BenQ Screenbar E-Reading LED Monitor Light/ Monitor Lamp with Auto-Dimming and Hue Adjustment Features, Matte Black USB Powered Office Lamp (ScreenBar_Black) Complements with backlight/RGB setups

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  • [Monitor Light/Lamp] Levels up gaming experience: Enhances immersion and focus, creates a comfortable gaming environment while playing with lights off - complements with backlight/RGB setups. Comply with standard light level comply with American National Standard practice for office lighting 500 lux recommendation (1000 lux in the center)
  • Auto-dimming using a built-in ambient light sensor screen Bar adjusts the brightness level throughout the day for a eye-healthy workspace It can also be manually dimmed with the touch control
  • Hue adjustment Adjustable color temperature to provide focus and comfort Warm light for relaxing cool light for work efficiency
  • No screen glare Its asymmetrical Optical design only illuminates the desk and eliminates reflective glare off the screen found on most regular desk lamps
  • Space saving breakthrough design mounts on top of the monitor saving valuable space on your desk
  • Fits nearly any monitor the weighted clip gently rests on nearly any monitor with thickness from 0 4" To 1 2" (1 to 3 cm). It works perfectly on monitors with the bezel wider than 0. 8cm (0. 32”). The length of USB cable is 1. 5M.

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Style Name:ScreenBar

BenQ ScreenBar e-reading LED monitor light with auto-dimming and hue adjustment features matte Black USB powered office lamp (ScreenBar_Black)
Levels up gaming experience: Enhances immersion and focus, creates a comfortable gaming environment while playing with lights off - complements with backlight/RGB setups.


Screenbar

ScreenBar is a revolutionary lighting system. Simply hang it on your monitor to light up your desk without taking up any valuable space. With automatic dimmer and asymmetric optical design, ScreenBar illuminates the working space with just USB power, avoiding reflectively glare off your computer screen.

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Recommended Work Space Maximizing desk work areas and minimalist office designs Optimizing work lighting environment with minimalist office designs Road Warriors who need effective work environments Lighting larger work areas with multiple displays and oversize documents. Lighting typical desk work areas with a single monitor and documents. Not only illuminate each key on your piano, but also provide the perfect light for your sheet music
Illuminance‎ (Lux / Height) 1,000 Lux / 45cm 1,000 Lux / 45cm 1,300 Lux / 30cm 1,800 Lux / 40cm 1,800 Lux / 40cm 800 Lux / 70cm
Color Temperature (Kelvin) 2,700K ~ 6,500K 2,700K ~ 6,500K 2,700K ~ 6,500K 2,700K ~ 5,700K 2,700K ~ 5,700K 2,700K ~ 5,000K
Lighting Coverage (At 500 Lux) 74cm x 35cm 74cm x 35cm 56cm x 25cm 90cm (width) 90cm (width) 120cm (width)

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Carlos F. Garcia
1.0 out of 5 stars Why doesn't it stay on?
30 April 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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63 people found this helpful
Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted desperately to hate this
29 September 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted desperately to hate this
Reviewed in the United States on 29 September 2020
TL;DR Premium monitor light bar at a premium price. Would recommend if budget is not a huge concern

Like the title states, I really desperately wanted to hate the BenQ Screenbar so that I would have an excuse to return it. At a steep $100 price point, it was hard to justify the purchase in the first place, but I ended up enjoying it much more than I expected. This review will mostly be a comparison to the TORCHSTAR Computer Monitor Light and I will be posting a similar review on that product as well.

A bit of background: I've always used/preferred task lighting when it comes to working at my desk and doing work on my computer. Up until about a week ago an architect style lamp from Ikea was filling the bill, but then I upgraded to a monitor stand for more desk real estate and now my my monitors are too high for that style lamp. After doing some research, I came across the BenQ Screenbar and similar styled lamps (i.e. TORCHSTAR Computer Monitor Light)--shopping around and reading reviews I narrowed it down to those 2 (thanks especially to Ken Y).

I went ahead and purchased both from Amazon and after some light use decided to keep the BenQ Screenbar. At the time of purchase, the BenQ light was $99.00 and the TORCHSTAR $57.99 ($77.99 with a $20 off coupon) before tax. I've included photos to show the "differences" between the 2 lights--for all pictures the lights are at maximum brightness and maximum "warmth" or "coolness". All Photos are also captured at the same exposure settings with the same white balance for consistency.

