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Was searching through play.com for a new hub and found this.
sorry if i do anything wrong, first post.

i found this, a fan that has extra usb ports and acts as a hub.
im gonna wait for this, as its cheaper than most 4 port hubs AND its a fan too :D

cant ask for anything more in this summer weather.

hope you guys find this useful
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#1
Looks ok to me, welcome to hukd!

Only thing to mention is that it's not got it's own power supply which can cause problems with usb hubs.
#2
It's much cheaper at Scan, but you would admittedly have to buy other items to get above the alleged £20 hurdle to qualify for the the avforums free delivery.

I've had one since last year, and it's been great. It works fine, but I've only ever stuck pen drives in the ports, not anything "juicy" so to speak.
#3
Chuck U
It's much cheaper at Scan, but you would admittedly have to buy other items to get above the alleged £20 hurdle to qualify for the the avforums free delivery.

I've had one since last year, and it's been great. It works fine, but I've only ever stuck pen drives in the ports, not anything "juicy" so to speak.


yeah i did look around before posting, but for free postage (and great service) play.com cant be beaten.
#4
Just keep in mind it most likely wont be USB 2.0 since it doesn't need an external power source. Fine if you don't mind the slower transfer speeds (12Mbps compared to 480Mbps) but don't expect to be able to use it with an external hard drive or dvd writer etc. Cool gadget though.
#5
scan says its usb 2

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=572218


An absolute MUST For your Office - Home - It'll make the difference.

Cool yourself at your PC with this 2 in 1 powerful desktop USB Fan with built in 4 Port USB2 Hub.

It even takes 4 x AA battries to make it truly portable too.

Note: The Fan is not the usual cheap quality - In Piano Black with an adjustable stem and flexible safty fan blades
Itts designed by Veho for professional and long term use.

A 4 port USB2 Hub thrown in for the price keeps your desk tidy too.
#6
It'll do usb2 but won't do anything that needs powering, ie some external hard drives, webcams etc.
#7
Tony Harrison
Just keep in mind it most likely wont be USB 2.0 since it doesn't need an external power source. Fine if you don't mind the slower transfer speeds (12Mbps compared to 480Mbps) but don't expect to be able to use it with an external hard drive or dvd writer etc. Cool gadget though.

It's definitely USB2. I have one and you don't get the "this drive could operate faster message". However, you are right that it won't "drive" an external hard drive (tried), and therefore we can assume not a DVD writer either. Not sure about a webcam.
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#8
Chuck U
It's definitely USB2. I have one and you don't get the "this drive could operate faster message". However, you are right that it won't "drive" an external hard drive (tried), and therefore we can assume not a DVD writer either. Not sure about a webcam.
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Excellent deal at this price then. Most USB hubs I've used/seen which don't require an independent power source and are part of a larger device (i.e. desktop monitor, gadgets like this) have tended to be the old type USB with slower speeds. Especially at this price.

You say you have this fan yourself?, can I ask how loud it is?.
#9
Tony Harrison
Excellent deal at this price then. Most USB hubs I've used/seen which don't require an independent power source and are part of a larger device (i.e. desktop monitor, gadgets like this) have tended to be the old type USB with slower speeds. Especially at this price.

You say you have this fan yourself?, can I ask how loud it is?.


I too have one of these fans and can highly recommend them. In terms of noise it does make a bit of a buzz, but so does any fan. However, unlike some other USB fans this one really does push out enough air to make a difference and keep you cool at your desk, and it doesn't feel like a cheap and nasty product. The usb ports are usb 2, and the ability to run the fan off a few AA batteries is a nice bonus.
#10
yay my first thread is a partial success :D :thumbsup:
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good find mate
#12
Chuck U;2088137
It's much cheaper at Scan, but you would admittedly have to buy other items to get above the alleged £20 hurdle to qualify for the the avforums free delivery.

I've had one since last year, and it's been great. It works fine, but I've only ever stuck pen drives in the ports, not anything "juicy" so to speak.

Dont give your money to scam :( SCAnM


good deal on play so thanks for post OP

scooter
#13
awesome idea but would prefer it for like 4:99 or sumthing.reckon they will come down lots...id wait although it is getting hott :)
#14
ordered from Play.com.

could use as fan with my laptop or to cool my XBOX 360 :thumbsup:
#15
thanks
ordered :thumbsup:
#16
Tony Harrison
Excellent deal at this price then.
You say you have this fan yourself?, can I ask how loud it is?.

