The Arctic Breeze is a fan on the end of flexible metal neck which is attached to a weighed base. It is powered by a USB cable, and has two speed settings and an off button. Head on it looks like a flower growing out of a clump of black earth.
Not knowing what the Breeze is supposed to be used for, our first excitement led us to the hypothesis that the Breeze was a miniature wind turbine for generating electricity off the exhaust fans from your PC. Sadly, this was not so. Next we thought the weighted base had magnets embedded so the exposed fan-on-a-stick could be stuck to the side of one's case to spot cool problem areas.
Nope. The Arctic Breeze fulfills neither role, instead it's basically just a Frankensteined Arctic Cooling fan left to quietly spin in open space on the end of a thin flexible shaft that doesn't hold its position very well in tight bends.
The 92mm fan rotates counter clockwise at 2000RPM or 1200RPM, depending on the speed you select. It runs off a standard USB connection, so in many computers the fan will continue to operate after the computer has been shut down. The entire unit is 190mm tall, with the bendable neck measuring 80mm of that. Its footprint is 105mm in diameter. The retail price on this puppy is $16 bucks.
In the relatively temperate climate of North America where monsoon levels of humidity and 35C degree days aren't very common. I can't see a 92mm fan on a stick providing any level of comfort to a sweaty computer geek in an non-airconditioned room at 2AM... an open window will suffice.
The only possible use Frostytech could think of for the Arctic Breeze was keyboard or mouse-hand cooling - you know when you hands get a little sweaty from resting on the hot chassis of a notebook, or the inevitable perspiration that comes with unending gaming sessions?
Aim the Breeze at you mousing hand, or laterally across the keyboard for a "refreshing" breeze.
Just watch out for the hard white plastic spinning blades. Arctic Cooling built the Arctic Breeze out of tough glass fibre reinforced plastic so it's a tough cookie. The unit I've had on my desk for the last week has been knocked over a couple times with no ill effect.
And incidently, it's been pointed at the side of a small form factor AOpen XCcube case that has an overheating problem. It seemed to do the trick, as any 92mm fan would have.
So there you have it, the Arctic Cooling Arctic Breeze is a well built quiet little 92mm fan on a flexible stick. I have no opinion on whether you should buy one or not, Frostytech hasn't dreamt up a genuine application that would justify this products existance.
Now for one final comment... Arctic Cooling, when are you going to get back into the game and design a new killer cool, near silent processor heatsink? It's time for the focus to turn back onto ultra silent great performing heatsinks, wasting resources on silly fans just won't cut it. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts dear reader.
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