LapWorks Nite·Key·Lite™ Review

Product Requirements:
Device:
A laptop computer with a USB port

As anyone who likes to work on their laptop in a darkened room can tell you,
the computer screen is not going to cast enough light on the keyboard to make
for easy typing. I suppose that there are some touch typists (like Julie) that
don’t need the assistance that a well placed beam of light can provide, but
since I am a hunt-and-peck sort of girl, I need all the help I can get.

With that in mind, I have enjoyed using the
Nite·Key·Lite
by LapWorks.

   

The Nite·Key·Lite is composed of a USB plug attached to a dome with two
bright LED lights. Everything is done in a jelly-blue iMac color scheme that
will appeal to almost everyone. The flexible tube that comprises the power-cord
body of the light is 14" long, which should make it suitable for laptops with
their USB ports either on the back or side.

My laptop happens to have its ports on the rear, and I was
able to easily bring the light to the side or directly over my keyboard.

The Nite·Key·Lite is an all inclusive, plug-and-play device. It draws minimal
power from your laptop’s USB port; and the light itself is rated for up to 8,000
hours of use. The light is activated when you insert it in your USB port, and it
turns off upon removal. You can easily bend and flex the body of the light in
any needed position, which also makes it terrific for packing in your gear-bag.

My husband has already snagged this one from me. Summer is coming and already
our office seems to get too hot when we have its four 100watt ceiling
spot-lights on. With this gadget, we can actually keep the room cooler while
still surfing.

Some of you might remember that LapWorks is the company responsible for the
Laptop Desk that I favorably
reviewed last year. If you have been putting off placing your order for a
portable desk, then you can get a discount by ordering the desk and light as a
combo; consider it a "Road Warriors Special."

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Price: $19.95, or $10 when purchased with a
Laptop Desk

Pros:
Flexible with a long enough cable for rear or side USB ports
Easily portable
Long-lasting LED bulbs

Cons:
None

 

Product Information

Price:19.95
Manufacturer:LapWorks
Pros:
  • Flexible with a long enough cable for rear or side USB ports
  • Easily portable
  • Long-lasting LED bulbs
Cons:
  • None
10 comments… add one
  • Judie April 25, 2003, 8:53 pm

    Post your comments here on the LapWorks Nite·Key·Lite™.

    http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/led-usb-light-review.html

    Just click the POST REPLY button on this page.

  • carver April 25, 2003, 9:55 pm

    can’t seem to get onto their webpage to order. Maybe everyelse is trying to do the same thing?

  • bitbank April 25, 2003, 10:07 pm

    A similar light can be found here for $5.99

    http://eshop.macsales.com/Item_DealMac.cfm?ID=5107&Item=CENFLEXLIGHT

    I have not purchased from this company, so I cannot vouch for the quality of this vendor.

    Larry B.

  • digital843 April 26, 2003, 2:21 am

    A nice product on the whole. I would buy it if it had an on/off switch. Pulling it in and out of a USB port every time I wanted to use it would be too much trouble. In addition, I have already use all my USB ports and have more on a dock so it might not reach.

    John

  • Altema April 26, 2003, 9:06 pm

    Originally posted by digital843
    [B]A nice product on the whole. I would buy it if it had an on/off switch. Pulling it in and out of a USB port every time I wanted to use it would be too much trouble. In addition, I have already use all my USB ports and have more on a dock so it might not reach.

    John [/B]

    A switch might be nice, especially if it’s a stationary laptop that stays at home. Of course my wife’s ThinkPad only has one USB port, but at least it’s on the side. My HP laptop has three, two in back and another in the side, so I’m all set there.

  • digital843 April 26, 2003, 10:43 pm

    My VAIO W20 is as heavy as a desktop but it has an attached keyboard which is pretty well lit by the large bright screen. On the side it has a dual USB and only one is attached to the hub so I could plug in a light but still would have to have some kind of switch.

    John

  • Deslock April 27, 2003, 7:09 pm

    How about reviewing that Tungsten C in one of the pictures? :p

  • Judie April 27, 2003, 7:41 pm

    Review will be up for the C on Tuesday. Hang tight… ;0)

  • bitbank April 28, 2003, 12:13 am

    I found an even cheaper one from Computer Geeks:

    http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=DL-PC003

    $3.95

    I’ve bought many items from them, and everything was delivered as promised.

    Larry B.

  • redbike2001 April 29, 2003, 1:00 am

    Read the review and thought this was the first light that I saw that lit up the entire keyboard (nice pictures gang). I went ahead and placed an order for the light on Friday afternoon. Got two confirming e-mails from the company and it showed up in the mail today!!!

    It works great. I am using it with a Sony Vaio with a single USB port. Since I am “WiFi”ed to my router, I have nothing else that is using the USB port (I also access my printer via WIFI). It works great for me and could not be more impressed with the company and for the accuracy of Judie’s review. Brava!!

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