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We can read your mind. You are thinking, ‘why is a PC website reviewing a handheld vacuum cleaner? Well, more fool you actually. It’s the opposite of a vacuum cleaner, and it’s one of the handiest things any PC hobbyist could ever lay hands on. Yes, it’s the horrifically named Compu-Cleaner!
Right, so what is it. Well, think leaf-blower for your PC, minus the foliage. We all know the enemy of good airflow (besides Lewie’s cable-management) is dust. The number of fans we put in our rigs these days certainly shift a lot of air around the chassis, but they also bring with it a common enemy – filthy dust particles that clog up your nice filters and fan blades.
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If you have ever ventured into the murky innards of a PC that has been up and running for a few months, heaven forbid a year – you know, the one your parents told you that used to work, but these days it seems really slow… yes, that one, no matter how seasoned a builder you are you will never fail to be amazed by the amount of dust that’s got in there and also that giving them a spring clean is a messy, and certainly not a pleasant job.
Let’s make it a bit easier then shall we?
This is a gadget that at first glance might appear to be a gadget for gadgets sake, but in truth it really can make a difference if you are the type of person who uses a lot of compressed air, and cleans and lot of dust from things, especially PCs. It’s ESD safe, very powerful – perhaps too powerful for fans if you aren’t careful, and sits handily under your desk waiting to be needed for a quick blast under the keys of my mechanical keyboard.
The initial outlay might seem a bit steep but if you use it over a period of years rather than weeks it will end up paying for itself and you certainly can’t say that about all the tat you buy online. Is it a niche product? Yes and no. You will find you use it for more than expected and it certainly makes a job easier.
We recommend it wholeheartedly, even if it is something you never really thought you would ever buy.