For now lets just pretend it’s a nice day outside and it’s not winter here in North America. In fact it is so hot the thought of going outside makes you sick to your stomach. It is a great day to kick back and relax and play some games while sweating your (expletive inserted here) off. A nice cold drink would hit the spot but keeping it cold in this heat isn’t too easy. Well not any more The CoolIT USB Beverage Cooler is here to save the day. A nice cold beer to go along with your favorite game is a possibility I can get used to.
There is a lot to be said for gadgets these days; they make life just a little bit more fun and easy. I am a huge gadget nut and love trying out anything I can get my hands on to. This is one gadget I would be very interested in trying out, because it is so simple and actually is functional. Let’s get into the meat of this review and see how well the CoolIT USB Beverage Cooler actually works.
I love the esthetic’s of this little unit it has a very clean design and doesn’t make my desk look like an eye sore. The nice thing about it is it will also match very well with all you Mac users out there. Its simplistic design is a nice change I love led’s and all that jazz, but I must say simple and clean design are a welcomed change to all the flashy crap there is out there these days.
We can see from these pictures the cooling comes from the small dorsal fan at the back running over the aluminum heat sink within. This is a very interesting design. Without having turned it on yet I would have to admit this would provide very impressive cooling.
Let’s have a look at what the specs and features are on this little unit.
The next must-have computer accessory is here. With the USB Beverage Chiller at your side, you can keep your beverage chilled and stay at your computer longer.
|” If you know a late night gamer looking to keep his bottle of Bawls cool…”|
Just seconds after plugging the chiller into your computer’s USB port (no external outlet needed), the coldplate chills to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the perfect temperature for keeping your beverage chilled.
• Plugs into your computer’s USB port
• Coldplate chills to 45°F
• Keeps your beverage cold
For testing, the room temp is 76 degrees F, the soft drinks will start off at 40 degrees F, This should give the cooler a head start because its packaging states it can achieve 45 degrees continuous temperatures. Testing of the temperatures will take place at one and two hour intervals. One drink will be at ambient temperature on the desk, the other will be on the CoolIT Systems USB Beverage Chiller. I will be using straight generic brand cola to do the testing I do not believe in alcohol abuse so i wont waste any good beer.
Hour 1 Test:
Desk soda: 54F
CoolIT soda: 51F
Hour 2 Test:
Desk soda: 61F
CoolIT soda: 55F
While I wouldn’t agree on the 45 degrees stated on its packaging, I will admit this little unit did a fantastic job cooling the drink as opposed to leaving it on your desk. Let’s go on to the closing thoughts.
Experts say 45 degrees is optimal temperature for carbonated beverages. Any warmer then this and the beverage will start to lose carbonation and will go flat. This being said the CoolIT Beverage Chiller did not live up to its claims temperature wise. I will say this however this little unit did a great job cooling the drink compared to leaving it on your desk. I personally don’t sit there drinking my beer over a 2 hour period so the loss of carbonation isn’t really an issue.
It is a nifty little unit and I would definitely use it again purely based on its novelty. The chiller would also make a great gift for any office workers or gamers you know. Most people wouldn’t go out and buy one of these for themselves in my opinion, and that is exactly why it’s a safe gift because most wouldn’t have one already. In the end I would recommend this little unit to any one interested. I wont be over clocking my soda or beer any time soon so the just about 10 degree difference between the packaging and real life temps doesn’t upset me too much.
- Simple design
- Doesn’t use freon gas
- very portable
- Doesn’t cool to the stated 45 degrees
- Some games may want pretty lights