Curiosity got the better of me especially the part where the room temperature would be evenly spread out or lowered. I think I was expecting miracles to happen when I started using the fan.This fan is not meant to be used to blow directly at you. It's meant to be placed unhindered at one corner of a room, pointing diagonally at about 45 degrees towards another corner.
There are three speed settings, with the slowest setting being the most silent and useful when blown directly at the person. The fastest setting blows out a sizable volume of air and is rather loud. I must admit that you can barely feel the air being circulated at the fastest setting. You may have seen YouTube videos with the Vornado being able to balance an inflated ball when pointed towards the ceiling -- and yes, I tried it and it worked!
I think this fan is not meant for Singapore weather. It has to be used in temperate climate or an air-conditioned room where you can feel the effects of air circulation. I have yet to clean the Vornado after about 6 months of use. It doesn't get as dusty as normal fans which is a good thing because removing the front cover seems difficult... using my 2000w vacuum to suck out the dust is sufficient.
Would I buy this fan if I had known its strengths and weaknesses? Answer is NO as the effects of air circulation is minimal... for $269, I can buy two good quality fans. I now use the Vornado to blow at me directly. Even when using it in my master bedroom, the air circulation is rather limited because the Vornado is blocked by furnitures in the room (HDB rooms are just tiny). Despite its engineering/technological credentials and good build quality, I just find the Vornado to be impractical in Singapore's warm climate.