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Thermaltake XJOG USB Fan/Light Accessories

Manufacturer: Thermaltake Technology
Supplied by: Thermaltake Technology
Street Price: TBA

By Dean Barker (4/18/2004)

 

Introduction

We all have seen some interesting accessories on the market for our computers.  Some very practical and some very wild.  Today we have a mix of the two.  Thermaltake has put out a line of accessories called the XJOG.  These are USB plug in devices with bendable metal shafts of varying lengths that have a light and/or a fan at the other end.

Five different models are available with either blue or white LED lights.  The first of these is a three-in-one type set up.  The fan and light kit includes a USB tipped stalk with a single LED light, a USB tipped stalk with a two bladed fan, a two port USB hub and a small plastic plate.  Both the fan and LED unit measure 8.5 inches long and were easily manipulated with their bendable metal necks to face about anywhere provided it isn't much beyond a 180 degree angle.

  

The included two port hub sports one USB port on the side and one on the top.  The top mounted port is controlled by an on/off switch.  The hub has 4.5 feet of line that allows you to plug it in and place it where ever you like.  This is made easier by the base of the hub having a small suction cup on it.  The small clear Plexiglas plate we mentioned earlier functions as a stand of sorts, you can attach the hub via the suction cup to if you are on a surface the cup may not stick to.

     

To alleviate your fears, the fan blades are made out of some type of synthetic material.  Short version: you aren't going to hurt yourself with this.  The unit spins at 2500 RPM making a low level "whir" noise that wasn't anymore annoying than any other small fan you have in your house.

The single LED light in this kit is pretty much and all or nothing device.  A single LED light without an on/off switch, rests at the end of a 8.5 inch neck.  The light or the fan can be controlled by the on/off switch at the hub itself. Unfortunately, this switch only controls the top USB port.  The light is offered in either a blue or a white LED.

The next two units are each 18 inches long.  The first of these is a fan/light combo and the other is a dual LED light.  Not pictured is a single LED light unit Thermaltake also produces.  Like the previous models, the lights are offered in blue and white.

        


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