I have seen 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 something different.
The fan arrived presented in an attractive and unusual cardboard tube box with inside just the fan and a simple but well written and largely unnecessary User Guide. The instructions are also printed on the box but there they are virtually impossible to read being faintly printed very small on a coloured background.
I was also surprised by the fan itself which is larger than I expected, has an aluminium shell with an attractive anodised matt black finish. It has two motors with front and rear fan blades, seven at the front and five at the rear, which are made of lightweight but decent quality black plastic. 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.
Using the fan is easy enough once you get used to it. The leather strap can serve either as a stand or hook and helps to reduce the already low level of noise and vibration the fan makes. Tap and hold briefly on the fan body to turn it on, tap again to change the fan level, tap a third time to turn it off. At first, I thought it was not working because I did not leave my finger in place briefly when tapping but I soon got used to the tapping technique.
The fan is almost silent in operation at the lower level and only slightly noisier when on full power. The air throughput at low level is very mild but at full power, 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 £18.99 from Amazon. I doubt if you will find a better one for the price.
Good build quality
Two fan levels
Desktop level use only