BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading LED Task Lamp Review – Declutter your Desk

BenQ's ScreenBar helps Declutter your Workstation and prevent eye fatigue while using your computer

BenQ WiT ScreenBar e-Reading Lamp

An LED strip light designed to clip easily on to any PC monitor to provide optimal lighting while at your computer.

The BenQ ScreenBar is powered by USB and offers auto-adjustment as well as full control over hue and brightness settings.

Highlights and Features

  • Fits any PC monitor
  • Auto Adjustment mode to 500 Lux
  • 8 brightness and hue settings
  • Powered by any standard USB port
  • Made from Aluminium Alloy
  • 20-degree angle adjustment
  • Zero glare on PC Monitor

Pros and Cons

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BenQ ScreenBar – Full Review

Unboxing the BenQ ScreenBar e-Readinn LED Task Lamp

The BenQ e-Reading lamp comes well packaged in a quality retail box. Inside there’s a mounting clip, the LED strip light and a USB power cable. Strangely there doesn’t seem to be a user manual included, however, the back of the box seems to take care of that.

The LED strip light measures 450mm, (just under 18 inches) and is made from an aluminium alloy with a sandblasted finish.

To set up the ScreenBar and make it ready to fit on a computer monitor, you just need to clip the light inside the mount then connect the micro USB cable.

Setting up the BenQ ScreenBar

The mount is designed with a counterweight at the rear and a hinged section that will open up as wide as 50mm (2 inches). This should be more than adequate for most computer monitors.

The BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading LED Lamp with its adjustable mounting arm

I have a few monitors ranging from a 20mm to 40mm and the BenQ ScreenBar drops nicely on them all. The picture above shows it mounted on the box it came in, which has a width of 50mm (2 Inches).

Multiple connections options

The BenQ ScreenBar is powered by a regular USB cable, allowing you to connect it to just about any 5V USB port with a 1A or greater output. This could be a charging station, your PC monitor, the back of a computer, or even a power bank. I tested it with my smallest portable charger and it worked perfectly.

While I don’t imagine many would have a need to power the ScreenBar away from a power source, it’s nice to have the option.

Who knows, one day there may be a power cut and you’ll be able to make use of the light. Personally, I’m just glad I don’t have to find another plug socket under my desk.

Using the BenQ ScreenBar powered with a small portable phone charger

Features

There are four touch sensitive areas on the top of the BenQ ScreenBar. On the far right is the power on/off. When turned on, the brightness and hue settings previously used will be remembered.

The touch sensitive controls on the top of the BenQ ScreenBar to control the brightness and Hue or switch to the Auto mode.

Next to the power button is the Auto-Dimmer which will maintain a constant 500 Lux of light over your desk. This is the recommended brightness level for office lighting and should help to prevent eye fatigue.

On the opposite side are manual brightness and hue controls. They can be adjusted to a total of eight settings by holding your finger on the button.

The hue goes from a warm 2700K to a cool light of 6500K. This is achieved by switching from white and orange LEDs or a combination of both.

The hue setting on the BenQ ScreenBar LED e-Reading Lamp

Performance

If you’ve watched my YouTube demonstration video, you’ll have seen I’ve currently got two lamps on my desk, both require a regular mains power source. The BenQ ScreenBar takes up no space at all and doesn’t require its own power supply.

The BenQ ScreenBar prevents any glare from bouncing off the computer screen

This is a really handy feature for those looking to minimise the clutter on the desk. Beyond that, the ScreenBar also prevents any glare on your computer screen. There is about 20% of swivel on the LED strip. This allows you to turn it so the spread of the light is just off the screen surface while still out of your direct line of sight.

If you use your desk for more than just typing, you’re really going to love this light. There is absolutely no flicker and its position is ideal for writing or sketching directly in front of your keyboard.

Verdict

Having an LED strip light positioned above the monitor that’s powered by a USB port is a fantastic idea. Not only is it in the perfect spot in terms of the direction of light, there’s also no clutter on the desk or glare on the screen.

My only reservation is the price, while the build quality is good and there is certainly a value to how easily it mounts, I do feel it could be a little less expensive to buy. If however, you can afford the price tag, and you’re the type of person that takes pride in a minimalist workstation setup then BenQ ScreenBar could be the perfect lighting solution.

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