BenQ, the brand specializing in the manufacture, production and marketing of consumer electronics such as keyboards, mice, monitors, video projectors as well as mobile devices such as music and mp3 players, smartphones and digital cameras, has agreed to have one of its innovative products test by the team Tech’Croute.
A mission which is an integral part of our blog and you will be able to consult the opinion of the team in complete transparency at the end of this article.
It is BenQ ScreenBar Plus, an LED desk lamp in the form of a bar hanging from the monitor, above your desktop computer screen to be precise, and for the purpose of adjusting and optimizing the brightness around your workstation manually or automatically thanks to an integrated light sensor.
But why optimize the light around a workstation?
The majority of people often compare reading on a computer screen to television, but I assure you there is a difference! Reading text on the screen is more tiring on the eyes and requires a lot of effort than watching a movie or TV show, simply because the backlight of the screens, the distance between the person and the its screen and the difference in brightness between the text and the background of the screen, affect the readability of a text and lead to visual fatigue (eye strain and dry eye).
And this is where optimizing the light and having efficient and powerful lighting without any reflection on the screen, will surely help you create a good working environment without dazzling you and without generating stray light around your workstation. of work.
There are of course classic solutions and good practices to follow to optimize your working comfort in an office facing your screen, for example:
– The use of traditional lamps at night, lamps which have a shade to illuminate your texts without dazzling you and without generating stray light on the screen.
– Avoid small screens.
– Correctly adjust the contrast and brightness of the screen.
– The use of anti-reflective glasses to eliminate light reflections that interfere with vision.
BenQ also asked the question a long time ago and brought us its technological innovation, the lamp BenQ ScreenBar Plus as a response by putting all its know-how in the field into action and by integrating several key factors in optimizing the light of our screens.
The brand offers 3 variations of its range of e-reading lamps, BenQ ScreenBar Lite for Laptop PC screens, BenQ ScreenBar Classic and finally a last high-end model, BenQ ScreenBar Plus that we received for today’s test.
Its technical characteristics
Et before unpacking the lamp, I will summarize its technical characteristics that you can consult on the BenQ site:
– Light source: two-color LED
– Lighting: 1000 lux in the center (height of 45 cm)
– Color temperature: 2700 ~ 6500K
– Lifespan of LED screens: 50,000 hours
– Input power: 5V, 1A USB port
– Color rendering index: 2700K: Ra 82, 6500K: Ra 87
– Luminous flux: 2700K: 300lm; 6500K: 320lm
– Power consumption: 5 W (max.)
– Materials: Aluminum alloy, PC / ABS
– Lamp dimensions: 45cm x 9.0cm x 9.2cm
– Orders Dimensions: 7.4cm x 7.4cm x 3.3cm
– Net weight: 0.68 kg
To buy this lamp, go to the BenQ brand showcase site which also offers other items and products of the same line, i.e. lighting and light optimization: https://www.benq.eu/fr-fr/lighting/screenbar-lamp/screenbar-plus.html
Unpacking the lamp
Upon receipt and unpacking of the product, we noticed that our lamp is very well cared for inside its packaging box. A box that can be used at the same time as an instruction manual or an assembly guide in just 3 steps and with supporting photos and explanatory diagrams on the back of the packaging. The explanations are in English and Chinese and unfortunately not in French, but with the photos you can assemble the 3 elements easily and like a pro!
The box therefore contains our lamp BenQ ScreenBar Plus in the form of a bar, a wired USB remote control and a clip that attaches to any monitor. Not to mention another user and assembly manual as well as a warranty sheet.
Mounting and starting up the lamp
Nothing is complicated when assembling the 3 elements of our BenQ Screenbar Plus, it only takes a minute or less to put it all together like a children’s puzzle game. If not and on the cardboard packaging of our product, QR code to scan with your phone are printed and which redirect you directly to two how-to videos on YouTube.
Once assembled and mounted, we hung our lamp above a 32 inch Sony TV (yes I did say a TV instead of a monitor!) which I use as a second screen in my office in addition to my laptop, and we powered our device using the Y-shaped USB cable that came with it. This cable allows you to connect the lamp via a micro USB socket on one side and on the other side of the cable allows you to power it via the classic USB socket to plug into the USB port of your monitor, television or computer. The same cable also supplies the remote control necessary for the adjustment and optimization of the light of our lamp.
So, no need for an additional cable, the only one supplied with the lamp is sufficient and without worrying about the power source, because any USB output (USB output from a computer, phone charger, etc.) can feed our ScreenBar Plus.
The settings and test of the BenQ ScreenBar Plus
Now all that remains is the lamp test with the possible light settings (automatically or manually) thanks to the small and powerful control. But first, you should know that it is even possible to rotate the lamp thanks to its tubular shape and it is up to 20 degrees in order to find the ideal angle to illuminate just part or all of the desk in a way directional unlike traditional lamps. And that’s what I did first before going on to explore the features and options of the remote control.
Regarding this control block, it allows you to adjust the light of the lamp according to the mode and also allows you to change the intensity and the color temperature of the LEDs that make up our BenQ ScreenBar Plus. And if you’re not quite sure how to get the perfect brightness manually, the control pad has a smart sensor that detects the surrounding brightness and automatically adjusts the lighting for you to suit your surroundings.
To activate the sensor, press the button to the left of the control as the photo below shows.
NB: Note that the lamp memorizes all adjustment and lighting settings in order to find them automatically each time you use it. This is a small detail, but it can make all the difference! Greatness is sometimes hidden in the small details 😉
The team’s opinion
Let us now move on to the concrete and the results of this lamp on our setup (A small office + A Laptop and a 32 inch screen from Sony).
Frankly by comparing it with other alternatives that cost less on the market such as the Baseus ScreenBar USB (between € 27 and € 30), the BenQ lamp is very efficient and nothing to do with the others that directly sting our eyes.
The lamp illuminates our desk with bidirectional light without creating the slightest reflection on the screen, an asymmetrical optical technology which more than justifies its price of 129 euros on the market. Not to mention the ability to change the color temperature, from a warm color that gives you a feeling of closeness to a soothing cool color that will allow you to focus and be very productive at work.
We therefore summarize the strengths of the lamp:
+ Immediate optimization of brightness thanks to the light sensor integrated in the control unit.
+ The lamp is powered by a single USB cable which also powers the control at the same time
+ The possibility of changing the color temperature of this lamp
+ Easy to mount and attach above the screen with a clip that attaches to any monitor
+ A very neat packaging that protects the lamp inside its case.
And now, even if the price of the ScreenBar Plus is a bit high compared to a few competitors, the brand has bet on the excellent quality of light and the technology deployed in this smart lamp.