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Not built like older 783's, but still a workhorse
on August 23, 2009
[Ordered from Amazon under in-law's account] 4 stars, not 5, even if the 783B does give 5-star results in the end. Out of the box a newbie to the Vornado product line will see a brochure with many details about use and cleaning (thank you, Vornado for designing a fan that that makes this chore ridiculously easy) -- but not a word on assembly or adjusting height. True, assembly just means joining three pipe sections with two screws. But some people might find this confusing. If you keep looking around, though, you'll find instructions and pics on the box lids -- easy to overlook the first time around. There's no height "adjustment": leaving out the center section makes the stand shorter, so there's really just a 2-position choice. The maximum is 42" only when the fan itself is tilted upward. Aimed straight ahead, it reaches 37.5" at best. People accustomed to cheap fans over 5 feet high might have to adjust to this. 4 stars, also, for an oddly mounted power switch that required a bit of sculpting with an Xacto knife to make the pointer move in and out of the OFF position (poor smoothing of the edges on the molded plastic knob). Another thing some buyers won't be used to is the way Vortex fans work. Most fans have cheaper blade and front screen construction that simply scatters air all over. This sounds OK, but in use it's very inefficient, and a cheap way to make cheap fans with cheap motors. Typically a Vornado uses a more refined blade construction for better balance (costs more) and a front screen that gathers and focuses air straight ahead instead of everywhere. It moves only slightly more air than other fans, but the stream is much stronger. Aim the airstream at a ceiling or opposite wall, and the multi-directional ricochet is really effective; no matter where you stand, you'll feel cooler. Another advantage is that cool or warm air is effectively spread to other locations -- I'm using one a.c. and a Vornado to cool several rooms, leaving two other a.c.'s inactive most of the time. My older Vornado was equally adept at spreading heat, as well. I no longer need our old portable heater. Also, I fault it by one star because Vornado is no longer American-made, yet prices are the same (shame on them!). The results and the 5-year warranty are worth the price, especially since I'm saving energy and a ton of $$$ in a.c. and heating costs, and especially because the Vornado really does its job. As for noise: on low you can barely hear it. On high it's about average -- just remember that if you expect a machine to move lots of air, whether in a room or house or inside a computer or multimedia center, Mother Nature requires some sort of mechanical activity that makes noise. Even on high, it's a lower noise level than with typical air conditioners or cheapo fans. I've heard far worse, from products that didn't work nearly as well.