BenQ’s Desk Lamp + Screenbars Reviewed (2024)

BenQ’s Desk Lamp + Screenbars Reviewed (2024)

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We know that a staple of most desks that designers and other creatives have is a desk lamp, but that can be troublesome.

So when BenQ approached us to try their new e-Reading Lamp andScreenBar and Screenbar Halo we jumped at the chance. These have the potential to be a game changer, not only for your desk but for your productivity as well.

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Ok, we get it, we’ll stop keeping you in suspense and let you peek behind the curtain.

BenQ eReading LED Desk Lamp Review

BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp

The BenQ light’s sexy side profile

No matter what type of work we do, being able to see is paramount. Desk lamps have comes a long way from the simple post and lampshade and that is not more evident than with the eWit Reading Lamp from BenQ. With its innovative design, it certainly stands out from the competition. Let’s take a closer look.

Putting it all together

Benq eReading Studio

Benq eReading Lamp Close

Once you open the box, you’ll find that set up is easier than you would normally expect. The lamp comes in two pieces – the LED array and the base and boom arm. Assembly requires only two screws using the hex key that’s included. It takes no time at all to set up. The power cord tucks nicely into the boom arm, keeping any cables out of the way.

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The LED array moves on a ball joint allowing you to put it into a wide variety of positions to obtain just the right angle for your light source. The boom arm moves on a less flexible hinge with movement from 90 degrees to around 25 degrees. If you have a larger desk, opting for the double-hinged version of the lamp might be the right choice for you, otherwise, the lamp can handle most situations and be positioned to keep the LEDs out of your eyes.

Let there be light!

Benq eReading Lamp

Fueled by 36 individual LEDs that are spread out evenly across the curved bar, the luminance of the light and the design are truly beautiful. Its unique design lets the lamp illuminate an amazingly wide amount of space. Unlike other LED lamps, the e-Reading lamp is not only bright but has warmth with its alternating between white and soft amber LEDs. To help control the amount of light you use, a circular dial on the top of the bar lets you adjust not only the intensity but the temperature as well.

Equipped with an automatic mode, the lamp uses a light sensor to automatically adjust the level of lighting based on the ambient light in the room but one that doesn’t feel necessary. Since the LEDs are positioned on only one side of the lamp, a good tip is to position the base on your right side if you’re on the shorter side and have the bar beneath eye level sometimes so you can avoid it shining directly into your eyes.

A bright solution

Benq eReading Lamp Micro

The e-Reading Lamp from BenQ is a beautiful lamp with a unique design and controls. This doesn’t mean that it is not a great choice for any designer looking to illuminate the four corners of their desk. While its overall price may keep it on some designer’s wish lists, the price is justified by the crisp and beautiful light it produces to brighten any dark work area.

It’s got a firm foothold on my desk!

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Latest Price on Amazon:

BenQ eReading LED Desk / Task / Swing Arm Lamp: Eye-Care, Auto-Dimming, CRI 95, 13 Color...
  • 35” WIDE DESK ILLUMINATION: featuring advanced lighting technology, curved cap, highly flexible swing arm and ball joints; the modern LED desk lamp lights up your entire desk 150% more, making it...
  • ADJUSTABLE COLOR TEMPERATURE AND BRIGHTNESS: the control knob enables adjustments for 13 levels of color temperatures between 2700-5700K and provides 23 brightness levels from 1000-250lm that has a...
  • AUTO-DIMMING MODE: The LED desk lamp automatically detects ambient brightness and dynamically adjust to suitable brightness levels for the eye, creating the most comfortable lighting environment for...
  • NO GLARE OR FLICKER: The LED lamp is designed to avoid screen glare in order to deliver a smooth and soothing light without flickering on your table or desk, protecting your eyes from strain and...
  • SPACE-SAVING AND STURDY BASE: Optional desk clamps or floor stands enhance placement flexibility in your room or home office, while a metal built pedestal base ensures sturdiness when adjusting angles


BenQ ScreenBar

BenQ Screenbar

The perfect desk lamp for your computer

If you have a desk with a computer screen on it, you will inevitably end up getting a desk lamp. The problem is that many desk lamps are a terrible fit for a computer desk or even if you do find a good one, the lamp may cause glare on the screen if it’s too close. The ScreenBar from BenQ is an ingenious product that solves all of those problems.


Latest Price on Amazon:

BenQ ScreenBar Monitor Light, LED Computer Monitor Lamp, Auto-Dimming, Hue Adjustment Features,...
  • EYE CARING & TOP QUALITY - Flicker-free and anti-blue light hazard LED light source with CRI>95 for natural colours. Long lifespan LED tested to last for 17 years with 8 hours of daily use.
  • NO SCREEN GLARE - With carefully calculated beams, ScreenBar’s ASYM-Light technology prevents screen reflections and direct glare, ensuring comfortable screen reading.
  • WIDE LIGHTING COVERAGE - Provides a 500lx brightness across a wide 60x30cm area, effectively balancing ambient light and screen brightness for better eye comfort. Easily powered via USB-A.
  • PATENTED CLAMP - Mounts securely on monitors 1-3cm thick, saving space with a patented counterweight clamp with great stability. Fits ultrawide and curved monitors of 1500R and above. (Note: Special...
  • AUTO DIMMING & TOUCH CONTROL - Built-in light sensor automatically adjusts brightness based on ambient light. Intuitive touch controls allow manual adjustments of brightness and colour temperature...


