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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 stars for its excellent design and purpose.