Portable USB LED Light review

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Sometimes you just need a little bit of light.  This portable USB light from IPEVO is a convenient, not to mention inexpensive, addition to a laptop bag.

It comes in two pieces–the LED tube and gooseneck flexible cord.  When assembled, the light is roughly 20″.

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Assembling is just a matter of inserting the plug on the cable end into the receiver at the base of the light.  It snaps into place once fully inserted.

The light is ready to go and can be powered by any standard USB port.

Lighting up my netbook

Lighting up my netbook

The above shot was taken with only the USB light as a light source.  This thing is BRIGHT!  There are 10 LED lights pulling just 5V of power from the USB, but emitting 300 lux of cool-white light.

There was a little bit of glare on the netbook screen that took some finagling with the cable to eliminate, but this really shines (excuse the pun) when lighting up a book or office paperwork.

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The other nifty little feature is a touch sensitive on/off button.  It’s flush with the tip of the light unit and is activated by even a featherlight tap.

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This is such a neat little light.  I love the LED tube and the brightness of the lights.  However, the moment I plugged it into my PC tower, I found its fatal flaw.

The flexible cord isn’t quite stiff enough to support the weight of the light in all positions.  Most vertical positions caused the light to flop over.  Even posing it for the photo of the book was a challenge.  It’s a little easier if the USB inputs are horizontal (like on a laptop) rather than vertical (like on an iMac), but position the cord too far over to one side, and the cord will flip and shift.

The cord could definitely be either  thicker or stiffer; it might impede some of the posability, but would result in less struggling and fussing.

Though for the price point, $10, it’s a solid light and a nice little last-minute stocking stuffer.  The portable USB LED light is available through IPEVO.

 

Product Information

Price:$10
Manufacturer:IPEVO
Requirements:
  • USB port
Pros:
  • Bright white LEDs
  • Tap on/off power button
  • Inexpensive
Cons:
  • Flexible cord can't hold its own weight at all angles
Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, Reviews

6 comments… add one

  • bob levine January 6, 2013, 2:17 pm

    I read this website almost every day and have purchased many products based on reviews here. I was extremely dissappointed though when I went to order this USB LED. The shipping cost was the same price (almost) as the product. $10 for the product and $9.50 for shipping? Really?

    Cancelled by order before submitting after this was finally revealed by thier web order system.

    Bob

  • Peileen January 6, 2013, 3:31 pm

    I bought an IPEVO c camera a few years ago and it bricked my pc – could not boot. Took me a good week of researching and troubleshooting to fix it.

  • jhon January 6, 2013, 5:56 pm

    You can order it from Amazon. Shipping was $4.50 for me.

  • John January 6, 2013, 7:45 pm

    This item is very nice, you can find the similar item of the blow link:
    http://www.giftwhole.com/usb-led-light/usb-led-lights-611-10D.html

  • claude bucher January 16, 2013, 4:30 am

    problem with such “devices” (from my own experience):
    they brick the USB port(s) they get connected to by losing the port from the motherboard.
    get yourself a laptop with a backlight keyboard instead.

  • Faruk March 28, 2013, 9:30 am

    I have Mighty Bright. Even though it is short if you flex it to come from left edge of the laptop or if you use a USB stand it is fine. The quality is good.

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