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Don't worry, you're getting your money's worth! Just remember to follow procedure!
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
TO ANYONE BUYING ANY KIND OF PORTABLE A/C: Make sure you're letting the unit stand upright for 24 hours before even plugging it in. If you don't, then there will be problems with the unit as a result. THIS IS PROBABLY WHAT MOST PEOPLE END UP IGNORING, RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO THEIR BRAND-NEW UNIT! PLEASE DO THIS!
TL;DR version: Good for the price, a bit noisy . Treat it right and you have a best friend for the summer!
So, after my mother had one of these units for quite some time, I decided to get one for my own bedroom because it is a room that gets unbelievably warm in the summer, even if the home's A/C is working. The window unit is pretty good, despite it feeling flimsy at first touch. The hose as well is a bit thin but not too thin that it's a junk heap, but it does slightly irradiate heat when the compressor is on (not enough to affect the temperature of the room, mind). It also remains stiff due to the ridged design which made it a bit hard to finely adjust the position of the unit in the room.
All that said, holy crap did it cool the room down like amazing. A special note to those using this unit is to turn it off of the automatic setting. Automatic causes it to just kind of default to 75 for some reason, so switching it to manual A/C allowed my unit to actually cool down to the temperature I set it to and then switched to fan mode until the temperature went up again. If I felt particularly hot, I could aim the vent on the front toward me to cool me off, otherwise I normally aimed it upward to get the air circulated.
Noise-wise, the fan makes as much noise as a low-setting house fan which is negligible, however it does make a loud sound when switching on the compressor which is also a fair bit loud. Some people call it white noise, I managed to fall asleep despite the compressor running but not sure I actually slept well that night. Basically, your mileage may vary in terms of noise. It did make recording obnoxious because the sound carried enough to be picked up even on low gain settings on the opposite side of the room, so if you plan to use this A/C in a room where recording takes place, then I hope you like getting up close and personal with your mic otherwise it's going to pick it up like mad.
I live in Louisiana, so there's a good reason to get this kind of A/C rather than the other, much cheaper kind. This thing does pull in humidity from the air to cool, but I never did have to drain it once in all the time using it so don't even ask me where to drain it (it has a sensor light to tell you it needs draining but not once did it come on). On the downside, this does mean the air in the room gets dry. Real dry. I ended up with a bit of a persistent cough because of it, so if you're like me and have some breathing issues then just keep that in mind and try not to sleep with it on. Also, when you're not using it, make sure to remove the window unit and close your window otherwise the turned-off A/C will be letting air from inside your house flow outside. This isn't a design flaw: it's a part of the unit being "portable".
So, all in all, it may sound like an expensive as heck unit. Trust me when I say it is worth the expensiveness because it made my summer such a breeze... No pun intended. Just make sure you're following all the steps of setting up the unit, be gentle with it, and make sure to let it stand upright for 24 hours before you plug it in where you need it. The only real issue is noise.
UPDATE - 6/18/2020
Giving a status update after having used this thing for long enough to essentially know its durability. Don't worry: this is a positive update.
It is still working as intended. No problems, no leaks, no breaking parts. Powerhouse keeps the room as cool as it did when I first got it. Make sure to regularly clean the screens/filters on the side and back (only take them off when you're not using it) to ensure proper air flow.
It has endured a lot of sudden power outages and the occasional accidental smack of my foot when getting out of bed, but it still soldiers on without a hitch. The only thing that has changed is the vent bit on the front has worn down enough that it will hinge down when it switches from fan to compressor and vice versa, but really that's not even a complaint at this point. It stays in the position I put it until that jostles it loose. No big deal.
Again, keeping it 4-stars mainly for the noise it makes which can be somewhat disruptive but not obnoxiously so (as one who has sensitive hearing). I do sleep pretty well while it is on, whether it's just running on fan mode or having to cool the room down. Reiterating, though, that it is a dehumidifying A/C, so the air will be dry in your room if the compressor has been running. Keep water handy.