As I’ve mentioned before, one of the perks of being a blogger is that I get to try out new products from brands. It’s fun, but now that I moved into a tiny little space, I have to be careful about what I choose to review because I have so little room. When someone from BenQ asked me if I wanted to take a look at one of their e-reading desk lamps, I wasn’t sure where I would put it, but it turns out it’s coming in very handy.
Everyone is Zooming these days to stay in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. It’s hilarious to see how they look on screen. You can either see up their nose or the top of their head, but mostly, they’re in the dark.
I was having some of those problems too, especially the lighting part, and even though I have a couple of small LED lights, I couldn’t get them in the right position. When my BenQ e-Reading Desk Lamp arrived, I thought, why not use it as my light source for Zoom? I tried it and lo and behold, it worked like a charm!
What make the lamp so special?
It has an LED panel that’s placed in a long-curved strip. They call it Smile Curve Technology and it gives you 150% wider lighting coverage than an average desk lamp. You can also easily switch between warm and cool temperatures, by turning a knob on top. The built-in technology adjusts the brightness to ambient light so it protects your eyes and keeps them from drying out.
At the end of the strip is a ball mount which lets you angle the lamp and position it. The stand can be adjusted up or down for height. To turn it on, all you do is touch a metal ring at the end of the lamp.
You can purchase a BenQ e-reading lamp in Silver, Blue, Gold, Green and Red. I chose blue.
The lamp has been designed for reading on your computer or using other electronics. You can set it on a table and angle it over your bed or chair. And you don’t have to worry about knocking it over because it has a sturdy weighted bottom.
I love the way it eliminates excess glare because getting dry eye from reading is common as we get older.
Because it’s an LED lamp, it’s a cool lighting source. You won’t sweat if you’re reading for long periods of time. It’s also energy-efficient and safe to use.
Here’s my desk set up for Zoom
I was spending most of my time online even before the pandemic, so I like to have everything set up and ready to go when I join an online meeting. With the way I have my desk arranged, all I do is launch my Zoom and I’m ready to rock. I prefer using my computer, rather than my phone, because it’s easier to see with my aging eyes.
I have a simple black desk and use my laptop and an additional monitor. That makes it easy to watch the Zoom meeting on my big screen and take notes or whatever on my laptop.
The camera on my laptop isn’t very clear, so I use a USB Logitech HD camera that’s attached to a Zomei tripod. The tripod also has an attachment for a phone if I chose to use that instead. I can adjust the legs of the tripod to get the right height and can tilt the camera angle
One trick I learned for Zoom is to set my laptop up on a box so I get the best angle for my face. No one wants to look up your nose. It’s usually best to have your camera slightly above your head looking down. I have a plastic storage box that’s just the right height but you can also use books.
I don’t use my computer microphone either. I have a USB Audio Technica 2020 Condensor mic attached to a Proline Mic Stand boom arm. My mic also has a shock mount and pop filter to prevent bumps and mouth noises. You don’t have to get that fancy with your mic setup. I’m a voice-over actor and use my mic for auditions but it also works great for podcasting or business interviews.
The mic is run through a small Behringer mixer to smooth out computer noise and to adjust the sound quality.
If you want to have more fun on Zoom, you can put a green screen (or green curtain) behind you and upload a custom background image. Unfortunately, I have a window behind me which isn’t the best for lighting, but I’m stuck with it for the time being. A better situation is to have a window behind your computer. Soft daylight lighting is always the most flattering for your face.
My BenQ reading lamp is diffused to give a similar effect. To make it even softer, you can put diffuser paper or a reflector in front of it.
Here’s what I look like using my eReading desk lamp on Zoom
As you can see above the lighting is soft and my eyes are looking into the camera with my head positioned so you aren’t looking up my nose.
Tip – A little foundation makeup helps. I use IT Cosmetics Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream with SPF 50, just FYI. Goodbye flaws. With an HD camera, you need all the help you can get.
I like that I’ve found multiple uses for my e-Reading desk lamp. And, these days, with all our online meetings, it really helps.