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Great but not perfect (for me!),
This review is from: OCTOVO Solis LED Reading Light for most 6" e-Reader eBook (Fits Amazon Kindle, Kindle Touch, New Kindle, Kindle Keyboard, Nook Touch, Kobo, Sony eReader) (Electronics)This is a very nicely made little light, and the glow produced is about right to read the kindle by - not too glaring in a darkened room and a nice colour temperature. It fits very securely to the kindle and doesn't obscure any of the screen.
However there are a couple of things I wish they'd done differently. They wouldn't be an issue if this cost a fiver, but for a twenty quid item I'm a little disappointed!
Firstly because the light itself cannot be angled, you can't lie the kindle flat because the light then shines into your eyes and reflects on the screen. You are forced to hold the kindle at around 45 degrees so that the light only shines on the screen.
Secondly the weight of the unit shifts the centre of gravity toward the top of the kindle so you then have to hold it in a different place to normal. After a while this can be tiring unless you have some kind of stand (holding a book at this angle for lengthy periods is much easier because it is much thicker to hold). Hmm that makes me sound very weak or something but it's hard to explain, the device itself is not very heavy but it's something about the angle that I find awkward I think.
If the unit used an AAA battery rather than AA (so it was a little smaller/lighter) and if the light itself could be angled up and down (or if it was recessed further into the arm) then I'd give it 5 stars.
However for the price it gets 3 stars as it is pretty to look at and seems very well made and is a clever design, but for me they missed a trick. Then again maybe I just like to position my kindle differently or something - for everyone else it may be perfect (well all the other reviews are glowing so far ;-) Oh yes, and the packaging is fantastic - minimal and recyclable.
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Initial post: 17 Jul 2011 11:03:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jul 2011 11:07:24 BDT
S. J. Williams says:
I'm sure these are fair points, but isn't any object added to the kindle going to change its balance? The angled light issue is fair, (best results are obtained by viewing the screen at 90 degrees), but that issue can only be overcome by the light source coming from a completely different angle, thus lengthening the lighting arm, or attaching the Octavo at a different point, depending on the cover used, if at all. Lengthening the arm adds weight and changes balance giving other, for me, much greater problems. I use a tuff luv easel type cover and find it works perfectly with the kindle in pretty much any context.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2011 13:17:22 BDT
Yes of course! But I just thought I'd comment on my 'user experience' of this device :-) Actually I've had some success by reading the kindle in landscape mode with the light attached to the side. This works quite well for me anyway. I don't use a case (well I have a cheap neoprene cover which does sterling duty as protection but has to be removed to read).
Posted on 23 Aug 2011 09:09:05 BDT
M. Wilkinson says:
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2011 17:26:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2011 17:28:38 BDT
me again says:
This, I think is a general comment by someone using the object mentioned and the experiences they personally have gleaned whilst using it!
They could easily have said it was "Fantastic" and someone else could have replied like yourself, that it's Fantastic for you but! What about for other people?
Your comment reflects that you, yourself have not used the light! Or you would have been able to add "your" user comments to either agree or disagree with the Reviewer.
I would rather listen and take advice from someone who has actually taken time with the object, than someone who just throws their tuppenceworth in without background knowledge, also this is not intended in any way a "go" at you personally, I just wish people would take their time before answering these reviews and answer with more helpful comments.
PS I apologise in the first instance for this not being a helpfull comment :-)
Posted on 25 Aug 2011 09:27:43 BDT
Totally agree with you. Purchased this light the other day and although it is very good and I'd say the best light there currently is for the Kindle there are a few design issues. The main issues for me is the angle that you are forced to hold the Kindle so you don't get glare from the corner of the light in your eyes and the weight due to the gravity of it pulling it forward.
All in all though a good little light but rather expensive for what it is. Also a very minor issue but I would have preferred the colour to blend in more with the colour of the Kindle rather than being a "flashy" brushed chrome feel.
Posted on 13 Nov 2011 14:59:48 GMT
With regard to the light angle, maybe adding some sort of DIY deflector on the tip of the light might help? As long as it's tiny enough not to obstruct the page.
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