BenQ ScreenBar Plus

Benq Screenbar Plus

The perfect desk lamp + desktop dial for your computer

ScreenBar Plus is a revolutionary lighting system. Simply hang it on your monitor to light up your desk without taking up any valuable space. The Desktop Dial makes the use even easier. With automatic dimming and asymmetric optical design, ScreenBar Plus illuminates the working space with just USB power, avoiding reflective glare off your computer screen


Latest Price on Amazon:

BenQ ScreenBar Plus e-Reading LED Computer Monitor Light Bar with Desktop Dial, Auto-Dimming and Hue...
  • DESKTOP DIAL: Built-in ambient light sensor in the Desktop Dial enables you with simply one touch for the best brightness level; Let the auto-dimming function do the job. You can also manually adjust...
  • SPACE SAVING: Breakthrough design mounts on top of the monitor, saving valuable space on your desk
  • USB POWERED: ScreenBar Plus e-Reading Lamp can be powered by USB port with power supply 5V/1A, ScreenBar Plus resumes your last used brightness and color temperature settings to welcome you back.
  • NO SCREEN GLARE: Its asymmetrical optical design only illuminates the desk and eliminates reflective glare off the screen found on most regular desk lamps
  • HUE ADJUSTMENT: Dial in the perfect color temperature for focus and comfort; Warm light for relaxing, cool light for work efficiency


Not your typical desk lamp design

The overall design of the ScreenBar is what makes it so brilliant. There is no base, no mechanical arm or gooseneck, and absolutely nothing that gets in the way. The lamp rests on top of the monitor in the same way a webcam does and is much like the lights that hand over paintings in art galleries.

The 18-inch cylindrical lamp uses a counterweight that rests on the back of your monitor and it is designed to stay in place without slipping or tilting forward. Powered via a micro USB cable, the lamp is designed to plug into your computer or the monitor itself.

Benq Screenbar Off

Without Benq Screenbar

Benq Screenbar On

With Benq Screenbar

The bells and whistles

Like many of the tech toys that are out these days, the ScreenBar certainly has its fair share and each of them just adds to its ingenuity. Designed to provide you with 500 lux of brightness, the auto-dimming feature will brighten and dim to illuminate your desk to 500 lux when you turn it on. This can be a nice feature on a gloomy day where the natural light might be affected by the clouds in the sky. The ScreenBar can adjust immediately to keep the light even and steady.

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When you first turn the ScreenBar on, it casts a very bright and cool white light. The temperature adjustment button on the top of the bar gives you the option to adjust the temperature of the light from a cool white and the way to a warm white that’s in the same color range as warm white reading lights.

A perfect choice

Normally, when we look at a product, we want to think about not only what we liked but also what we didn’t. With the ScreenBar from BenQ though, the combination of its sleek design, ease of use, and features easily put it at the top of the list when it comes to desk lamps. If you are looking for a desk lamp go out and get this lamp, you’ll be glad you did.


BenQ ScreenBar Halo

BenQ Screenbar Halo Review
BenQ Screenbar Halo on Desk

The latest monitor light bar from BenQ is the ScreenBar Halo which adds in a new backlight to illuminate the environment behind the monitor, which in turn eliminates the contrast between the monitor and the surrounding.

It comes with 3 eye care light modes (front/back/both) and a wireless controller that allows you to adjust brightness and color temperature levels.

Plus with it’s real-time auto dimming detection it will automatically adjust to the most suitable level of light.

You can see it here on my desk illuminating not just my desk but also the wall behind it.


Latest Price on Amazon:

BenQ ScreenBar Halo LED Monitor Light/Wireless Controller/Adjustable Brightness and Color...
  • INTEGRATED BACK LIGHT: Our newly integrated back light design enhances overall eye comfort, no matter in screen if you are working or relaxing entertaining. Adjust it to your preferred brightness or...
  • 3 EYE CARE SETTING MODES: Its dimmable Front and Back Light complement each other to reduce glare to a minimum and increase eye comfort as much as possible. The upgraded asymmetrical optical design...
  • SMART WIRELESS CONTROLLER: Customizable and stepless lighting allows you to switch modes and adjust brightness and color temperature levels. Over 100 stepless levels for work and leisure. Personalized...
  • SPACE SAVING: Unlike your normal desk lamp, ScreenBar Halo is powered via USB. The patented clip design mounts on top of almost any monitor, saving valuable space on your desk, no lamp base or extra...
  • HIGH COMPATIBILITY: ScreenBar Halo is designed with its unique weighted clip to fit most monitors. It supports monitors with >=0.25" (0.63cm) bezel width and thickness up to 2.36” (6cm) for flat...


BenQ Desk Lamp Review + ScreenBar Halo Review

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