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BenQ ScreenBar Lite review

BenQ ScreenBar Lite Review - Smart Notebook Lamp

Test report prepared by Timo on May 24, 2019

BenQ's ScreenBar lighting system has been extended by a new model! The BenQ ScreenBar Lite is a compact version of last year's BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading lamp. Specially designed for notebooks, the Lite model is aimed primarily at the mobile user. More about this in the test.

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8.6
Our rating
99 € amazon
Price Comparison
Specifications
Overview
Manufacturer

BenQ

Model

BenQ ScreenBar Lite

Specifications

 Lamp 
Type: 50 Bi-Color SMD LEDs
Illuminance: 700 Lux (45 cm distance)
Brightness: 250 Lumens
Color temperature: 2700K - 6500K
Power: max. 5W

 other 
Dimmable: Yes
Auto dimming function: Yes
Brightness levels: Yes
Color temperature selection: Yes
App: Yes

Material: aluminum and polycarbonate
Power supply: USB

Size: 26 x 5.5 x 4.6 cm
Weight: 170g

What's in the box

1x lamp
1x transport box

Foreword: BenQ ScreenBar Lite

Last year BenQ released the smart “ScreenBar” lighting system, which can be attached to any monitor to save space and replaces the long-established desk lamp. A year later, the manufacturer launched a more compact notebook version, the ScreenBar Lite. However, one should not be fooled by the word “Lite”! Functionally, the ScreenBar Lite is in no way inferior to its “big brother”!

Here you can buy the BenQ ScreenBar Lite.

 Design, workmanship and delivery 

The ScreenBar Lite uses a unique, triangular design. The housing is largely made of aluminum and measures 26 cm in length. That is almost half of the normal ScreenBar. The lamp is operated via 7 touch sensor buttons. Power is supplied via USB. In contrast to the normal ScreenBar, the cable is unfortunately not detachable.

 

The build quality is good. As with the normal ScreenBar, the sensitive control element, which really attracts scratches and fingerprints, has to be criticized. The lamp is delivered in a practical plastic box. Operating instructions are not included. Instead, reference is made to instructions available online.

Getting started for use

The ScreenBar Lite is attached by clipping it directly to the display. The clip is provided with rubber on both sides and prevents scratches on the housing. The display frame should not be wider than 9 mm. A recess on the clip prevents the camera, which is usually placed above the display, from being covered. For power supply, the lamp only needs to be plugged into any USB type A socket.

 

Practical test of the ScreenBar Lite

For the practical test, the ScreenBar Lite accompanied me in everyday life for several weeks. The lamp was used with a Xiaomi Air 13 Notebook, Assembly and disassembly of the ScreenBar Lite are child's play. Connect, switch on, done! The retaining clip is particularly gentle due to the rubber coating. The suspension of the clip keeps the ScreenBar Lite slipping.

Service

The control buttons of the ScreenBar Lite are located on the front and are easily accessible. In the middle there are buttons for controlling the brightness and color temperature, on the left and right outside a selection button, on the right an auto-dimming button and again next to it the power button. A favorites button enables a setting profile to be saved and called up.

BenQ ScreenBar Lite Auto Dimming Function

Activated auto-dimming function

The lighting of the function and control buttons is practical and enables easy operation in the dark. The ScreenBar Lite detects the ambient light using an ambient light sensor. The lamp can be tilted by 85 ° for targeted illumination.

The “Screenbar SmartLite App”, which can be accessed via benqscreenbar.com can download. The software is available for both Windows and macOS systems. All functions of the lamp can be controlled via the software. In addition, the app can also adjust the brightness and color temperature of the monitor and activate the auto-dimming function after a timer. For the sake of simplicity, the whole thing is graphically appealing.

BenQ ScreenBar Lite App Software

Lamp

A total of 26 bi-color SMD LEDs are arranged alternately over a length of 50 cm. The ScreenBar Lite is able to generate a particularly warm light color (2700 Kelvin) but also a very cool light color (6500 Kelvin). The warm white light is particularly suitable for the later evening hours, for example when you want to relax in front of the computer. The cool light in turn promotes concentration and is suitable for the workplace. Unfortunately, the ScreenBar does not produce colored RGB light. This feature would have been of particular interest to gamers. BenQ gives the color rendering index (CRI) at 88.

The light falls vertically in front of the screen so that there are no annoying reflections. The illuminance measured in the middle at a distance of 45 cm is approx. 700 lux. The total light output is just under 250 lumens. That doesn't sound like much, but the ScreenBar Lite also lights up directly from the screen and doesn't scatter like a conventional desk lamp. Flickering or flickering that strain the eyes does not occur. There is also no background noise from the electronic ballast.

Price Comparison

iconGerman warehouse
iconDelivery time 2-5 business days
99,00€
rating
Positive

Mobile use
Easy installation and operation
Uncomplicated USB power supply
No reflections on the display
No flickering and no whirring
Uniform light distribution
Brightness and color temperature adjustable
Software control

Negative

Scratch and fingerprint sensitive control
USB cable cannot be removed

Summary

With the ScreenBar Lite, BenQ has once again launched an excellent lighting system. Functionally, the Lite model even topped the last year's ScreenBar for desktop computers. Due to the compact design and the practical transport box, the ScreenBar Lite can be used very easily on the move. Whether relaxed reading at night or concentrated work during the day, the various color temperatures and brightness levels are the limits of application.

8.6
Our rating
Overview
Manufacturer

BenQ

Model

BenQ ScreenBar Lite

Specifications

 Lamp 
Type: 50 Bi-Color SMD LEDs
Illuminance: 700 Lux (45 cm distance)
Brightness: 250 Lumens
Color temperature: 2700K - 6500K
Power: max. 5W

 other 
Dimmable: Yes
Auto dimming function: Yes
Brightness levels: Yes
Color temperature selection: Yes
App: Yes

Material: aluminum and polycarbonate
Power supply: USB

Size: 26 x 5.5 x 4.6 cm
Weight: 170g

What's in the box

1x lamp
1x transport box

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