Monitor lamp from Xiaomi for under $50: More useful than expected
This Xiaomi monitor lamp is designed to illuminate your desk without stealing space from your desk. In addition, it should be individually adjustable and easy on the eyes. We have now tested it for you to find out if this is true.
|Size||2.3 cm x 2.3 cm x 44.8 cm|
|Light temperature||2700-6500 K (adjustable)|
Scope of delivery and processing
The monitor lamp comes in a high-quality cardboard box, which could actually stand just as well here on the shelves. If not all the text would be in Chinese. The carton has a glossy print that sticks out, making the product stand out more.
Included in delivery:
- 1x monitor lamp
- 1 x holder for the lamp
- 1 x USB-C cable
- 1 x remote control
- 2 x AA batteries
- 1 x instruction
The lamp and the accessories are super processed. I could not find any defects. The aluminum of the lamp feels good and also the weighted holder for the lamp is with the weight well in the hand. I also like the matte black design that Xiaomi uses here.
Installation and function of the monitor lamp
The installation of the lamp was super easy and self-explanatory. Even though the enclosed instructions were only in Chinese, you quickly got the hang of it. The holder of the monitor lamp is clipped to the top of your screen. Thanks to the weighted back part of the clip, the monitor lamp holds firmly and securely. This also ensures that the lamp itself, which has only a small dead weight, does not wobble or slip if you bump against the desk. And yes, I have tested this by very professional “shaking the desk”.
The clip is also suitable for curved monitors because it holds with the weighted end. It is fitting that Xiaomi is expanding into the European market in this area as well. We have already tested the Curved Gaming Monitor for you.
The lamp itself holds thanks to magnets with gold contacts on the holder. These magnets also allow you to rotate the lamp at an angle of 25° to adjust it to your needs. I was never blinded during the test, no matter what angle the lamp was at. But I was able to align it perfectly with the desk and let it shine where I needed it to.
It gets the necessary power via USB-C cable (the cable is included). The cable can be connected to the monitor, the computer, a powerbank or with an adapter to the power outlet. If you run the lamp through the computer, the lamp will turn on automatically when you turn on the computer. This worked without problems during the test.
The exit angle of the light that falls on your desk should be smaller than that of ordinary monitor lamps. So you should not be blinded and the light should not be reflected on the monitor.
To adjust the light even further to your needs besides the angle, a remote control in an unusual design is included. It reminds me more of a can or a big button. But it is also simple and inconspicuous on your desk. You can turn the upper part of the remote control or hold it down to adjust the light. While turning it you will notice small resistances, so you can also estimate single steps. For the remote control you need 2 AA batteries, which were actually included (a rarity!).
Operating the remote control
|Switching on/off||Press briefly|
|Computer Mode||Press and hold|
|Light temperature||Hold down and turn|
The lamp is also designed to help reduce the direct light from the monitor to your eyes when you are in dark rooms. This way the monitor does not shine so much on you and your eyes are protected. During the test I also paid attention to this and I have to say that the manufacturer did not lie here. I actually find it more pleasant not to sit in a very dark room and to be illuminated only by the monitor. The adjustment between different light intensities and temperatures should also help to see the colors more clearly and more realistically when needed.
The control between the color temperatures as well as the brightness works smoothly. In addition, the lamp “remembers” on which setting you switched it off, so that the next time you switch it on, no glaring default light will illuminate your desk.
At first I thought to myself: “What do I need this for? A normal desk lamp will do.” But then I actually found the lamp very pleasant to use. I tested it under different lighting conditions and I already had the feeling that it could relieve the eyes in the long run when it is dark in the room. Because there was another light source in the room next to the monitor, the monitor felt not so illuminated. The desk is also evenly lit and the lamp doesn’t take up any space. Especially for smaller desks, such as in a student room or in a small office, a big advantage. Xiaomi’s monitor lamp is also no more expensive than average. Comparable models are available on Amazon, for example, between 25 and 50 euros. For me a clear purchase recommendation.To the gadget