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I work in a hospital and, as such, the ward is often very warm even in the depth of winter! As part of my role, I have to complete a degree of office work and locked away in the office within the ward is, believe me, very very warm. For this very reason, I invested in a Veho PC Cooling Fan so that these periods of time when I have to sit at the computer were a little more bearable for both me and my colleagues. I looked around as I only wanted a cheap fan as it was not for home use, and I came across the Veho PC Cooling Fan which was ridiculously cheap. I found one online from The Electrics Shop 2 (www.electronicshop2.com) for just £3.07, and while I was a little dubious as to how good it would be, but having read some positive reviews I thought it was worth chancing for such a little amount of money. This fan is made entirely out of plastic and rubber and so is does look a little cheap and there is nothing about the look of it that makes you excited. However, I wasn't really that interested in how it looked, as long as it worked. The fan was 8 inches tall and so it is fairly small and designed to just sit on the desk and not take up too much room. The base and stem is made out of plastic and although it doesn't feel particularly sturdy it is quite stable on it's feet, thanks in part to the wide base. The stem is flexible and so it can be manipulated so that the oscillating part of the fan (the blades) are directed towards where you want them to be directed - which, usually in my case, means my face and neck. The blades themselves are made of soft rubber and there are three blades that circulate to oscillate the air around it. These blades are safety blades and will not do any damage if inadvertently touched - and so there is no need for a guard around the blades, even when they are in full motion! In order to use this fan it is just a matter of plugging it in to the USB port on the computer and then turning the on/off switch to the on position - and then the fan starts up. I tend to use this on the computer in the office, but it could equally be used on a laptop as long as it had a USB port. There is the option of putting batteries into the fan which makes it more portable, but I have to admit that I haven't tried this and so I can't really comment on how effective this method of powering is. I was actually quite surprised at how well the fan works. It does provide an ample supply of cool air which does make working in a hot environment more bearable. I have found that sometimes I will need to range the stem to re-direct the angle of the breeze because the neck does tend to droop a little after a while, but this is only after it's been on for a while. It isn't possible to control the speed of the air flow - it's all or nothing - but seriously, what can you expect for less than a fiver! The fan doesn't overheat, even if it's on for several hours, and as our computer is always plugged in while it is being used, there isn't really an issue with power drainage. Overall, I recommend this for personal use. I've had it about 4 months and so far so good. There are, of course, better and more powerful and versatile desk fans out there, but I bet there aren't many that are as good as this for as cheap as this.
This was a secret santa present that I got last year and therefore it is safe to assume that it would cost under £10 and that is the case as checking it online you can actually get it for £5 from some retailers however I understand the price has actually come down in the last year. It is a small black fan that plugs into one of the usb ports on your computer, I use mine with my laptop which has four ports so it is not an issue for me having to give up one of the ports to power this. You can also opt to power it using 4 AA batteries if you do not want it located close to your PC. The USB lead is short so for those using a desktop PC where everything is stored away from the screen then the battery power source will be useful unless you buy an extension cord for it. It is a nice small little fan that certainly packs a bit of power, I would guess it is between 20-30 cm high including the blades and these are nice and safe as they are made of foam rubber so they are less likely to cause any injuries or damage anything that gets too close to them. That is not to say I would willfully plunge my hands into them but it is good to know they are safe incase little fingers get near to them. You can change the angle that the blades spin at as the neck is adjustable and it is nice and secure when in operation as the base is heavy enough to ensure it does not move about. It is simple to set up and there is a basic on off switch secured in the base, well away from the blades ( not that this would be a real issue anyway given the construction). So how does it work? Well it certainly produces a pretty good flow of air and you do not have to have your face right up next to it to feel the benefit, certainly it has a nice cooling breeze from a couple of arms lengths away (I have short arms mind). The downside to this is that it will shift work papers around a bit or flutter one that you are holding up to read. The other downside is that it is not a silent fan, it does make a buzzing sound which you are aware of as you work. Certainly in the hot weather last year I found it very pleasant to use especially in the early evening when at home. I have only ever used it when connected to a laptop and the power source is good and consistent with no variation in performance and it certainly does not seem to suck the life out of my laptop battery, at least not noticeably. I have not used it with the batteries but might consider taking it with me on a summer camping trip this year to see how it works. It is a great little device and probably one of the best secret santa presents I have ever received as it is very practical, i just have to remember where I put it at the end of the summer when next summer eventually arrives. Lets hope it gets a decent amount of use this year.