Compared to the relatively nasty "buzzing bee" noise that those litle USB flexi- fans make, this is indeed quiet, and after a while you "tune out of it", so to speak, and hardly notice the noise, whilst still appreciating the breeze.
#17
I'm in a very warm part of an office building and was desperately looking for something like this a few weeks back - in the end ordered the 'classic' fan which play.com had at £7.99 at the time (with no USB hub). You can tell when it's on - but it is effective. Makes sitting at my desk bearable.
banned#18
dcx_badass
A hub doesn't need an external power source to be USB 2.0.....


no but it helps with devices that use more power than a mouse everything else just sucks and you get a message saying that it would perform better plugged into a high power USB port, ext powered hubs just cover all your bases i dont waste my tme with weedy ones like this

on that note this fan looks pretty tacky and a waste tia
#19
Cold for me. Very expensive for whats going to be a very poor fan (which ain't going to cool that much down) and a usb hub.

Go buy a cheap USB hub, and actual fan for this sort of money.

Would be getting hotter around the £4.99 mark but not at £9.99
#20
Thats a little harsh ^^^^

I think its a tidy bit of kit! and its under a £10er! What can you get these days for under that!

HOT for me!
#21
Seriously - the fan will be next to useless - its a hub - thats it.

Its just extra needless current through your motherboard.

If you want a fan - buy a proper desk fan - there was a 12 inch one in here from the Co op for about a fiver.
#22
Exactly my point. Get a proper fan (that will work), and a better USB hub for about the same price! :-)
#23
ajay87
Exactly my point. Get a proper fan (that will work), and a better USB hub for about the same price! :-)


After thinking about it, i've canceled my order and ordered myself a massive fan :thumbsup:

Ive been looking at hubs on amazon (to use match hunt voucher) and im not sure which to get.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kensington-PocketHUB-Mini-USB-2-0/dp/customer-reviews/B000HOJQQS/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_helpful?ie=UTF8&customer-reviews.sort%5Fby=-SubmissionDate&coliid=&showViewpoints=1&customer-reviews.start=1&qid=1210794402&sr=1-43&colid=#customerReviews that looked pretty decent, but apparently someones western digital hard disk didnt work in it.. which a a bit of a put of for me... :whistling:

anyone got any other surgestions?
#24
it says pre-order what's that about? i thought it's available now?


"Pre-order. | Due for release on 25/05/2008"
#25
Chuck U
I've had one since last year, and it's been great. It works fine, but I've only ever stuck pen drives in the ports, not anything "juicy" so to speak.


I bought it from e-buyer last year for the 2 days it was hot and it's not a brilliant fan but it does invoke eny from others in the office so it's worthwhile but it's a bit flakey as a USB hub (I use pen drives too and they random appear and disappear), still for a fiver I'm not complaining.
#26
I saw it the other day at play.com but didn't want to wait for it to become available. Found it at Novatech:

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.jsp?NOV-USBFAN

£10.18 including delivery.

I paid an extra 50p to get it next day and am v. pleased with it. Gives off a nice breeze (nothing too dramatic though) and the USB hub is handy.
#27
ajay87
Exactly my point. Get a proper fan (that will work), and a better USB hub for about the same price! :-)


The problem is a lot of firms don't allow personal electrical items in work - a USB fan is perfect for me. Besides which with a phone, a desktop PC, 2 CRT monitors, a laptop, 2 keyboards and 2 mice on my desk I just don't have the real estate for large fan!!
#28
If you just need a fan for your Xbox etc that is USB, Home Bargains have them in stock in some stores for a quid (as well as those USB Hot Plate things for mugs of coffee)
#29
pc_tech86
it says pre-order what's that about? i thought it's available now?


"Pre-order. | Due for release on 25/05/2008"


lol hence why i put a starting date on the 25th :p
#30
Croft
The problem is a lot of firms don't allow personal electrical items in work - a USB fan is perfect for me. Besides which with a phone, a desktop PC, 2 CRT monitors, a laptop, 2 keyboards and 2 mice on my desk I just don't have the real estate for large fan!!



Exactly!
#31
Croft
The problem is a lot of firms don't allow personal electrical items in work - a USB fan is perfect for me. Besides which with a phone, a desktop PC, 2 CRT monitors, a laptop, 2 keyboards and 2 mice on my desk I just don't have the real estate for large fan!!


thats a good point, most places don't let u have any big electrical goods of your own so all those who r voting cold r :pirate: 's
#32
ye i went there
#33
Hot or Cold? Well I'd prefer a fan that keeps me ice cool, so Cold it is :thumbsup:
#34
£5.29 at scan.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/productinfo.asp?WebProductID=817299

You can pick up if you want!

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