It’s a little too early to start thinking about back to school, but here’s what I want you to do. Tell your parents, “Hey, it’s never to early to start thinking about back to school.” Tell them you want the Satechi Flexible LED Desk Lamp. “It’ll make it easier to study when [roommate] is trying to sleep, and you want me to study, don’t you?” They’ll buy it for you now, forget about the cost later, then be willing to buy you even more stuff when back to school shopping actually commences.
If your parents don’t forget and remain on budget, you still win because you’ve got the desk lamp, and it’s really pretty slick.
As you can see from the photo above, the Satechi Flexible LED Desk Lamp has an adjustable neck that can be bent in pretty much any direction you want it to go. It holds steady wherever you place it, provided you don’t try to twist it back on itself. Angled down towards the desk, parallel to it, straight up…I had no trouble with neck dropping down or the lamp toppling over. If the neck doesn’t like the position you’re trying to put it in, it just won’t stay there.
To turn the lamp on and off, you simply tap the power button in the center of the base. If you tap and hold the button, the lamp will cycle through its five brightness settings. The setting at which you turn the lamp off will remain when you turn it back on, which I appreciated; I almost always kept the light on its middle or second dimmest setting. My only complaints are that the power button is so sensitive you’ll be turning the lamp on and off just by swiping away dust, and it would also be helpful if the power button was lightly illuminated when the light is off. With no tactile feedback, it’s quite hard to find in the dark.
Eighteen LEDs comprise the light fixture, all in a line across the lamp’s head, which is just a thin tube.
They’ll provide over 40,000 hours of illumination, according to Satechi, and use 80% less power than a typical florescent light while doing so (full specs are available at Satechi’s website). The light is quite cold, I believe they call it, and it can produce some glare on your monitor, depending upon the lamp’s position.
As an added bonus, the lamp’s base contains a 5V, 1.5A USB port that will charge your iPhone or iPad even when the lamp is off. If you’re using this on a nightstand, that provides a great way to keep your iPhone charged at night.
Although I prefer my light to be warmer, I quite liked the flexibility of the Satechi Flexible LED Desk Lamp. I also like that it’s designed to fit in well with my iMac or an a MacBook. Currently on sale for $59.99, it’s a solid choice for dorm rooms, bedside tables, and possibly even your desk at work…especially if you’re otherwise combatting overhead fluorescents. Shut off that buzzing, flickering evil and take the flexible LED route. Your head and eyes (and the environment) will thank you.
Buy the Satechi Flexible LED Desk Lamp
Provides: LED illumination and USB device charging
Minimum Requirements: USB 2.0 compatible devices
Price: $69.99 (on sale for $59.99 at press time)