USB Missile Launcher Review

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I could stop right here and you would already want to buy one. You haven’t even seen a picture and don’t know how much it costs, but the idea of launching missiles, albeit foam ones, from your desk is just too fun an idea to let pass.

The good old USB port. Great for plugging in the mundane like mice, keyboards, printers, blah, blah, blah. Thanks to the good folks at Brando we can liven up this USB port a little bit. Brando has released two missile firing machines, one a circus theme and the other a military missile battery.

USB Missile Launcher
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Hardware Overview

  • Plugs into your USB port for power
  • No Batteries required
  • Contains 3 foam missiles
  • Includes 3 feet of USB cable
  • Moves left right up and down
  • Prerecorded sound effects
  • Able to download your own sound effects and add them to your program
  • Shoots up to 20 feet at a extremely fast rate
  • Compatible with Windows XP

Installation and Setup

Setting up the launchers is very easy. Simply install the software, plug in and load your missiles.

USB Missile Launcher
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Canon Operation

Using the launcher is simple and straightforward. Launch the control program and you’re ready to go. The canon works with the software using mouse clicks or via keyboard arrows and space bar. We used the latter exclusively since the software didn’t work on any of the four machines we tested it on. Brando claims it works fine, though we couldn’t get it to work at all. It’s of little consequence, it’s easier to use with the arrows anyway.

Use the arrow keys to target your launcher. The launchers rotate almost 360 degrees and aims up and down. Press the space bar to launch the missile. It takes a few seconds for the compressor to power up; then the missile takes off. Brando claims a range of up to 10 feet on the box, but we did much better, often 20 feet or more. The missiles don’t always fly straight, they’re not exactly professionally weighted darts, but you get the idea. Just don’t blast anyone too close. While I don’t think they’ll take an eye out, I don’t want to be on the hook should you cause physical damage.

 

 

Bottom Line

Defending your desk from office lurkers and other undesirables just got easier. Hook up two or more if you need extra protection. At $35 they’re not exactly cheap, but for the guaranteed hours of enjoyment and ridiculous cool factor, it’s a small price to pay.

Purchase Information

You can purchase either model from Brando directly for $35.

Circus Launcher
Missile Battery

 

 

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