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Published on May 8th, 2011 | by Gbemiga


Rabbit Air MinusA2: Fresh Air, Beautifully

San Fran­cis­co air is pret­ty good- not too dry, not too hu­mid, and though there are some al­ler­gens and some pol­lu­tants, there is enough wind to spread them around. But a few things make life more dif­fi­cult- cook­ing fumes, pet odors and al­ler­gens, and the dust that comes with liv­ing in an old­er build­ing. We reg­u­lar­ly look at air clean­ing so­lu­tions, and may have found the per­fect one for the city dweller. It’s wall mount­able, but sexy enough to leave ly­ing around. It’s ori­ent­ed ver­ti­cal­ly, so saves space, and com­bines six stages of pu­rifi­ca­tion with true HEPA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and still man­ages to be ca­pa­ble of han­dling up to 815 square feet of space. Meet the Rab­bit Air Mi­nusA2 SPA-780A.

The pu­ri­fi­er can be used in al­most any room, and it comes with a re­mov­able stand in case you’re not in­ter­est­ed in wall mount­ing. The wall mount kit is, un­for­tu­nate­ly, sold sep­a­rate­ly though.

The de­vice comes with five pos­si­ble speeds, and we first tried it out us­ing the low­est set­ting, which made re­mark­ably lit­tle noise. At top speed you could hear the pu­ri­fi­er, but it was still low­er than oth­er pu­ri­fiers at their medi­um speeds, and a gen­tle con­sis­tent sound that was not an­noy­ing or grat­ing.

It al­so comes with sev­er­al lev­els of fil­ters. It comes with two pre-fil­ters (which are wash­able), a HEPA fil­ter, an an­ti bac­te­ri­al fil­ter, a car­bon fil­ter, and then can be fit­ted with your choice of a few oth­ers. Ours was the “odor de­fense” va­ri­ety, though oth­ers are tai­lor made for oth­er pur­pos­es- tox­in ab­sorber, pet al­ler­gy, and germ de­fense. It seems like they put in ev­ery­thing but the kitchen sink in­to this de­vice. We ac­tu­al­ly test­ed out in­stalling and re­plac­ing a fil­ter, which can be a bit of a pro­cess on some oth­er units- the Rab­bit Air suc­cumbed eas­i­ly and it on­ly took a few mo­ment to re­place.

The SPA-780A comes with Mood Light In­di­ca­tor that pro­vides a range of blues, pur­ples and pinks. Some might find the Mood Light sooth­ing and re­lax­ing, we just found it a bit un­nec­es­sary. There is al­so an in­clud­ed re­mote, help­ful when choos­ing be­tween the four modes of op­er­a­tion- au­to (the name says it all), rhyth­mic clean­ing (quick clean­ing and cir­cu­la­tion), child (silent run­ning us­ing the pur­ple mood light) and sleep (changes to silent run­ning three min­utes af­ter dark­ness is de­tect­ed and emits a mood light at low bright­ness). This mod­el is En­er­gy-Star Cer­ti­fied, which means it should cost less to run than many com­peti­tors.

We didn’t have a chance to test out the war­ran­ty, but were re­as­sured by their of­fer of five years on parts and la­bor and 24/7 tech­ni­cal sup­port. The on­ly down­side is the price- oth­ers can cer­tain­ly cost less, but gen­er­al­ly you do get what you pay for. Re­place­ment fil­ters aren’t bad­ly priced, and this is a well-built sys­tem- thought­ful­ly en­gi­neered and quite sexy. How many air fil­ters can you say that about? Avail­able in both white and black col­ors, the Rab­bit Mi­nusA2 Air Pu­ri­fi­er can be found on­line for $545 or so.

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In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).

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