I have tried other budget-priced desktop fans in the past and have not been impressed. Usually, they are garishly designed and cheaply made usually from low-grade plastics and invariably don’t work or else cease working after a few days. This one is better, nicely made and works well.
The fan arrived presented in a rather basic cardboard box containing just the fan. No instructions were included or required as everything you might need to know was printed on the box.
I was also surprised by the fan itself which is entirely made of metal with even the 3.6″ fan blades made from aluminium rather than plastic. To my surprise, the blade shield frame is held in place with removable nuts rather the cheaper option of glue. The USB power cable is just over three feet in length and is hardwired to the body with a non-rotating fixed joint. It is a pity the cable is not connected using a standard socket on the fan as it means that should the cord fail then the fan will be useless. The fan has a single speed only but is turned off and on using a switch on the rear and not just by unplugging as cheaper rivals do.
The fan is position on a non-folding rigid stand within which the fan rotate around through 360 degrees. The stand can also be hooked over a window frame or chairback if needed.
The fan is almost silent in operation and is more powerful than I expected and it gives a pleasant breeze across the desk. Take note that this is designed for desktop use and you will not feel much benefit above about six feet away.
This is a stylish, well made and very functional desktop fan available at the time of writing for just £8.99 from Amazon. I doubt if you will find a better one for the price.
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This deceptively simple clip-on lamp from Pinshare Home will surely answer most of your needs as regards a desk or office lamp and for the rather reasonable price of just £19.99 from Amazon.
The lamp arrived simply packaged in a simple branded cardboard box containing the suitably well-packaged lamp and a well printed, easy to read but rather unnecessary user guide.
The lamp consists of a 16.2cm long LED strip on the end of a 33cm gooseneck with a 10cm crocodile clamp base. The clamp is suitably padded to protect the surface of the desk and once in place is robust and secure. The lamp can be used with the clamp base acting as a stand but it is of course rather less stable than when clamped in place. Once in position, the black silk finish gooseneck can be bent and positioned in almost any attitude. The lamp is powered by a standard USB plug (no mains adapter is supplied) hard-wired into the lamp with an in-line control box with large and easy to use buttons
Using the lamp is simple enough. Once plugged in Press the Power Button to the device off and on, pressing the Mode button will scroll between the three colour temperatures on offer – Warm, Standard, and cool white, press the + and – button to scroll between the ten brightness levels of the light. It has an always-on blue LED on the control box that allows the lamp to be easily located in a darkened room, a thoughtful and very useful touch.
This is a simple and attractive lamp that does what it is supposed to do and does it well. If you need an office or desktop style lamp for work or reading then this would be a great buy.
This elegant and rather stylish stainless steel jug can be bought separately or as the mid-sized of a set of three, the others being 200ml and 600ml. This one is probably ideal for use with one or two coffee servings.
The jug arrived simply but adequately packed in a branded cardboard box with the jug and, surprisingly, a well written and nicely printed User Guide. I doubt many will need it but from a sense of completion, I include a scan of it in my unboxing video.
The jug is reassuringly heavy and feels like a quality item. As you would expect it has a reflective shiny exterior with a mat finish to the inside to allow the engraved measurement scale there to be more easily seen. Yes, the markings are engraved and not just printed as they would be on a less well finished off item. The 7.5cmx 9.2cm jug is made from 304-grade stainless steel, this means nothing to me but apparently is the highest quality food gauge metal. It has a spout to the front, drip-free we are told, and a metal handle to the rear, welded rather than riveted to the body.
As you would expect the jug is easy to use as well as looking good and makes a neat and attractive addition to the coffee making routine. The current Amazon price of £6.99 is not at all unreasonable for an elegant and well-made item such as this.
This little device is designed to help you drift off into a calm and relaxed sleep. I have tried similar devices but this one is the easiest to use and has the most functions in the budget price bracket.
The White Noise Machine arrived nicely presented in an attractive mid-market box adding to the appeal of the product as a gift. Along with the device itself was a short USB to the micro-USB power cable and a small but well printed and easy to read User Guide which I include on the end of my unboxing video.
The device looks rather like a 90’s era bedside radio and indeed it is a pity a radio could not have been incorporated into it. On the top can be found the speaker grill together with the input controls for the timer and the main silver On/Off button. The front panel has the small backlit timer LCD display along with timer On/Off, timer set, Volume Up/Down and large sound selection dial. On the rear panel is the micro-USB power port and on the underside the battery housing for the four AA batteries (not included).
Build quality seems fine for the price with nothing looking likely to break or fall off and nothing that little fingers can come to harm by if the device is used in the nursery.
The ten sounds can be selected easily by turning the front panel dial with the following options available: White Noise, Rain, Bird, Brook, Lullaby 1, Lullaby 2, Ocean, Typhoon, Thunder and Brown Noise. Pressing the Up/Down button to select the volume, press and hold the Mode button to set the current time of day using the top panel control to input the details. Press the timer button to select the timer and press multiple times to select the timer duration of 15,30,60 or 90 minutes. The LCD displays the current time with an eight second cut off for the backlight as well as the remaining time when the timer is selected.
I found the device worked well with decent sound quality and loud enough for use in larger rooms. It is a pity there is no audio out cable to allow connection to an external audio system and a pity too that no power adapter was included but for the current silly price you cannot be greedy.
The current Amazon fire sale price of £5.99 is fantastic considering the quality, ease of use, and features on offer.
Multiple timer options
No Audio Out