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ATake ROBOT Phantom 80mm UV LED case fan
With the large number of mod accessories out now days, it's hard to set a company apart from the rest. ATake, a relatively new manufacturer, has recently started distributing their products in the US. We are going to take a look at their UV LED 80mm case fan. These fans at first look appear to use a very high grade plastic, extremely different then what I am used to seeing in a UV reactive plastic. I can't wait to take a closer look and put this fan to the test.
UV LED Fan
3 to 4 pin adapter
????? Can't seem to find anyone selling this cooler... ATake is not yet available in the US, they are set to start distribution in Feb 2005.
Updated 01/24/05 Suggested retail price 7.99 USD. Very fair price for this type of fan..
If you have seen one case fan install, you've pretty much have seen them all. ATake provides both hookups for a 3-pin motherboard or 4-pin Molex connector, so no need to worry about having extra power. I will not be getting into the actual install, seeing that it is a simple procedure highlighted numerous times. If you have any questions, however, feel free to contact me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With case fans, most of the time appearance makes a big difference with the majority of the new cases coming stock with some sort of window to view the insides. That being said, ATake makes a great looking fan, the dual color UV sensitive plastics light up nicely. Not to mention the UV sensitive power connectors for that little extra flair. This fan also comes with LED lights embedded into the outer frame of the fan to light up your case and bring out the UV colors. ATake makes 5 different colors including a transparent fan, in case your color scheme is more clean. One very important note about the plastics themselves: with most UV reactive plastics, they use a milky, almost matte finish to help bring out the reflective nature of the coating. ATake uses a very clear, smooth finish. This gives the fan a very unique look, one I personally like. See the photos below and make up your own conclusions...
Performance of a case fan is pretty important when talking about keeping your PC cool. It is better to pay an extra dollar or two for a fan that pushes a bit more air, the alternative can be much more costly. The ATake UV fan runs at a very constant 2411 RPM's. I had it in a PC for over a week routinely checking the RPM speed and the variation in RPM's was less then two over the week period. Please note that this is only checking the speed in average of 10 times per day, so there is a chance it varies more. However, I was very impressed with the stability of this fan. The noise level was very low as well. With the case closed it was almost non existent but with the case open, the noise is a bit more. Within ATake's parameters though, around 26dB to 29dB. Please note there are other fans running, so the noise level might not be exact and every fan runs a little bit different so your results may vary.
Comes with converter and hardware.
Appearance is appealing.
UV reactive 3 to 4 pin converter is a nice touch.
Hardware could be of a little bit better quality. ATake uses a softer metal, which is easy to strip if not using the correct size screwdriver. Not a huge issue though.
This is a very nice quality fan that not only pushes air well, but is also very quiet in comparison to many of its competitors. Pending the price of this cooler, it will do well and I will definitely recommend this product, as long as it is priced under 15 USD. Unfortunately, this product has not been released in the US market yet, so I can't find anyone selling it to see the actual sale price. Overall, I am happy to give the ATake UV LED fan our Blue Ribbon Seal of Approval! Updated Info Suggested retail price 7.99 USD 01/25/05
Rating: 5 out of 6 Stars!!!!
Review Date: 01/22/05
Reviewer: pr101j (Paul)
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