Brian Voo

Mobile Workspace Lighting – BenQ ScreenBar Lite [Review]

Mobile workspaces are fast becoming the norm for small startups and online businesses, because no one wants to pay rent. Some might seek motivation to work a cafe’s cosy corner, but a dim room makes reading paper notes an issue. Queue BenQ’s solution to mobile workspace lighting with its ScreenBar e-Reading Lamp.

BenQ ScreenBar Lite

Paper notes may not be for everyone, which could be why no one thought of mobile workspace lighting. BenQ certainly saw it as a problem, and (over)engineered a LED lamp that clips on to your desktop or laptop monitor.

They sent me the BenQ ScreenBar Lite for laptop monitors, which lights up your keyboard and the area behind it. Its metal construction gives it sturdiness and weight, and features a light sensor and capacitive buttons.

Simple & Functional Mobile Workspace Lighting

It is powered by a USB port, and is so simple to operate that you can just set and forget. Functionality includes 8 light temperatures from 2700K to 6500K, and 15 brightness options. It has an auto brightness feature that sets temperature and brightness based off the light sensor. There’s also a favourite button that you can set by holding down on the heart after finding a setting that you like.

BenQ ScreenBar Lite GIF
BenQ ScreenBar Lite – Background lighting by the Cairn XL

Unlike a desk lamp, the ScreenBar Lite is affixed in a way that doesn’t create glare on your laptop screen, glare that could cause eye fatigue. Its adjustable angle makes it easy to light up an area that works for you.

I enjoyed the experience while using the ScreenBar Lite. It takes mobile workspace lighting to a new level, and is portable so it doesn’t get in the way. It’s wide range of temperatures allows you to choose a cooler light for concentration, or a warmer setting when you need to slow down and relax.

Final Thoughts

The BenQ ScreenBar Lite is a nice add-on to have to your mobile workspace. It is on the pricier side at US$99 on Amazon, but could probably work alongside you for a very long time.


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