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As our office does not buy into the Christmas spirit a couple of us last year decided to add a few little festive touches to our desks. Myself and a work colleague saw these dainty little USB Christmas Tree's on Amazon for £4.99 so figured they would do the job.
We ordered 2 from Amazon and 4 days later they arrived just in time for December 1st. They were supplied in a plastic packaging moulded to the tree shape which did look a little flimsy but the tree's remained intact so they obviously did the job. The tree's themselves stand at around 12cm high and are clear plastic. with an internal led that changes colour when connected to power. The tree slowly fades through 7 varying colours including shades of Green, Blue, Purple, Red, and Yellow. As the tree is 3D the light display is clearly visible from all angles and sides. The design of the tree is simple and is a plastic injection mould showing some branch details etc, it also has a gold plastic star on the top in pride of place.
The USB tree simple plugs into a USB connection then into the base of the tree easily so draws its power from there meaning it does not need its own power supply or batteries. when plugged in there is a small black switch on the side to switch the light display on and off but this does also turn off as your PC shuts down as well. The tree when turned on is silent so there is no buzzing or whirring coming from it as the lights change colour, and it also does not seem to get warm.
The tree is a nice desktop size and adds some festive twinkle to your deck without your workspace being overloaded with chintz. The tree is simple, plain and looks great when lit up.
I have fetched this out of my christmas box ready for this year and hesitantly tested it expecting it not to work after a year of being shut in a box but it was fine. It had not snapped or broken and the LED lights were still bright and in working order. I can see some of the branches and perhaps the star snapping at some point as the product is only flimsy and was only £4.99 so i cant really complain if it only lasts this year as ill have had my moneys worth.
*Information at a glance*
USB port enabled
Location of Manufacturer - Asia
Product - USB Christmas Tree - flashes at whim different colours. sometimes un aided.
Uses - To irritate work staff, and to amuse your self if under any influences.
For a joke I've decided to boldly fill a few stockings with these monstrosities, I shall get a few backlashes, and as I'm a bit of a gadgetry individual I wouldn't like to disappoint. You may also been aware I've delved into these types of products and poured scorn over their existence, so I'm doing it again, not through any requests or demands but strangely enough these USB devices capture my intelligence level to a tee. Yes they are simple, quirky and compact with uniqueness that only can be enjoyed if you are high on a banned substance or frequented yourself with a large glass of Black Bottom from the dangerous distilleries in Edinburgh.
The decorative USB market has leaped into novelty lighting for gadgetries, that would heavenly lighten your spirits this festive time, while you work like little elves tirelessly through the cold dark nights, during this season of goodwill. The twinkling of the mini desktop Christmas Tree will bring warmth to the coldest of scrooge hearts, so having it close to your workstation at work while your boss slides pass maybe worth a try, especially when your hoping to extend your holiday period in the near future. The mesmeric twinkling is bound to bring home the answer your looking for from your superior; or possibly could bring on a raging headache that suffice to say would not help matters.
Remember to always leave a long USB lead out for any fanciful members at work to fall-over. - You may use the line "Ah, I can see you've fallen for me!" - If, the answer is of shock and horror, simply rephrase. "That was my lovely tree talking". - The USB Christmas Tree can also be an 'ice-breaker' in office dating. The desktop tree can also help in clinching business deals abroad, especially if you've some Chinese clients who've risked life and limb in venturing these shores. They love these novelty items, they must do they make them in abundance. The USB market for them is like Elvis Presley and Ryan Giggs rolled into one. Hence; why Giggs won the Sports personality of the year 2009, due to the huge following of Manchester United in China, all online voting?
Thanks to the crazy amount of raw materials you have in Asia and in that particular area of the globe. You can expect yet more pointless novelty items huddled together around your USB hub, from 'secret santa' in 2010; once you've showed willingness to expose one USB decorative item that is a license for many more, a bit like the political expense scandal. The floodgates will open up for a flurry of USB devices that will make it impossible to move freely without causing an avalanche. So refrain from buying these novelty items, or do as I do, and that is; give them as Christmas presents. The chances are you may get them as presents next year, but I'm willing to take that risk. I look at it like a banker. You know there is a huge risk, but to get your bonus you have to take that risk; and anyway the taxpayer will bail out the bankers so, actually there is 'NO' risk. - The winner being the banker. - I see the pathetic USB Christmas Tree as an epitome to the gambler's pledge. 'Fortune favours the brave;' meaning that in showing off the monstrosity on your workstation it can be a means to working your way up the corporate ladder. Then again you could just get laughed at and not be taken seriously. That's the double edged sword.
