USB Aquarium Review

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Want all the perks of having a fish tank on your desk but none of the hassle?  Well, look no further, Brando has released a USB Aquarium, complete with two plastic, but colorful fish.


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Hardware Overview

  • Plugs into your USB port for power
  • No Batteries required
  • Includes 4 feet of USB cable
  • Contains swimming plastic fish
  • Semi-interactive
  • Compatible with Windows XP

Installation and Setup

This aquarium is much easier to deal with than a regular one.  All that is needed is a glass of water and a couple drops of dishwashing soap.  Then just pop in the software CD and plug in your new aquarium!

Aquarium Operation

It’s pretty simple.  Once the software has been downloaded and the aquarium has been plugged into the USB port, the fish will start swimming in somewhat erratic circles.  That’s about it.

The aquarium claims to be interactive and I guess it sort of lives up to that. There is a pop-up menu that has five fish icons that indicate the fish’s need for playing, feeding, medical attention, turning the blue light on/off, and “refreshing” the fish after you kill them.  Because they won’t just die of old age(like real fish), you have to try and kill them by overfeeding or underfeeding them or overmedicating them.  When you succeed, game over, that is until you hit the refresh button (No toilets needed). The light button is kind of pointless since it’s difficult to see in a lit office environment.

The most annoying thing about this aquarium is the noise.  Every time the fish “want” something, the fan speed increases making a loud noise sort of similar to a diesel engine. So, as you can imagine, it’s not exactly charming when you are sharing space with co-workers.

Bottom Line

The aquarium was cute and fun for the first 48 hrs.  After that I just really wanted to get this review done so I could turn it off.  The noise was really starting to bother me.

Purchase Information

You can purchase the USB Aquarium from Brando directly for $23.


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