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Aukey Desk Lamp Review

I have a bit of an issue I need to confess. I habitually purchase items for my work desk. Sometimes it is phone holders, others it is coasters, and this time it’s another desk lamp. This Aukey Desk Lamp just looks different from the others I’ve had. I had to check it out, right? Right?

Aukey Desk Lamp

I use my PC a lot, at night too. I have used hundreds (only a slight exaggeration) of desk amps over the years but the truth is I don’t often use them, or forget them as they don’t spill the light correctly or have enough customisation of said light. The Aukey desk Lamp doesn’t give the best spread of light across the desk – there I said it. What it does do is look cool and not take up too much of my precious desk real estate.

Specifications

  • Model: LT-ST20
  • Luminous Flux: 300lm (max)
  • Color Temperature: 4000K
  • Color Rendering Index: ≥80Ra
  • Input: AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
  • USB Output: DC 5V 1A
  • Power Consumption: 7W (lamp use only); 12W (lamp and charging port)
  • LED Lifespan: 20000 hours
  • Material: Aluminum Alloy
  • Dimensions: 410 x 80 x 80mm / 16.14″ x 3.15″ x 3.15″
  • Weight: 560g / 19.75oz

As you can see above, there’s a few options to talk about here. Firstly, design wise I really like this but I have a feeling it’s a love it or hate it affair. It won’t be for everyone. It’s a tower based lamp and truth be told, when I first saw this I was expecting it to be a floor standing lamp until I looked at the dimensions. Just throwing it out there Aukey – a 5′ one of these for the corner or a snug would be great!

There is a small square magnetic base which snaps on to the base of the lamp tower with ease. Moving up the lamp shaft are the touch controls. A power button, a brightness up and down control toggle, timer mode activation and timer settings all sit on the same vertical touch panel. It’s nice to see a slightly different look here although I would have liked a few more options to the timer, perhaps a custom option.

Brightness is acceptable when directly on the subject but as I mentioned earlier, it’s radius is limited possibly due to the hood over the top of the LED. I get why it’s there but it surely should be slightly less pronounced?

The unit plugs in to a wall socket with a small power adapter into the rear with a USB Type-A output for charging devices. Unfortunately you’re not going to be charging too fast with the 1A output. It’s astonishing there isn’t more output considering it’s not a pass through – it has an AC connection.

Then there’s the base. I get that this is a magnetic lamp and okay, I can see the merits in that, but make the length of the lamp magnetic so it can attach to metal shelves, or be angled in other useful ways. Here the only purpose it to connect to a slightly wider base for stability on the desk. It does that well but I can’t help thinking a standard snap on plastic base would do just a good a job and I’m not sure why it had to be magnetic. Somebody went a bit overboard in design I think.

This is a nice lamp, but it’s not for my desk. My desk is 150cm wide and 75cm deep and I need light to be spread across all of it from time to time and this Aukey Desk Lamp doesn’t quite do the job. It has however found a place on my Wife’s dressing table as it’s focused LED light there is actually useful. A silver lining after all.

At £29.99 you’re paying a lot for the weird design and getting not a lot of utility. I’d recommend their other lamps instead for a cheaper cost for the general consumer.

Aukey Desk Lamp

£29.99
Aukey Desk Lamp
58.75

Build Quality

8/10

    Design

    7/10

      Performance

      5/10

        Value

        5/10

          Pros

          • Interesting aesthetic
          • Very bright
          • Timer options
          • USB charger

          Cons

          • Pointless magnetic option
          • Limited light range

          About Craig Bradshaw

          Tech enthusiast and Editor-in-Chief of MobileTechTalk

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