I ended up buying 1 of these after reading a review on here just a couple of months ago. Where I work it is either too hot or too cold, it is never just right, so I figured that I would get a Desk fan to cool me down a little when needed. I didn't want it to be too large or expensive though and this worked out to be just right. I bought this online for £7 and this included delivery in that price as well. Can't comment on current prices of this though. You can power this with mains power or Battery, and I chose the battery option as it is more convenient. This seems to do alright on Batteries and doesn't guzzle them - although I do just use this now and again it is usually left on for a good while. You can bend the neck of this to angle the breeeze and this twists and turns a good degree. This doesn't stand too tall, so I find that the height of this is just good for to be near enough level with my head, but if you sit a bit higher up the just tilt the head up. The blades are made from Foam Rubber and I wondered if they would cut through the air as well as other kinds of blades but this gives a great cooling breeze. This is a great little fan. Although this may look small, it does a great job and gives a nice cooling breeze when I need it. It is also portable since it runs off Batteries so you can take this away on holidays, in the Car etc.
We have air conditioning in our offices, but for various reasons during the warmer months there can be times when it is nice to have a slight breeze blowing through the offices. Now many people like to just open the windows, but then that kind of defeats having the air conditioning on in the first place because it will only really work with the windows closed. To try and combat this problem, I noticed that some people in the office had their own desk fans, whilst others had their own sort of personal fans running from their computers, and this gave me the idea to have my own desk fan. Hence, when I saw this Veho VDC-001 fan on Amazon last year for just under £7 delivered, I was hoping that this could lead me to cooler days in the office. Of note, the price seems to be reducing all the time, and I note of late that the price is now £5 delivered. This Veho fan is basically a small desktop personal fan, standing some 20cm tall (minus the fan blades). The foam rubber fan blades themselves (x 3) give a 14cm diameter rotor disc to blow the air through. A good point about the fan blades is that they are foam rubber, meaning that they don't have to be encased or caged for safety, and you won't risk cutting your fingers etc should you inadvertently put your hand in the way of the spinning blades - and many people have tested and verified that theory in my office for fun, and if you are that way inclined, it also won't cut rulers, pens, mobile phones, staplers, apples, papers, shoes or tights (don't ask)!! The fan is mounted on a flexible neck which means that you can angle it in pretty much any position to get the air blowing exactly where you want it to. The flexible neck is also mounted to a slightly weighty base ensuring that once up and running, the fan is not going to wander off anywhere across your desk. The base also houses the simple push on/off switch. Overall, the whole thing (base, neck and fan motor) is finished off in a glossy black finish with the black foam rubber blades, which makes it look quite stylish on the desktop. Now normally these things will run off of a 3 pin mains plug, but not so with this fan because coming off of the base you have a 1.5m long lead leading to a usb plug which you can then plug into your computer or laptop. The fan then draws power from your computer system - unless you have a very large desk with your computer more than 1.5m away, in which case you may need a usb extension lead. As an alternative, the fan also has the option to be powered by 4 AA batteries which can be mounted under the base, meaning it is then ideal for occasions away from the computer, such as picnics or to take on holiday etc as a stand alone device. In use, the fan does draw a lot of air through it and creates quite a pleasant cooling air stream in the direction that you point it. Now I've seen some of these little usb fans before, and very often you have to be quite near them to feel anything. But with this fan, I can be sat back in my chair away from the desk reading some paperwork, and I can still feel the air stream blowing at me. Point it at the desktop and it will redistribute your papers if you're not careful. It does emit a very low buzz, but not annoyingly so, and to be honest, when I'm working away, it's not something that I can say that I really notice. Interestingly, for an electrical motor operating near your computer screen, it also doesn't seem to cause any interference with my computer or the speakers, or my mobile phone when I've been using it in the office. In summary, this is a stylish fan to have on your desktop. It is small enough so as to be unobtrusive, yet large enough to provide a decent cooling stream of air around your office, and the self powering aspect with the batteries means that it can also be a valuable asset on holidays or picnics. Hence, this comes with a 5 star recommendation. Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
I must admit I do occasionally buy USB gadgets for my PC or Laptop that are obviously novelty gadgets - I am not the only one. There are so many on the market. Costing just a few pounds and claiming to be vacuum cleaners for your desktop or drinks warmers etc etc. One thing that is for sure, none of them are really necessary. However, there are a few that are certainly worth a look and one of these is called the Veho VDC-001. What is it, you may wonder. Well, it is a USB powered fan for your desktop. Okay, we may be in the cold Winter months, but in the Summer in a stuffy office it can be hard to access a fan as space can be at a premium in offices. I am not going to get too carried away - the fan is available from around £5 from places such as www.amazon.co.uk. This is by no means a well thought out or ultimate cooling system, but it is a start. In the Summer offices can be very warm due to all the electricals and the fact that with air-conditioning turned on you often have to keep windows shut for it to work properly. I think by now we have established that a USB fan could prove very handy for your desktop space. The Veho VDC-001 doesn't have the most catchy of names, but ultimately this is a USB fan for use whilst on a laptop or PC. With its generous 1.5metre cable it gives you the flexibility and practicality as a lot of tower units are not kept too close to your workstation. The fan is quite compact aswell, although it does do a reasonable job at attemtping to blwo my papers across the desk at times. The fan can be powered either by 4 x AA batteries or through the USB power cable. I love the flexibility of having two options, as it also means you don't need to be at your computer to use the fan. The fan is quite quiet. It does make some degree of noise, but don't all fans? The fan blades are not kept behind bars which could be seen as dangerous, but the blades are made out of rubber/foam to prevent the loss of fingers. These blades are no less efficient than a caged fan would be, and I think this means the unit isn't as bulky. The flexible shaft of the fan also allows you to adjust height and direction which is a very useful feature also. Clearly quite a bit of thought was put into the design. I am really wondering how on Earth I could buy this fan for so cheap! The way this fan was designed gives the user a number of options in terms of power and the angle of the fan. These little features all add up to bring a well designed product that is more than just a gimmick or novelty item. It may look cheap (it IS cheap, afterall) but it does the job very well. Obviously it has its limitations against a full-sized fan, but then this isn't intending to compete with those products. I have to award the oddly named Veho VDC-001 5 out of 5 Dooyoo stars for its excellent design and purpose.
