Just £13.98 get you this very useful little desktop or bedside reading lamp with built-in night light. Again this is one of those cases where you have to ask yourself ‘how can they do it for the price’?
The lamp arrived well presented in a simple but attractively designed white branded product box. Inside was the lamp itself, a short micro-USB to USB charging cable, and a simple but large and easy to read User Guide, which I attach to the end of my unboxing video.
The lamp feels quite lightweight at 270g but is more stable than I expected when setting up despite the 50cm height of the device. On the rear of the device is the micro-USB power in port – I was very pleased to see that a standard interface has been used rather than a proprietory one as this means a replacement cable can easily be found – together with a simple Off/On turrent switch. On the front are the only two controls, both touch-sensitive, one for NightLight Off/On and the other for the Reading Lamp. Press the reading lamp button to turn off and on and cycle through the three brightness levels. On the front of the unit are two storage areas suitable for pens, paperclips etc with the rear bay having a lip suitable to support a mobile phone or small tablet. Annoying, there is no USB power Out port so you cannot charge your phone from this unit.
The lamp is battery powered and has a built non-replaceable 1,800mAh Lithium-ion battery. To charge from flat takes around 5 hours and gives between 3 and 20 hours of run time depending on the light level selected. The lamp will operate as normal when the battery is charging.
The Night Light is subtle, not too bright and does not use the main but instead has a small bank of 6 LED situated around the base of the gooseneck. The main reading light is a small-sized ring light with 20 LEDs around the circumference of the circular head. Coupled with the super flexible gooseneck this means this little lamp could be used a fill light for photographic purposes although the preset warm white light would perhaps restrict that use. The light output is bright for the size of the lamp and has a wide and even spread.
In use I found this lamp to be pleasant and easy to read by, I would have been happier if it were possible to change the colour temperature of the LEDs but for this price that would be too much to ask for.
This is an excellent little lamp, small in size, versatile in use, easy to operate with a pleasant warm light well suited to a home office or bedroom.
Good Build Quality
Good Battery Life
No USB Out
No Colour Temperature Control