It really seems like a lottery with these low-priced fans. The reviews almost shied me away but I still went for this fan, as I could just return it if turned out defective. Well, so far so good, the fan works fine for what it is. Sure, the base is somewhat flimsy but I was not expecting top-notch quality for ~$35. Although, minus the base, the fan seems pretty sturdy build-wise. As for functionality, at low setting it puts out a gentle breeze and the noise levels are fairly low compared to the Honeywell HT-908 it replaced. It doesn't quite push as much air as the Honeywell, but the design is very different so I was not expecting it to. At its highest setting it's still relatively quiet, it's about as noisy as the Honeywell on low. Oscillation is maybe less than 90-degrees. All in all a good fan on the cheap. It works great now but ive only had it for less than a week. Will see about longevity, but I expect it to run fine for a while with proper care.