PROS:
-Brighter (not sure if the LEDs themselves actually get brighter or there are just more, but this was a big reason I chose it)
-Larger illumination area (about 3.5" longer than the TORCHSTAR)
-Auto LED is green and milder (hurts my eye less than the sharp blue)
-Clamp feels sturdier
-Controls feel much more responsive and intuitive (sometimes I felt like I wasn't sure if the torchstar was working but I always knew if the BenQ was. Also with the Torchstar the brightness or color ALWAYS alternated between touches making it kind of difficult to reach exactly the right settings)
-Flat cable USB feels more premium

CONS:
-Hefty price tag for a fancy USB LED strip
-There's no diffuser over the LEDs (this may be a choice as diffused light scatters more but it hurts if you accidentally look into the LEDs and the diffuser wasn't too noticeable on the TORCHSTAR)
-Noticeable flicker when dimming (slight pro though because on the torchstar sometimes I can't tell if it's working)
-Auto mode doesn't disable if you tap it again (it does on the TORCHSTAR)
-Torchstar came with an allen key to adjust the clamp tightness (I think the BenQ has a similar access panel but no key)

SIMILARITIES:
-Both work fairly well with curved monitors. (I use a Samsung CF398 27" as my primary display and a CF390 24" as my secondary)
-Both have directed LED strips to minimize glare on the monitors (some of the chinese knockoffs aren't built well and create a ton of glare)
-They honestly both just work well

At the end of the day, I can kind of recommend both light bars, but I just personally preferred the BenQ more and am willing to pay the premium for it. My complaints with the TORCHSTAR are mostly minor and especially if you don't change the settings much won't even be very noticeable.

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31 people found this helpful
Catman
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!
17 July 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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CarbineFoX
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Design...Decent Interface
6 January 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Design...Decent Interface
Reviewed in the United States on 6 January 2018
25 Jan '18 - Received replacement and it works quite well. Think controls could be more responsive/intuitive (-1 star). Everything else is GREAT!

5 Jan ' 18 - Received my order and the item is beautiful! However, the one I received is a partial dud in that no button worked upon plugging into my most available USB port; light powered on and would stay on. I selected another USB port and now the power button would work intermittently and auto brightness NEVER disengaging...this is likely due to none of the buttons on the left side (manual brightness and color tone) being operable; photocell even seems dead as the auto brightness NEVER engaged brightness change through any of my tests. I attempted other USB power methods and even two other USB cable to help eliminate other problems. I have opted to return the item for a refund but have placed a backorder (temp out of stock at moment) as this is a great design and would be out of this world provided it works as advertised...will come back and update my rating & review once/if this happens.
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17 people found this helpful
J. Bien
4.0 out of 5 stars After 6 months of daily use the touch on/off button is less sensitive.
3 December 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars After 6 months of daily use the touch on/off button is less sensitive.
Reviewed in the United States on 3 December 2019
I had read the reviews that some had complained that the touch buttons on the bar were giving them trouble. I just wanted to confirm that the on/off button does seem to lose its sensitivity since I've owned this for 6 months, turning it on every day. It now requires a hard tap rather than just a light touch to make it work. The other buttons for color, brightness and ambient light control still work with a light touch. I could just set it up to come on when I turn on the desktop but I don't like to leave it on for the hours of the day I'm not working on my desktop. Its such an excellent monitor light, I went ahead and purchased it without the desktop dial since less clutter for me is key. I bought one for my son with the desktop control dial since he has larger desk area to work with at work. I'm only knocking off 1 star for the deterioration of the touch sensitivity for the most used button. It's still a great work light with the best desk coverage without screen reflected shine.
UPDATE: Same day this review was posted, BenQ Customer Support responded offering to replace light with a new one since its on 1 year warranty. At this point I see no need as found out just sliding finger over the button instead of a light touch will make it function as well so its not really broken. Another reviewer said to just unplug/plug back-in which returns the button responsiveness, that does work too. If it goes out completely in the next 6 months I may take them up on it. That is great customer support for their product!
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