BenQ has been focusing on eye-care products and they’ve released some decent products lately. I’ve tested some of their monitors and LED desk lamps, and I’m still using all of them at the moment. In this post, we’re checking out the BenQ Genie e-Reading LED Desk Lamp.
Unboxing & Testing
Design & Features
The BenQ Genie is considered the smaller version of the original BenQ desk lamp. People who think that the original version is too expensive and bulky now have another option. The Genie has a much smaller footprint on my desktop, so I think it is suitable for most average consumers. The lamp is supposed to sit next to your monitor or laptop screen, so it is more than enough for the screens. In case you use a big monitor of 25 inches or more, you might need the bigger lamp.
Similar to the original version, I still can’t find the benefit of placing a lamp between my eyes and the laptop screen. It even creates glare on my keyboard. When I work with photos and videos in the dark, the lamp could degrade the color accuracy as well. I only find it useful when I need to brighten up my workstation with an external monitor, it doesn’t cause any glare on the screen. Besides, it works perfectly as a normal desk lamp.
The Genie is less flexible than its predecessor. This is because it has only 1 rod and a lamp head. The controls are exactly the same as it has a metal ring and a tactile dial. You can touch the ring to turn on/off, or hold it for a few seconds to activate the e-Reading mode (that adjust brightness automatically using the built-in sensor). The dial is used to adjust brightness and color temperature manually.
I really love using the BenQ lamp because it has an evenly-distributed and flicker-free illumination. It’s great for book reading and it can reduce eye strain dramatically. We at TechWalls highly recommend the product.