is a definite conversation starter. People would often see it on my desk and were fascinated by it. Of course I had to tell them not to waste their money.
Definitely when it comes to something like secret santa this is a top notch present for someone who loves drinking their hot beverages, however I simply can not recommend this for anything else. The cheapest price I have ever seen for one of these was just under £3 on Ebay, so it isnt exactly going to have a massive hit on your account. But for the objective of the product it simply does not perform, but as a novelty gift it does, so for that reason alone I can not give it higher than 2 stars.
Summary: Do not buy this for yourself, actually don't buy it for anyone else either.
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