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Last year I got you guys BenQ ScreenBar in the test presented. This is a desk lamp that can be attached to the iMac or computer monitor in such a way that the area in front of it is illuminated, but the light is not reflected on the screen. This is ideal for working on the Mac and at the same time seeing everything on the desk - documents, the keyboard, and so on. In addition to the well thought-out design, the warm white and cold white LEDs and the convenient operation, there is one major drawback for many: the price. At 99,00 EUR or 129,00 EUR, you think twice about the purchase. Therefore, it is worth taking a look at the cheaper ScreenBar alternatives.
If the BenQ ScreenBar is too expensive for you, then the models shown below with a lower price could be something for you. It is quite noticeable that both versions have pretty much the same structure, the connection via USB-A and the controls directly on the USB cable. According to the product pages, the lamps can be supplied with power on the desktop computer, on the laptop, via a USB charger or via a power bank. The ratings are also similar for both; approx. 4,5 stars for the designs by Anpro and Vansky.
The cheapest ScreenBar alternative comes from the provider Anpro, which offers its "E-Reading LED lamp" on Amazon for 29,19 euros offers. Thanks to the lamp head that can be swiveled by 180 ° and the bracket that can be adjusted in depth (1 to 3 cm), the device can be used on various monitors, screens and iMac models. The light temperature can be adjusted in three levels: warm light (2800 - 3200 K), white (4000 - 4500 K) and cold light (6000 - 6500 K). The brightness can also be regulated. Many customer reviews say this model is good value for money.
Neither the name nor the structure or the technical data are significantly different for this device than for the aforementioned model. The images, descriptions and ratings on the product page are correspondingly similar. There the "LED e-Reading desk lamp" for 35,99 euros on Amazon offered for sale. Operation is also regulated via the control elements (on / off, brighter, darker, color temperature) on the USB cable. The retaining clip can also be extended and the counterweight on Vansky looks the same as on the fitting model. Except that this BenQ ScreenBar alternative mentions the number of brightness levels; there are 10.
If you don't just want to illuminate the area in front of your computer monitor, iMac or laptop from a fixed point, you might be interested in the PHIVE LED desk lamp for 59,98 euros on Amazon. This is attached to the table top (up to 6 cm thick) and can be aligned using various joints. Although there are no adjustable color temperatures here, there are 10 brightness levels and the option of aligning the lamp as you need it. So you can use their light even if you do other things on the desk than work on the computer - reading, drawing, modeling, etc.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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