USB LED Light, retail $5.99 (URL not known)
Manufactured by (That's unknown too)
Last updated 05-05-04
This is a USB powered keyboard light on a stalk, designed to be plugged into any free USB port on a desktop or laptop computer. The goal of this product is to allow you to work on your computer in dimly-lit or outright dark areas, without the need to use a cigerette lighter or a seperate flashlight to illuminate the keys on your computer keyboard.
For the purposes of this web page, I plugged it into the USB port on the back of my Toshiba Satellite Pro 460CDT laptop computer, but I use it most often on the Dell Dimension 4500 desktop computer that I make these web pages with.
The USB LED Light is ready to use right away. No funny stuff here. Once you have it out of the package, just plug it into any free USB port on any computer that has such a port. It provides light any time it is plugged it in, and the computer it's attached to is turned on and running. When the computer is turned off, the USB LED Light goes off too.
It can be plugged in or unplugged even if the computer is already running; no need to reboot or power-cycle the computer when using this product.
The light has a long, flexible neck, so you can easily adjust it to suit your needs no matter what you plug it into.
Total length is 17.75" (approx. 45.5cm).
Length of the flexible neck by itself is just under 14.5" (approx. 37.5cm).
Because this product is powered by the computer it is connected to, this section can and will be skipped.
The USB LED Light is designed to be a computer peripheral, so I won't try to flush it down the john, stomp on it, slam it against a steel rod, run over it with a 400lb electric wheelchair, or subject it to any other indecencies that a regular flashlight may have to endure.
Despite its delicate appearance, the USB LED Light seems to be reasonably durable and well-made.
The flexible neck can be bent into a fairly tight loop for transporting.
The neck can be bent in any way you see fit, for illuminating even hard-to-reach keyboards. It stays put when you bend it, so you don't have to keep readjusting it.
Photo of the laptop's keyboard illuminated by this light.
Photo of just the USB LED Light's head by itself.
And this is the screen I had up when I took the previous two photographs. :-)
It is an "offline" screen from Candlepower Forums from early January 2003.
Unit was purchased on ebay in October 2003, and has been used on and off on my desktop system since then. I used my laptop to get the pictures for this page, because the laptop is portable and I could move the computer anywhere I needed it for the pictures.
As of 01-20-04, the light is available on ebay from user "lazlotlomax", from this page.
If the listing is expired by the time you read this, try going to the Seller's Other Items page.
The test unit appears to be going down the john. The LED is significantly dimmer than it used to be, and it flickers. Not good.
I removed it from the Trophy Case due to this failure because the OEM is not known, and therefore I cannot send it in for warranty repair or replacement.
Bright enough to do the job
Reasonably durable construction
Not bothersome to use
Not waterproof or subbmersible; but since this is a computer peripheral, this will not figure into the final rating
Unit has had a critical failure; see 05-05-04 update above
PRODUCT TYPE: USB LED Keyboard Light
LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
No. OF LAMPS: 1
BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood with soft fall-off
SWITCH TYPE: None
BEZEL: LED partially inset into transluscent head
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
WATER RESISTANT: Probably light splash resistance at most
WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated
Product has failed, and the manufacturer and warranty are not known.
So I had to knock all of the stars off its rating.
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