For me the USB revolution in novelty items has a retention span of one minute. They either warm or cool things down, or make items flash at irregular rates, options at the user's discretion. The desktop Christmas tree is exactly what it is, it is a tree with fairy lights that twinkle, of course once the USB lead is connected to your USB hub, it will bring you joy for a moment, as much joy as watching the 'Queen's Speech' on Christmas Day, stipulating exactly the same rigmarole as last year in the same tone, without any Harry Hill burps to laugh at, and only swaying slightly due to old age, not due to sneaking into the cellar for a swig of port for Dutch courage purposes.
Now if you like the idea of having a santa grotto on your desktop, all for your own amusement, it would be a good source of warmth to your frost bitten hands and nipples, (go to my other review based on the USB Mug Warmer) Colleagues will be queuing up, for heat. On a bad note, it is pretty high on CO2 emissions, and as they said in Copenhagen in the G77 meeting, new carbon laws will be implemented in 2015, so if novelty items bring you much joy and excite you in the shape of a Christmas tree, buy, buy buy. They're in Poundland for a single pound, you've only five years before the green brigade will ban them from your work area.
Please note - Send your USB santa grotto pictures of your workstations to Imasadpersonwhorequiresfairylightswhileworking@godhelpthem.com
copyright - 1st2thebar 2009 - Not another novelty USB gadget article surely!
Review: USB Desktop Christmas tree
Whilst we may all dream of having a White Christmas, the current odds of this happening in London are 9:2. However, in my office at least, the chances of seeing a white Christmas tree are much better, thanks to the purchase of a twinkling USB desktop Christmas tree.
I purchased this tree from Amazon for the price of £6.89 plus p&p, although it now appears to be £8.95. Apparently a similar one can be purchased at Poundland for just a pound. The reason I bought this item was to bring a little Christmas cheer to my office desk.
The tree stands some seven inches high on a small circular plinth, leaning slightly to one side, in an almost whimsical fashion. Whilst the plinth is made of an opaque white plastic, the actual tree is a clear white plastic, looking a little like crystal. There are five layers of downward pointing branches, icy fingers stretching out. There is a large, shiny, 5 pointed silver star at the apex of the tree.
A white lead (approximately four feet long) connects the tree to one of the laptop USB ports. The tree is switched on, using a small on/off switch on the plinth.
Once switched on, the upward-pointing lights illuminate the tree, pulsing gently, slowly changing from red to green to white, although the main effect of the lights is a gentle, white / greenish glow. I was quite surprised that the red and blue lights were dominated so much by the green bulb though, as I had looked forward to seeing all three colours shining equally brightly. Also, it is only the lower half of the tree that receives the benefit of these upwardly pointing bulbs. But the fact that the gradations of colour appear so slowly is a real bonus. A flashing tree would be really distracting, when so close to your laptop.
In daylight some people may think that this tree looks a little cheap and tacky in appearance as it is made of cheap plastic. Others might find its clear branches hauntingly beautiful.
In a dimmer light, the overall effect is quite relaxing; it is almost hypnotising to watch the tree glow ever more brightly and then to dim again, returning to a clear, colourless plastic state, (achieving a much more pleasing effect that my other USB Christmas toy, a flashing snowman - but that will be another review.)
A table centre masterpiece it is not. A cheerful accessory to your office / study work table it is. In my opinion, this is one of the better USB Christmas decorations currently available on Amazon.
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My glowing usb christmas tree has to have been the best bargain i have had this year, it was only a £1 from poundland so i wasnt expecting too much from it but was pleasantly surprised when i got it home.
It comes in a plastic cylindrical tub with removable and replacable lid so that you can put it back in its box to put it away for next year,
It plugs in easily to your usb port on your computer, the base is circular and made of a white plastic so doesnt light up but the rest of the tree is made of clear plastic so all lights up, the colour changes through a sequence of red, blue, green and purple not flashing but slowly fading through tones from one to the other and looks beautiful, the tree being clear looks beautiful when not plugged in aswell as it looks like it is made from ice. It has a silver star at the top of ther tree aswell which sets it off beautifully.
It was well worth a £1
Add a little festive cheer to your workspace!