The vast majority of my job is performed on a pc, however I do still require a desk lamp to browse my notes of illegible scribble and the footprint of some massive swing-arm desk lamp is surprisingly big for my own desk which is currently home to my notebook, a monitor, and also my notepad. To conserve a bit of desk distance, BenQ have come up with an innovative “ScreenBar” lamp that its top of your monitor and may still illuminate your entire desk without getting in the way.
Lucky for me personally, as I finished building my brand new desk (a modern/minimal desk made by a beautiful piece of pine with hairpin legs), BenQ were kind enough to send me a ScreenBar for review.
Look & texture
BenQ has made a name for itself making high quality monitors and projectors, therefore it is no surprise that the appearance and build quality of the ScreenBar is superb. In the box includes the light, a 5cm diameter cylinder, also the weighted counterbalance clasp/bracket that attaches the lamp into the very top of your monitor – equally created from a fantastic quality mate-black plastic. It is quite a functional design, but still manages to maintain its appearance slick and minimal, and its compact size means it doesn’t seem out of place on my relatively small 24″ monitor.
There’s not a great deal of setup to perform with the ScreenBar, it is as simple as attaching the lamp into the grip to a monitor and then plugging it into a power supply with the supplied Micro-USB cable. The grip is designed to operate on monitor thicknesses of both 1-3cm, so it must fit snugly onto some fairly modern monitor, also the counter-weight signifies it seems quite sturdy.
On the top of the pub there are just four signature switches (left to right):
- Manual dimmer – therefore you may correct the brightness yourself
- Hue modification – therefore you may correct the color temperature from heat to cool white light
- Auto-dimmer – the lamp will attempt to find the optimal brightness setting from the light of the space
- Power – on/off
Once you’ve got it connected, you will find that the lamp has 20 levels of rotation, which means that you can point it either directly down the root of your monitor, or to pay more of the desk.
I happen to be using the lamp for the last few weeks and have found it a fantastic space saver on my desk, and also much more importantly it has provided great illumination of my entire desk without glare into my eyes or reflection on the display.
My desk is relatively modest, therefore I have the rotation at approximately the middle and the light set quite warm, as this is the kind of light I love working with – also the ScreenBar has managed it with ease.
The ScreenBar is not a hot new gadget with a great deal of bells and whistles, but it shines in illuminating your desk without getting in your eyes or causing reflections in your own display. The ScreenBar is now a permanent fixture on my desk, replacing my traditional lamp, also I think that probably says everything it should.
Price in the time of review: Number 89. 00 (available at Amazon)