Antec SpotCoolPropane - August 2, 2007
Price: USD 12.00
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People like lots of things on a stick. Ice cream, hot dogs, and...fans? Thats Antec's hope with its product, the Spotcool. This little device has a small fan on the end of a bendy stick that can screw onto several different places inside your computer. The Spotcool can then be directed to point at most components in your case to help provide some extra cooling.
Antec has been one of the world's leaders in several of the computer component sectors, namely the cooling, enclosure, and power supply areas. Born in 1986 in Fremont, California, Antec has come a long way to earn its title of "The world's #1 brand of high-performance computer components" and is still moving forward today.
The packaging that the Spotcool comes in is not very showy, but does a good job providing emphasis on the fan and making some of its features known. The back of the case shows the fan in one of its many possible configurations and also lists some of its features. It was very easy to get to the fan, as all that holds it together are two rivets near the top.
The fan apparatus itself seems sturdy and is about 8.5 inches long. This is long enough for the fan to reach most places in the case, but short enough to not be a nuisance in most cases. The fan is 70mm, which should provide a decent amount of airflow over any component at a fairly reasonable noise level. The fan also has 3 blue LEDs which light up when the fan is on. There is no option of turning these off, however, which might be annoying to some users. On the outside of the fan casing, a three value selector is located, allowing the user to pick from high, medium, and low settings. Finally, the 3 pin connector is 8 inches long from the side of the fan casing.