SOFT FO­CUS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

As kids, all of us must have been warned some time or the other about not watch­ing TV with all lights off. The same logic ap­plies to com­puter mon­i­tors too. While your eyes won’t conk off if you work in a dark room, they will cer­tainly be tak­ing a lot of strain in the process.

Sound­science Halo 6 LED bias light­ing kit from An­tec is a good so­lu­tion to this old prob­lem. The kit is a sim­ple stick-on strip of LED bulbs that get their power from a USB port which can be plugged be­hind your CPU. Once you stick the strip be­hind your mon­i­tor, it won’t take you long to see the dif­fer­ence. While it is a very sub­jec­tive thing, we thought the pro­fes­sional grade back­light ac­tu­ally made work­ing long hours in a dark room much more com­fort­able.

The lights also ac­cen­tu­ate colours on the screen, though we pre­ferred to watch movies with­out this ex­tra ef­fect, more out of habit than any­thing else. The glow be­hind the mon­i­tor, though ini­tially a bit of an ir­ri­ta­tion, will grad­u­ally be­come an ad­dic­tive ad­di­tion to your desk­top. The only draw­back is the lack of an on/off switch on the de­vice. And, yes, a bet­ter ad­he­sive would have negated the need for su­per glue.

For those of us who leave our PCs on through­out the night, there is no op­tion but to pull the USB ca­ble out if you have to catch some sleep in the same room. Still a good ac­ces­sory to have for worka­holics, es­pe­cially since it is so af­ford­able. Pro­fes­sional grade back­light­ing at af­ford­able prices.

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