Product Type: Veho PC Cooling / Fan
Newest Review: ... 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... more
A breeze to operate.
Member Name: sympatic
Advantages: Nice breeze
Disadvantages: Can shift papers and the hum is a bit annoying
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.
Summary: A great purchase
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