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i think monitor light bars are a useful

accessory for most computer desk setups

they’re a clean and minimal way to add

some additional desk lighting without

the clutter

thanks to them being usb powered and

mounted on top of your display

they typically have an asymmetric light

pattern to minimize light glare on the


and allow you to dial in the brightness

level and color temperature

and i really like them because they

provide focused lighting for task work

on the desk

and they add a little extra ambient

lighting that helps me reduce eye strain

working away on the computer late at

night but don’t get the wrong impression

with these monitor light parts

i don’t think they should be used in

isolation but instead to complement your

room lighting

or any other ambient lights you might be

using to keep your entire peripheral

vision well illuminated when on your

computer screen

so if you already have a normal desk

lamp or

other source of good desk lighting this

might not be necessary

and it’s also important to highlight up

front the shape and design of your

display is going to be a critical factor

on whether it will even attach properly

to your display but i’ll touch on that

more later

so that answers why i like these monitor

light bars

my next question was do i buy an

expensive 110

option or go for a cheaper one that’s a

third of the price

that’s why i did what any rational

person would do i bought both

hi i’m david and here’s a quick

comparison of a cheap

and expensive monitor light bar

the two models i’m specifically looking

at here are the benq screen bar

that goes for yshield tech around 110 us and

is probably the most popular option in

the market while also being one of the

most expensive

and then for the cheaper one i chose

this monitor lamp from quintus that’s

only 35

us which as you’ll see is very similar

to the benq

the controls on both are similar with

touch buttons for power

and auto dimming and the color

temperature and brightness controls are

changed with a tap and

hold but on the benq model you also have

the option to multi-tap instead


the light experience between the two is

fairly similar both being able to change


warm and cool colors but they have a

small difference in brightness

with the benq able to get a little

brighter with more leds on the body

but the kuntus can get significantly

dimmer which can come in handy

because sometimes the bend cue can be

too bright even at its lowest setting

both have a similar asymmetric light

pattern to reduce glare on the screen

with no noticeable difference in real

life both of these designs feature an

auto dimming function

which i personally don’t use because

it’s not great on either of them

in terms of build quality i think these

are both really good both

feel really solidly built both use usb-c

connectors for power

both having a similar clean and minimal

design with the benq being a little

nicer with less branding

and being slightly longer i also think

the attachment on the clamp is a little

better on the benq which makes it easier

to adjust the tilt of the light

but let’s talk about that clamp system

to attach it to your display because in

all honesty

that’s the only significant difference

i’ve noticed between these two

i find the benq clamp is designed better

to handle a wide variety of monitor


from thin screens to thick curved ones

the extra versatility comes from that


and surprisingly heavy weight to keep

the light bar solidly in place

in contrast the quintus uses a spring

clamp that will only really work with

square edge displays

so if your screen frame is rounded is

bezel-less or curved

i wouldn’t recommend this since it

doesn’t hold securely

or could even damage a bezel-less screen

also this model uses a relatively light

counterbalance weight

that isn’t heavy enough so i find it can

wiggle a little bit when using the


i’m sure there’s ways to solve this

clamp support problem with 3d printing

adhesives or even tying it down by the

cable but that’s not a great solution

for everyone

in terms of other cheap monitor bars

this clamp compatibility issue

is a potential problem with a lot of

different designs so if you have a


curvier shaped monitor you really need

to double check the clamp to see if it

will work with your display

i’d also avoid designs with the

controller built into the cable

because i like to keep the cables hidden

behind the screen

and that makes them troublesome to

access but with those considerations in


here are a couple other light bars that

i haven’t personally tested

but on paper seems to be decent options

there’s a xiaomi design

and i think this one looks pretty well

built and i really like the wireless


that would make changing brightness and

color temperature much easier

on the downside the clamp looks like

it’s limited to thin monitors

and availability is limited to overseas


which is why i never got around to

buying this myself if you want something


benq also has a more expensive model

that uses a wired external controller

if you don’t mind having the extra

clutter on your desk and finally if you

can’t find a clamp that works with your


there’s this architect desk lamp from

five that clamps to your desk

it’s bigger and brighter which makes it

great for task work

but that also means it needs a dedicated

wall ella power

but to be honest if you already have a

desk lamp or light

and you’re happy with it as long as

you’re not keeping it too close

and pointing it directly at your screen

i don’t find glare

that much of an issue in the real world

but monitor light bars are definitely a


modern way to get the same benefits but

hope you guys enjoyed this one

you know what to do and i’ll see in the

next video

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