A little on the fragile side, but should be o.k. if you take great care in handling it. It vibrates (moves) slightly when extended but not when retracted. The only really awkward bit in assembly was the putting together of the Two fan grills. The sound level on the lowest speed was fairly good, more noise on the next Two settings. It also has a moving left to right feature, that I never use, the fan can also be angled up or down. The airflow even on the lowest speed setting was very good. The mains cable is about five feet long.