Noctua launches "desktop" fans to keep the heat on

Written by Guillaume
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The idea had already been mooted several years ago, but seemed to have fallen into limbo.

Noctua is an Austrian brand known for its cooling solutions with high-performance heatsinks and highly efficient fans. In fact, Noctua has been setting the standard for some time now, but the brand had surprised the world when - in 2018 - it announced that it was working on a prototype fan not intended for the PC, but for the user's desktop. A fan based on the firm's products, but therefore outside the company's usual framework, and no one was surprised when the thing ended up disappearing from the radar.

" Disappear? Well, no. In fact, Noctua was simply preparing its weapons, completing its offer to launch a few days ago what the firm calls Noctua HOME, a new range made up of a dozen products designed around the 120 x 120 mm NF-A12x25 PWM fan, the company's emblematic model. In this case, the fan is mounted on a mobile support, protected by a grille and fitted with a sort of "megaphone" that Noctua calls an " airflow amplifier ".

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It's already surprising to see Noctua hoping to refresh users in this way, when they obviously didn't wait for Noctua to enter this segment before equipping themselves with a fan. It's also a little surprising to see such a small product (120 x 120 mm) cooling anything other than the insides of a PC. But the most astonishing thing about all this is the prices at which Noctua hopes to sell the HOME range. The complete kit costs 100 euros, which is already very expensive for what it is, but the individual components are even more expensive: the fan alone costs 33 euros, its swivel bracket 40 euros, and you have to add another 15 euros for the " airflow amplifier ", 15 euros for the protective grille and 25 euros for the rotation speed controller. Perhaps consumers will prove us wrong, but we find it hard to see this product being a success.