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Dyson Air Multiplier AM01
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Ha ha. You guys ARE funny.
I bought an almost identical one on ebay or dx, and it cost £30.
Was it a Dyson reduced in price, or a different make, as I thought this design was exclusive to Dyson (and knowing Dyson, it's probably heavily patented to stop copycats)?
I'm not a fan.
The only copy I know of is a totally knock off Chinese version that's not readily available. Would be interested to know if a legit cheaper version cropped up.
I tried one. It didn't blow me away.
I have both the Dyson and the Ebay one (hey I love my gadgets and the Dyson is still cheaper than an AC unit), but the Ebay one is just a joke really.
It looks similar from the outside, but inside it's a CPU cooler fan blowing air into a badly designed ring.
A lot of the Dyson's effectiveness relies on the shape of the output ring (the airfoil as they call it) but that means build tolerances beyond your typical £15 fan and yes probably patented to the micron .
The best of this is really the lower speeds, where you feel a gentle breeze that is unmatched by any traditional fan. Very refreshing.
For some reason my cat loves jumping through the hoop too.
I imagine a bucket of soapy water could turn it into an awesome bubble blower. Anyone care to stump up the cash (and risk electrocution) to find out? Your warranty may be invalidated.
I don't suppose it multiplied your cat? That would be worth writing home about.
Just had a look on eBay and it seems there 's a small but substantial market for Dyson Air Multiplier knock-offs, mainly sourced from the far east. I found them while searching for bladeless fans on eBay. You can get USB ones for under a tenner from Hong Kong with free shipping...
Although I'm quite sceptical as to how good these knockoffs will be, as Gk.pm seems to confirm in another reply.
the cat would be both multiplied and unmultiplied, until Gk.pm observed it
not funny anymore!
My Wife bought the larger room version from Dyson. At £400 or thereabouts I was expecting some cool air and a better looking thing than an upright fan. It scores on better looking and thats it. Its noisy and provides a nice warm draught of air when I was expecting a nice quiet cool breeze. It gets returned tomorrow.If I want a warm breeze I'll get a fan for a fraction of the cost. Not recommended and the price is a joke.
I purchased two AM 01 units in December 2012. One used in each of my two occupied bedrooms and running through the night pretty much all year. One failed within 4 months and a replacement unit was sent to me (without a serial number). The replacement unit and the original second unit failed in December 2013. Both were hand delivered to the Dyson Service Centre on December 27th. A month later, 2 units arrived back at my home today. One was filthy, the other was the unit without a serial number. I'll be returning them to the Service Centre tomorrow for explanation but if unsatisfactory, I'll be returning the units to the point of purchase and demanding a full refund. The two Kambrook fans I purchased on December 28th 2013 for A$39 each are working a treat. I'll never buy or recommend a Dyson product.
The problem with fans, all fans I should say, is their ability to cool relies on circulated cool air. It doesn't matter if you have a $20 fan or a $600 fan, if the room is warm and there is no cool air coming in from outside, the result will be the exact same.
The only thing these dyson fans are good for is Aesthestic looks.
If you have $200-$600 to spend, get a portable air conditioner (or 2), it will work far better than any dyson fan ever will.
While the tech is interesting and looks good in a modern apartment / home, it fails in terms of performance and price compared to traditional fan. You can get a high speed blade fan from a good brand for $50 and get double performance compared to spending $300 on this and getting half the performance.
If you're strictly after good looks and hate the way blade fans look in a house, then i would shell out $300.
It isn't getting much cheaper either due to low demand (caused by its poor performance)
The cheap chinese knock-offs are useless so avoid them entirely, stick to Dyson.
if it's anything like as bad as their over-priced hoovers the knock-offs will be preferable. they might even work more than once
Who would be dumb enough to pay more than $300 for a fan when you can get a room air conditioner for that price...? Totally absurd!
It's "cachet", not "caché"
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