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USB Cooling Fan & Stand (PS3)
USB Cooling Fan & Stand (PS3)

3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate (older ps3 models), 27 May 2010
(PLEASE not that this fan is for older PS3 models and WILL NOT fit the newer 'slim' models)

PS3 recently overheated and thought it be beneficial to get some form of cooling system for the console. I selected this one as there really wasn't much else that seemed suitable, it rests on top of the playstation and sucks air out.

The manufacturing quality of the product is what you would expect, It has a nice gloss black finish the same as the console as not to stand out to much. The fan seems primarily designed to sit on top of the console when it is in its vertical position. This however does not prevent it from being secured horizontally. Obviously the fan will add some height, around 1.5" combined with the stand you console may be just as tall as perhaps the bass unit of surround sound system.

The effectiveness of the fan itself is difficult to judge, hot air does vent out, but whether this significantly reduces the core temperature is difficult to test without opening the console and fitting some form of temperature gauge inside. It is important to make sure that vents without interior fans are not blocked in anyway, as these are the ones designed to allow (preferable) cool air inside.

The fan has an adjustable speed gauge (very similar to volume control of old cassette players) the maximum speed of the fan isn't extremely fast as its power is limited via usb port. Set to maximum power the volume is noticeable, but i recommend turning the speed up for graphically demanding games (MW2 etc) and turning it down when watching films. Overall the fan is ok.

Quick review of the stand.
The console fits snugly in the stand (as stated earlier it is designed for the first chunkier models) if you have a soft carpet and store your playstation on the floor it may be useful to you as the wider base will add balance. The power cable to your console fits into the back of the stand and the stand has its one identical power cable which then plugs into the console, this is solely to allow the power switch to be accessed from the front of the console it has blue led lights around the switch (which personally i'd prefer it without). Overall its purpose is purely aesthetic, it has no cooling benefits (unless like stated earlier fluffy carpet fibres blocking the lower ventilation holes).

2.5" HDD SATA to USB External Enclosure Caddy
2.5" HDD SATA to USB External Enclosure Caddy
Offered by Bluestone Online
Price: £5.93

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate, 25 Aug. 2009
The item pretty much does what it says 'on the tin'. The brushed aluminium case looks great, but then is distinctly let down by the cheap and flimsy looking connector. A SATA 2.5" drive fits reasonable well inside, but it doesn't feel like it would offer much protection. Still it works well and is ideal for using the hard drive from a PS3 for use as a external drive once removed.

Draper 14059 11-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set
Draper 14059 11-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set
Price: £7.50

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal, 25 Aug. 2009
Great little pack. Comes in small plastic box which is easily stored. Quite a large range of screwdrivers. The quality of the screwdrivers is reasonable. Most cases fit for purpose, Though when removing extraordinarily tight screws (ps3 screws) it did damage the screwdriver slightly.

On all pretty good.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff. PS3, 25 Aug. 2009
I have a 60 gig ps3 and it quickly got full, as each game played created a large file. Games such as oblivion and fallout create data files of about 5 gig. I decided to get a replacement drive, 500gb drive (465 actual capacity due to conversions from bytes to gigabytes).
I was unsure whether to go for Seagate or Western Digital, both are reputable and reliable hard drive manufactures, and specification there are very similar (noise, vibration etc) so a coin toss would suffice in deciding between them. I based my decision on pretty much the fact that it was slightly cheaper then WD hard drive and carries a 5 year warranty rather then Western Digital 3 year. Also the fact that most models of the PS3 use Seagate hard drives.

There has been mixed responses of how easy people found it to replace the hard drive. I personally didn't find it easy at all. The principle of doing it is straightforward. But on accessing the hard drive compartment your met with brutally tight screws. The screws are so tight that it is extremely easy to round the screw heads off, the frustration is immense (it seems that the screws are made from a slightly more rigid form of bluetac). A tip is to initially buy a screwdriver with a large handle (approx size phillips head no.0) if the unforgiving screws still don't want to release the hard drive you can do what i was forced to do. Carefully get pair of pliers tightly grip and twist the screw (lefty loosy, righty tighty :O) until you hear a quite loud crack (don't worry its not the hard drive) which signifies the screws releasing the hard drive. Once the new hard drive is slid into the compartment put the screws back in, it is not necessary to have them tight, just need them to effectively secure the hard drive and prevent it moving.

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