In the evre increasing world of gadgets, I suppose we're all looking for the occasional gem amidst the sea of unnecessary and poor standard items that are available to use. Rising above them to a certain extent is this dinky little fan, easily available from amazon.co.uk for prices ranging from £4 to around £8. The fan itself comes in minimal packaging, and is accompanied by a 1.5 metres long cable. So far, so good, but what's so special about it? Well, not only is it smaller and less cumbersome than a lot of the fans available, but it's also the way it can be powered. There are two options, and while you can't hook it up to the mains power supply, it has access through the base to a compartment for 4 x AA batteries as one option; but it's the second option, a USB power supply, that is the real draw for this. If you're using your computer or laptop anyway, it makes complete sense to use a USb attachment whenever you want to keep yourself cool. No fussing with cables extending from other places, or draining the batteries unnecessarily. This can power itself from your computer, and doesn't drain the battery power quickly either. It emits a low buzz, but then most fans do that anyway. There is no cage, but then its safety feature lies in the rubber foam 'blades' it uses, meaning if you do touch it, it won't hurt you but it still has enough to generate a sufficient breeze and send it your way. There is a flexible neck which allows for different angles, and the on/off switch for the single speed is on the front of the base, so easy to access as well. This is such a simple yet effective device. USB power as well as the battery option makes it highly marketable, and with the run up to Christmas no doubt creeping into people's minds (there, I've said it!) it's got to be worth a look for a great little gift. I find the batteries don't drain very quickly at all, so if you're looking for something like this to take away with you, then you can do a lot worse. I like those little fans that are only 3 or 4 inches long and have very small blades and room for one battery, and I'd probably recommend those for taking to the beach with you as they're minimal on power and space; but this one is great for transportation along with your computer or even if you want something a bit more substantial for cooling in general. This'll probably stand just over halway above a regular sized laptop screen, so it's not tiny, but it doesn't take up much space as it's slim. It's also durable, so if you're worried about transportation, don't forget it has an adjustable neck, rubber foam blades, a base and a battery storage area. It's as simple as that. I highly recommend using one of these, as it doesn't take much power and is so simple to just plug in to your computer via the USb and press the button. It cools really well, the breeze generated just at the right level. The only thing I'd have liked to have seen would have been different speed settings, but with this simplicity and size this was not going to be possible. The speed it does have is perfect, though. A bargain price and a great gadget. Highly recommended, and would be a great Xmas gift!
During hot days when you are on your computer or laptop a fan is something which will take the unbearable heat off you and make you nice and cool. This specific fan is an affordable version which will make sure you stay nice and cool whilst you are on your computer. This also doesn't just need to be used whilst you are on the computer. Price The price for this desktop fan is only £7.99 depending on the place you purchase it from. With it not being made from the best materials you can guess why it is that cheap but you don't need anything more than this because this does the job very well. Usability To use this fan you can either use a usb port in your computer or laptop or instead you can use batteries. By giving these two options I think they have increased the popularity of these to a new level. The reason for this is because people won't just have to buy this if they are on a computer. They could put it next to them if they are to hot in bed. It is also extremelly easy to use with a simple switch on the front of the fan. Performance With the one speed level this is perfect in my opinion, the power of it isn't to powerful but it is jsut enought o make sure you are getting a gentle breeze. You won't get this blowing frantikly in your face and instead it is just like a nice wind. Obviously if you use these with batteries ( 4 AA batteries ) the performance can decrease depending on how long the batteries ave been in the fan. This can be prevented by changing your batteries now and again. It is also extremelly light making it very easy to move whenever you feel you want to. Overall This product is a must I believe for people who feel they need that extra bit of air when they are getting hot. For the price it is it won't make a dent in your wallet but it will refresh you when you need it to. It can be used in numerous places so there is no limitations to what it can actually do.
