Hooked Up - CoolIT USB Beverage Chiller

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posted 5/30/2008 by Dan Keener
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Welcome to Hooked Up, the Gaming Nexus series that puts the spotlight on gaming related products that impact the Video Game experience. This week we take a look at CoolIT Systems USB Beverage Chiller

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What is it?
The USB Beverage chiller is a device from CoolIT Systems that is designed to keep your beverage chilled all the time. It uses a powered USB connection and proprietary CoolIT technology to keep your drinks cold and ready to drink.

Product Quick Reference
Company CoolIT Systems
Product USB Beverage Chiller
Price $24.99
Warranty 1 Year
Power Supply USB
Power Consumption 1.2 Amps/6 Watts
Cord Length 5'
Product Website www.coolitsystems.com

Impressions
The CoolIT USB Beverage chiller is a slick little device that delivers as promised. Immediately upon plugging it in, the surface of the cold-plate begins to drop toward its eventual 45 degree temperature that will keep beverages cold all day long. It doesn’t matter what type of container the beverage is in (although basic physics do apply), as all will transfer the cool temperature to the liquids to some degree. I found aluminum cans to be the best, although 20-oz plastic bottles don’t do too badly either. When plugged in, the plate starts cooling down immediately (and will warm up just as fast when disconnected) and stays at the constant temp the whole time.

The only real negative I found was the cord length. While five-foot may seem plenty long, it doesn’t offer much distance for a console that is integrated into a home theater setup or a desktop PC that is on a floor. It is great for a laptop regardless o your USB locations. The fan is audible, but the sound it is very constant and will fade into the background as white noise as you get used to it. The only other thing I would have liked to see was a power switch of some sort to allow for it to be left plugged in to the USB while not having the cooling technology working.

Pros Cons
Cools Immediately Fan is Audible
Cost for Performance No Power Switch
Looks Great Cord Length
Rugged Construction  

Gaming Impact
This one is pretty obvious, as most gamers have some sort of fuel (drink) next to them while playing. Whether it is a soda, energy drink or alcoholic beverage, the CoolIT USB Beverage Chiller will keep them all cold. Most of the time these drinks disappear quickly, but when you get into that long set on Rock Band, get lost in the world of some RPG or are running from the cops in GTA, you don’t always get to it right away.

The Skinny
While I nitpicked at a couple of things, they certainly do not impede what this little gem does best, and that is keep your drink cold. It doesn’t matter if you drink from cans, bottles, plastic or a jewel-encrusted goblet of gold; expect to have a cold drink while it is sitting on the cooling plate. The bottom line is at $24.99, this is a must have gadget for anyone that drinks cold beverages and uses a computer, game console or device with a powered USB port.

Where to Find/Buy
The CoolIT USB Beverage Chiller can be found at the CoolIT website. In addition, online retailers such as Amazon.com, ProVantage, ANT Online, and BeachAudio carry it.

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