5.0 out of 5 stars | I wanted desperately to hate this
TL;DR Premium monitor light bar at a premium price. Would recommend if budget is not a huge concern Like the title states, I really desperately wanted to hate the BenQ Screenbar so that I would have an excuse to return it. At a steep $100 price point, it was hard to justify the purchase in the first place, but I ended up enjoying it much more than I expected. This review will mostly be a comparison to the TORCHSTAR Computer Monitor Light and I will be posting a similar review on that product as well. A bit of background: I've always used/preferred task lighting when it comes to working at my desk and doing work on my computer. Up until about a week ago an architect style lamp from Ikea was filling the bill, but then I upgraded to a monitor stand for more desk real estate and now my my monitors are too high for that style lamp. After doing some research, I came across the BenQ Screenbar and similar styled lamps (i.e. TORCHSTAR Computer Monitor Light)--shopping around and reading reviews I narrowed it down to those 2 (thanks especially to Ken Y). I went ahead and purchased both from Amazon and after some light use decided to keep the BenQ Screenbar. At the time of purchase, the BenQ light was $99.00 and the TORCHSTAR $57.99 ($77.99 with a $20 off coupon) before tax. I've included photos to show the "differences" between the 2 lights--for all pictures the lights are at maximum brightness and maximum "warmth" or "coolness". All Photos are also captured at the same exposure settings with the same white balance for consistency. PROS: -Brighter (not sure if the LEDs themselves actually get brighter or there are just more, but this was a big reason I chose it) -Larger illumination area (about 3.5" longer than the TORCHSTAR) -Auto LED is green and milder (hurts my eye less than the sharp blue) -Clamp feels sturdier -Controls feel much more responsive and intuitive (sometimes I felt like I wasn't sure if the torchstar was working but I always knew if the BenQ was. Also with the Torchstar the brightness or color ALWAYS alternated between touches making it kind of difficult to reach exactly the right settings) -Flat cable USB feels more premium CONS: -Hefty price tag for a fancy USB LED strip -There's no diffuser over the LEDs (this may be a choice as diffused light scatters more but it hurts if you accidentally look into the LEDs and the diffuser wasn't too noticeable on the TORCHSTAR) -Noticeable flicker when dimming (slight pro though because on the torchstar sometimes I can't tell if it's working) -Auto mode doesn't disable if you tap it again (it does on the TORCHSTAR) -Torchstar came with an allen key to adjust the clamp tightness (I think the BenQ has a similar access panel but no key) SIMILARITIES: -Both work fairly well with curved monitors. (I use a Samsung CF398 27" as my primary display and a CF390 24" as my secondary) -Both have directed LED strips to minimize glare on the monitors (some of the chinese knockoffs aren't built well and create a ton of glare) -They honestly both just work well At the end of the day, I can kind of recommend both light bars, but I just personally preferred the BenQ more and am willing to pay the premium for it. My complaints with the TORCHSTAR are mostly minor and especially if you don't change the settings much won't even be very noticeable. I will continue to update this review with usage as well as try to answer any questions that might come up. Please click the helpful button if you find my reviews helpful
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2020 by Vincent
1.0 out of 5 stars | Why doesn't it stay on?
First few weeks I loved this light. Changed my entire desk setup and the light was fantastic. However, for what ever reason, it no longer stays on. I've had this for about a month now and it won't stay on unless I unplug and plug it back in. Annoying. 1 star, it's too expensive for it to be messing up in the first month like this. If someone has some ideas on how to fix please let me know.
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2019 by Carlos F. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars | This lamp is THE BOMB!!!!
Style: ScreenBar w/ Dial
I had looked for a few weeks for a lamp that was well designed. They say to surround yourself with things that are beautiful and things that are useful. As a technology consultant and systems developer, I use a MacBook Pro and currently have a LG 32UD99-W 32" 4K monitor. Beautiful AND useful. This lamp is just beautiful and simple and a perfect compliment to my work space. I LOVE that it does not take up any desk space, takes power directly from my monitor (make sure your USB port delivers steady 5V power) and lights up the workspace between me and the monitor perfectly. My 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gets power via USB-C from the monitor, and provides data to the USB hub on the back of my monitor via the same USB-C cable so when I disconnect my Laptop from the monitor, the lamp automatically goes off. Beautiful, Useful, AND Smart :) I am so thrilled with the function and design of this lamp that I have had many of my client purchase it and they have loved it too. BENQ, Thank you!!! PS: If you are having problems with the switches not working, it's most likely that your USB ports are not providing adequate power to the lamp.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018 by PR
2.0 out of 5 stars | Deal Breaker! Counterweight not secure on LG Ultragear and BAD for thin bezel monitors
I really wanted to like this light, but centering the counter weight on an LG 27" Ultragear monitor (and probably others with the ring on the back of the case) places the weight on the very edge of the ring resulting in a very small surface area contact between the weight and the monitor. It could easily get knocked off if you bump it accidentally. Kinda a deal breaker for me. UPDATE: I was shutting down my computer for the night. All lights in my room were off but my LG UltraGear 27GL850 was still powered on. When I looked up at the top edge, there was severe light bleed on the screen emanating from where the light mount was pressing on the top bezel. Upon closer inspection I realized that LG's bezel is only about 2mm thick and the bar light's mount was pressing directly on the monitor screen! Added two photos of the mount pressing directly on the screen as well as the light bleed that occurs.
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021 by steveeb
1.0 out of 5 stars | Loved it when it worked.
Well, I hate to add another negative review to this product, but at this point with so many other reviews saying the same thing there must be an issue with the product. I have to say, I LOVED this product when I first got it. The whole concept was perfect for me being an at home graphic and video producer. It was nice to get rid of my desk lamp, and also have a light that was good for proofing that had temperature control. I did notice some people complaining about their lights, but i hoped those were isolated incidents. I'm afraid not... as time went on, my light began to have more and more trouble staying on. Now it's reached the point where I really just cannot get it to work at all. I'm very disappointed. I love the concept though, and I hope to find something comparable that works better.
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021 by E. Leisy
5.0 out of 5 stars | Worth every penny!
This thing is amazing! It fits perfectly on top of my 24 inch screen and is unobtrusive but the directional light it gives out over my workspace is worth every penny. The light does not spill onto the screen but only on your work space and your keyboard. I love the fact that it is so easy to change the color temperature as I like all my lighting to be of the "daylight type." You can also adjust the brightness and the direction of the lighting area to suit your needs. I have absolutely no complaints about it and I just wish something like this existed long ago when I first bought a computer If you find that you need lighting on your workspace, then just get this thing!
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2018 by Catman