Yippee the sun is out, we are actually having a bit of summer this year, but us Brits are not used to having much sun. As soon as the sun comes out I start to wilt, I don't like being hot, but there again I don't like being cold either, just somewhere in between suits me just fine. I live in a dinky little two bedroom house, so space is limited, I don't like having items that take up space that will have minimal use. I'm also not keen on the standard white caged fans; they are a bit of an eye-sore in my opinion. I always end up buying a fan each year which gets a couple of weeks use and then ends up being given away to charity, as I don't have space to store things that won't be needed until a year later. This is a bit of a costly way to stay cool for those few days, and as soon as there's a bit of heat, fans are quickly sold out, so the choice can sometimes be limited. I decided this year to have a good look around for an alternative, something that would be more aesthetically pleasing, that would take up less space. I also wanted something that I could use on my desk to keep me cool while I'm working hard, and something that could easily be stored away when not needed. I also prefer a fan that provides a gentle breeze opposed to a fan that will blow me away, so, not many requirements then. After much searching I came across the Veho fan, although not a brand that I have used before, this dinky little gadget seemed to tick all the boxes as well as looking quirky, and at only £6.99 it seemed like a steal, so I decided to order the desktop fan immediately before I completely wilted. I received the fan a couple of days later, thankfully it was still needed as the sun was still shinning. It came packaged in a flimsy cylindrical plastic container, which doesn't provide much protection, however, it was all intact and there wasn't much waste to recycle, so that has to be a positive. The fan can either be powered by your USB port, or alternatively it can be run from batteries. Personally, I preferred the USB option; however, all of my ports are generally occupied so I also purchased a 4 way adapter so I could take advantage of being able to run it from my PC, and not have to worry about running out of batteries. The fan is simple to use, just plug it into your USB port and flick the switch on the front to get a nice refreshing breeze which gives instant relief. The battery compartment is located on the base which simply flips open (no screws here,) and it requires 4 AA batteries, this is a good option as it means it is portable, so if you wish to use it where you have no USB port available, or if you want to take it on your travels, then it is the perfect companion to keep you cool. This unique and funky fan is incredibly lightweight, and it is a nice little size so it's not intrusive, it takes up little space on a desk as the base is quite small. Being all black it blends in well with the rest of my gadgets and computer peripherals. The on/off switch is a large push down button that is situated on the top of the base. It has a twistable flex arm which means you can direct the airflow however you like, and if like me, you will enjoy twisting it around, just because. The blades are constructed from rubber foam, so you can also have fun sticking your hand in, if you are so inclined. It is supplied with 1.5m of cable, I'm not sure if any of us have a desk that big, if you have then I'm quite jealous. I have had no need to even untie the cable tie as of yet, as it sits comfortably on my desk. I am also able to hook the fan up to my laptop with the same results. So it has had a fair bit of use, I really like the fact that I can simply stash it away in a drawer when it is not in use to save space. The small and compact design is quite deceiving as you wouldn't expect much power from it, however, you will be surprised as it is, in fact, quite powerful, it gives off a substantial breeze to keep you cool enough to continue working, but not strong enough to disturb any paperwork you may have on your desk, and you won't need to worry about having a windswept look either. It is relatively quiet so it isn't much of a distraction; I generally have music blasting out of my speakers so it doesn't bother me. However, if I am to sit in silence the low buzz really isn't much to complain about. There is no interference with the computer whatsoever, like some devices that can cause the screen to flicker, which I was concerned about before purchasing this gadget. So not only does it look stylish and perform well with little noise, it is also compact enough to be able to stash in a drawer on the days where it decides it's going to rain, as the weather is forever changing. This little gadget would also make the perfect office companion, as it is compact in design and it is relatively quiet, it will slip into a bag or it can be stored away in a locker. As it is lightweight it would be easy to transport to and from work on a daily basis if needed. Although it has a low price, it certainly isn't low quality, as this little gadget is of good quality that is built to last. Overall I am a cool customer that is extremely happy with my little gadget. For the low price, I am pleasantly surprised as it is well made and it is aesthetically pleasing too. That was a review on the Veho fan from a cool and relaxed Autarkis. ~Availability~ The fan is available in a larger size at a higher price, and either are available from on-line outlets such as: Amazon.co.uk £6.99 Play.com £9.99 Product Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 24.7 cm; 450 g Website: www.veho-uk.com
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